So you think you’re fashionable in your four-button, high-lapel, three-
piece Comme des Garcons number? Think again.
Last Thursday’s Guardian highlighted the return of the ‘office orthodox’
look: straight-as-a-die, M&S, grey/black two-piece and a Tie Rack tie.
But who could they get to model such a phenomenon?
Step forward Joe Clark, ad manager of the self-same organ. Lured by a
dizzying mixture of flattery and coercion, our Joe agreed to the glamour
shoot - only to end up in a corner of the office with a photographer
crouched below his crotch - to get the right angle on Joe’s ginger mop,
The result ended up on page three. That set the tone for the stream of
congratulatory messages which clogged up the Guardian’s fax machine that
‘Most referred to how unattractive I am,’ Clark lamented. ‘This is
outrageous, as I obviously wouldn’t have been picked if I hadn’t been so
The Little Lord Fauntleroy lookalike who appeared next to Joe that day
is not the Guardian’s marketing manager, Stephen Palmer. But Joe told us
to tell you that it looks like him. The things fame does to people.