Adam Dayan

Paisley is the new black

Paisley fabric has a noble tradition in romance – from Napoleon’s gifts of paisley shawls for Empress Josephine to its à la mode status in the ‘Summer of Love’. Since Brooks Newmark’s pyjama-gate it has become an essential tool in the middle-aged sexter’s toolbox.

It appears Newmark is not alone in his love for patterned paisley nightwear; following the Mirror’s revelations, M&S rapidly sold out of ‘Pure Cotton Paisley Patterned Pajamas’. Can it be a coincidence? If not, it certainly raises some questions about the British psyche. Has Newmark become a fashion icon for 50-something lechers? Maybe a Tory Minister for Civil Society with exhibitionist proclivities gets us thinking: ‘A serious guy who know how to have fun? I want to wear what he’s wearing!’.

Regardless, the phenomenon of unfaithful politicians setting the vogue seems to have crossed the Atlantic; sells 48 pages of Bill Clinton-based clothing. So, get your President Clinton baby onesie quick, before it sells out.


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