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Henry Holland is ‘Styled to Rock’…

BY LIZZIE, WOMENSWEAR EDITOR ON 6 AUG 2012 17:33 H! BY HENRY HOLLANDCOMMENTS

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Well, we always knew that the man knew a thing or two about style, and now it seems pop’s biggest diva agrees, with Rihanna selecting Debenhams designer Henry Holland to judge her new fashion talent show ‘Styled to Rock’.

Set to feature alongside ex-Girls Aloud member Nicola Roberts and Rihanna’s own stylist Lysa Cooper, Henry will seek to discover a hot new design talent – with the winner ultimately designing an outfit for Rihanna’s upcoming tour.

As the new fashion show prepares to air, Henry spoke of his excitement in the hunt for Rihanna’s ultimate tour designer and how it wasn’t an easy task for the judges, or aspiring talent. He explained:

“They had to create for different occasions, so sometimes it would be a press junket or a red carpet, where you don’t need them to be able to walk. But on the flipside there’s a performance artist who needs stage-wear and structural things and flesh coloured tights.”

While we may be biased, it’s fair to say that Henry has every right to be a judge of fashion, style and talent. Photographed at the official launch of ‘Styled to Rock’, we weren’t at all surprised to see Henry ‘rocking’ the latest trend in menswear – ‘the mankle’. The trend, embraced by a string of celebrity ambassadors including fashion heavyweight Tom Ford and effortlessly cool and chic Jude Law, consists of men rolling up their trousers – to at least four inches above the shoe – and showing off their ankles. Why not, indeed? If you’ve got it…

Quickly becoming one of the fastest selling items of men’s clothing this year, Paul Baldwin (Debenhams director of menswear) says:

Mankles have been one of the most unlikely trends that we have seen this season, the rolled up chino look was seen across the catwalks and sported by fashionistas along, but now the trend has hit the high street

As Henry was one of the first to be spotted working this trend, we think he’s clearly he’s in a good place to judge style. After all, Rihanna says she is looking for something “fresh and original” and, in Henry, she has certainly found that.

Watch ‘Styled to Rock’ from 9:00pm on 14 August on Sky Living.

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