When "The Programmer's Odyssey" was first published its front cover received a certain amount of attention from self proclaimed fashion experts deriding the "socks and sandals" look that the author favoured in his younger days. But as is so often the case yesterday's fashion experts have proved to be today's fashion victims as The Times proclaimed on 24/12/2016.
The Times article explained that "socks and sandals have become the unlikely look of the winter party season". The fact that they found it "unlikely" demonstrates how out of touch the Times fashion team had become, as had the rest of the mainstream fashion industry. Leading fashion icons wearing socks and sandals were pictured displaying what came to be known as the geek-chic look.
With A-listers like Demi Moore, Olivia Colman and Alesha Dixon validating the geek-chic look the style choice of our author as a young man rapidly became recognised as remarkably forward looking and relevant to today's fashions. The 'claquettes-chaussettes' look in France and similar fashions in both Germany and the United States inspired by geek-chic quickly followed and have been covered in earlier blog posts.
Olivia Colman, now considered a likely Oscar winner for her performance in 'The Favourite', is widely rumoured to have commented "The book's content is of course a great read and I would recommend it to anyone but it pales into insignificance alongside the major fashion statement that the book's cover made. It was simply inspired!".