ART/LIFESTYLE, PEOPLE

TIGHT FIT: FRANK OCEAN

[Frank in Supreme]

The other day I had a scary thought – What if Frank Ocean has completely quit music? His excellent debut album Channel Orange was released in July 2012, nearly 3 years and 4 months ago. In the current musical climate, that’s a long time to wait before releasing a new project. While the media and sources close to Ocean claim that his new album (reportedly called Boys Don’t Cry) is finished and will be out “soon”, November 1st is here and it’s still quiet.

Before completely giving over to this depressing possibility, let’s shift the focus to his incredible style.

While mixing high end fashion with streetwear is certainly nothing new (in fact now days it’s ubiquitous), seeing it executed well is still a rarity. Enter Frank; who in my opinion, wholeheartedly personifies this trend.

As a decidedly enigmatic figure in music and beyond, Ocean hints to aspects of his personality through his style choices. Continue reading

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TIGHT FIT: PHOEBE PHILO

Philo for Vogue, 2013

Phoebe Philo may not be a household name to the general public, but if you are interested in fashion, chances are you are familiar with this reserved and revered power woman who is the current creative director for French fashion house, Céline.

Phoebe is widely adored and respected within fashion circles for a number of reasons – Perhaps most prominent is her personal style and the quiet confidence she exudes through the way she dresses – She is often seen in well-tailored trousers, low cut Stan Smith sneakers, a good quality, plain t-shirt or button up, topped off with a slightly oversized blazer or beautiful wool coat. Her personal taste has a very obvious influence on the clothing she has designed for Céline – Her collections thus far have been largely uncomplicated, with clean lines, classic silhouettes, and a subtle, masculine influence.

Céline, Paris Fashion Week – Spring 2013

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TIGHT FIT: YASIIN BEY

As impatient young people who grew up in an era of instantaneity, we are constantly bombarded with clichés like “good things take time”, or “it’ll be better soon”; In other words, “shut up and wait.”

Generally speaking, these phrases are thrown around in reference to fine wine or the resell value of #rare Nikes. However in some cases, a person’s style can not only evolve, but also significantly improve with years of experience.

Case in point: The untouchable Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) absolutely killing the fashion game at 40. Seriously, is there any look this man can’t pull off with that recognisable, inimitable swag? The beauty in his aesthetic is that it’s cool without evident effort; it’s him without needing to be showy. In the last 2-3 years (basically since he started publicly declaring himself ‘Yasiin’ rather than ‘Mos’) he has truly emerged in fashionable circles as an unexpected icon.

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TIGHT FIT: DEV HYNES

[Dev Hynes at Lollapalooza 2014 via his Twitter account]

Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Author, and all round King of Cool, Devonte Hynes, is a fashion force. For him, the consistent and unapologetic nod to 80’s fashion isn’t a fleeting trend or “look of the moment”, but rather so inextricably linked with who he is that it would be difficult to imagine him looking or dressing any other way. Though not a style just anyone can pull off, he exudes such carefree grace with every outfit, it’s no surprise he has become an icon in both music and fashion. People all over are trying to understand and emulate the young Brit’s casual vintage class – There really can only be one Dev Hynes though.

So what is it? What makes him so cool?

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INTRODUCING: DAN ROBERTS

[Photo via Dan’s Instagram – @Threadslike]

I met Dan, a fellow young New Zealander living in Melbourne, just a couple of months ago at a mutual friend’s party. Since then I’ve been a keen follower of his work. There is an impressive element of calm in the beautiful images he captures, depicting some of the most stylish people in the world. His shots – largely candid – give the viewer clues about a given scene but also leave room for questioning or interpretation which I believe is an important part of what makes a good photographer. Dan has this astounding gift for capturing a subject’s serenity and grace, all while conveying the real movement in a moment.

In the last 5 years, we have witnessed the sudden and drastic rise in popularity of Street Style Photography, partnered with an ever-increasing blogging culture, meaning fashion is now more accessible than ever – Overall this is a huge plus, but it also comes with some negatives. Suddenly style itself is harder to characterise or even recognise because we are flooded with pictures of the same things day in, day out. Street Style imagery is a great tool in keeping things fresh and genuine because it involves real people, in real situations. It’s fashion in the field; Fashion on the ground. Street Style can be a constant and ever-renewing source of inspiration, but this is all dependent on a gifted photographer with their own eye for style and innovation.

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TIGHT FIT: ARCHY MARSHALL

[Archy for Another Magazine by Willy Vanderperre]

20 year old musician Archy Marshall aka King Krule is perhaps not the typical strain of person who springs to mind when you hear the words “fashion icon,” but that’s exactly what he is. The immediately distinguishable quality in his personal aesthetic is a casual nonchalance and disregard for showiness or ostentation – Now that’s not to say his look isn’t polished or together, but rather gives the impression that above all, Archy will wear what he feels comfortable in, which in and of itself makes him the rare breed of ‘cool’ stylish people the world over try to emulate.

Born and raised in South London, his style and persona seems to be an unapologetic reflection of this environment and presumably, his experiences. There’s something about the clothing he chooses to don on a daily basis, that as an outsider, I can’t help but be attracted to because it’s so authentic and so synonymous with my perception of life and culture in London. During the last 3-4 years he has been in the public eye, there’s been very little change to how he dresses which further cements his approach to style as being organic and natural.

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