Thursday, 23 October 2008

Returning to Classics

Subversive, defined, sleek tailoring through the ages; A John Waters creation It’s not very often that we are swayed by the appearance of film directors, but there is something very enchanting about John Waters sense of style and yet it’s very chic, simple and understated. It’s not only his quirky wares and peculiar moustache which separates him from the norm; it’s his whole image and retro persona which makes him a style icon. He always seems to work traditional tailoring and old classics in a modernised way, which is why we should delve into his wardrobe of timeless staples. Think D&G Spring/Summer 2009; a sleek silhouette, their rendition of menswear classics, sophisticated, modern and contemporary; or Jill Sanders collections which represents exquisite minimalist precisions and fine tailoring. Work Brooks Brothers cigarette trousers with a Comme de Garcon crisp white shirt, a Paul Smith waistcoat, brown leather brogues and a Yoji Yamamoto tie. The outcome of this look is classically stylish and appropriately quirky. Accessories your outfit with the unforgettable bow tie, Anglo American eccentric eyewear and a traditional holdhall bag, with your hair sleeked back for a sharper look. Remember it’s all in the detail. Influence and Homage? As unashamed fans of Junya Watanabe, it goes without saying that their sleek tapered blazers and pleated front trousers for Spring/Summer 2009 are the essence of timeless pieces season after season. And lets not forget Yoji Yamamoto; they don’t just call him the master for nothing. Opt for a micro pattern Moschino jacket when attending the Frieze Art Fair in London or a silk lapel jacket worn over a coloured shirt when at the Martin Margiela exhibition in Antwerp. Dress down in a wool Burberry trench coat, shortened cigarette trousers, brogues and white t-shirt for lunch at the Freemans in New York, Lower East Side. These are not just timeless pieces, there an investment for your wardrobe when it comes to masterful tailoring. Take clips from John Waters 1988 success movie ‘Hairspray’, on how to wear the season’s slim lined suit, narrow lapels and the famous winklepickers. Mr Waters has always worked his lean demure look with the same quirkiness his brought to all of his movies. His trick: keeping things sleek and simple with an understated appeal.