With the new season fast approaching, we catch up with our Studio Assistant Intern, Elliott, to find out what he's excited to see this season...
Who would you say are your favourite style icons?
Well I have to admit, it’s an eclectic mix… I’ve always adored the style of Morrissey (in his heyday), the use of oversized vintage clothing that epitomised his musical genre, I try and channel through my own style. Another one of my fashion heroes is the great Sir Hardy Amies, infamous for being the Queen’s designer for many years, he personified the eccentric English gentleman in his book “ABC of men’s fashion" – which honestly is my bible! One highlight quip being; “Sandals are hell, except on the beach where you want to take them off: or on a boat. And worn with socks are super hell!".
What can you absolutely not leave the house without on a Monday morning?
I can’t leave the house without my Gucci Bamboo messenger bag. The stunning bamboo handle is just so iconic, and is the most practical accessory as I can throw in all my other essentials including my laptop, aftershave, headphones and latest issue of hommes vogues, naturally.
What brands/designers do you love?
The House of Gucci have been making impeccably beautiful accessories for close to a century, the quality and design of their pieces is obvious from a mile away. Through Tom Ford, another designer I greatly admire, Gucci revitalised itself to become the contemporary power house it is today… I guess you could say I’m a sucker for heritage!
Although not renowned for menswear one of my all-time favourite designer has to be Coco Chanel. People today take for granted what mastery she achieved in her lifetime. She is the only designer to be in the Times 100 list of most influential people of the past century, and if you ask me, quite rightly so. If it wasn’t for her I quite confidently believe we wouldn’t be wearing black, tanning our skin and woman wouldn’t be wearing trousers - A true feminist before the term was coined she emancipated women of the trivial and restrictive elements of fashion - twice making corsets and false skirts passé. Her use of tweed is something I channel through my own look as a staple and is something I find both easy to pull off and comfortable to wear.
What trends do you always follow and what’re you looking forward to for AW15?
Although I am not heavily influenced by trends they of course leave an impression; with the use of vintage trends making their second appearance, I frequently find myself going for 80s inspired prints and oversized fits, and love mixing them with luxury pieces to make my style all the more personal. The runway is a fantastic place for inspiration, and for AW15 it has to be the Gucci’s menswear collection that I’m particular looking forward to. The use of a feminine/androgynous aesthetic is something I believe men’s fashion has been starved of for many years - bravo to Alessandro Michele!