Why Men Care Less About Fashion
Givenchy were rightly fearful of menswear from Paris Fashion Week being ridiculed. This outfit wasn’t even the silliest on the catwalk, but it did have the most hilariously understated caption, which read:
‘It’s difficult to imagine Givenchy’s latest looks making the transition to the high street.’
Although if you’re intent on looking like a cross-dressing Albanian clog-dancer, it’s definitely the look for you.
After years of following fashion trends it looks to me as if London males are creating their own separate looks area by area. A walk between boroughs is enough to show you how local chaps are combining clothes and hairstyles, or – as in the case of the area around Brick Lane – buying from local independent clothes stores. Weird clothes seem to be less in evidence in the US, but in Finland they’re a common way of expressing creativity – and why not?
The design house styles no longer have anything to do with major city clothes. Broad themes filter through in the media world, though. Recently I was in the Phoenix Artists Club and saw what I thought was a row of little old men in cardigans, tweeds and flat caps, but they turned out to be twentysomethings in Fashionable Clothes. Don’t think of doing this if you’re above a 32 waist, though, as I swear European sizes are getting smaller. I’m happy to live in jeans and a T-shirt until I die, and let my personality make up for my deficiencies in fashion!