I’d describe my style as considered, sophisticated and always occasion-appropriate. I started caring about style as a child, when I used to watch my grandparents getting ready and dressed up for an event, a dinner, a meeting or even just the day ahead. Watching the care and attention they gave to their outfits, and the way they dressed appropriately for each occasion, inspired me to do the same. I often look to the older generation for style influences and add a modern twist.
For an everyday A/W outfit I always start from the bottom up. That usually begins with a boot, not just for the aesthetic, but also for the functional benefits. Especially when it’s wet. From there its usually all about the fabric: wool, cashmere, flannel, mohair, suede, leather, denim and corduroy. I like to experiment with colours (albeit within a particular scheme), layering and textures. Throw on a statement long coat over the top and you’re good to go.
On my current wish list is the 007 stone suede giubbino jacket from Connolly. It’s an updated and winterised version of the jacket worn by Bond in No Time to Die. Perfect for layering underneath a big coat, or as an outer layer over knitwear, a tee or a shirt – it’s sporting elegance at its finest. It also has drawstrings to cinch in the waist for a tailored look.
Bernard Fouquet is the man whose style I most admire. He’s a model I shot with on a few occasions. His style is effortlessly cool – beautiful combinations of workwear and tailoring, fabrics and layering, usually topped off with a neckerchief. Inimitable style. I also have to say Ralph Lauren – he embodies occasion dressing. With a huge range of outfits and looks bound together by an instantly recognisable aesthetic, he dresses appropriately for any occasion while always standing out from the crowd.