I just started a new job as newly appointed chief fashion editor of the up-and- coming style website www.stylemywardrobe.com ( we will start posting in May- we are still in the process of creating the website). I talked with the publisher of the website, fashion stylist Kaz Longe how we would like to create a style blog for women who are different, eccentric, fat & tall.... yet talented and still beautiful in an unconventional way.
Is it true, with Lady Gaga, Beth Dito, Adele, Lynn Yaegger everywhere and head lines like 'Le chic, c'est freak, The Rise Of Eccentric Beauty- an article in the Sunday Times Style magazine are trying to convince us all that 'being different' has become the 'new black'?
|'The Voice'- singer Beth Ditto- how to describe a true fashion 'nut case'- fat, lesbian, so cool it almost hurts - and a voice that make my toes tingle...|
OK, back to reality-and back to finding the style outsiders true heroes. So, who are the pin- up boys of the men's fashion & style world who are fat, bald, chubby, small, kooky& creepy yet interesting, fun, creative and the true fashion & style geniuses with tons of character, charm and true chic! Let me introduce you to The Fashion Philosopher's inner circle of 'The Fabulous Freaks of Men's Fashion':
1. Mickey Boardman- editorial director of Paper Magazine
|What did Coco Chanel say: In regards to accessories- take always away the last piece you added to your outfit- Mr Boardman have you listened- Coco just said something???|
|Mr Micky Boardman take on Andy Warhol's star portrait pics? Je t'aime, Mickey!|
|Actually, I really like the look, it is exactly the right level of female and male sartorial proportions...|
|A sporty jacket+ sky blue polo-shirt+ 'It'-clutch= Mickey is here!|
Absolutely true words and words some fashionistas and her male counterpart should take to their heart. To become part of fashion means more than just to know your Vogue trend report by heart and have the sales person at Burberry smiling at you (since he knows how much you will spend for the last fad). Fashion is everything- fashion is art, fashion is music, fashion is the colour of a flower you just were enchanted by and a good book you just ready. To develop a true feeling for your own style, you must be able to live a 'whole' life and keep your eyes open for ideas and beauty.... thanks Mr Boardman. I'm sure we will get on brilliantly when we will meet in near future!
2. Andre Leon Talley- former editor-in-large and now contributing editor of American Vogue
The 21th century Renaissance man, a bon vivant, a dandy, a photographer, a fashion journalist promoter of young talent....the true 'Fashion Pope'
Not only physically impressive, six foot seven inches, his monumental status in fashion has been achieved by surviving more than 30 years in the 'chiffon traces' with style and grace ( and without becoming a size zero or become completely bonkers, but maybe.. hm... hi hi ha..).
Looking always 'freakishly' amazing in his own creation of flamboyant 'muumuus', looking like an excotic version of Holbein's Henry VIII. I'm really, really in awe of Andre. I am sure it was not at all easy growing up black, gay and big shy guy in a small town in South Carolina ( isn't the one of the worst case scenarios). He left the South to come to New York in the late 60's early 70's where his first job was being an assistant to artist Andy Warhol! From there he went to meet the person who was maybe the most important person in his life, next to his beloved Granny, who worked very hard to bring her grand child up with loads of love and despite poverty, style!
He met Diana Vreeland, during a time, when she was still working as editor-in-chief for Vogue. She helped him to find his unique voice as an fashion journalist- the mix between Southern small-town brawl and high life sophistication.
|The 70's- a decade with an almost 'disgusting' love for the excess....Andre with Lord Snowdon, photographer and first husband of the 'party princess': Princess Margaret, the younger sister of the Queen of England.|
|Dress-To-Impress- if Lagerfeld is 'The Kaiser'- than Talley is 'The Pope'|
Not only his live story inspires and helps young people gaining more confidence, Andre also helps many in more practical ways. He uses his flawless connections of the 'Who is Who' of the fashion world to promote young fashion designers. Talley even branches out his help to other areas too which brought him a honorary doctorate in Humanity from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Ok, this man is fat, huge with huge drooping lips yet he learned how to dress his weaknesses and learned an important lesson in search of his very own 'fabulous you' , that is: if you can not get rid of your flaws put them on a golden pedestal for view of the whole world, this creates awe, doesn't; it? .
3. Antony Hegarty- singer and song writer, transvestite and performance artist
|Antony- a modern venus or just a freak of nature?|
|Antony and The Johnsons- the big break came in 2006- for their album I Am A Bird Now, they won the prestigious Mercury price. In the end individualism and creativity won....|
|His performance is strongly influenced by the years he worked in gay progressive theatre before slowly developing his singer career|
4.Igor Dewe- fashion performance artist, shoe artist and createur of fashion films
I will not say anything yet, you must watch the video first and than you will understand....
I can already hear some whispers from the sceptical fashion fanatic: '... at least he is not fat...', OK, that is true is not fat, one point less on the fashion crime scala, yet he is anything else- completely bonkers, poor, a fanatic, an exhibitionist, a masochist, disgusting, sexually .... so qui est-ce, Igor Rewe?
He is like a true magic unicorn, maybe the first and last of his kind- can you see him having sex with him? OK, we can accept one apology, this Fashion Dervish is French...maybe an overload of too intellectual- too serious- to 'arty- farty' French dramas in his youth?
Yet, whatever you think of him, he is brave and unique! Beauty lies in the eye of the spectator, doesn't it?
|Forget McQueen's Armadillo shoes- Igor Drewe's African horn creation is the true killer heel!|
I think in the case of Igor, it is not that interesting where he comes from, what his plans are, commercially viable or not, Igor, for me is about going forward, taking the ugly or unused into something narratively beautiful. It is fashion yet it is art. Igor Dewe's art/ fashion is about exploring the limits, the fugaciousness of the being, to make sense from the senseless. His fashion creations are transcending the useful and logic- they are a phantasm not mend to last longer than the film they are made for.
Thanks for taking the time to share my thoughts with you!
Raj, The Fashion Philosopher