I’ve always looked at fashion magazines, desperately hoping to see someone like myself and I’ve been consistently disappointed. As someone who has leaned towards androgynous clothing, it’s been hard at times to find a sense of style. For a few years my only fashion inspiration came from Doctor Who and Diva Magazine (I wore a lot of plaid and bow-ties). I always fount it difficult that, society as a whole, deems the concept of fashion and style as inherently feminine and adhering to only one ‘look’ or body type (though, I have been privileged in this aspect as a slim, white person). I noticed recently that since I have removed myself from the idea that I ‘should’ look and present a certain way I’ve been significantly more inspired by fashion so here’s two of my current queer & pop culture fashion icons (inspired by myself when I posted this tweet).
Matty Healy of The 1975
Matt Healy is my most recent source of fashion inspiration. From casual interviews to flamboyant music videos, his style is wonderfully artistic. Sometimes it is simply the way in which he wears clothes or puts certain pieces together which I find interesting and inspiring. Matty Healy is the reason that I recently decided to re-invest in a pair of black skinny jeans after years of telling myself that they were a little too old-school pop-punk for me. His style is mostly monochrome with the occasional burst of bright colours to mix things up; I’ve found that you can’t really go far wrong with monochrome, you can dress it up or down and I think it may be the secret to truly effective smart-casual wear. Matty has an old-school, 70s/80s camp aesthetic mixed with a sense of small-town teenage angst and I adore it.
Matt Healy’s hair (and, sometimes, makeup) is yet another aspect to his fashion which I aspire to. There’s no question as to why Mick Jagger is a fan of his considering that Matty’s Love Me music video look rivals that of Jagger’s own stunning androgyny in the cult classic, Performance. His dark curly mess of hair with shaved sides reminds me of a more stylish version of my own hair. It always feels like a fashion choice when people embrace their curly hair due to the media stigmatisation of curls (see: John Frieda Frizz Ease ads) and it’s wonderful to see someone who can rock a complex haircut with textured hair.
Olly Alexander of Years and Years
A few days ago, while watching the music video for King, I found myself fascinated by Olly Alexander’s overall aesthetic. Ever since I’ve detached myself from the restrictive bounds placed onto me through gendered socialisation, I’ve noticed that I feel more able to see fashion and style as non-gendered; I’ve therefore found the world of fashion and fashion icons open up to me.
Allow me to backtrack for a moment; I first encountered Olly Alexander in God Help the Girl (a brilliant indie musical which you need to watch). This movie was, and is, hugely significant for me, not only in it’s themes but also in it’s aesthetic value and directorial decisions. The costumes in the movie are as carefully constructed as those in Godard’s French New Wave classics. Olly’s character, James, wears some wonderfully hipster, vintage-vibe outfits which is a great aesthetic decision for an indie movie.
Olly Alexander’s own wardrobe is urban and high-fashion blended with pastels. He uses basic, bold statement pieces in order to add flair to his looks. For me, some of his looks are a bit hit and miss, and some are definitely not everyday wear!
His old haircut with short back and sides and a curly mess on top makes me want to chop all my hair off. I think this is a haircut which would suit all genders while being a little less alternative than something like Matty Healy’s haircut.
This was a slightly different post for me, I hope you enjoyed it and maybe even find some fashion inspiration within it. I’ll be posting more of these in the future so let me know if you’ve got a queer fashion icon you’d like me to discuss- or, even better, write your own post and link me to it in comments!- AB