Harry Styles has become as synonymous with Saint Laurent as the interlocking logo itself, so it lead many to wonder who he would adopt as his go-to label when Creative Director Hedi Slimane left in 2016. However, he didn’t move an inch away from the label when Anthony Vaccarello took over – and this is a good thing. Why? Because it just works for him. When trying to nail down his personal style, it is quite difficult to pinpoint why slim trousers, boots with a slight Cuban heel and an oversized shirt or jacket on top of (usually) a vest has not only become his staple items but why it works for him. Could it be replicated on anyone but Harry? I’m not sure. Could I pull it off? Probably not. Am I a little envious of this? Absolutely.
I have a deep personal affiliation with Slimane, particularly under his tenure at Dior Homme and Saint Laurent, because he is a designer that defined a large part of my growing up. I grew up in a time when skinny was cool and skinny jeans were the only style of denim you could buy on the high-street. Camden was the place to be (before the tourists took over and the market polished up) and a new wave of rock pop flowed over the airwaves. When he departed both labels it symbolised a shift in both the psyche and aesthetic of an entire decade of dressing for millions of guys. However, Vaccarello’s SS18 collection did not depart too far from this look, ensuring that Saint Laurent is the house of choice for the eternal style dandy of the new millenium – and Harry.
SHOP HARRY’S LOOK
Saint Laurent Tunisian Collared Shirt with Gold Lame Flowers