These are just some examples of how Harry Styles is known in the fashion circles nowadays.
But is he so?
THE BEGINNING OF IT ALL:
If you ask that same question to a very specific generation, the answer is probably going to be a big YES.
The name of Harry Styles seems to be everywhere, especially since his incorporation to the Gucci family back in 2018 for the Gucci Tailoring pre-fall campaign. We can say that Alessandro Michele is to be accounted responsible for putting him in the fashion spotlight. And thank god he did so.
But the stylist adventure had begun long ago. Of course he was already famous with his music project, One Direction, but when it comes to fashion, his own adventure started from the moment he met Harry Lambert seven years ago.
“He just has fun with clothing, and that’s kind of where I’ve got it from,” says Styles about Lambert. “He doesn’t take it too seriously, which means I don’t take it too seriously.” (VOGUE US, Dec. 2020)
THE QUEER DANDY STYLE:
From that moment onwards, his rise to the fashion heaven has been a non-stop evolution. His face has started to appear on fashion magazines every other month and his iconic looks are consistently shared on Stories and social media accounts. He has created a new style somehow, a classic one with a very interesting twist: the “queer dandy” style.
Even though his inspirations are figures as relevant and recognizable as Prince, David Bowie, Elvis, Freddie Mercury or Elton John among others, he has been wise enough to work on his own style path, and has learned how to play with feminine garments that he makes his own without losing his personality.
A pearl necklace, high heels, nail polish or even fishnet stockings are some of the accessories that he has been seen wearing, not only on fashion magazines, but on the red carpet and on stage.
He has built a fashion universe around himself and everything he touches becomes gold.
THE CROWNING MOMENT: VOGUE US COVER:
And then came the Vogue US cover. It was December 2020, and Harry Style’s cover was a hit. After all, it was the first solo man cover ever. Quite a milestone, to be honest.
But the cover was not the best part. In fact, the interior pages where just as good. We got to see a Harry Styles feeling free like never before, both in his pics and in his interview; wearing a fantasy wardrobe that included a bunch of feminine clothes. A funny and joyful shooting that was full of colour and life.
In words of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Masculine and feminine are balanced beautifully’, with a mention to some James Dean Vibes. The thing is, this cover was much more than just a solo men cover. It was a declaration of intent, a social message to those who fear the challenge of experimenting with their wardrobe.
There are some voices, many voices (haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate) that criticize him for having been recognized as a queer icon without being so, but the truth is that it does not seems to be his intention.
He’s just playing with clothes and wearing whatever makes him happy without giving it a second thought. In fact, he has stated before that he sees sexuality as something fun, but has aways have a girlfriend and doesn’t intend to be known as anything but a guy who likes to dress up and play with women clothes from time to time.
In Harry’s words: ’There’s so much joy to be had in playing with clothes. I’ve never thought too much about what it means: it just becomes this extended part of creating something.
And that’s what needs to be understood from his looks: that clothes should be worn to have fun with them, regardless of their predefined gender.
After all, it is something that goes beyond genders, that needs no label or judgement, it’s a style that shouts freedom, personality and love for fashion.
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