I have developed a style crush. My victim of choice? Not the usual selection of cutely dressed girls with indie leanings. Not the grand dames with loopy/eclectic style. No, it’s Patrick Wolf and his sadly no-longer-flaming-red coiffure. Regardless of what you think of his music, his personal style seems to reflect the same mix-ups of traditional vs. contemporary. It’s as if he treats his outfits like instrumental arrangements, with insertions of random surprises just to throw you off. I don’t really take a huge interest in hawk-eyeing celebrity styles so it’s funny that the one time I do develop a style crush it’s on a guy. (Note to the boyf: It’s his STYLE I like, not him – promise!)
The latest Burberry ads sees Wolf subdued but still powerful in the way Christopher Bailey wants for his Medieval-fierce vibe he’s going for AW07-8. A little surprised to see that Bailey had managed to persuade Wolf to be in the campaign but clearly it’s yielding some good results (catches my eye more so than the femmes…)
I’m about 95% sure Wolf is self-styled and if these pictures are anything to go by, I believe Patrick Wolf is another ‘style schizophrenic’, much like myself, hence why I’m probably attracted to his STYLE (promise it’s not HIM!). I see vintage, Ashish, preppy, dramatic, KTZ all meshed together and all working together on some level or another.
Paired with his schizophrenic style is also his attitude which I detect he has a lot of (can’t figure out his personalibility from this interview but it’s an interesting insight…). I mean, a checked shirt, shorts and argyle socks should be wrong on all sorts of levels but I guess if you have enough conviction, anything goes and his steely stare and uncompromisingly red hair says it all…. ok… you got me…. I’m attracted to something other than his style…. oh dear….