From Dalí’s lobster phones and melting clock faces to Damien Hirst’s butterfly works- Surrealism is something that we can’t seem to get out of our systems. We buy into the singers who prance around in vintage band uniforms (Gwen) and the art but something we rarely show an interest in is surrealist fashion.
The reason? It’s just too embarrassing to pop down to Tesco’s with a pair of devil horns protruding from your well-styled scalp. Well not anymore. This post will allow you to test the look without looking visually-testing and trust me when I tell you that it is easier than you think. See after the jump for more information on where this look began and (wearable) items you can put on your shopping list to mimic it.
Henry Holland has pioneered this trend and reflected his own wacky style on his catwalks. Although not yet showing menswear as a show it is something that he has integrated successfully into his female shows. At the recent parties in Paris, Holland was seen in double bow-ties and triple-tone shirts. With bright blazers and signature skinnies the fashion darling struck a dashing figure against the background of black-clad editors. In the weeks before, Holland had featured trilts (the blend of trouser and kilt) in his show. Now Brown’s Men’s Store has added Ann Demeulemeester fringe waistcoats and Maison Martin Margiela surreal-inspired tees into their bulging fashion treasure chest. This is a look that is hit or miss- the Margiela tee is great but not as effective as the Demeulemeester piece. However sartorial stars live in the balance and it is all about the mix and match factor of dressing which allows looks like these to take-off. For example, the waistcoat could be worn with a plain white t-shirt, black drainpipes, low-key plimsolls and strictly no added extras for an explosive and brilliant look. Don’t be afraid to take risks- you will sometimes suffer but in the long term it will pay off. A rather good all-round philosophy if you ask me.
By Will Reid | March 10th, 2008