Teenage girls are the best. I would know, being one myself. We have a unique ability to obsess and become fanatical over celebrities in a way that our male counterparts cannot. Although I have grown out of it now, when I was a young teenager (say aged thirteen to fifteen, your formative years) I had a strong obsession with two hip-hop artists, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. In the case of Lil Wayne, I imagined marrying him; with Nicki, it was friendship. I adored these two stars and kept up with their every move. I actually had a fan blog for Lil Wayne on Tumblr, which somehow amassed almost 5000 followers, more of a following than I’ve ever been able to grow on my personal social media platforms (except Twitter back in the early days when it was super easy to grow a following through follow-for-follow schemes and whatnot). I have long since grown out of my adoration for these artists. In fact, I follow neither of them on social media now. However, I will never forget the buzz I used to get when I saw new pictures of them, especially Minaj.
Nicki Minaj’s outfits used to be so exciting to me. I used to try to predict what she was going to wear. I particularly loved her style when she was working with Rushka Bergman. It was when she became high-fashion, ditching the outlandish, avant-garde costumes that she wore from 2010 – 2013 and began moving into a more refined and understated look. This partnership has since dissolved and Minaj is back to wearing more out-there pieces/revealing looks, but it was fun while it lasted. One thing I used to do was go through the ready-to-wear shows at the end of the season and pick looks that I thought Minaj should or could wear. I still have various posts on this blog from that series actually. Here is the most recent one from the Fall 2016 season.
In the recent seasons, I’ve developed more of an interest in menswear or simply male celebrity styling. I’m slightly sick of seeing naked dresses and Balmain on red carpets (although Balmain is fading away, as mentioned in this flashback post) so I like to focus on what the men are wearing. They have a lot more opportunity to play with their looks nowadays, especially since the rise of Gucci has made it more and more acceptable for men to wear ornate pieces formerly reserved for females. Gone are the days of men just wearing a simple tuxedo. That doesn’t cut it anymore.
One stylist who I think styles men particularly well is Ilaria Urbinati, whose clients include Rami Malek, Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino), and Riz Ahmed – basically any guy who people have been crushing on recently. She manages to dress her men in a way that gets them the same level of attention as females get. For example, Donald Glover’s brown velvet suit (Gucci, naturally) from the Golden Globes earlier this year was just as talked about as many of the female looks, and is, in fact, the only look I can actually remember from that awards show.
Another male celebrity who I think is killing things looks-wise is Harry Styles. Yes, his style is extremely reverential. A mash-up of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards with a little bit of Bowie thrown in there. However, it works. It doesn’t seem entirely inauthentic, and the added effort is actually appreciated. He doesn’t dress like every other guy on the street and that’s rare. Harry Styles is practically the face of Gucci. He wears the brand so often that it is ubiquitous with him. Sometimes he even has custom pieces made. He also has been wearing the Scottish brand, LOVERBOY by designer Charles Jeffrey a lot in the past few months.
To find out where all of Styles’ looks come from, you need not follow his stylist Harry Lambert (who is rarely mentioned in articles about Styles’ styles). Instead, there is a dedicated fan account, Harry Wore What, with 36k+ followers on Twitter and 20k on Instagram who tirelessly chronicle his every look, finding out the designer and sometimes stockists of the pieces he wears. Normally these type of fan accounts remain faceless. However, the duo behind this account were interviewed by Fashionista.com on what it takes to run a fan account and honestly the amount of time and effort it takes was not surprising to me.
Harry Wore What is run by two teenage girls, sisters in fact, from Toronto. Still in high school, the girls juggle school work with their social media work. Honestly, it’s like a part time job. They source high quality images of Styles from his public appearances and scour the web to find the origins of his outfits. Sometimes they can recognize the item by the designer (e.g. Gucci by the logo or the overall styling since recent collections have all followed a similar theme) and other times it involves a lot more investigative work. I think it’s great because it allows them to mix their interest in fashion with their role as a fan, learning more and more about the fashion industry along the way. What may have began as a hobby for the duo is actually a great thing to put on their resume. Not only have they built a loyal following (valuable), they have shown research skills, dedication, and time management. The article gave no mention of if the girls have managed to monetize the account yet, but honestly wouldn’t it be great for them to be paid for their work? They do what PR companies dream of, giving credits to brands that may not normally receive them whilst sharing it with an audience of devoted fans.
Harry Wore What is not the only fan account out there, but it is the biggest name focused on Harry Styles. Each of the Kardashians have a similar fan account, allowing their fans to keep up with their closets and where every piece is from. Nicki Minaj has one. Really, it’s commonplace as our voracious appetite for all things celebrity never ceases. Fans want to dress like their idols. If Harry Wore What means more guys start dressing like Harry Styles, I’m all for it. Until then, I’ll settle for just seeing photos of him because as I said before, he is killing it. We all need a little bit of Styles in our lives.