“One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art.” (Oscar Wilde)
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David Hockney has ingenious style, just look at his socks. From his psychedelic landscapes in the 50s and 60s, to his pink and purple iPad skies, if style is the art of colour, Mr Hockney is overqualified. Cited as a style hero for many of fashion’s best dressed males, Hockney has always pulled a look without ceremony. In his round rimmed glasses, shaggy polo shirts and crumpled trainers, his style is pointed but effortless. Among Hockney’s fans is French photographer Romain Sellier, who modelled Charles Panczuk as the young artist in this shoot for i-D online, and shared his admiration for the living legend.
It goes without saying that I’m a big fan of Hockney’s art and find each period of his work very inspiring. My stimulus to do this fashion story was a series of portraits of him, some done by other artists/photographers and some by himself.
What I find particularly striking is the reflection of his personal style on his work and vice versa. David Hockney dresses in a very peculiar yet meticulous way, he pays attention to every little detail, nothing is left to random and there’s a very “dandy” aspect in his style and his works: the very unique way he mixes stripes and printed fabrics, as well as the fantastic combination of the different primary colours.
He is the epitome of what we French say “mise-en-abime”, both in his art and in his style. In his work there is a constant lust for joy, sometimes understated and subtle and sometimes, its extreme opposite: loud and flamboyant. It was actually this – his endless quest of happiness – that made me conceive this fashion story.
Introduction: Sarah Raphael
Photography: Romain Sellier assisted by Sylvain Patry
Styling: Vanessa Deutsch assisted by Eve Chaumontet
Set Designer: Charlotte Smoos assisted by Benedicte
Model: Charles Panczuk at New Madison
Grooming: Audrey Lambert
Look 1: Jacket Lacoste. Jeans Marni. Glasses Swildens. Flippers Nabaiji. Look 2: Shirt and Trousers Lacoste. Braces Espace Killiwatch Paris. Cap Tillmann Lauterbach. Socks Cuisse de grenouille Paris. Shoes Vintage Adidas Stan Smith. Glasses Emmanuelle Kahn. Look 3: Suit Viktor & Rolf. Polo Fred Perry. Tie Cuisse de grenouille Paris. Glasses Linda Farrow. Belt Carhartt. Look 4: Shirt Marni. Tie Stylist’s own. Glasses Emmanuelle Kahn. Look 5: Jumper Carven. Polo Shirt: Carhartt. Shorts Woolrich. Socks Happy socks. Loafers Tommy Hilfiger. Glasses Prada. Look 6: Polo Shirt Tommy Hilfiger. Trousers Lacoste. Glasses Swildens. Swimming cap Decathlon. Look 7: Jumper Marc Jacobs. Braces Espace Killiwatch Paris. Hat Carhartt. Glasses Emmanuelle Kahn.