My Style Rules: Christopher Shannon

The menswear designer, known for his bold and colourful street-wear, on the death of the leather jacket and the importance of good underwear

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The way I dress is quite formulaic. I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about my clothes. I go to four shops and buy the same things again and again and only throw them out when they get tatty.

Sunspel underwear and Uniqlo socks are essential items for your wardrobe. Having good underwear to hand saves you so much time.

COS is irritatingly good. I went in the other day and I could see takes on my sweatshirts and Craig Green’s jackets, but they do it so well, you can’t argue with it really. And it’s so much cheaper than our stuff!

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With actors it’s all just suits isn’t it? I can only get so interested really, although Eddie Redmayne is quite stylish.

I hate when people don’t wear matching socks, I’d rather go barefoot, not as an aesthetic thing, but just the feel of knowing both your socks are different really makes me feel a bit insane.

I always think it’s an absence of taste when people wear leather jackets. They’ve reached saturation point, they don’t say anything anymore about people wearing them, it’s just become a bit of a standard.

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In terms of accessories, you only need to carry your phone and your wallet, preferably one of those Comme des Garcons wallets that are really, really good.

If you want to be like uptight and tidy about your hair, I’d get it cut every three weeks. It can look really immaculate, so hat’s off to people who keep it together like that.

Judy Blame is a style hero of mine. He’s quite old-school, almost like a fashion gangster. He always pulls a look together.

Photographers like Jean-Baptiste Mondino inspire my style, but because of the whole ethos of their work rather than their personal style.

What’s everyone gonna be wearing for summer? Probably the same shit they wore last summer. Black cut-off jeans, Converse…all of that. 

I can’t think of the last time I saw a thing, maybe bomber jackets?

I wish everyone would stop wearing topknots, that would be a good thing.

They key to wearing colour is to just go for it, then pare it back later. Wear loads of colour then find your favourite items.

A t-shirt is the hardest thing in the world to fit, because a perfect fit t-shirt is so specific to each person. It’s agonising.

I think because fashion is so accessible at the moment, style has become kind of diluted. It’s hard to see people that look authentically stylish, because everyone’s got the same shit on all the time.

After a successful S/S '15 footwear collaboration with CAT, Christopher Shannon will team up with the brand again for A/W '15, catfootwear.com, christophershannon.co.uk


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