A year ago we reported on the downsizing of hip-hoppers’ clothing, which forecast this emergence of the individual, by showing the body, instead of effacing it with unnecessary shapeless fabric.
P. Diddy, the undisputed trendsetter, has taken to wearing bespoke suits, and is also putting a new face on style in this market. What says self expression better than showing your best side to the world? In the case of Outkast and the Black Eyed Peas, showing your madcap, unbridled styling influences is another approach. Their appeal to the younger generation to wear whatever they please will be a boon for the alternative styles.
Brands like FAL by Jeffrey Grubb and Hommebody are taking the pared down success of their leisurewear and are injecting it with personalized girly details: a ruffle here, a satin roping there, and so forth. Fitting in is falling out of vogue, and dressing uniquely is the new leisurewear.
Photos: Tommy Hilfiger
Black Eye Peas
FAL by Jeffrey Grubb