BROOKLYN'S STYLE EVOLUTION
By Sam Higgins, 16 March 2017
It’s hard being the son of David Beckham, carrying the weight of sartorial expectation on your shoulders. But, even at just 18, Brooklyn has already managed to craft a signature style that can consistently compete with his fashionable father and the rest of the stylish set. Here’s how the youngster went from little league to premier style player.
The Beckham sartorial legacy might be built on timeless, heritage style, but Brooklyn broke away from tradition when first appearing on our radar back in 2015. If you’re looking to introduce yourself, there isn’t a more bold way than throwing on a high-vis, half-zip hoodie jacket that glows more brilliantly with every flash of paparazzi cameras. Solid start for young Becks.
Naturally, Brooklyn didn’t want to spend his time living in his father’s shadow, however on point that shade. So, anticipating the hordes of photographers awaiting his every airport arrival, the budding photographer started to cut his own stylish silhouette when travelling. He hadn’t exactly found it just yet here though, it seemed, strolling through the terminal in an outfit that was part skater-boy, part biker-boy, part fashionable frontman. Make your mind up, Brooklyn.
It’s easy to let the excitement of being front row at a fashion show lead to some garish getups. But actually, Brooklyn showcased his sartorial maturity at his debut fashion week appearance in January 2016, injecting a sufficient amount of statement steez through an impressive Burberry, bumblebee Breton. A black overcoat kept the formal levels up, but a pair of skinny jeans and black Yeezy boots brought a touch of youthfulness to his kit.
Following his front-row feature at Burberry's AW16 show, the brand handed Brooklyn creative freedom over a multi-million-pound campaign. Risky, you’d think, but with style in his DNA, dressing for the occasion was a breeze. A quilted bomber, simple white tee, ripped grey jeans and black plimsolls – oh, and a trusty camera that slots perfectly into his monochrome palette, of course.
By this point, young Brooklyn had ample opportunity to study how his father – the lead purveyor of airport style – crafts his travel steez. It seems he took plenty of pointers, as here, pictured outside the terminal, he doubled up on camo with a classic jacket and a slouchy bag from Off-White. He also slung his deck under his arm, rocked a pair of virtually-uncoppable black Yeezys on his feet and finished his 'fit with his now-trademark cap on his head. He even managed to pull off a moody-but-painfully-cool look of his own in the process.
There aren’t many statement pieces that have infiltrated the menswear world like the souvenir jacket. Luckily, when experimenting with the on-trend, silky sukajan, Brooklyn quickly got a handle on its boldness and wisely kept everything else simple with some black jeans and white kicks, focusing all attention on the Louis Vuitton jacket. Strong.
Having cast aside footballing hopes in favour of art college, Brooklyn’s sartorial selections only became more curated and more artfully crafted. Here, for example, strolling around London with what we assume is initial sketches for his outfit the next day, he maintained his skater-boy style with an all-monochrome trio which consisted of a grey tee, darker grey skinny jeans and white kicks. A brush stroke of pink came via his cap, which he flipped backwards for extra-cool effect.
It’s one thing having to ensure your ‘fit is of a consistently high quality, but here Brooklyn was also having to deal with styling out that awkward in-between hairstyle, too. Luckily, it just so happened that, paired with the smarter combo of a patterned shirt, black blazer and skinny jeans, Brooklyn’s longer locks provided an added slick touch to his sharp steez. Full marks.
The initial drawings were good and here we see Brooklyn exhibiting the pièce de résistance – his grade-A-worthy final submission. An artist's homage to Golden Balls himself (we like to think), Brooklyn combined a yellow Bieber tour hoodie, black patched jeans and matching yellow adidas kicks. But, what’s that you have there Brooklyn? A whole sketchbook of outfits now? Looks like we’re in for a treat.
And so we arrive at Brooklyn’s finest hour to date – the culmination of two years of consistently improving cuts, each outfit an evolution in styling. Still sporting his longer crop, he segued neatly from skater gear to workwear-inspired threads throwing on a light black jacket, grey tee and skinny black jeans for a fail-safe tonal touch. He added a welcome hint of lightness via some beige Yeezy boots and his sartorial coming of age was complete.