By Sam Higgins, 12 February 2016
We take sartorial inspiration from celebrities nailing the latest trends or smashing classic menswear, but when they go rogue and disobey dress codes, the results are often equally impressive. Rules are made to be broken, right?
It was only a matter of time until Kanye’s influence seeped into the sporting world. And if any athlete was going to take the Yeezy Boost from the red carpet to the hardwood of the NBA, it was going to be the one nicknamed Swaggy P. Nick Young, known as the NBA’s hypebeast and definitely one of basketball’s most stylish players, swerved his usual heavily-padded basketball shoes for the on-trend (but strictly non-performance) Yeezy specials back in December. It didn’t seem to hinder his game too much, however, as he scored 13 points and gave the kicks another run out later that month.
A suit to an awards dinner – what do you mean? Justin Bieber obviously didn’t fancy getting all suited and booted for the AMAs and instead stood alongside formally-clad attendees in a unique, heart-covered Nirvana tee. It’s hardly surprising that Bieber would break the rules – the singer has courted controversy his whole career and never seems too fussed about the consequences. We, however, loved Bieber’s rebellion and with a tee that good, we’d be wearing it all the time too.
If you see a tracksuit on a fashion catwalk today, you probably won’t bat an eyelid. And for that, we have Skepta to thank. Unbothered by a notable contrast between the traditional fashion show dress code and his own style, the grime superstar stayed true to his roots during Nasir Mazhar's SS15 showcase, with the designer creating a one-of-a-kind tracksuit for him to walk in. This collaboration, alongside the rise of grime, has kickstarted a tracksuit renaissance that has seen designers across the globe take note. The following fashion week, Skepta was again at the show, on the front row, in a black tracksuit and… you know the rest.
Alex Turner & Miles Kane
In mid-summer last year, London saw its hottest days in recent history. The temperature shot upwards of 30 degrees and some of the warmest weather, unfortunately for the tennis players, fell during Wimbledon. As fans in the stands moaned about sunburn, sipped on warm Pimms and mopped up the clotted cream that had melted off their scones, Alex Turner and Miles Kane sat head-to-toe in full black leather, unfazed by the mercury rising rapidly. It seems the Last Shadow Puppets duo are just too cool to sacrifice style for comfort.
Let’s face it, Shia LaBeouf does what he wants. In particular, he wears what he wants and it’s fairly obvious that he isn’t influenced by any current trend, personal stylist or seasonal fashion show. Instead, Shia has forged his own signature style, consisting of various freebie T-shirts, a selection of super-comfy joggers and, most notably, tucked-in socks (a technique even Kanye has adopted recently). In doing so, the consummate style rebel has shown that shying away from convention and just rocking whatever, whenever, can sometimes be the best advice going.