This year, fashion’s DIY aesthetic has gone into overdrive with designers decorating, deconstructing and defacing denim, leather jackets and more in order to create truly custom pieces. While womenswear has embraced patches and pins aplenty, menswear’s interpretation involves a little more graffiti, grit and anarchy. In their dedication to lit looks, some of our most stylish men have enlisted the help of cult labels like Hi Mum I’m Dead and Enfants Riches Déprimés. Here are a few outfits that illustrate our point perfectly.
By Kasia Hastings, 20 May 2016
Punks have been making a statement with customised military pieces since the 70s and, today, pop prince Zayn Malik’s M65 army jacket arrives modified with some designer doodles. His is by Faith Connexion and comes with a hefty price tag, but you can make your own custom creation with a simple khaki jacket and a permanent marker.
Most men would be pretty peed off if they found their favourite Calvin Klein tee vandalised, but not A$AP Rocky. That's because the rapper’s tee comes courtesy of Australian label-of-the-moment Hi Mum I’m Dead. Designer Pauly Bonomelli takes classics like Rocky’s T-shirt and transforms them into wearable works of art with scribbles, prints and paint.
Kanye West is a one-of-a-kind sort of guy and always ahead of the creative curve, so naturally he was one of the first to hit up Hi Mum I’m Dead for the label’s ‘one of none’ designs. Ye rocked Bonomelli’s graffiti emblazoned denim jacket during NYFW and liked it so much that a remarkably similar collection of illustrated jackets appeared at his Pablo pop-up soon after. The only other person with the power to get their hands on this bespoke piece is Kim, but we’re pretty sure all you need is some bored pals and a couple of fabric pens to update your dull denim duds.
A true patriot of the punk aesthetic, Vic Mensa knows the power of a few patches and a good screen print. He also knows when to put down the glue gun and his more measured approach to customisation demonstrates exactly how to give a classic piece a simple update.
If like Zayn, you’ve got a spare leather jacket to attack with some Tipp-Ex, then consider your look for your next night out sorted. This illustrated leather number is a nice riff on the rocker staple and is expertly paired with a simple black tee and jeans.