AN EXPERT GUIDE TO FAIL-PROOF MENSWEAR
ASIMPLE pair of fitted chinos, a grey T-shirt and some cologne can go a long way. Ipswich menswear designer Nikke Horrigan has been in the men’s fashion game long enough to know how to dress to impress and he says it’s not as complicated as most men think. Nikke’s label, aptly called Nikke Horrigan, has been the young designer’s love affair for the past few years and reflects his motto for fail-proof dressing: keep it simple. His distressed denim, frayed hemlines and minimalist, relaxed aesthetic is on par with the evolution of men’s fashion. “Men’s fashion has really lifted its game. Social media and fashion ambassadors have really pushed men’s fashion in the right direction,” he said. “A few years ago, when social media didn’t exist, men weren’t as inclined to go shopping or talk so much about fashion, but now its a celebrity thing – what’s hot and what’s not. “I think that’s a great thing and men’s fashion will grow. It might not ever be as big as women’s fashion but it will be on par somewhere down the track.” Nikke said the Ipswich fashion scene had a lot to learn from its neighbouring capital cities. “Fashion in Ipswich doesn’t really exist and that was why it was hard to start, given the fact that
A few years ago when social media didn’t exist, men weren’t as inclined to go shopping or talk so much about fashion but now its a celebrity thing - what’s hot and what’s not ... I think that’s a great thing and men’s fashion will grow.
being a pretty small place, people are blue collar and it’s not that built around fashion. It’s just the town it is,” he said. “It’s an old mining town and brought up in that traditional way, you went to work and they’re all hard-working people and don’t take fashion seriously, they think it’s a bit frivolous. “There are changes happening and everyone has sort of jumped on this bandwagon, which I think is good, it brings everyone together but I think it’s still a is ambitionsgrowingfair here “Ipswichway but up, andoff I will don’tI to havebig where alwaysthink wings.a lot I I’llbeof think Ipswichfondmy stay.it home memoriesshouldI havewas and goodbig be. my but to familythereme comesHe saida time the when tendency you for need mento jumpto reject the fashion paddock.” was put down to stigma – a mentality that was due for an overhaul. “It definitely comes down to stigma, a lot of guys have been brought up like that. Their dads taught them to get on the tools, they never said ‘do you want to go to the shops and get a new pair of jeans’, that was never in the context,” he said. The boilermaker turned plumber turned navy aircraft technician turned coalminer turned fashion designer said he always knew there was “another side” in fashion designing he had never shown. “Both my parents were trendy. My dad was a smooth criminal, he had turtlenecks and I saw him like James Bond, and my mother was the same,” he said. “I had that upbringing where fashion was kind of a big deal, it was a statement and that has followed me. “There is no better feeling than knowing you’re at your purpose. In fashion I found my purpose.”