The aesthetic inspirations of Taylor Hill
This musician keeps his look long, lean and fiercely his own
Taylor Hill, the drummer for the Young Empire, describes his aesthetic as “self-conscious.” Since he was a teenager, he’s seen fashion as an opportunity to express his individuality. “In Grade 7, my mom took me to the Gap for my birthday,” he says with a sigh. “She made me buy lots of stuff, and I refused to wear any of it. Even then, it drove me crazy when I saw someone in the same shirt as me.” In the past, Hill pledged allegiance to all things Yves Saint Laurent; these days, he’s inspired by Steve McQueen’s classic looks, though at six foot five, he allows that clothes look different on him than they do on other clotheshorses. “It’s a little harder to make things look good when you’re basically standing on stilts,” he says.