FANTASTIC Mr. WES
Season after season, fashion designers have been citing director Wes Anderson as a source of inspiration. His cult movies like “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” are often set in surreal settings populated by enchantingly dandy characters who progressively transform the way they look as they discover new things or roam new worlds. The epitome of those properties is the quirky shot above that slaps together formal wear, ethnic accessories and traveling essentials in an Indian train wagon.
The state of menswear today couldn’t be any different from the cultural hodgepodge in this image. The sense of global fashion has finally come true as the incorporation of Indian fabrics, oriental iconographies and western styling, just to name a few, come together on the runways and beyond. What was called a sporty silhouette a few seasons ago has now developed into “athleisure,” while current luxury wear has become particularly fitting for globetrotting. Even more surprising is the persistent push toward genderless clothing: Pure masculinity holds no ground in sartorial matters.
For a style observer, all this might look like the unexpected evolution of what was previously considered a conservative industry. Maybe menswear is wandering off at the moment, venturing into the Eastern territories and seeking to adopt a little femininity along the way. But fret not; the future could just be as what Jack Whitman of “The Darjeeling Limited” once said: “How can a train be lost? It’s on rails.”
A movie still from “The Darjeeling limited” (2007) by Wes Anderson