STEVE MCQUEEN Di­rec­tor, 48

Esquire (Singapore) - - CULTURE -

The Ex­act­ing Eye Style isn’t just about what you’re drawn to—it’s about where you come from. That’s di­rec­tor Steve McQueen’s take. “I’m a work­ing-class Lon­doner,” he says. “When you think of Lon­don, you think of rock­ers, punks, sk­in­heads. The three-quar­ter pants, the close-cropped hair. It’s very Lon­don, what­ever I do.” It’s fit­ting that McQueen prefers cloth­ing by de­signer Yo­hji Ya­mamoto, whose avant­garde ap­proach taps into that same rebel en­ergy.

“There’s an ease with his clothes, and a kind of move­ment in­ter­preted in the fab­ric or in the cut. It’s very much matched to me and my body,” says McQueen, who walked the run­way for Ya­mamoto in 2008.

The di­rec­tor has un­veiled vi­sion­ary films in the­atres and art in­stal­la­tions in swanky gal­leries for more than two decades now, from quiet, sear­ing works like Shame to the un­flinch­ingly bru­tal 12 Years a Slave (which won an Os­car for Best Pic­ture). You might ex­pect some­one with McQueen’s suc­cess to re­sist change, but you’d be un­der­es­ti­mat­ing him. Up next is some­thing en­tirely new. Wid­ows, which he adapted from a Bri­tish tele­vi­sion show with Gone Girl au­thor Gillian Flynn, will see a stacked cast of women con­spir­ing to set­tle a debt from their dead hus­bands’ crimes. It’s a dif­fer­ent story for McQueen to tell and a chance to take his di­rec­to­rial style in new di­rec­tions.

“I’m look­ing for truth in what­ever I do,” he says. “I don’t like the idea of putting a sten­cil on a nar­ra­tive. I want the nar­ra­tive to tell me how it wants to be seen.”

Jacket, shirt, trousers, and sun­glasses by Dior Men.

Jacket, shirt, trousers, and sun­glasses by Dior Men.

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