It’s time to GET WAISTED
IT’S FAIR TO say that this World Cup has not been short of twists and turns. But has anything been quite as surprising as the emergence of Gareth Southgate: Style Icon? Seriously.
The England manager ( below) has ditched pitch-side tracksuits for a debonair three-piece suit – part wedding usher, part Tommy Shelby – with his waistcoat attracting a fanbase of its own. And like all good influencers, Gareth’s got selling power. Marks & Spencer reports that sales of waistcoats are up 35% as a result of the ‘Southgate effect’.
Football, of course, is typically a land awash with flashy rather than chic style statements. But the waistcoat has also been given the highest fashion seal of approval, slinking into collections from Parisian powerhouses like Louis Vuitton and Céline. Could it be the cool girl’s summer 2018 alternative to a tux? Perhaps so if you cast your eyes to a very different type of terrace, at an elegant garden party hosted by Matchesfashion.com, during the Paris couture shows last week. There to celebrate the launch of her new tailoring capsule for Pallas, Claire Thomson-jonville was making a convincing case for the waistcoat. ‘It’s always an obsession of mine, and felt right for now,’ she said, wearing a slate grey version with matching tailored trousers from the next collection. ‘I loved all those iconic Kate Moss looks from the ’90s where she’s wearing a waistcoat on bare skin with bedhead hair.’ And how to wear? Team with tailored trousers and nothing underneath for a modern take on after-dark, or with boyish shorts and flats for day. ‘Classic tomboy cool and perfect for a minimal chic look for summer,’ says Claire. It might just be your wardrobe’s next star player.