Five ways with Chelsea boots

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - FASHION WITH KARLYA SMITH - An­thonie Ton­non Karlya Smith Belinda Mer­rie worn through­out

Chelsea boots are the men’s boot du jour. With their abil­ity to fit pretty much any ny dress code with com­fort and style, it’s no won­der. The pair of RM Wil­liams boots I’ve e worked with here is a fancier and box-fresh ver­sion of what at our model An­thonie has worn pretty much daily for the past few years, though his are dark brown and hard worn.

An­thonie is my most dif­fi­cult client, and hus­band. He usu­ally gives me last­minute no­tice and no bud­get to work with for the out­fits s he wears to per­form in as a tour­ing mu­si­cian. So I’ve had to be pretty cre­ative with what I come up with.

Here, I’ve tried to style some di­verse men’s looks, us­ing ng trans-sea­sonal pieces by lo­cal de­sign­ers.

I’ve al­ways liked the idea of uni­sex fits, but when you’re re a stick­ler for a cor­rect fit like I am, it’s not al­ways prac­ti­cal. Where it can work very well is with the likes of T-shirts, coats, pants and shirts.

An­thonie and I both fit size 10 women’s trousers, so, within rea­son, I can pull from ei­ther of our suit bags when dress­ing him m for shows.

At iD Fash­ion Week a cou­ple of months back, an­drog­yny ny was a re­cur­rent theme among lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional fash­ion n grad­u­ates. An­thonie was per­form­ing at the show, dressed qui­etly on-trend, n-trend, wear­ing Karen Walker trousers with a Nom*D jacket the first night, both from women’s lines. The se­cond night he wore re a sparkly Hail­wood jersey un­der a Bark­ers suit. And yes, on both nights he wore his usual Chelsea boots. 1. Zambesi Golden Gate fringed shirt, $495 Bark­ers suit trousers, $200

RM Wil­liams Simp­son belt, $140

2. Nom*D Un Deux jacket, $450 on sale AS Colour Clas­sic T-shirt, $28 Sylvester Palm shorts, $199 Zambesi wool socks, $35

3. Nom*D Carl­ton jacket, $530

Matt Nash The Crash Nash T-shirt, $65 Zambesi Ne­groni belt, $120

Bark­ers suit trousers, $200

4. I Love Ugly Davey jacket, $230 Nom*D Nasti Alexi T-shirt, $160 Sh­jark The Ari­zona trousers, $359

5. Zambesi The Tarantino jacket, $720 Zambesi Pro­logue trousers, $415 Sh­jark The Tide T-shirt, $259 Karen Walker eye­wear, $349 Brooch, model’s own

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