This week in the world of style, Helmut Lang previewed its 2020 Resort collection, suggesting we would all be better off in minimalist suits and simple denim jeans (and we would); Matthew Williams’ 1017 ALYX 9SM added Swoosh-adorned rollercoaster buckle necklaces to its SS19 accessories; and Social Status founder James Whitner wrote for Highsnobiety about the lack of corporate diversity in the realms of fashion, sneakers, and streetwear, proposing some ideas and initiatives to redress the balance.
Elsewhere, the rest of us were just trying to get a good ’fit off, and that includes celebrities and cultural figures.
We had Mr. Blood Orange Dev Hynes rock up for the tennis at Wimbledon and Donald Glover kill it on the red carpet at the premiere of The Lion King in Los Angeles. And they weren’t the only ones. Below is our shortlist of the week’s best celebrity outfits.
Dev Hynes crowned 2019 Wimbledon champion (of style)
Dev Hynes pulled up to Wimbledon in head-to-toe Polo Ralph Lauren, looking inarguably fucking fire. If we’re going to be critical, we’d say this look falls under “playing by the rules,” which we don’t always condone. But some institutions are special, not least Wimbledon, with its age-old expectation that competitors wear all white. So showing deference for such a storied, prestigious event with a respectable outfit is only to be applauded.
Hynes, aka Blood Orange, has just dropped a new mixtape, Angel’s Pulse (listen here). But style-wise, Hynes has been dropping heat all year, bringing his A-game to the Met Gala in New York with a sunshine yellow roll-neck and giving us life with his accessories at Sole DXB in Dubai.
Shia LaBeouf keeps it simple
Shia LaBeouf was seen leaving Jaden Smith’s 21st birthday party this week in a categorically Shia ’fit, haphazardly thrown together yet somehow working on every level as a relaxed and under-the-radar look. The dirty white Nike Cortez, New York tee, and uncomplicated dark gray skinny jeans are rounded off with a shout-out on his cap to Slauson Rec., where LaBeouf gives free acting classes.
Donald Glover brings double-breasted red carpet drip
The turnout at the Lion King premiere in LA wasn’t a 100 percent success. Beyoncé, who voices Nala in Disney’s new live-action remake, showed up in bespoke Alexander McQueen (never a bad idea), but unfortunately — and it depends on which photo you’re looking at — the crystal chandelier-embroidered tuxedo dress was a bit of overkill. A star of Beyoncé’s magnitude shouldn’t need to announce her success in such an obvious way. Bey’s stylist? Canceled.
However, Donald Glover, who voices Simba, wore a charming Gucci double-breasted cream and cherry red double-grid tailored suit with a generous showing of chest underneath, looking every bit the successful multi-hyphenate artist and entertainer. Pay particular attention to the color reference on foot, a pair of patent leather oxblood monk straps, which tie the whole outfit together.
Kanye West does Kanye West in Calabasas
What is there to say about Kanye West’s ’fit here? It’s an oversized YEEZY silhouette on top, Patagonia shorts below, and what appears to be a preview of the YEEZY Boost 350 V3 in a white-ish colorway. It’s quintessential Kanye.
The low-key shorts echo a trend of West distancing himself from the high-end Maison Margiela and Raf Simons pieces he was once known for. His Met Gala outfit in May, which included a $43 Dickies jacket, showed that having lots of money doesn’t necessarily mean announcing your bank balance through your wardrobe (cc: Beyoncé).
Ezra Koenig reps Denmark at Roskilde Festival
Vampire Weekend frontman and co-producer of Netflix anime Neo Yokio Ezra Koenig wore a burnt orange cotton workwear jacket by Danish designer Henrik Vibskov at Roskilde Festival in Denmark last weekend. The jacket features four front-facing pockets and was styled with an unbranded pair of shorts and Teva sandals. A navy Dries Van Noten quarter zip has been Koenig’s go-to for most of the Father of the Bride tour, but for the summer festival run the frontman has decided to go for something a little more colorful. As always, he kills it.
The prep style icon has been mixing up his ‘fits in recent times. If you missed it, here’s our feature with him from back in April.
Billie Eilish does all-green everything
Rapid riser and self-described “bad guy” Billie Eilish flexed in this all-green Maxwell Bresler outfit with a pair of neon green Balenciaga Triple S. Bresler’s Space Punk Jacket (now sold out) features dinosaur-like spines on the back and along the sleeves with a contrasting orange lining on the zip. The designer’s aesthetic, which is a perfect match for Eilish, combines cartoon-like proportions and shapes with the kind of luxury neon outerwear Prada put out last year under its relaunched Linea Rossa line.