Five minutes with…Alistair Guy – Photographer and menswear aficionado
Date Posted: 23 January
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What is your definition of style?
Style comes from within and is a true reflection of your personality. You can often tell a lot about someone’s character from their style – whether they’re conservative, laid back, adventurous or witty.
At PINK we’re all about being bold, quirky and playfully mischievous. Are you a sartorial risk taker who experiments with colour or do you prefer to dress modestly?
As a photographer, I’m a very creative person and whilst I don’t go out of my way to take sartorial risks, I do enjoy mixing and matching different looks. Knowing what does and doesn’t suit your body shape makes it easier to experiment.
Why do you think London Collections: Men has become such an important fixture on the international fashion calendar?
London has an unrivalled reputation for tailoring, unlike any other city. Also, our capital’s menswear scene is totally unique compared to Paris, New York and Milan because the creatively here is second to none – making London the ideal place to kick off the international men’s fashion weeks.
You attended our Autumn/Winter 15 presentation at London Collections: Men. We hope you enjoyed it! How would you sum up the collection and what were your highlights?
I enjoyed Thomas Pink’s presentation thoroughly. I loved the casual approach of the models hanging out in the paper bar setting at the Institute of Contemporary Arts – I thought it was really different to other presentations! The collection was really well styled – fusing smart and casual pieces to create looks which are really relevant for now.
Autumn/Winter 15 is inspired by a heady mix of London’s well known landmarks, motifs and characters – from Sir Michael Caine in the 1971 film ‘Get Carter’, to The Coach and Horses pub in Soho. Who’s your all-time style icon and do you have a favourite spot in London?
My style icons are film legends Edward Fox, Steve McQueen and also David Hemingway in Blow Up, which I recently recreated in a photo shoot interview. My favourite London spots to visit are the Wallace Collection, the Grand Union canal near where I live and the Browns Hotel in Mayfair for tea, which also includes the very delicious restaurant Hix Mayfair.
What’s been your most embarrassing fashion disaster to date?
Wearing metal rimmed glasses, which I like, but can look a bit creepy if not styled correctly!!
Which Autumn/Winter 15 trends are you most likely to be coveting?
Well I’m a huge turtle neck fan, so will most likely continue wearing them throughout the season – especially because they’re so practical and look great with almost anything. Your new check shirts and scarves are good choices, very relevant and modern.
My new PINK Prince of Wales three piece Somers check suit has such wonderful fabric and weight. I shall be wearing it separately styled soon too, preferably with a crisp white Athletic shirt