To recap on London Fashion week, GQ sat down with Street Style photographer, Andreea Bodgan, to reflect on her shots from London Fashion week and to follow up on commentary on the abundance of navies and blues that saw the city cover. From street looks to suit styling, navy was the in colour.
Q:What defines London style?
AB:Many of the men I photograph like to wear items from independent designers or bespoke pieces because these give a greater sense of individuality. I believe it is the need for self-expression and the confidence to be different that make men’s style unique in London.
Q:What are some London-based trends you’ve seen men adopt lately?
AB:For a while the cuts were getting smarter, but this season the men are adopting more of a casual approach to tailoring. The suits are more comfortable to wear, made from lighter fabrics with slightly slouchier proportions. Blue seemed to be the color of choice, from pastels to darker hues. Pinstripes and checkered patterns are definitely here to stay, and the accessory of the season was the hat.
Q:Who are some British style icons that influence the way men dress?
AB:Those who strive to create their own style identity can rarely name style icons.
Q: What city do you consider to be the most stylish and why?
AB:Paris, because the people dress as the city looks: glamorous and chic.
Q:What is your trick to capturing the perfect street style image?
AB:Get accustomed to the surroundings before the frenzy begins (especially during fashion weeks). This might sound like a strange thing to say because it has nothing to do with fashion, but when I am photographing, I place an emphasis on the background and the way my subject relates to it’s surroundings. A well-balanced look and a good symmetric composition is what I find pleasing to shoot.