A day in the life: Trey Taylor
Checking out Men's Fashion Week with Dazed & Confused writer Trey Taylor
Trey Taylor is a Canadian-born, London-based writer who’s written for publications as diverse as The Atlantic, The Independent, GQ, V, Interview, i-D and AnOther, while also contributing to the cultural journal Dazed & Confused, where he was film editor. We hung out with Trey at London Collections Men, London’s biannual celebration of menswear, and picked his brain about fashion and style.
When it comes to style icons,Taylor found it hard to pin down just one but picked One Direction’s Harry Styles. “He rocks that androgynous look really well. I like the open shirts, how he mixes designers from the emerging to the established, and uses fashion to send out positive messages.” Taylor also mentions the Garage Punk band Dolphin Project for their eclectic way of putting together pieces from all over, saying“those two know how to thrift!”
Taylor describes his own dress sense as, “really minimal and pared back Scandi style.” Think clean lines and sharp cuts, pieces that whisper rather than scream and are best appreciated up close.
Taylor’s thoughts on clothes he likes: “Expected shapes made with weird fabrics like French terry, nylon and neoprene.” Taylor likes to personalize outfits, trending up looks by putting pieces into one another: “I’m super into tucking in right now – tucking my shirt into belted pants or jeans. I really like the dangling belt look.”
Taylor found the pants collection in-store interesting and wide-ranging: “I really liked the diverse pants choices, from wools to the cuffed bottoms.” He also really liked the huge choice of essentials: “Primark’s great for basics like socks and plain t-shirts.” One of his top picks? The a peek-a-boo translucent nylon sports jacket, a standout from our spring collection: “I’m into the transparent sports jacket. It's "really health goth" looking.” He didn't just dig the clothes: “The Bamboo and Jasmine candle smelled amazing!”
Taylor is open-minded when it comes to Main Street vs. high fashion. “Things can be ugly or badly made at all fashion price points so I refuse to write anything off. When it comes to my closet I’m democratic!” His top tip when for dressing? “ Take it from the outside in: focus on your outerwear like coats and shoes. Think of them as first impressions. A bad coat is like bad breath, baby!”
What are your top three hacks to get through London Collections Men?
1. A Primark USB charger
2. Some comfortable shoes
3. A good book--to avoid small talk.
Five questions with Trey..
1.How did you get into fashion writing? I grew up in a really small town, so I reached out to people I admired and interviewed them for my blog. It was one of the only ways I could communicate my ideas and find out how they became successful, so I could try and emulate them.
2. What’s the best career advice you’ve been given, and what advice would you give to newbie style and culture journalists? The best I got was from Shia Lebouf; he told me to “just do it!”. He also said, “yesterday, you said tomorrow.” I always try to keep it in mind.
3. You’ve interviewed people from film stars to influential fashion figures: who’s been the most memorable and why? If you say memorable then I'd have to say the influential fashion photographer William Klein. He was my most difficult interview. I cold called him and when we finally got to do the interview months and several calls later, he kept asking me why I was asking each question. Then I asked one question and he opened up and told me his whole life story. And I just listened for like an hour.
4. You’ve written for a variety of magazines. Which ones have been your favorites to write for, and do you have a career standout moment? A career highlight was seeing my name in Vogue, and my favorite place to be had to be at Dazed; they gave me room to grow and experiment with my ideas. Also, writing for Interview was monumental; I grew up reading it and I am obsessed with Andy Warhol.
5. Where’s your favorite city to visit and why? Sandpoint in Idaho. It’s where David Lynch grew up and it's on the lake. I go camping there every year.
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