Ghanaian-born stylist Edward Enninful was appointed fashion director of British youth culture magazine i-D at age 18, the youngest ever to have been named an editor at a major international fashion title. After moving to London with his parents and six siblings at a young age, Enninful was scouted as a model on the train at 16 and briefly modeled for Arena and i-D magazines before assisting stylists Simon Foxton and Beth Summers on fashion shoots. During this period, he was introduced to i-D’s founder, Terry Jones, who named him fashion editor after Summers left.
Inspired by London’s club scene in the 1980s, Enninful’s work during this period captured the frenetic energy and creative zeitgeist of the time. It was also during this time that he befriended many of his future fashion collaborators, including
. His fashion stories, often infused with a provocative elegance and strong narrative, have also appeared in American Vogue and Vogue Italia, where he was a contributing editor. One of Enninful’s most influential works is Vogue Italia’s July 2008 ‘All Black’ issue, featuring only black models, which became the magazine’s top-selling issue.
In 2011, Enninful was tapped to take the style directorship at W magazine, a high-end Condé Nast title that had struggled in the late 2000s. He brought relevance to the magazine’s fashion editorials and put a twist on many of its cover stars’ public image, such as dressing the outré RB artist Nicki Minaj as a French noblewoman. W’s editor,
, credited Enninful in part with the magazine’s 16 percent growth in ad page in 2012.
Style and substance: can the two co-exist in skiwear? Not so long ago, it was an either-or situation: either look like a Bond girl at the risk of hypothermia (and you thought a smooth-talking spy was the biggest hazard) or go for technical gear that wasn’t terribly sexy, but did the job.
Thankfully, the two aren’t so mutually exclusive any more. The kit is constantly being tweaked for the better on both fronts, and there’s now more choice than ever – which makes shopping for it doubly fun. Moncler has been instrumental in fashioning tech-specs into elegant designs (so elegant that their jackets have become the ultimate city staples in winter). The upmarket label has boutiques at some of the world’s swankiest ski resorts including Courchevel, Zermatt and Chamonix, catering for über-discerning customers.
There are others, too: Bogner (fabulous coloured jackets), M Miller (one of the sleekest ski labels around) and Stella McCartney, who has made designer skiwear accessible with her long-running partnership with adidas, are a few highlights.
If you’re heading to the slopes for the first or fortieth time this winter, our guide will have everything you need to know about what to pack – and why. Because having a soggy bum from a jacket without a snow skirt (all will be explained below) is the last thing you need everything we’ve picked has passed our beady eye in terms of both form and function.
How to choose the right ski jacket
It’ll be the hardest working piece of your gear, so your jacket needs to be technically spot on: as it’s nippy, it needs to be warm and windproof; if you fall, it needs to be waterproof. It should also be light and breathable, because you’ll get sweaty racing around on the slopes.
Attention to detail counts for everything. Every jacket should have a snow skirt – a width of waterproof fabric that buttons up around the waist and keeps the jacket secure so snow doesn’t go up your back if you fall over. Pockets are crucial: a zippered one on the wrist arm means you have somewhere to tuck that pesky ski pass; inner pockets are handy for sunglasses or phones. Cuff seals – basically wrist warmers with thumb loops – will act as another barrier to the cold, and waterproof zips are a saving grace.
Moncler’s supremely chic jackets from Grenoble, its specialist ski range, are the dream here because they have all these features and many boast figure-flattering nipped waists.
There are two kinds of people in the world (as far as Forever 21 is related)—those who are proud to rock anything from this affordable retailer, and those who would rather keep the origin of their on-trend piece under-the-radar. Since both are fine by us, we figured that the best way to accommodate both ends of the spectrum would be to bring you the pieces that are objectively stylish at Forever 21 right now.
When we say these pieces look way out of Forever 21′s league, we mean it. This week, its new arrivals brought in a floral velvet slip dress, an adorable mini leather bag, and a wool coat that you will wear all season long, hands down. Get ready to shop the pieces that will have people in awe, whether you tell them they’re from Forever 21 or not.
Keep reading to shop the best new arrivals from Forever 21!
The menu is vast so bartenders are on hand to guide according to taste. Like something smoky? You’ll love the Penicillin, an ultra-smooth, ultra-smoky blend of Monkey Shoulder scotch, honey, ginger and lemon, served in an Erlenmeyer flask to be poured over a chunk of ice. Prefer something fruity? The Spectrum Punch (Plantation Jamaica 2000 rum, house-made citrus-infused liqueur, lime, honey and fresh berries) from the Hell’s Kitchen section may be more up your street. Or try Harlem’s Gin Juice, a mix of gin, grapefruit, egg white and champagne adorned with a tiny gold (snoop) dog: a hip-hop reference that’s a wink to the kick behind its elegant appearance.
On following what excites him…
I was so intoxicated by memories and visuals, I didn’t care. I wanted to find where I belonged. I didn’t have a dream. Some people have dreams early on, and that’s amazing and you should follow you dreams. I just had to follow what interested me and excited me. The thought of putting on new clothes or turning something into something else, that’s like winning the lottery to me.
On being excited about wearing the clothes his mother altered for him to look like his idols…
I was so excited about the transformation of my clothes, when I was in elementary school and throughout all of my school years, I would be so excited because I was going to wear this outfit, this hair and then I would get dressed the night before and then I would sleep in the clothes! For real. I learned how to sleep still, like a mummy!
On being embarrassed by his father when getting picked up from tennis…
Everyone’s parents are very nice, Mr. and Mrs. Smith with perfect station wagons. My dad comes up in a pimp mobile and wearing gold, like me now, I guess I am becoming him. He wore chiffon shirts, had an afro and matching boots to belt to wallet. He was such a playboy, it was insane! When you’re in tennis outfits, trying to assimilate, that’s the last thing you want for your father. It was embarrassing!
On what he wants his brand to be for his customers…
I want to be your best friend. I want to be that friend who’s there when you’re not feeling well, when you have a hot date, when you want to show your ass off, when you want to stand taller and when you want to be comfortable. I want to be there for you. And to me, that’s truly empowerment, as long as we do it right and to honor what is truly you. You can be as sexy or as conservative as you want, I don’t really care, I just want you to be you.
On how they chose the brand name 3.1 Phillip Lim…
I was 31 years old and my business partner was also 31 so we had that in common. She said you have to put your name in front and I was like, no, no, I’m not doing that. I don’t like that. So I said, we’re both 31, let’s put a number there and I felt like I could hide behind the number and people would only see that. This was right at the height of online and dotcom and when Style.com launched us, we always ended up at the top because they would categorize by number first. Everyone thought it was genius and I am like yeah! At the end of the day, it’s a funny story because it was just so naive and I was just trying to hide behind a couple numbers we had in common.
On the advice his seamstress mother gives him about designing…
I tell her, mom, anything you want – what do you want. She says, “you just have to remember, skirts not too short! Cover everything, you have to respect women!”
It’s the silverware more coveted than even the Transfer Window Trophy, or the Community Shield. (Note to managers: there is no actual cup for this. Or the Transfer Window.)
FashionBeans has used ‘Optical Index’ stats – i.e. we’ve looked at some pictures on the internet – to scout the Premier League bosses who most dress like one. Of the 20 coaches currently playing musical chairs in the Prem, these five qualify for the Champions League of touchline style.
Well, maybe one of them would only make the Europa League…
1. Pep Guardiola
Guardiola is the managerial and sartorial golden boy, even if the British press are waiting with barely concealed glee for him to fall flat, with his newfangled ‘false nines’ and ‘tactics’. Although to be fair, he’s not exactly helping himself by trying to play three at the back with Aleksander Kolarov.
The new Man City gaffer remains the Barcelona of best-dressed managers but he’s not without his foibles wardrobe-wise either. His slender build and penchant for extremely slim-fitting clothes can leave him looking a little ‘pinched’, and occasionally even exposed on the flanks – like that time at Bayern Munich when his trousers tore down one side, revealing more than the book Pep Confidential (which is a ripping yarn, by the way).
Guardiola also insists on wearing a belt with his suit, which is more overcautious than deploying a double pivot and splits you in half optically. If your suit trousers fit, then you shouldn’t need a belt. And ideally, they should have side fasteners rather than belt loops.
We’re being more critical than Arsenal ‘Fan’ TV though. Pep’s top of the league.
2. Antonio Conte
For those fair-weather football fans not tuned into BT Sport midweek, this summer’s European Championships were a first proper look at Conte on the touchline. The former Juventus midfield general cajoled an Italian side that could be generously described as ‘workmanlike’ through to the quarter finals by the power of gesticulation alone.
The Euros also introduced us to Conte’s nice line in tailoring. Now Chelsea boss, he compared his appraisal of the Blues squad to a suit-maker trying to find the perfect fit – which is encouraging for supporters as it’s a concept that he has clearly grasped. Like Italy, Conte’s rigs are nothing spectacular. But like many Italians he seems to have been born with a higher base level of style along with a natural instinct for grinding out clean sheets.
Conte is a particular fan of the tone-on-tone dark shirt and tie, which give him a vaguely murderous air of mafia hitman. (See also Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid.)
Then there’s that thatch, which is mysteriously luscious given that, towards the end of his playing career, he was more monk-like than his Juve teammate Zinedine Zidane. A (very good) hair transplant is suspected, but Conte’s taken a vow of silence.
3. José Mourinho
The Special One arrived at Chelsea in 2004 with matching swag to coordinate with his swagger, even if the nickname that has stuck to him tighter than a man-marker ever since was a misquote. (He actually said, “I think I am a special one.”)
With his Armani overcoat, rakish scarf and Clooney-esque coiffure, Mourinho inspired even the most cynical and jaded of tabloid football hacks to pen paeans to the suave continental’s personal style.
But while celebrated more enthusiastically than that late Porto equaliser at his now home of Old Trafford, the Portuguese’s dress sense is in fact as pragmatic as his style of play. He sticks exclusively to muted colours like navy, grey and black with the discipline of a textbook Mourinho away performance. Or at least he did until he moved to the Red Devils.
He’s still got it, though – in the wardrobe department, at least. Man United might have been pumped 4-0 by his former employers (now managed by Conte) at the weekend, but Mourinho could take some scant consolation from the fact that at least one of his outfits looked good.
4. Arsène Wenger
The long-serving Arsenal manager is as consistently elegant as his press conference bon mots.
Unlike many of his less mature peers, Wenger manages to wear a suit and tie – courtesy of the club’s official suit supplier, Duchamp London – without looking like an errant Grange Hill schoolboy, or a footballer on trial. And unlike his team, he doesn’t overcomplicate: dark suit, white shirt, red tie, perhaps a dark knit.
Fourth-place trophies and parsimoniousness aside, Wenger is particularly renowned for his outerwear, which is inexplicably difficult to fasten and often likened to a sleeping bag – or less kindly still, a bin bag. Not exactly the height of chic, you might say – to which we would reply: “Au contraire, oversized down jackets are very Raf Simons autumn/winter 2017.” Although we might not say that too loudly in the pub before kick-off.
Besides, the Frenchman could have worn an actual refuse sack for the last two decades and he would still qualify for inclusion on the basis of the astonishing fashion shoot that he did with L’Équipe’s Sport Style supplement last year. En. Fleek.
5. Bob Bradley
That sound you can hear is the barrel being scraped. Seriously, selecting five genuinely well-dressed Premier League managers is more best-of-a-bad-bunch than selecting an eleven-a-side team from The Dirty Dozen.
Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri can look dapper, while a trawl of Google Image search results reveals that Watford’s Walter Mazzarri has worn a pocket square in the past. (Is it just us or does he bear more than a passing resemblance to Jack Donaghy in 30 Rock?) If you squint then West Brom’s Tony Pulis could’ve copped the latest Palace drop.
But we’re sticking our neck out with Swansea’s recently appointed Bob Bradley. This is entirely based on his debut against Arsenal: a normcore black jumper – or sweater, as the former USA coach would call it – and slacks that made him look like a cross between Steve Jobs and JK Simmons in Whiplash. Which is pretty much an ideal combination for a football manager: inspirational genius meets arse-clenchingly terrifying disciplinarian.
Besides, Bradley’s all-black-everything game plan attracted criticism from no less an authoritative pundit than Gary ‘Party Shirt’ Lineker. So he must be doing something right.
Is there more flair on show here than playing a whole game of FIFA 17 solely using the right control stick? Or did you quit halfway through in frustration? Compile your own ultimate five-a-side team of best-dressed Premier League managers in the comments below.