Looking for some advice on how to update your wardrobe? Fashion Queens guru Bevy Smith has some words of wisdom for anyone who loves their motorcycle jacket since it might be for all the wrong reasons.
"I’m sick of this overreliance on the motorcycle jacket as an edgy piece of clothing," she tells Next magazine. "People have been calling it edgy since James Dean wore it in Rebel Without a Cause. Enough already."
With the bad, comes the good. Bevy does have a few things she's loving this season.
"I'm loving the fact that tweed is back," she says. "This season tweed is big, mixing and matching denim is big. Hats—of course, we saw Pharrell kick off the hat [trend] in February during Oscar season, and now the everyday guy isn’t afraid to put on a fedora or bowler hat and be more extreme. Hats are a really great way for a man to have some personal style panache."
Speaking of the "Happy" singer, she opens up a bit more about why he's such a fashion icon.
"I love the way Pharrell dresses," she says. "Obviously, everyone can’t get away with that look, but I love that he’s 41 and his personality matches his clothing, and all of a sudden you think that he’s in his 20s. I think Neil Patrick Harris does an amazing job at wearing clothes really well. I think he wears a tuxedo in a great way. George Clooney is a man’s man, and I like the ease of the way he wears clothes. And I love Jared Leto; he’s one step away from being a fabulous gay man."
Perhaps they are getting so much love from Bevy because they seem to prescribe to a similar fashion philosophy as her.
"The best style is personal style," she says. "You have to be really honest about your body type. There’s a big movement for slouchy clothes, and while I think it’s a really chic look for a lot of people, I’d look like that amazing actress from Orange Is the New Black, Lea DeLaria."
And sometimes it takes a real king to live up to the title of Fashion Queen.
"I was just in Paris, and I went to Versailles, and I saw the most exquisite painting of Louis XV," she recalls. "And he had a painted toe, he had his pompadour wig, he had on red silk stockings, he had all this velvet and brocade and lace, and I said, 'Now that’s a real fashion queen'.”
Need more Bevy in your life? Well, Fashion Queens airs Sundays at 11:30p.m. ET on Bravo.
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[Sources: Next Magazine]