'They can put anything together and it just works'
London Collections: Men closes today. What’s trending for SS16? Buttcracks, exposed nipples and pony penis prints – yes, really. Model Ricki Hall has thrown something else unexpected (and even more inappropriate than hairy cracks) into the mix: homelessness.
Asked by the Sunday Times Magazine where he gets style inspiration for his pretty standard, bearded hipster look, the 28-year-old says, “I take style tips from everything, even kids and homeless people. They can put anything together and it just works.”
Because those threadbare coats, thin trousers and salvaged boots worn by the struggling souls of our society, THEY JUST WORK. Homeless men and women all over the city woke this morning, peered into the frosted glass doorway of whatever coffee shop/over-priced gym/bank they just sheltered in for the night, and thought to themselves, “Damn, style ON FLEEK.”
Hall describes his look as a "vibrant Russell Brand". Quite aside from insinuating that Mr Brand looks homeless, there are many, many issues with his throwaway statement, and it has understandably annoyed a lot of people. His words mimic parody; Zoolander’s 'Derelicte', though hilarious, pointed out the exploitative and privileged nature of the industry. Derelicte was a joke. Hall, I fear, does not have a GSOH.
Hall – who was once lauded by The Telegraph for having ‘Britain’s Most Influential Haircut’ – has since claimed on Twitter that he was misquoted in the interview, without being specific as to where or how. He also said in the original interview that he doesn't want to be known as a hipster. It looks like he got his wish: he's now just known as a dickhead.