Telfar says back-to-front shirts are a thing, so they’re a thing

The designer showed up to the CFDA Fashion Awards with rapper Swae Lee, with both wearing head-to-toe Telfar

Last night saw the US fashion set descend on the Brooklyn Museum for the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards, at which the likes of J-Lo, Barbie(!) Sarah Burton, and Rick Owens – who couldn’t attend because he missed his flight – were honoured for their contributions to the industry.

We’ll be honest. Given the event followed hot on the heels of this year’s Camp-themed Met Gala which, quite frankly, went off, the red carpet was probably always going to feel a little lacklustre. In place of Billy Porter’s glittering, golden entrance, Lady Gaga’s multiple costume changes, and Gwen Stefani as the third Cockdestroyer were classic LBDs and black tuxedos as far as the eye could see, with very few attendees thinking outside the box when it came to choosing their lewks for the evening.

Thankfully, adding a little something to proceedings was Teflar Clemens, who showed up to the event with rapper Swae Lee. Obviously, both were dressed head to toe in Clemens eponymous, inclusive, and genderless label, with the designer in a black sleeveless, pussybow top and wide black flares, finished with one of Telfar's signature logo-emblazoned, TL-infiltrating mini bags.

Next to him, Lee went for camel bootcut trousers, white, stack-heeled boots, and a back-to-front polo shirt, which was last seen on the model who opened the SS19 Telfar show. While it’s not the first time things have been flip-reversed on the red carpet (who could forget the #iconique Galliano tuxedo Celine Dion wore to the 1999 Oscars?), this is the first time we’re really listening. And proving he is truly a designer of the people, this is one trend you can easily try at home for yourself. 

Up for the Accessory Designer of the Year award, Clemens missed out when Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen picked up the prize for their label The Row, but took to Instagram to note the lack of diversity among this year’s winners, and confirm, in his eyes, Telfar had still ‘taken the bag’. Given in the Dazed office you’re never more than a few feet away from one of his leather totes, we’re inclined to agree. We stan.