2 posts tagged "George Barnett"
Adrien Sauvage is an unusual multi-talent—a former basketball player turned London’s coolest new suitmaker. Never mind that the photo essay/ad campaign he shot for the line, starring Mark Ronson (above), Coco Sumner (top), Bill Nighy, Terry Gilliam, and an 82-year-old former Harlem Globetrotter is called “This Is Not A Suit.” And there’s another talent still, for photography—”This Is Not A Suit” attracted enough attention from the British media that he’s now fending off offers as a lensman. “For now, I will stick to the design thing,” Sauvage said last night at the line’s debut at Matches. “It’s going so well.”
Sumner was on hand for the event, as were Lily Allen and rocker-sartorialists like Louis Simonon (son of Clash guitarist Paul Simonon, and occasional Prada model) and These New Puritans’ George Barnett, the rock drummer who’s a favorite of Hedi Slimane (and has done turns on the Dior Homme runway). And so, of course, were plenty of sharp A.Sauvage suits as well. There are dashes of public schoolboy style—Prince of Wales check and fine cashmere, but also purple and orange trousers and sizing for the full-grown gent (a nod, perhaps, to Sauvage’s own basketball-player’s proportions). Coco, for her part, was holding out for a custom piece. She didn’t get to keep the suit she modeled, but, she said, “I think he’s making a waistcoat for me. At least I hope.”
George Barnett’s first modelling job was Hedi Slimane’s last show for Dior Homme in 2007. Since then, his wraith-pale, angular features have made him one of the most recognisable faces in men’s fashion. He’s got the saintly sinner look that appeals to designers like Alber Elbaz and Miuccia Prada. But modeling is moonlighting for him. His heart belongs to These New Puritans, the band he formed with his twin brother Jack, bassist Thomas Hein and keyboard player Sophie Sleigh-Johnson. Though Jack does the writing and singing, it’s George’s drumming that anchors the band’s new album Hidden. It manages to sound complex (George says his hero is that crown prince of the paradiddle, Bill Bruford, once drummer for Yes and King Crimson), tribal and even a little medieval, all at the same time, which is actually a pretty reasonable description for the odd but alluring art rock of the Puritans. Give “Three Thousand,” “Attack Music,” or “Drum Courts – Where Corals Lie” a whirl while you think about George Barnett, living proof that it’s handy to have Something Else to fall back on.