My Style: Matthieu Mouton and Nicolas Collet

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Photo: courtesy of Valery Demure showroom

Which new designers do you admire and why?

AF Vandevorst for the strength of his sobriety; Nicolas Formichetti for his kindness and his creative madness; and Riccardo Tisci for the modernity of his vision.

Please describe your style in three words.

Made in Belgium.

What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?

Not being elegant.

Do you believe in role models?

Absolutely not; we prefer the strong personality to the plastic beauty.

What are your favourite fabrics?

Metal…

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

Wearing espadrilles.

Which city has the best-dressed men?

London because of Savile Row… the definition of a gentleman.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

Audacious for sure.

What are the rules, if any, in the way you dress?

The only rule is to be free to wear what you like.

One garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?

Accessories: jewels, belts and bags.

A man should always look like...

A modern dandy, a prince of rock ‘n’ roll.

Who taught you what you know about style?

The present.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

Depending on our mood, the weather outside… most of the time in black, not usually in colour blocking.

Your biggest regret is...

Not being able to meet Alexander McQueen.

The three essential things a man should know about style are...

A jacket with an impeccable cut. A perfume we will remember. A special attention to his shoes.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

We do not lower our guard and we are very curious; we are still always aware of finding 'the' piece…

We will never see you wearing...

A ‘jogging suit with sneakers’ sport look.

The most stylish person you have ever seen...

Karl Lagerfeld and Edith Bouvier [Beale].

What is the first thing you notice on a man?

His shoes.

The one image that defined your approach to style...

The landscape in Belgium, a mix of beauty and ferocity…

The only article of clothing that a man needs to pay close attention to is...

The cut of his trousers.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

The very first Dior Homme jacket by Hedi Slimane.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

As Anna Dello Russo said, “If you feel comfortable, you will never get the look”.

Which designer never fails to impress you?

Alexander McQueen and Chanel.

The best word of advice you have ever heard?

Less is more!

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