Philip Wittich on music sensation Mark Ronson, and how best to imitate his smart-chic style.
Often associated as being the slick, sleek, polished man of the music industry, it came as very little surprise to us that last month Mark Ronson was awarded the prestigious accolade of being named GQ’s most stylish man of the year. Never failing to get the perfect balance of a sporty yet fashionable, smart while remaining on-trend outfit, Ronson’s attire is one that you can always draw inspiration from, whether you are dressing up or down. On paper, the ingredients to Ronson’s style should not whisk up a scrumptious masterpiece, however he never fails to be a complete feast on the eyes that will leave you drooling for more.
In what is quickly becoming one of his signature DJ’ing attires, Ronson stepped out this month to perform at The Sunday Times Style magazine party wearing a buttoned-up bomber jacket. Agreed, it will be difficult for Ronson to re-create the impact his outfit made when opening up for Bruno Mars at the 2014 Super Bowl in Saint Laurent’s high-shine bomber, however there is a lot to be learnt from his persistent use of the versatile jacket. Like much of modern menswear, the bomber owes its allegiance to military history; its evolution from air combat convenience in the 1940s to its place today in men’s fashion is not one to be overlooked.
“The confidence and elegance that oozes out of Ronson is desirable, and it has led to him redefining and redesigning the timeless smart getup so much so that it yet again appeals to the younger generation”
With many streetwear brands including TOPMAN, Supreme, and yes, even Yeezy, regularly reinterpreting the bomber jacket, this winter it has become a staple addition to every man’s wardrobe. You will all no doubt be pleased to hear that several designers have even adapted the classic favourite to make light-weight versions, so we eagerly await the humble bomber being styled with a preppy Pretty Green shirt and a classic pair of distressed jeans this spring.
If you were to ask people what dress-sense you would associate Mark Ronson with, I would expect to hear an overwhelming amount of “smart-chic” responses, and unsurprisingly so: it is a phrase inadvertently defined by Ronson himself. Having joined Yves Saint Laurent as Creative Director in 2012, Ronson took their Seventies vibe and put his own retro, grungy, rock-star spin on it, cementing his name in the fas hion industry. The confidence and elegance that oozes out of Ronson is desirable, and it has led to him redefining and redesigning the timeless smart getup so much so that it yet again appeals to the younger generation.
Every time Ronson releases a new record, he proves that he is not a man afraid to take risks; this is mirrored in his unprecedented approach to men’s fashion. His suave yet cool take on such classic fashion statements has made him a true style icon, and you could do a lot worse than to model your dress sense on his constantly on-trend dapper style. Although, owing to his love for Gucci, that may be slightly more difficult for you and I.