GIRLS CLUB

WHEN GIRL'S CLUB MET THE UNIDENTIFIED ROCKER

GIRLS CLUB
WHEN GIRL'S CLUB MET THE UNIDENTIFIED ROCKER
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Last weekend we met up with the man behind the blog, The Unidentified Rocker. We had the perfect day shooting eachother for our personal blogs, as well as Girl's Club. The day was filled with creating content such as videos, photoshoots and curating an interview full of talk on his style, his work and what The Unidentified Rocker is all about.

He himself works for Manchester based menswear brand, PHIX. A company we have loved for what feels like forever. We spoke all about the brand itself, and also shot some content for them which will be posted over here soon. For now though, read our interview!

 

GIRLS CLUB -

Tell us about The Unidentified Rocker, what is he all about?

THE UNIDENTIFIED ROCKER -

It's about approaching the male fashion blogging world not by talking about trends or fashion’s, but focusing on the aspect of style and having and owning a look. Something individual, something timeless a style that will last years not only just a few seasons.

GC -

We adore your blog and you personal style, even more so after meeting you in person. As well as talking about you, we also wanted to feature the brand you work for, PHIX, because we think it evokes the essence of Manchester. We were interested in working with a purely male brand to show that clothes have no gender, you can wear whatever you please, plain and simple. What are your thoughts on wearing clothes made for the opposite sex?


TUR -

I own a lot of ‘girl's shirts’ in my wardrobe but since I own them, I wear them and I like to think I pull them off are they still girls shirts? I personally think if you can pull it off, no matter what that item is, you can wear it. Nothing to the extent of high heels but you know what I mean, If you like the way something looks and if you feel that piece fits in with your style, then why not wear it? Everyone is individual and that's what makes us all different, it’s our own style and that’s something we shouldn’t change or alter for anyone. Stay true and stick to what you love.

Take my favourite brand The Kooples, the whole brand was based on genderless clothing, as the three brothers who set the brand up all said their wardrobes were mixed with their girlfriend's clothes. Swapping and wearing their male and female items they decided on having one big joint wardrobe. The couple could just pick t-shirts, hats etc all out of their joint collection of clothing and use the garments on each side to style and wear in their own individual looks. I’d like to think I’d do the same, dating a girl with a similar style and look to myself is pretty much the dream, doing the same, interchanging, swapping and wearing clothes making for one killer wardrobe and both sharing one ultimate look together would be pretty damn cool, wouldn’t it?

GC -

We love that idea, it certainly would be the dream situation. I know we'd both love to have a rummage in your wardrobe! PHIX certainly embodies all things rock and roll, which is why to us it was the perfect 'menswear'  brand to feature on Girl's Club. Rock and roll doesn't have a gender, front men like Mick Jagger and Mark Bolan have never restricted themselves to clothes purely made for the male body. This is why we wanted to take the challenge of styling up some Phix pieces, to show people that it's ok to wander over to the mens section whenever they please.

TUR -

I think it’s an awesome idea again picking pieces you like and which you can style up in both your individual ways. It’s all about taking something and making it fit in with your own personal look. I remember Kate Moss rocking Mick Jagger’s Union Jack cape for Vogue magazine, it’s one super cool photoshoot but again styled up and tailored to the individual. Again it’s all about rocking it, feeling confident in it, and owning the outfit.

GC -

We agree, that's why we chose the pieces we did for the shoot because each of them had that eccense of each of us. We will say, it was difficult choosing as the collection is incredible, what's been your favourite piece so far?

TUR -

I really like the leopard print zebra velvet kaftan, (the one you'll see CJ wearing) that’s my favourite and thats what I wear across on the PHIX website. Saying that I think it looked better on you CJ!

 

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GC -

The velevet zebra kaftan is both of our favourite piece and we can't wait to show everyone our shots wearing it.. It's masculine with its collar but embraces femininity with the pattern and texture, it's totally flamboyant and definitely has a rock element to it. It looks incredible on both male and female, which is what we want to promote! People can be afraid of experimenting with their clothing and we want to make Girl's Club a place where people can be 100% themselves, no judgements. 

TUR

A strong animal print has to be up there as one of my favourite things to wear, that’s why I decided in adding this shirt I’ve got on today. Nothing says rock and roll more than a animal print paired with a biker jacket. It’s one of my favourite things to wear and I think it sums up my look perfectly. Some of my looks are pretty strong, but most people like them, but saying that it isn’t all about what other people think and say, it’s all about what you like wearing and what makes you feel good.

GC -

We see a lot of differences in menswear and womenswear. Womenswear heavily involves embellishment, bright colours and patterns where as menswear is typically more neutral with simple designs, with only a few selective brands really pushing the boat out by creating something more out there. PHIX seems to us that it is a brand that is joining in on breaking the mould. 

TUR -

Yeah, I totally agree, we are, since we’re still quite a small brand but have some big plans for the future. We’re producing some statement pieces you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else and this is what people love to see, especially with an up and coming brand. Some of the items we stock I’ve never seen before, this get's people talking this makes the brand stand out from the rest. We want to make a market for our clothes and design clothes with that ultimate rock and roll and stick to that 70’s rock, mod cool.
 

GC -

We see similarities from brands like Pretty Green and YSL, do you think PHIX are inspired by these menswear brands?

TUR -

Yeah we are, our favourite runway was when Hedi Slimane was at Saint Laurent, this is my personal favourite collection of all time as every piece produced had that rock ’n’ roll look and essence down to a T. All brands are inspired by music, film and popular culture, it’s just sifting through all that picking the best and changing it into and designing it into our personal look

GC -

It's  clear that from your own personal blog and the PHIX socials that the brand is heavily influenced by music. Are there any other influences or industries that inspire you?

TUR

60’s and 70’s along with the Mod culture will always be a driving force behind the brand, it’s nice to stick to the roots of where you’re from so Manchester’s thriving music scene will also always be at our heart.

GC -

We named dropped earlier, by mentioning two of our biggest male icons in both fashion and music. Who inspires you?

TUR -

Russell Brand, James Bay (hat days) Johnny Depp and Keith Richards to this day are a handful of the people I look up to and gain inspiration from. Also Chris Millington and Anthony Bogdan on Instagram.

GC -

We also get inspired by these men, equally as much as we do women. We have huge admiration for females ranging from front women like Debbie Harry to activists such as Adwoa Aboah. Do you have any female icons?

TUR -

All my female icons aren’t really famous, they’re just girls from Instagram, I really like following someone who just have their own individual look down. The whole Instagram things get a lot of bad press but for gaining ideas and following people with killer style, you really can’t get anything better. I gets many ideas and so much inspiration from the people I follow on Instagram and two of them are sitting right opposite me. (Smooth)

GC -

You've gained huge brownie point from us, we feel so proud to inspire men like you! What is it that you love about these women?


TUR -

Inspiration, forging the way forward, pushing their own style and moving social  boundaries. Not following and conforming to the trends or what others are doing, but making their style work and look bloody cool. Making different items work so well and integrating them into their individual looks and killing it!

GC -

It's been an absolute pleasure meeting and getting to know you. We can't thank you enough for the support you have for creative women like us...

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THE UNIDENTIFIED ROCKER

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