Imagista’s London fashion editor, Crystal McClory, has a career rich in turning out top notched iconic menswear stories. Her 50’s inspired denim shoot conjures James Dean, and rocker Robert Gordon, in a manner that makes the looks feel fresh again. McClory has a knack for re-imaging the classics in a way that feels up to date and always timeless.

Says McClory, “from spring through to the start of summer, a denim jacket will make an excellent layering piece worn in slightly unconventional ways such as under a jacket or mac (a la the Burberry show), rather than as a traditional top layer.”

“Designers redefined denim, repositioning it as on point and stylish rather than simply something strong enough to hold together through years of toil”, continues McClory. “From smarter denim jackets at Burberry, paint splattered jeans at Gucci, top-stitch denim classics collection at Prada, vintage-wash straight jeans at Tom Ford, fitted denim jackets with super skinny black denim jean  (rock ’n’ roll style) at Saint Laurent, to faded or painted jeans at Dior.

E. Tautz used a lot of denim because ‘it felt like the clothing of the working-class man’ and a way forward for tailoring and at A.P.C. the denim looked smart if not particularly revolutionary.”

“Likewise, consider alternatives to the classic trucker jacket this season – denim bombers, blazers, overshirts and gilets will help bring a contemporary workwear twist to any of your looks.” finishes McClory.


Denim Bomber Jacket and Jeans, Gap; Navy T-shirt, AG; Blue Brogue Boots, Oliver Sweeney

Shirt, Acne Studios from MR PORTER

Shirt, Freemans Sporting Club from MR PORTER; White V-neck T-shirt, Gap; Matchbox Jeans, AG

Shirt, Tommy Hilfiger Denim; Bag, Tumi

Jacket, Officine Generale from MR PORTER; Long Sleeve T-shirt, Ann Demeulemeester from MR PORTER; Jeans, AG; Monk Shoes, Oliver Sweeney

Shirt and Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger Denim

Pale Blue T-shirt and White Denim Jacket, Gap; Sunglasses, Komono; Scarf, M&S; Jeans, Agnes B; Black Boots, Oliver Sweeney

Denim Waistcoat and Jeans, Agnes B; Navy Sweatshirt, AG; Black Boots, Oliver Sweeney

Jumpsuit, Agnes B; Navy T-shirt, AG; Black Boots, Oliver Sweeney


Photographer: Eric Frideen

Art Director/Stylist: Crystal McClory

Stylist’s Assistant: Jessica Johnston

Groomer: Nicky Tavilla

Model: Patrick O’Donnell

Thanks to Sophie Broadbridge