F/W 2018 saw designers daring us to saddle up for the Wild Wild West with their unique take on Westernwear. Refined rodeo looks were rampant everywhere—Coach 1941’s goth meets cowgirl looks, Bode’s schoolboy-gone-west collection, Chloé’s textile play on outerwear, Louis Vuitton’s futuristic western mash-up, and everything Calvin Klein under Raf Simons’s direction.
From plaid shirts to fringed skirts, patchwork leather pieces to updated cowboy hats, knee-high boots to multi-buckled belts, there’s a little piece of Westernwear that’s sure to tickle the fancy of your gift recipient—or yours, for that matter (as it unexpectedly did mine). The trick is to ensure that the trendy piece can be integrated to their existing wardrobe. Something that can up the ante of your current style without taking away from it. Keep it simple and wearable, otherwise opt for a distinct pièce de résistance—a statement piece that will be well-appreciated. Perhaps a luxurious purse or a functional pair of boots. Whatever your decision, a little rodeo reference can surely pack a punch.
Ready to go west? To quote Nigel from The Devil Wears Prada, “…a hint of saloon and I’m on board.” Exactly.
1 ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA Uomo Eau de Toilette. 2 Cowboy hat (P995) by ZARA. 3 Checkered shirt (3295) by ZARA. 4 Leather cowboy belt (P1995) by MANGO. 5 Fringed skirt (P2495) by H&M. 6 Vulcanized rubber boots (P12000) by AIGLE. 7 Dionysus shoulder bag (price available upon request) by GUCCI. 8 Pilot sunglasses (price available upon request) by DOLCE & GABBANA
Photography by Jerick Sanchez of New Monarq Creativx
Hair by JA Feliciano
Clothing credits: Black short-sleeved satin shirt with zipper trim and matching shorts by CHRIS DIAZ, leather jacket by MASSIMO DUTTI and knee-high boots by H&M.
Videography and editing by Ian Francisco of New Monarq Creativx