Friday, March 13, 2009

Brandon Flowers' Runway Looks: Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane

It's no secret that Brandon Flowers, singer of the Killers (as you should know by now), loves Hedi Slimane (ex-designer and founder of Dior Homme). He has praised him in interviews, he bought/wore almost exclusively Dior Homme while Slimane was still there. And the opposite is true as well. Hedi took these two pictures at different times, for one: Brandon smoking a cigarette (before he quit) & Brandon's "k" keyboard.

I decided to do some research on and, well damn, Brandon's closet really has been dominated by Dior Homme pieces. Almost all of his most memorable outfits included Dior. And before you dare say anything of the sort- Brandon in fact chooses his own outfits and has a very healthy and enviable personal style. No stylists for this guy, thankyouverymuch.

He has said that his only indulgences are clothes, and homeboy wasn't lying! Keep in mind, the runway pieces I recognized from Brandon's outfits are merely a fraction of the actual amount of Dior pieces he owns. They are the ones that are easiest for me to spot out, unlike the more simple Dior pants, jackets, and button-ups which I know for a fact that Brandon owns but are just too difficult to distinguish.

Also, notice that these pictures dwindle and start to end around the Sam's Town era (2006/2007). This is because Hedi Slimane left Dior Homme at that time for other pursuits, and Brandon probably wasn't as taken by the new designer who replaced Slimane, Kriss Van Assche. However, Gareth Pugh is to replace Assche any day now and pick up where Hedi left off. (Is it just me or does Dior only appoint fairly good-looking and young designers?). Pugh is known as a "consistently envelope-pushing, innovative designer" according to BlackBook so maybe Brandon will be drawn back?

Well anyway, without further ado, I bring to you- Brandon's Dior pieces, on the runway, and on him. In backwards order from latest to earliest:

From Dior Homme fall 2006 collection:

A sober gray jacket with black details. Brandon is seen here wearing it with some of his own added flair- red roses- while performing at the 2006 NME awards. He would later say in an interview that that was one of the most nerve-wracking moments of his life because he was singing a cover of "Shadowplay" by legendary band Joy Division in a room full of musicians who hated him and didn't want him to be there (the typical problem of the Killers- they're famous, so music snobs hate them. Well, you win some you lose some).

Western-style button-up with black around and white in the chest area. I love this shirt. Brandon is here wearing it at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards while performing When You Were Young. This was a bit before Sam's Town was released.

Spring 2006 collection:

Shiny red dinner jacket with golden square designs. This reminds me of the circus for some reason. In a good way. I believe Brandon is wearing it at a concert in Brixton Academy around October 2006 in London, performing songs from Sam's Town for the first time in the UK.

Snakeskin-print track jacket. According to Blender magazine it sells for $2,000. Brandon is serious about his clothes, people. Here he is posing for press photos for Sam's Town. Oh, and Kanye West owns this jacket as well. He has been known to admire Brandon's style...

... Aaand one Dior Homme track jacket was obviously not enough because Brandon got himself another one- a Sergeant Pepper - style one no less. Here he is seen on TRL promoting Sam's Town's release. The truth is that Brandon has yet another Dior track jacket with bedazzled animal print, but it doesn't show up on the runway. Custom-made, I see? He has worn it to promote the Killers' latest album Day & Age. Oh, by the way, Kanye also owns this one.

Oh dear. The dreaded manshrug. The less said about this one the better. Forgive and forget, right?

Fall 2005 Collection:

Loose button-up shirt with long extended ends starting from the collar. Tiny white circle details on the shirt if you look closely. The one on the runway is burgundy but I'm almost positive that Brandon's black one is the same, just a different color. Whenever Brandon wore this (during the latter part of the Hot Fuss tour) he would wrap the extended fabric around his neck like a scarf, as seen here. I think it looks pretty damn good. He was here photographed by the Cobrasnake backstage at the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, either before or after performing "All These Things That I've Done". Fun fact- there was a big red heart stuck on the back of his blazer there. Another fun fact- this is what he wore the first time I saw the Killers in concert October 2005, at the Long Beach Arena. Ah memories...

Burgundy pea coat with black buttons. In the picture he is seen with Sarah Lewitinn aka "Ultragrrrl," who has been credited with helping the Killers rise to fame. They are at a Misshapes party here (once hipster mecca party in NYC- they no longer take place) sometime during the Hot Fuss tour, post-"Mr. Brightside" fame explosion. Brandon doesn't usually go to such parties so this was a special occasion. Sarah wrote this next to the picture on Buzznet: "the best thing about this photo is that it was taken in the summer of 2005 at misshapes and it was FUCKING HOT. like painfully hot. And i guess brandon had just gotten this coat and he insisted on wearing it. i can only guess that he wanted to be the first one photographed in it ever, and misshapes would be the perfect place for that. he also wore it with the most amazing pair of high top sneakers i've ever seen." Haha- oh, Brandon.

Spring 2005 Collection:

Powder blue jacket with black lapels. In this picture Brandon is wearing the jacket at a very important time- during the Killers' performance at the 2005 Glastonbury festival in the UK. This was a triumphant performance for the band and cemented their position as a huge act. Here's a video where you can also see the whole simple yet impeccable outfit.

Oh, the famous pink leather blazer. Or "salmon" as some liked to specify. Here Brandon is wearing it at some Killers concert in the US during the middle of the Hot Fuss tour- probably at the Outdoor Theatre at Madison Square Garden performance in NYC. He also wore it at the Killers' first performance on Saturday Night Live. Introduce yourself to middle-Americans with a bang, why not. This jacket is a classic among Killers fans, especially those who, like me, joined the bandwagon early on. Brandon later said in an interview that he unfortunately had to put the jacket away because it started turning orange from extensive wear and sweat.

So, that is all I could find for now. Maybe later I will make another post of Brandon's new designer duds- there have been many bits and pieces in magazines... one said that Marc Jacobs tailored custom clothing for Brandon, another claimed that Burberry Prorsum designer Christopher Bailey did the same. Or maybe I can talk about Brandon's J. Lindbergh shirts. Or the fact that Donatella Versace adores his style. Or the Dolce & Gabbana jacket with added feather epaulets that Brandon simply cannot stop wearing lately. Or maybe the designer, "Mrs. Jones" (Fee Doran), who stuck those feathers on for Brandon in the first place. Decisions, decisions.

If you guys want to read some more about Brandon's style, I suggest this interview from last year with British GQ, after he won most stylish man of the year (click to make bigger):


Anonymous said...

awesome article!! i love it and brandon. the killers rock

The Captain said...

oh. my. god! your research deserves to be recorded in the annals of history! i will link to this post shortly....

Anonymous said...

Heyy any chance you can find out what make his denim jacket is he ALWAYS wears?

Dani said...

Hmm I don't remember its label ever being mentioned, and it looks so generic that it might be difficult, but I'll try my best ;)

Anonymous said...

Hey can i just say great article. I absolutely love the killers and style myself on brandon himself when i go out as best i can. Do you know anywhere that do similar pieces of clothing to what brandon has? I have a few similar ones myself - recently went out with a hand made brandon western bow tie and waistcoat from "read my mind", would love if you could research or find any similar and affordable pieces. Thankyou :)

john b said...

ive read in vogue its alexander mcqueen but not seen it in any past collections so :/ not sure, its a beaut denim jacket though

Rachie said...

the funny thing is he wears all of them better than the models because he's so beautiful :)

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Walter Tully said...

Brandon Flowers is one of those vocalists who are not just busy fronting their band, but are also busy being style icons. We've seen an influx of people like him lately, mostly from mainstream rock bands. Be it summer events or unplugged performances, Flowers and his kind never fail to "dress to impress".

Anonymous said...

Hey, I really love your article, he is such an inspiration!

I was wondering igf you had any idea who his blazer is by? It's seen here

Thank you :)

anthcolangelo said...

this blog is awesome. respect to you, youre the best.

just wondering the jacket he waers in this video

is it the same as the dior spring 06 red circus jacket you have above. it seems as tho on the one in the vid the pattern continues all the way down the lapel whilst the one in your pik doesnt??

Dani said...

anthcolangelo, the blazer in the video you linked is not the same as the Dior 06 'circus' jacket. It's actually the one that Anonymous above you is looking for info about as well. Sorry, I haven't figured out where it's from yet! But if I do find out I will be sure to post here.

Mark Jahnke said...

Anyone know what kind of pants Brandon is wearing on the current tour?

Roza Saieva said...

Hi. Do you know what brand Brandon's leather jacket is? Pleeeease help me out. Thank you

adrian alvarado said...

That's Alexander McQueen denim jacket ��