Style / May 2019

Juxtaposing Styles: Messrs Biedul & Le Fèvre

Two of London’s most venerated style aficionados go head to head with this spring/summer editorial…

Not too long ago, Richard Biedul and Mathias le Fèvre approached us with an idea for an editorial shoot with their friend and photographer Nick Tydeman. Both of them are of course no strangers to The Rake, nor strangers to the menswear scene in London. After all, Richard has modelled and been the face for many a reputable house on Savile Row, Jermyn Street and beyond, and is a designer and creative in his own right, while Mathias has garnered an incredibly strong following on social media and could soon be giving Richard a run for his money despite being at least 10 years his junior.

Both have long been advocates of classic menswear, but what makes this interesting and why we were all for it, is in the very different way that each wears tailoring. Despite being the older man, Richard's approach to tailoring is very modern, juxtaposing a strong silhouette with more contemporary pieces, whereas Mathias subverts our preconceptions of youth by wearing tailoring in a more formal and traditional way. Importantly, they both know what looks good on them and what they feel comfortable in, which is why they both look very natural.

I'll let them do the talking and explain why they've put their looks together...

Mathias: "Brown is a colour that is here to stay and it has always been an essential part of a great sartorial wardrobe. Tobacco brown is a current favourite of mine as it’s a less formal tone due to its lightness and saturation – yet it's still quite sophisticated. It's presented here as the anchor of this separates look with a pair of linen Manny trousers, which a style that has become a signature of Italian clothier, Rubinacci. The three-button jacket is by the Neapolitan tailoring house Dalcuore and it is cut from fine beige wool with a gun check pattern. The soft construction, lightweight fabric and butterfly lining makes it a perfect casual summer piece. Layered with a soft cream tab collar shirt by Edward Sexton, a brown wool tie and finished with a pair of box-calf tassel loafer by Carmina."

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