SOME say 1968 was the summer of hate, rolling as it did after the summer of love the previous term, but for the Mod skinhead fashion of today it was the start of a life less ordinary.
The year Swedish designer Mikkel Rude, the surname is almost too good to believe, came into the world and slowly the road to Mod and Skin fashion was to be followed by the shaven headed designer.
Having spent most of his early years following the two-tone stylings of sta-press and gingham/checked shirts, Rude is now at the forefront of the fashion, his shorts are a touchstone for many who follow the code and since the launch of his first range in the early 90s, Rude has gone from strength to strength.
Aiming for the ‘British clean-cut look’, Rude has a range of shirts that will cut a dash whatever your views this summer and on throughout the year.
In a life reflecting fashion way, Rude is the perfect coat hanger for his own clothes having lived and breathed the fashion since his formative years.
And with major celebs such as Brad Pitt doning the Swedes clothes, it proves that the style and look appeals across a broad spectrum, but then again it always has.
Using superb styling in the square check look, his button down collar short sleeved navy and red pane check is something to behold. Cool, yet ballsy, the shirt with its pointed collar tips a nod at Italian design, with the double button detail.
The gingham shirts, short sleeved in typical skinhead fashion, also sport a natty double check line along the front of the shirt, which stands out in subtle clarity.
Button sleeves, plus a slim fit mean that a cardigan placed over the top, for example Penguin or Gabicci will keep the look going in trim style as before the forefathers of the look.
Treading the line between those in the know underground and every day classic design Rude enables the wearer to slip on a Harrington say from Baracuta the G4 slim fit or a Fred Perry Laurel for example and a pair of loafers, spin a pair of Loake 1880 Brighton’s or Sebago penny loafers, or try a pair of the stunning Grenson brrogues and you are, along with pair of light pants, for example the new tight cut Farah’s, more of those later, and you are away, standing out, while keeping hidden.
Funny, I thought the only thing that came from Sweden was the hardcore porn my brother used to hide under his bed and all blonde treacles I met on holiday.
Oh what Rude boy!