“Menswear hasn’t changed much at all.”
Evans stands out in the MA studio, but not because he is attention-seeking or loud. His unique sense of style speaks volumes – more than his modest personality. He wears on his slim frame a red and white striped t-shirt and black leggings, layered with a dark green kilt. Cherub-like, curly brown hairs frame his face and dark eyes, which are painted with eighties-turquoise eyeshadow. Two gilt gold, drop-earrings hang from each lobe. He is elegant and scruffy all at the same time.
Clever contrasting is a trademark of Evans; his MA collection merges fantasy with reality, and wonderful with wearable. Ribbed and fleece leggings are worn under skirts and tunics, lurex and tinsel knits are pared down with simple black pieces, and billowing silhouettes are grounded with jersey fabrics. It bagged him the L’Oréal Professionnel Creative Award, and has been highly commended by both Dazed and Confused and Wonderland.
“The concept,” he tells me, “was always based on me, and men’s fashion, and trying to do something that is kind of believable and real.” And yet, while being believable, the clothes still push the boundaries of menswear. “What I’m doing now – it’s quite sort of feminine and inspired by womenswear. On a woman it would be a bit plain and quite safe, maybe even a bit old looking. On a man, it’s newer.” Evans’ disregard for cultural constructions of gender is not part of a trend, he is un-phased by the current predominance of androgynous fashion because it has always been ingrained in him. “It is something I’ve always felt. When I was younger I used to experiment with how I’d dress. I would buy stuff from Topshop or H&M in the girls bit. I never saw a boundary.”