Louis Philippe de Gagoue & Personal Style

Louis Philippe de Gagoue & Personal Style

Since I'm bowing out of Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping-related activities, I'm dedicating myself instead to digging deeper into the question of what constitutes really good personal style. 

Personal style inspiration can come by way of many things. But in our click-here, buy-it-now culture, it can feel like the only way to get style inspiration is to end up feeling compelled buy it. Which is why I get so excited when I come across someone wearing an outfit that can't be easily bought or replicated. When you hold aside what we buy, what really makes us stylish? And if you can't buy it, how can you hone it? 

Enter Louis Philippe de Gagoue, a stylist and personal shopper based in Morocco, who offers a case study in the essence of personal style. Of his approach to getting dressed, he has said

Concerning my aesthetic let’s say that I am quite eclectic as a person and I don’t set barriers for myself and fashion. I don’t like the way fashion is segmented and stereotyped (Black Fashion, Asian fashion, US Fashion …). My very own philosophy is to break barriers down and blend all of those cultures in one outfit.

I'm struck by his individuality, the sense of fluidity in his outfits, and the feeling of playfulness and authenticity that emanates from these looks. 

Here, a military jacket is juxtaposed against a grass skirt, contrasting hardness and softness. He adds further interest by incorporating traditionally female accessories- an African head wrap and necklace. 

Here, a military jacket is juxtaposed against a grass skirt, contrasting hardness and softness. He adds further interest by incorporating traditionally female accessories- an African head wrap and necklace. 

What's not to love here?! I love how he plays with tradition, formality, and infuses the outfit with fun through colorful details.  

What's not to love here?! I love how he plays with tradition, formality, and infuses the outfit with fun through colorful details.  

Cool. No, very cool. 

Cool. No, very cool. 

He wears jeans, too. Attention to cuffing and proportion make this look interesting.  

He wears jeans, too. Attention to cuffing and proportion make this look interesting.  

A double-breasted blazer accessorized with a hat. 

A double-breasted blazer accessorized with a hat. 

Playing with patterns and colors and ending up with your own set of rules is one of the fundamentals of advanced style.

Playing with patterns and colors and ending up with your own set of rules is one of the fundamentals of advanced style.

Futher proof that pom poms, tassels, et al truly do make any good thing great. 

Futher proof that pom poms, tassels, et al truly do make any good thing great. 

Kudos is due here for the sheer number of elements he's managed to include in this look. Notably, a sequined vest, patterned leggings, and feathers adorning the arms. 

Kudos is due here for the sheer number of elements he's managed to include in this look. Notably, a sequined vest, patterned leggings, and feathers adorning the arms. 

The hat is back, this time on monochromatic black, accented by yellow babouches.  

The hat is back, this time on monochromatic black, accented by yellow babouches.  

Sequins! Leopard print! Colors! 

Sequins! Leopard print! Colors! 

 

Images courtesy of Louis Philippe de Gagoue. 

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