As Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner has gone through many styles. With a Mercury Prize-winning debut album in Whatever people say I am is what I’m notthe world met a group of young people from Sheffield wearing polo shirts, hoodies and Adidas. In 2008, Turner beat second album syndrome with the house party thrills of favorite worst nightmare and had started dabbling in the living room with his friend Miles Kane as one half of The Last Shadow Puppets. In tune with the indie sleaze boom of the time and his then-girlfriend Alexa Chung, his style had morphed to include fitted shirts, Beatles-esque fitting and leather jackets — a piece that was soon to become a staple.
It wasn’t until 2012 that a 26-year-old Turner found more than one niche: chic crooner encapsulating Cuban heels, leather and impossible amounts of Brylcreem. With America breaking up A M, he donned the costume of an idol, stepping into a role reminiscent of Elvis Presley.
Now at album seven with The car, the frontman has struck a perfect balance that draws heavily on the style of French pop artist Jacques Dutronc, an artist Alex more directly referenced in a Last Shadow Puppets cover of “Les Cactus.” Mirroring the elevated (pun intended) elevator music of the hyper-loungey Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino and The car2022’s Alex Turner wears the kind of clothes vintage hotel lobbies are made of: strollersseal rings and expensive open-neck shirts.
It’s been a long journey from ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ and those old Fred Perry polo shirts to the sleazy, bespoke terrain of ‘There’d Better Be A Mirrorball’, but look: we all made it together. Consider our guide to dressing like Mr Turner your style accompaniment to Arctic Monkeys’ seventh album, The car.
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