Menswear: are the noughties back?

From the Libertines’ multiple comebacks to the Ordinary Boys UK tour, it’s a golden time for noughties music. And a golden time for their style too, if Dior Homme and Fred Perry are your thing …

Excellent news Gen Y: the noughties are back! We know this because three of the decade’s biggest mainstream yet seminal bands are back. And generally speaking where music goes, style follows (shout out Keane). Of course for some of us, the noughties never really went away, because we still haven’t thought of a word for the decade that followed. But in lieu of that reasoning, take your pick from this autumn’s key looks inspired by Pete Doherty, Preston and, if you’re into that sort of thing, Brandon Flowers

The Ordinary Boys
The Ordinary Boys Photograph: Press

Nu-laddism: the Ordinary Boys

At the time, we never really thought of them as more than That Band That Morrissey Liked. Or at least, That Band With Preston In It, a man who stole our hearts and loins. But what do we know, because given a relatively brief dance with fame, they still dressed pretty well! Think affordable streetwear paired with moddish menswear, Fred Perry meets Lonsdale. They’ve now reformed and, if Google Alerts are to be believed, are tonight playing in London’s Dalston as part of their UK tour. Off you go.


Raf Simons for Fred Perry polo

Sta-prest Levi’s

Reclaimed Harrington jacket

The Libertines in 2010
The Libertines in 2010 Photograph: Andy Sheppard/Redferns Photograph: Andy Sheppard/Redferns

Skinny-chic: the Libertines

The Libertines’ Hyde Park comeback promised so much but delivered little, so it’s best to keep expectations low ahead of the September shows. Still, the boys looked relatively healthy given how unkind fun can be on one’s complexion, and they dressed sharp: all monochromatic and chic, with a revitalised combo of modern dandy and size zero vibes. We can of course attribute a lot of this to Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane who used to dress them when he was at Dior Homme. He also popped Pete Doherty in London Birth of a Cult, his 2005 photographic diary of the Libertines, and got him to walk in the Dior spring/summer 2006 show. Doherty looked spectacular. History; why so cruel?


The Kooples smoking jacket

Saint Laurent Chelsea boots

Arlington slim tie

Brandon Flowers of The Killers
Brandon Flowers of The Killers Photograph: Steve Jennings/ Photograph: Steve Jennings/Steve Jennings/

Power-dressing: the Killers

Being cool when you’ve gone MOR mainstream is hard. Just ask The Killers’ Brandon Flowers. H.A.R.D. Still, he had an excellent wardrobe and a look that evolved month by month. Standout pieces seem to be his Levi’s biker jacket, his Kentucky bowtie which should have looked terrible but didn’t, probably because he went the whole hog, growing a moustache and buying a one-off feathered jacket by Dior Homme which is currently hanging in a glass box in a Hard Rock Cafe, exactly where it should be.


Valentino bow-tie

Orlebar Brown Morton shirt

McQ tuxedo jacket


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