From elaborate outfits to stage productions that command a message, Alt-pop rockers The 1975 have never been shy of expression. Having been a band for 14 years, the British headliners have been dominating the pop music scene like no other–charting #1 in several countries for their 2nd record, I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of it, being chosen finalists for the Mercury Piece Prize, and winning their first BRIT Award all in the span of a year and a half.
This powerhouse group is becoming quite the catalyst for other bands to step up their game in every aspect–from music that transcends genres to artistic, thematic visuals and high fashion-worthy merchandise that they create themselves. All the while encouraging the youth to speak up about exigent world issues in a time of turmoil.
With such strong synthesis of creative mediums, The 1975 represents the new era of young talents who are taking over the music scene–fearless, intelligent, and fashionable, most of all. Manchester natives Matty Healy, George Daniel, Adam Hann, and Ross MacDonald have always had a penchant for fashion even before coming into the limelight. The band emerged in 2013 already clad in luxury brands like Raf Simons, Rick Owens, Sandro, and Comme des Garcons.
Now, the British gents only keep exhibiting their sartorial prowess. Turning heads in red carpets and coming out onstage in striking get-ups of streetwear and tailored suits straight off the runway. Structured double-breasted blazers, textured coats and jackets in the likes of Saint Laurent, Gucci, J.W Anderson, and Acne Studios are their top choices for outerwear. They are also fond of embroidered bottoms and lavish jewellery.
Despite their similar stage looks, each of The 1975 boys have their own sense of style. Guitarist Adam Hann is perhaps the king of sleek suits and co-ords, taking pieces straight from new collections of Dior and Zegna (he’s giving us luxe tailoring envy). Bassist Ross Macdonald is the simplest among the group. His classic sense of style is usually comprised of turtlenecks, black leather boots, and textured bombers and coats. Meanwhile, drummer and producer George Daniel boasts a more experimental style that you just can’t put into a box. The sonic architect of the band dresses according to his mood and pulls off an array of bold looks in such a fascinating contrast to his modest personality. Think velvet embroidered blazers, double denim, gold Rolex watches, and especially oversized streetwear.
The most complex and fanciful is easily the lead vocalist Matty Healy, who has a suitcase full of clothes that’s considered the heaviest item in their tour bus (second to their own instruments and equipment). The frontman has come a long way from his staples of muppet coats and floral button downs, Healy now better favors decorated jumpers, trousers, duster coats, and vintage shirts. He even regularly crosses over to womenswear. “I’ve always been androgynous to a certain extent – not properly, but I was a bit girly”, he shares with MTV. Although his style is more fluid now, Healy’s affinity for thematic maximalism is still not lost. His posh Dracula look at the BRIT Awards perfectly encompasses his eccentric personality as he wears a black cape over a ruffled white shirt with florals on the cuffs.
It’s apparent that The 1975 have such intricate predilections to creativity and it’s truly showcased within their own styles. It’s no surprise that this transcendent band is catalyzing a metamorphosis of pop–breaking the rules and creating output that fuses art, fashion, and music together. This whole deluge of art and revolution might be overwhelming for some, but for The 1975, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
In-article photos: Sunday Times Style Magazine | GQ | Brit Awards