He’s challenging the traditional notion of red-carpet glamour with a healthy dose of fantasy.
In retrospect, Lambert began his career at those very magazines. Growing up a couple hours’ drive from London in Norwich, he recalls not so much a penchant for fashion as an industry but a deep-seated love of clothing. “I was never one of those people that can say, ‘Oh my god, I was flipping through issues of Vogue every day,’” but he found joy instead in obsessing over what he wore and dressing the mannequins at his local charity shop. In terms of where that love began, “the only thing I could think of is my mum used to play me a VHS tape of Madonna’s music videos, like all the time.”
“I always think, what are the brands that fit with their personality, their style? I’m not talking about just finding a big fashion label, but trying to build up a roster of brands that really suit them.”
In the case of Corrin, “she has a really strong point of view, and she’s really fucking cool. I think people are sometimes quite quick, when it’s a young, pretty girl, to put them in a box.” When the young star with elf-like features and an uncanny resemblance to Princess Di is clad in a full-sleeved Chopova Lowena number or head-to-toe Charlotte Knowles ensemble, she becomes interesting, three-dimensional, before she even opens her mouth. “I was lucky to get to know her as a friend before a work colleague. She’s not scared to take a risk or be ugly.”
“I think the world has seen enough plain black tuxes and pretty dresses.”
“I remember the floral suit on the Fashion Police and them calling it curtains. We found it funny, but I know for some people, that would hurt them. It’s good that’s gone now.”
Yes, I was eagerly anticipating the interview because of my admiration of the British fashion powerhouse’s work, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed our conversation. We laughed continuously, gabbing about old episodes of Fashion Police and iconic collections—JW Anderson’s fall 2013 men’s ruffled shorts, in particular. “I always believe, if you put out good energy in your life to people, it will eventually come back,” states Lambert.
You can tell his work excites him too, which is a luxury in any industry. The pandemic, which put a pause on this crazy industry that never slows down, has only fueled his affinity for fantasy. “I’m sitting here in my studio and I’m looking at eight crazy wigs for a shoot I’ve got this weekend. I’m just so excited to be able to start making fun, creative stuff again.”
Photos: Courtesy of Harry Lambert
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