Following on from their Indie Music Style features, Fiacha Harrington discusses personal style with Nick Triani. Triani, 50, is a music professional and OQM editor who grew up in London but now lives and works in Helsinki.
Fiacha Harrington: So what are you wearing today? And what do you like to wear?
Nick Triani: Nowadays I get clothes given to me a lot. This shirt I’m wearing was passed onto me when my brother in-law passed away last year. My sister gave me a bunch of his shirts. He had all these Paul Smith, Prada and other designer shirts, and they are very nice, something that I wouldn’t have thought of wearing (or buying) but they fit me and look good – I can just throw on something scruffy with them. I still buy vintage stuff if I can find it. It might not be old but I tend to look for stuff that isn’t quite so modern looking when shopping for new clothes. I also try to dress as comfortably as possible.
FH: What brands are you into?
NT: I could say I’ve never been so into brands. Alternatively, as I’ve gotten older I have discovered some brands I can tolerate. I used to buy Vans in the mid 90s and I loved wearing them and they were really comfortable. I picked a new pair up in the States last fall (after a long time not wearing Vans, and now love them all over again). Clarks shoes (especially Originals) have become essential for me. I still look for stuff that is old. I love to buy old coats, like I am wearing now. I hate to say it as I never thought of myself as being into ‘that’ look, but I have bought a lot of Tommy Hilfiger over the years; I have loads of Tommy Hilfiger coats, chinos, jumpers etc.
FH: What does style mean to you?
NT: I think it has to be something personal and individualistic. I believe style is something you just can’t pick up off a rack. I certainly feel I’ve tried to cultivate my own style (however vain that sounds). Wherever I’ve lived I felt I’ve looked different to everyone else I know, I haven’t quite fitted in. I do care more how I look nowadays than I used to in some sense. The opposite to that is that it was easier to appear stylish when I was leaner and younger looking (laughs).
FH:What do you think of fashion these days?
NT: Everything is so fragmented now, it feels like there is no NOW. Hip-hop style is very ubiquitous. I think that is a style that has crossed into the mainstream and is kinda the predominant thing (certainly amongst the hipster fraternity in Helsinki).
It’s weird to see so many people I know dressing like rappers and diving superficially deep into that culture. I don’t see much of a personal take on that, it’s very much branding hitting the ceiling
It’s weird to see so many people I know dressing like rappers and diving superficially deep into that culture. I don’t see much of a personal take on that, it’s very much branding hitting the ceiling. Post-normcore, the 1990’s fashions seem to be alarmingly popular too, so I’m getting used to this period of people on the high street dressing badly with no sense of style (laughs).