Misfit: A Menswear Editorial Celebrating Rebel Antiheroes and Young Offenders
Our latest menswear editorial explores the myth of the rebel — by placing him in an actual Parisian courtroom.
With the recent comeback of Burberry Nova check and the insurgence over the last ten years of street wear, the “working class” look is in fashion (albeit problematically). The myth of the “outsider” — a rebellious, rule-breaking antihero, a la James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause” and Ponyboy in S.E. Hinton’s “The Outsiders” — continues to fascinate. Perenially a person of interest in wider culture, the dark and handsome young ruffian is the star of our Misfit editorial.
For Sleek 55, Antoine Harinthe shot and filmed his fictional take on the myth of the “young offender”. Fitted out in a Louis Vuitton suit and a multitude of other high-end brands, the editorial tells the tale of young man as he goes through the negotiations and sentencing process of court. Shot on location in Paris in a court room, our rebel is portrayed as elegant yet rough.
Whilst the bad boy might want to give off an air of invicibility, the books and movies focusing around this figure often feature his bravado being broken down — in this case, it’s the legal system which bests our young antihero. Whilst our misfit looks unfathomably cool with his Comme Des Garcons shirt perfectly untucked, this photo series shows him in the most tender and emotional moments too. Paired with the video, you get a sense that as soon as he walks through the doors of the court, his bravery switches off. He is just another guy behind a sheet of glass.