Daniel W Fletcher says he owes a lot of his success to Harry Styles.
The 30-year-old fashion designer – who runs his eponymous brand Daniel w. Fletcher – was contacted by the ‘Golden’ singer’s stylist, Harry Lambert, in 2015, asking to buy all of his boxy shirts from his graduate collection.
And, Daniel – who was crowned Breakthrough Designer at the GQ Men of the Year Awards on Thursday night (26.11.20) – admitted he wouldn’t be where he is now without the support of the One Direction star.
Speaking to GQ magazine, he said: “Harry had a huge impact on my career. At 24 years old I couldn’t believe what was happening.”
Daniel – whose clients also include pop stars Sam Smith and Troye Sivan – and Harry, who recently rocked a dress in Vogue, share a passion for blurring the lines between gender and fashion.
‘13 Reasons Why’ star Tommy Dorfman said of Daniel’s latest collection: “There’s a soft femininity about the clothes that aligns with my spirit – that sharp tailoring and those cinched waists in his AW20 collection.
“It’s a point reiterated by model Jack Guinness: “He’s a truly modern designer in his approach to fabric and cut, creating feminine menswear for all genders. There’s a subtle strength in the vulnerability of his work. I love wearing [his designs] on the red carpet or to a gay dive bar.”
Daniel studied menswear at the prestigious Central Saint Martins college in London, where Alexander McQueen attended.
However, before studying fashion, Daniel – who also attended Kingston University – was planning on becoming an actor.
He recalled: “I always wanted to be an actor.
“It wasn’t until I enrolled on an art foundation course at Kingston University at 18 that I decided I wanted to make clothes. Growing up in a small town in Cheshire, I didn’t think it was a viable career.”
The GQ Men of the Year Awards also awarded the Design Lead accolade to Tommy Hilfiger.