Stephen Paul Manderson, better known by his stage name Professor Green, is an English rapper who toured with Lily Allen, and has that charmingly creaky voice that makes me think of him as the Frankie Valli of British rap. His single “Read All About It“, featuring vocals by the lovely Emeli Sandé, hit number 1 in October of last year. But enough about the music, and on to what matters most: the clothes.
This is very much what I would wear to a formal event, say, the Met Costume Gala, my sister’s debutante ball, or New Year’s Eve. I’m all for experimentation in menswear, but I do appreciate starkness and restraint in formal occasions. I would wear this look ever so slightly differently, but I think this embodies the professor quite well. The slightly boxy fit betrays the rapper’s rough, street image, the diamond pave assorted pendants are a refined take on the iconic rapper’s bling, and the neck tattoos marry danger with style.
photographs via Karla Otto