We spotlight horticulture’s menswear style heroes
As the cultural climate shifts, there’s never been a better time to reconnect with the earth and get your fingers dirty. Guided by gardening’s most stylish disciples, we’re opening our wardrobes to natural fabrications in hues of muddy brown, ecru and moss - and our hearts, to horticulture. Let us introduce the three green-fingered gents serving as our outdoorsy inspiration…
The late filmmaker, artist, writer, set designer and gay activist Derek Jarman created a low-key, poetic garden at his home in Dungeness, overlooking Kent’s baron headland. Prospect Cottage and its land was by no means grand - but Jarman composed a compelling narrative with driftwood sculptures and hardy wild plants, demonstrating how absorbing a space can be when it works in harmony with the landscape around it.
Dries Van Noten
"I think gardening makes you humble – which in fashion sometimes we need! It really puts you with your two feet on the ground, literally."
Dries Van Noten resides in a Neoclassical estate in the medieval town of Lier, Antwerp - and somewhat predictably, the prolific Belgian designer has created a masterpiece with the 55 acres surrounding it. As intricately crafted as his fashion collections, Van Noten’s garden follows a pattern of fecund and fallow land, so that one section ends as another begins. Architectural points of interest punctuate each area, from a striking knot-oak canopy, to a line of terra-cotta tritons.
Society photographer and theatre designer Sir Cecil Beaton discovered his green-fingered tendencies at Ashcombe House in Wiltshire, his home from 1930-1945 – and scene to his most lavish gatherings. It was on moving to nearby Reddish House in 1947 where his passion for landscaping really took off though, resulting in five acres of wildflowers and a Water Garden, complete with a private trout stream.