About A Man: RoiWilly
I first started HuesOfMan based on the idea of highlighting diversity in our world through fashion. Whether it be people, style, patterns, or colors- I always sought to include these themes through the blog. Now I’m taking it a step further by highlighting one of the few people I look to daily for fashion inspiration. Who is it? It’s @RoiWilly. I discovered him on Instagram (through our love of Gucci hehe) and felt connected to his diverse sense of style and his interpretation of menswear.
All photos provided by @RoiWilly
My name is Will, I’m from Hong Kong, I work in the PR industry. I studied high school and university(or college for America) in Australia, then I decided to come back and work in Hong Kong… if you can make it in HK, then you can pretty much make it anywhere in the world. Music and water (preferably VOSS or Fiji) are the 2 other things that I can’t live without besides fashion.
Q) Where do get your fashion sense/inspiration from?
I was told by my mum that I used to choose my own outfits even when I was at a very small age (and she used to get upset with me because I would want to wear summer clothes in winter, and then winter clothes in summer (I think it’s because whenever I have new clothes, I would want to wear them immediately without regards to what season it was). In my teen years, I started to spend a lot of time buying and reading fashion magazines (V, W, Vogue (various regions), POP, i-D,you name it!), and I was always fascinated by images that are not just simply pretty or for the purpose of selling clothes, I like images that have narrative,that are thought evoking, and bend your mind a little bit. So in a sense, I want my style to have a sense of narrative too, and that’s why when I travel,I plan my outfits according to where I’ll be that day, and how I morph myself to be complementary to that given environment. I think this is evident when I look through my old photos too. I went through so many phases in terms of style throughout different stages of my life, not necessarily according to what was trendy at the time, but it was more to do with how I was feeling at that stage of my life, as well as my surroundings.
Q) I see that you are another big Gucci fan. What do you think of the new direction for Gucci?
The new direction for Gucci is obviously very different to how it was when Frida was creative director. Obviously, I’m in love with Gucci’s new direction. Not that I didn’t like Gucci before. I remember there was a period when I was really into Frida’s bohemian vibe for the brand. It was more sleek and tailored. But as soon as Alessandro came on board, he put in a lot of drama into the clothes. Even though the type of clothes in terms of patterns, silhouette, etc. are nothing new, he managed to make them look fresh yet familiar at the same time. More importantly, all his pieces are “Instagram-ready”, and it’s also blurring the lines between female and male wear, so it fits perfectly with the climate of fashion right now.
Q) How do you incorporate the new style to your daily outfits?
I’m actually very lazy when it comes to styling my outfits, and I live in HK, which means 90% of the time it’s hot and humid, so I don’t get a lot of time playing dress up by layering different things on my body. So what I can always do is to switch up the shoes. I will sometimes wear knee high socks and glasses to give it a bit more of a geek vibe ( I love geek chic), but shoes are the easiest way to switch up a look.
Q) What’s your favorite piece from your collection and why?
I do have many favourites actually, but if I had to choose one piece, I would have to say the emerald wool sweater with embroideries. It’s one of the most intricate and detailed sweaters I’ve seen for men. It was so detailed that the antenna of the butterflies on the sleeves area actually 3D.
Q) What other designers or artists do you take inspiration from?
Aside from Alessandro, Nicolas Ghesquiére and J.W. Anderson are also some of my favourite designers, which they give clothes a different dimension. I also get inspired by Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Steven Klein and Salvador Dali.
Q) What is the most important piece of clothing that every man should have in his closet?
I think a good solid coat or suit jacket. You can never go wrong, even if you are wearing a white button up shirt from GAP, but if you put on that one magic suit jacket/coat, it will automatically make you stand taller, and amp up the look.