'True Brit' - English country style through the eyes of foreigners, the holy grail of elegant leisure style. Or weekend style, whatever you wanna call it. This is an American GQ editorial from fall 1987, photography by American fashion photographer Arthur Elgort, clothes by Calvin Klein, Byblos, Chanel, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Paul Smith, Banana Republic, Ralph Lauren and others. Relatively few bona fide Brit brands, but more labels that try to be more British than the British themselves. It passes the point where it is stereotype - imitation - emulation, at some point evil minds might consider it to be parody at best, but as we know fashion is capable of pushing concepts and ideas to extremes. Often they tend to take it so far over the top, that the style becomes something else entirely and at that point a label or designer makes it his own. —- An amusing example are the comments made on the clothes worn by English Royals; for instance, upon seeing paparazzi photos of Prince William and Kate taking a walk on one the estates of the Windsor family, American fashion journalists commented that “it looked very chic and very Ralph Lauren”. LOL. Click to enlarge.