Nathan Brook of the Australian Ballet on his style influences and men’s fashion trends
What is your favorite scent?
Comme des GarÃ§ons Man.
Transparent Moscot Miltzen sunglasses that I haven’t stopped wearing since I bought them.
Do you remember a favorite outfit from your childhood?
As a child, I loved the color red. There was a red turtleneck sweater that I wore all the time. When I was five, I begged my parents to get me some red patent leather Doc Martens. I insisted they were unisex and they bought them for me.
What was your worst fashion mistake?
Wearing Rip Curl board shorts during the Victorian winter when I moved from Sydney to Melbourne. I was 14, in my first year at the Australian Ballet School. My mother and I moved there for five years so that I could go to school. My father stayed with my older brothers who were studying at university. I have the privilege of having such a united family.
What was your first fashion moment? I got my first pairs of Converse All Star low top sneakers and Just Jeans ripped jeans when I was about 12. I thought I was the coolest thing; my dad would say to me, âWhy did you pay for ripped jeans? “
What’s at the top of your fashion wishlist?
A black wool Acne overcoat.
Is there something you would never wear?
Is there a current trend that you like?
Oversized and loose clothing.
What shoes do you wear most often?
RM Williams Boots: I have black and brown; Converse One Stars cream in terrycloth; Birkenstock Arizonas tobacco brown.
What are you wearing in bed?
Depends on the season. In winter it’s a boxer, a T-shirt and a sweater.
Who is your favorite fashion icon?
A young Marlon Brando. Her style was fresh, timeless, elegant and sexy. It was thoughtful, but effortless – he looked like he had put on everything he was wearing.
What do you wear when you rehearse?
Bloch tights, a tight shirt, Adidas sweatpants and ballet flats.
What’s your favorite laid back casual Sunday look?
Blue jeans, a white t-shirt and a black knit sweater that I bought from Zara in Switzerland years ago. I carried him to death.
Nathan Brook is this year’s recipient of the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award.
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