Based in London, Pierre A. M’Pele is the editor of The Perfect Magazine. Known as Pam Boy on social media, the Paris-born journalist and critic has developed into a trusted and authoritative voice thanks to his informed and opinionated articles and clever emoji reviews. Prior to joining Perfect, M’Pele was promoted by Katie Grand from contributing editor to senior editor of Love magazine, where he worked on the #LOVEDiaries volumes. In 2019, he launched a publication composed of real screenshots, gathering digital conversations with fashion heavyweights, such as Marc Jacobs and James Scully, into a physical object. In 2020, he released The Fashion Podcast as an independent side project. M’Pele also served as Dansk magazine’s London correspondent from 2017 to 2018 and assisted fashion filmmaker Loïc Prigent in the creation of the series, ‘52 Minutes of Fashion.’ On an ongoing basis, M’Pele works as a consultant for fashion companies, and has chaired and appeared on Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio fashion week panels.
What is a trend or item that reflects men’s style at this point in time?
Over the past few years, we have witnessed a complete change in the way fashion designers portray and understand masculinity. They dare to challenge gender stereotypes imposed by religion or patriarchy, and we love to see it. Those designers will continue to rise and be successful, for they will become the figureheads of a movement that is already underway.
How can fashion as a form of individual and free expression play a role in our changing societies?
Fashion and clothes speak volumes. They are key political and historical reminders and unmissable guardians of culture. It is not just about pretty frocks. So now is the time for fashion to own it. It is fashion’s role to nurture individuality, not individualism. It is the industry’s mission to highlight the values found in sustainability, diversity, craftsmanship, and freedom of expression to shape our changing societies.
How does the current crisis impact people’s relationship with clothing and fashion?
Everything in fashion has become incredibly digital over the course of a year, mostly due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our relationship with fashion and clothing now mostly happens on 2D screens. Today, there are even companies selling virtual clothes. It will be interesting to observe the consequences that this shift will have on the way we perceive clothing in the long run. It is more than crucial to re-educate ourselves about fashion and creative processes. It’s even more important to learn how to appreciate and connect with clothing on a deeper level.