Earlier this month, Saint Laurent released its Fall 2013 ad campaign, starring Orange County, California-based musicians and Saint Laurent runway regulars, Wyatt and Fletcher Shears. The Saint Laurent exclusives, who played at the design house's post-runway show party in February, after opening and closing the show, recently released an album (entitled The Life and Times of a Paperclip). Wyatt (below right) and Fletcher (below left) talk about the band they started (called The Garden), getting discovered by Saint Laurent, their personal style (which includes womenswear) and more ...
How is The Garden different from your previous band MHV? Why did you guys decide to start The Garden?
Wyatt Shears: For one, it’s just bass and drums and now I sing. Plus we wanted more creative freedom.
Fletcher Shears: We just felt better together.
Wyatt: When it’s just us two, we don’t have to worry about anyone else. That twin telepathy kind of thing.
Let’s talk fashion for a second. How did the Hedi Slimane and Saint Laurent thing come about?
Wyatt: We were playing a show at The Echoplex with The Abigails, and apparently a guy named Patrick was in the crowd and saw us, and he emailed some people. Long story short, Saint Laurent emailed us. We didn’t really know what to think about it, but we finally emailed them back, and it was actually the real deal.
Fletcher: We didn’t even know what Saint Laurent was. We don’t know anything about that stuff.
Wyatt: We had to look it up.
When did you meet Hedi?
Wyatt: We just went straight to Paris and then we met him and everyone there. We had to find our hotel and everything. It was stressful for the first few hours and then after that it was the best time ever.
Fletcher: Yeah, like jet lag, cold, trying to find people…
Wyatt: No one wants to speak English to you…
Fletcher: We’re [went] back this June to walk in the Saint Laurent show again though.
What was walking in your first fashion show like?
Wyatt: The only thing that bothered me was the jet lag honestly.
Fletcher: We were mostly just giggling and making jokes with each other backstage. Everyone else was being really serious, but not us.
Wyatt: We were taking it seriously, but we were also having our own personal good time, not trying to be models or anything.
Tell us about the Fall 2013 show.
Wyatt: I walked first. I opened the show. I just had to get my timing right, and my footing. That was the only part I was stressed about.
Fletcher: I walked last. I closed the show. It was pretty exciting to be honest.
Where do you draw your style inspiration from?
Wyatt: I don’t even know…
Fletcher: I’ve always—and this sounds stupid—but I’ve always just worn clothing I like. If I like it, it doesn’t matter if it’s chick clothes or guy clothes, I'll wear it. I think I started dressing in women's clothes around late 2009 or 2010. Even before that, I was interested in it. I just like to look pretty.
How would you say your personal styles are different?
Wyatt: Other than the lady clothes thing, I would say it’s pretty damn similar. Like I’m wearing his pants and shoes right now. And he’s wearing my shirt.
Fletcher: There are things that are his and things that are mine, but we switch things all the time. Same underwear, same socks…
Wyatt: There’s no real separation.
Are you going to be incorporating any Saint Laurent into your wardrobe?
Wyatt: The really big white coat with the black spots that I wore in the men’s winter fall fashion show. That one’s really cool. I want to get it, but it’s $17,000. Not quite in the budget.