Stylist Keegan Singh on Dressing Men, Shopping, and Facial Hair

Keegan and his Bauhaus tee. Photo: Melissa Hom

Keegan Singh, a 31-year-old stylist, is the man behind some of your favorite shoots in Vogue, V, Vman, Purple, and the New York Times to name a few. He also edits collections, hangs with the cool kids, and has the best head of hair we've seen in quite a long time. Plus he's a real charmer, as the Cut found out over bottles of wine one night.

Is there a shoot you've done that you feel is iconic?
My first shoot I ever did. It was for Wonderland. It was a grunge story, and I was really nervous. It's really cool, and it was menswear. But it would look cool on a girl or a boy.

Do you prefer doing menswear or womenswear?
Women's because it's more of a challenge for sure. For men, I dress everyone like me.

But men have such a hard time shopping. So isn't that part of the challenge?
For the average male, yes. I think straight men don't think enough about clothes and gay men overthink clothes. They overdress. I think you have to know who you are and dress accordingly. Find your archetype and stick to it.

What should every guy have in their closet?
A white button-down shirt, a white T-shirt, and I think they should all have Trash & Vaudeville jeans. Some men's Balenciaga. East Village meets French boys, Parisians. It's really hot. That's my personal style aesthetic. If you have a rocker look, I swear girls will go for it.

What's your favorite men's store?
Phillip Lim. He's a friend of mine. I like Marc by Marc, Rock & Republic jeans. And Trash & Vaudeville.

What trends do you like for fall?
For fall '08 I love rock and roll, I love Balmain, I love Rodarte. J'adore. I really love fur. There's a whole knitwear thing I'm into. The Rodarte knits. They were gorgeous.

What trends do you wish would go away?
People who don't make an effort. Lazy. I mean, we live in New York City. I love women to look like women and men to look like gentlemen.

Are you for or against facial hair?
Against. I like a mustache, though, so I guess that's not true. It depends on the person. You know, I'm a total hypocrite because I like Devendra [Banhart] and people with beards. I guess it’s okay when it makes sense.

What are you lusting after right now?
The item I'm lusting after the most is the Gerrit Thomas Rietveld zigzag chairs. What I also really want right now are these studio lights with barn doors on them for my apartment. They look like eyes.

What's your signature item?
The thing about me is I'm a firm believer that you don't need that much stuff. I don't have that many clothes. I wear the same stuff over and over again. I have a black blazer, a navy blazer, a Balenciaga coat, skinny black jeans, I know what I like. Maybe a rock-and-roll T-shirt, a Bauhaus T-shirt.

What can't you live without?
My favorite book, Against Nature. You have to suck it down like vin rouge. You want to study that book but don’t become that person; it's so twisted. It's the book that inspired Oscar Wilde to write Dorian Gray. —Amina Akhtar