Exclusive interview with Jude Bellingham
Jude looks at home in the opulent surroundings of the Savoy in this ensemble, sitting on a small wooden bench-seat upholstered in red leather with a mirror and red lacquered walls with gold detailing behind him. He’s actually in the celebrated Red Lift – “I felt like it was the perfect scene for that [suit]” –, which has the distinction of being the first electric lift in London, and may well have been used by Guccio Gucci himself to transport guests’ luggage to and from their rooms.
What was the young footballers favourite thing about the experience with Gucci and SWM?
“The work the team put in to make me look good was really good on the day. Obviously I’ve just turned up, looked into the camera and put on the stuff. But the way they organised the outfits and the rooms in which they decided to place me in for certain outfits was really clever. And I think that was my favourite thing about the shoot – how each outfit matched the vibe of the room and then the vibe of the pictures that we were trying to capture; that for me was the best thing.”
And favourite outfits?
“My three favourites were: the pink [bomber] jacket to start with; I think that was the cover photo. I really liked it. I just felt like it was different but still kind of quite classy and cool; and the next one was the tracksuit – it was lovely, but I think what topped it off was the way it was shown – I was in a relaxed environment, I had some sliders on and I was kind of just chilling. And then, for me, I feel like I'm a lot older than my age suggests, and to be in a suit is always fun for me; I just enjoy the feeling of feeling quite classy… Yeah, I think that one's number one [the suit] and those two are close behind.”
Would you say fashion is a big thing in the football world?
“I think it’s something that footballers are really into at the moment, like me growing up in football, it’s all I’ve seen, really. Whether it’s a football magazine I have, or I see a lifestyle magazine knocking about somewhere, there always seems to be a footballer involved in it. And I think that’s good because it crosses over the two worlds, and then you start to have music come in and it all gives a better vibe to the game as well… Players play with more expression and I think it then is represented by the clothes they wear, the things they listen to, and it makes it a lot more interesting for the fans as well.”
“It was a great experience working with the guys from SWM for the mag, I felt very comfortable around them and had lots of fun on the shoot. In terms of the concierge side - it was effortless and I managed to sort my holiday very easily by getting in contact with the right people.”