In 2014, Vanity Fairnamed Charlie Siem as one of the world’s best dressed musicians. And it was no idle boast.
Charlie Siem. Photo: supplied
Music and fashion have frequently rubbed shoulders during the career of the 31-year British classical violinist. His ventures into fashion and as a style ambassador began by chance around five years ago when he was asked to be part of a campaign for British men’s brand Dunhill. He has since featured in advertisements for Giorgio Armani and Dior. He appeared on the catwalk in January last year for Giambattista Valli in Paris, and showed up in the front row at Paris Fashion Week two months later with Wendi Deng, guaranteeing headlines.
Talking to Limelightin Sydney, however, it’s clear that classical music is front and centre of Siem’s career, though he doesn’t shy away from his reputation as a style meister. “I think everything that’s happened to me has been me being a ‘yes’ person and also being adaptable to what comes my way, and that was one of the things that presented itself to me somehow,” he says.
“I was not a fashion-conscious person, but...