The Class President

Mike The Ruler

Fashion obsessive. Outsider champion. Class president

Rising to the top by popular vote, Mike the Ruler is smarter than your average Insta-kid. A bespectacled cult hero of New York’s new wave since the age of 13, Mike – real name Michael Hope – continues to prove that style and substance should never be considered mutually exclusive pastimes. A high school student by day, his knowledge of fashion history runs deeper than a throwaway #tbt – instead, he prefers to brush up on archive Helmut Lang and Raf Simons through the written word, making his own connections. “I do more research online, I prefer to read,” he says. “I’m information-hungry.” That said, he does appreciate the Instagram of “pictures of Young Thug next to old paintings” as much as the next person…

Mike wears the following optical styles: Giorgio Armani AR7069; Giorgio Armani AR7114; Oliver Peoples OV5336U

No Dress Code. Within Reason

Mike, The Class President

On his dress code…
“The colour palette definitely has to be a specific way, because you can’t have clothes that clash – the colours have to go well together. Also, people have to take into account their eye, skin and hair colour, because that really affects what you’re wearing. Personally, I just wear a few specific brands – a lot of old Helmut Lang stuff, from when he was still designing his own label. That’s my favourite kind of designer: I like the minimalist approach he does, but how it’s still very unique and special at the same time.”

On essential eats in the school cafeteria…
“Food’s important. What food should always be in the cafeteria? Spicy beef noodles! Extra spicy, because people need to build up their spice tolerance. Some really cool favours of cold soda. And definitely good bread! Good bread, and good meat – and if you don’t want meat, some really good vegetarian options, like tofu. Lots of soy stuff, because I enjoy that.”

On resisting nostalgia…
“In terms of how the world is going, I’m a little pessimistic about the future. But in terms of art and fashion, I’m pretty optimistic, because there’s lots of exciting talent around. I’m happy for that to be the case, because people can always say, ‘Oh, the 80s and 90s are were so good,’ but if you really think about it, some of that stuff is pretty corny. I think things are going to stay loose for a while; the colour palette will tone down and there will be less bling. But maybe I’m just saying that because that’s my ideal look and I’m hoping it will end up that way…”