Nahuel Serrano is the 16-year-old streetwear prince of Paris. He’s a model and demigod among the boisterous online community of Supreme and KTZ addicts, and the comment sections under his Instagrams (more often than not featuring him in ensembles by the likes of Nasir Mazhar or Gosha Rubchinskiy) are often bombarded with tongue-in-cheek Franglais praise like “foutu plouc on fleek” (roughly, “damn hick on fleek”) and plenty of heart and prayer hand emoji. Sure, he’s a street style photographer magnet, but his mean pout, chiseled cheekbones, and De Niro-type beauty mark don’t hurt either. Serrano was discovered in a Kokon to Zai store two years ago. “I was trying on some pants when the store manager came to me and asked me if I wanted to model for the brand,” says Serrano. “No hesitations—and that is how my career began.”
Serrano, who identifies his style icons as 2 Chainz and, well, himself, has always referred to streetwear as his passion. At 12 years old, he was sporting NBA hoodies and snapbacks to school. “I was already different from the other kids,” says Serrano, whose classmates usually wore Hollister and Forever 21. Now a model for KTZ, he trawls Kokon to Zai, Comme des Garçons, Colette, and Rick Owens for new favorites, while surfing grailed.com for rare secondhand pieces. Though his elevated take on hoodies and snapbacks still incites stares from his classmates, now photographers and passersby are taking notice, too. “They [my classmates] don’t understand the way I dress; everybody looks at me like I am an alien,” says Serrano. “But in the city center, people know more about fashion and appreciate my style a great deal. Often, they stop me and take pictures, because they find my looks pretty cool.” Those looks usually come head-to-toe courtesy of KTZ, like a pumpkin orange tunic with matching shorts, sandals, and bucket hat, or an enormous embroidered sweatpants-and-hoodie set.
Whether or not wearing a straight-from-the-runway designer look denotes personal style, Serrano still wears streetwear in his own way, often layering pieces together—such as a patch-covered KTZ jacket over a gray hoodie and denim jeans with sheared cuffs and Raf Simons x Adidas sneakers—or throwing on blue checkered Midnight Studios trousers, a Guillermo Andrade for FourTwoFour on Fairfax sweatshirt, and Converse. But his most regal touch, separating him from the rest of the streetwear pack? He wears plenty of pink, ranging from bubblegum-hued T-shirts to fuchsia trousers. “I don’t care about what people say or think,” says Serrano. “It’s just a different color that people aren’t used to wearing because they think it is too girly. I like pink.” Rose on fleek? Followed.
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