Of all of the wild rhetorical moments peppered throughout HBO’s one-season-wonder The Idol, a zinger delivered by the real-life pop star Troye Sivan—“When was the last truly nasty, nasty, bad pop girl?”—turned out to be the most prescient: It feels like pop culture has been on the hunt for the next “truly nasty, nasty, bad pop girl” ever since. Sivan, the Australian YouTuber turned pop singer, is currently rolling out his anticipated third album Something To Give Each Other—the LP’s vibrant early singles, “Rush” and “Got Me Started,” are both TikTok breakouts. Now, he’s continued that run by strutting down the Miu Miu spring 2024 runway at Paris Fashion Week—while wearing a pair of boat shoes, no less.
On the runway, Sivan modeled a look befitting a high-fashion frat boy: a preppy navy polo layered over a checkered button down and loosely tucked into a pair of silky board shorts with Miu Miu-branded underwear peeking out from underneath. (He’s modeled sporty shorts on the runway before, having walked in a pair of iridescent boxers at Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty show in 2021.) On his feet were the label’s take on brown leather boat shoes—worn without socks!—that could pass for Sperry dupes.
The outfit was styled with the same duplicity presented throughout the collection—nerdy-hot, disheveled-IT-guy energy from the torso up; fratty surfer bro down below. Both of which are fun male archetypes to play around with, certainly. Supreme heartthrob and recent Miami transplant Sean Pablo predicted a “yacht core” trend earlier this year (sockless Sperrys for all!)—now, it looks like the preppy-techie, scummy-dorky style wave has begun.
For Sivan, the timing is just right: Something To Give Each Other drops next week. And speaking of famous faces with projects to promote these days, Sivan wasn’t the only star on the Miu Miu runway: the American actor Cailee Spaeny, who stars as Priscilla Presley alongside Jacob Elordi’s Elvis in Sofia Coppola’s upcoming Priscilla biopic, closed out the show.