The Atlanta-based rapper rejects hip-hop’s merry-go-round of trends in favor of tailored blazers, jeans of distinctly hip-hopian proportions, and one trademark: a hat cocked at an extreme angle. Only problem now? He’s due for prison time. But look for him to pick up where he left off—fashionwise, anyway—the day he gets out.
“Every morning, I start with my shoes. Usually, I have a pair that I just know I wanna wear, and from there I put my shirt with my shoes, my pants with my shirt, my belt with my shoes and my shirt. I have real basic, old-school, classic style, homey. I’m still a Polo kid. I still like my pants to fit a certain way. I got first-grade pictures of me in suits. So I guess the fact that more formal stuff like blazers is acceptable in hip-hop these days…I could take a little credit for that.”
Sports jacket, $1,860, and cardigan, $1,195, by Gucci. T-shirt, $16, by Calvin Klein Underwear. Jeans, $86, by Akoo. Sneakers, $390, by Marc Jacobs. Hat by Prada. Watch by Breitling.
GQ’s Style Guy
Find us an icon of New York’s punk/new-wave scene who looks as bold today as he did in 1978. Fact is, most are dead, washed-up, or worse—banking. The secret to Glenn O’Brien’s style longevity: He hasn’t strayed from his roots.
“How have I stayed stylish? I’ve always worn the same clothes. I have ties older than my wife. I think I’ve had this suit for twelve years. And it’s my favorite suit. Style is about expressing your personality, and it’s not like that changes from one year to the next. Winston Churchill had incredible style, and it was permanent. When I had shoulder-length hair, I wore the same kinds of clothes I wear now. I never wore bell-bottoms. It’s also about dressing with respect. My grandmother was a big influence on me in that way. If I was going on a date, she’d say, ‘You can’t wear that pink shirt—what’s the girl’s mother going to say? Have some respect.’”
Coat (his own) by John Pearse. Suit (his own) by Anderson & Sheppard. Shirt, $485, by Charvet. Slippers, $350, by Belgian Shoes. Vintage tie by Dries Van Noten. Duffel bag by T. Anthony.
Actor, Indie Rocker
Even when he was an awkward kid playing an even more awkward kid in Rushmore, you could tell Jason Schwartzman had style. Behold, a decade or so later he’s an ace at looking cool in a suit.
“Ever since I was a little boy and I had to dress up, I liked suits. I’d slick my hair back and be like ‘Yeah!’ When I talked to the casting director about going in for Rushmore, I remember I was wearing tails. When I met Wes Anderson, he didn’t wear suits. He wore a collared shirt with corduroys and a sweater—always. Then he got to suits. Later, I decided that I wanted to wear them, and I asked Wes where to go. I got a blue one, a pin-striped one, and a gray one. I like combining different things like a sweatshirt and a suit, but I don’t feel totally comfortable going balls to the wall; one half of me doesn’t want to stand out, and another part loves Keith Moon.”
Suit, $1,940; baseball jacket, $455; shirt, $230;and tie, $125: all by Band of Outsiders. Vintage sneakers by Adidas Originals. Sunglasses by Ray-Ban.
Ed Ruscha (and son, Eddie)
Artist, L.A. Icon
Ed Ruscha & Son, Eddie
At the age of 71, Ruscha brings to his style the same attitude and humor that imbues his artwork. Exception: He may have created those iconic “word paintings,” but he says he “never liked T-shirts with sayings on ’em.”
“My style is…loose and lazy? [laughs] It has everything to do with living out here. I’ve got a pair of 501s on now. And I have several pairs of thin cotton pants by Armand Basi, which are good for this weather. René Magritte—he’d paint wearing a suit and tie. Artists got rough-and-ready around the ’50s—all-out comfort became important. For twenty-five years, all I bought was used clothing. The only extravagance was that I had a couple of sequined cowboy shirts made. I don’t like all-black and I don’t wear suits and ties that often. When I do wear a tie, it’s usually a bolo tie. I have a collection of ’em—I like those little strings that dangle.”
On Ed: Suit jacket, $1,185,and pants, $590, by Costume National. Vintage shirt by PS Paul Smith. Vintage bolo tie (his own). Sneakers, $50, by Converse. On Eddie: Vintage t-shirt and hat (his own). Jeans, $155, by A.P.C. Custom
Theses are definitely trend setting men in today’s generation, with J.T bringing back the old school to vintage-modern wear by Jason Schwartzman and the semi-formal wear by Ruscha.