Los Angeles, CA (CNS) – Musicians Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, and T.I. are among the 10 Most Stylish Men in America as chosen by GQ Magazine and profiled in their March 2009 issue. Also in the Top 10 are music producer Mark Ronson, hotelier Andre Balazs, clothing store owner Sid Mashburn, GQ “Style Guy” Glenn O’Brien, artist Ed Ruscha, photgrapher Alexi Lubomirski, and actor/musician Jason Schwartzman.
Timberlake, who claims he brought “Sexyback” in 2006, did bring three-piece suits back to pop music. But in the issue, Timberlake says he prefers his vintage graphic tees when out and about in L.A. “I used to have an amazing collection,” he says. “But Jess [his girlfriend, Jessica Biel] and my cousin Rachael have pretty much grabbed them all.” Timberlake, who recently showed the Fall 2009 collection at New York Fashion Week of his line William Rast, also tells the magazine that the inspiration for his fashion comes from his banker dad.
Ronson wears the tailored suit and skinny tie as his uniform, not only in his performances and videos, but in the recording studio as well. “You have to dress like you take your job seriously,” he says. “When you’re in a room working with the Kaiser Chiefs, these five lads from Leeds who have this sort of gang mentality, it’s like being a schoolteacher. It helps if you wear a tie as a sign of authority.”
For the photo shoot by photographer Peggy Sirota, West wore a Dior Homme jacket, shirt and pants by Jill Sander, Common Projects sneakers, Paul Frank belt, and sunglasses and scarf (well, actually leggings but being used as a scarf) by Louis Vuitton. “With this outfit here, I wasn’t trying to say anything. It’s just what appealed to me,” West said. “It’s instinct. Color. Fabric. The way it feels on you.”