2009 February 16
(NEW YORK) Merely moments after last Wednesday's bash toasting the six Best New Menswear Designers in America, GQ will unveil its March issue documenting the 10 Most Stylish Men in America. Cover boy Justin Timberlake tops the list, naturally, and he's followed by Mark Ronson, Alexi Lubomirski, Andre Balazs, Kanye West, Sid Mashburn, T.I., and Jason Schwartzman. All gents were photographed by Peggy Sirota.
Timberlake's take on style is addressed at length in an interview partly conduced by style editor Adam Rapoport on a golf course at California's Sherwood Country Club. (Coincidentally or not, Timberlake's William Rast collection will be unleashed this very evening in Bryant Park.) "Your sock game has gotta be right if you're going to wear dress shoes," the "King of Pop" warns. (A deliberate MJ snub?) The tricky topic of appropriate hat-wearing is also addressed with some gravity, especially when it comes to fedoras.
And onto West! "At photo shoots, people are always trying to put that f*ucking Day-Glo suit on me: 'Kanye West is going to wear the Day-Glo suit.' No, Kanye West is not!" In the GQ shoot, he settles for an acid belt by Paul Smith--but one suspects that he wouldn't take too much offense at one of Italo Zucchelli's Spring 2009 suits for Calvin Klein Collection.
As for Balazs? "I view myself as a traditionalist hotelier," he begins, pointedly referencing the new Standard's "familiar modernity." And don't forget Glenn O'Brien, the last one standing (sauf Brant) at Interview who moonlights as GQ's consummate, straight-talking style guy. The fashion credits reveal that O'Brien's familiar green and blue plaid macintosh comes courtesy of John Pearse. "I have ties older than my wife," O'Brien proclaims. The March issue of GQ hits newsstands nationwide on February 24.
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