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Justin Timberlake managed to pull off one of the better makeovers in pop culture history, going from wearing cheesy matching denim outfits with then-GF Britney Spears, to being one of the most nattily dressed guys around. But it took a lot of hard work, people. And a lot more advice from Tom Ford.
Today Guy Trebay wrote a pretty gushy feature for the New York Times about JT’s sartorial evolution, and Tom Ford–a big Timberlake fan and collaborator–weighed in on his role in it all.
The designer first started dressing Timberlake regularly in 2011, and he was flattered that the pop star came to him. “When you’re someone in your early 50s, and a major global pop star who’s barely 30 identifies with your style and wants you to make all his clothes, you think, ‘I’m still valid,’” Ford said. (How humble!) The pair’s most recent collab is for Timberlake’s new album “The 20/20 Experience,” which the singer is promoting now.
But it sounds like the “collaboration” is mainly just Tom Ford telling Timberlake what to do–at least when it comes to his appearance.
“I happen to like the hair straighter,” Ford said of JT’s naturally curly fro. And indeed, Timberlake has been wearing a sleeker, more blown-out coif of late, and a definitely more grown-up wardrobe. Ford has a tendency of speaking about Timberlake as if he were a piece of artwork rather than a person, and NYT even goes so far as to call the performer a “Tom Ford creation.”
“These kids grew up in a generation of baggy shorts and baggy athletic clothes, and now they want some kind of little formal touch to something,” Ford told Trebay. “They want the glamour of suits and ties.” …Buh-dum bum!
And how would Ford describe JT’s overall look? Not quite Frank Sinatra, but “Justin was identifying with a sort of young, Rat Pack fantasy in some way, and that is a terrific look for him,” Ford said. Cary Grant is also thrown around a lot in the article.
There was one point on which we wish Ford would have elaborated a bit: “Have you ever seen the body?” Ford asked Trebay. (We’re assuming it was said admiringly.)
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