Monday, June 29, 2009
Style Icon of the Week!
André 3000, born André Lauren Benjamin, wears many hats- rapper, father, singer, actor, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer.
Born in 1975, Benjamin grew up in the South (Atlanta, GA) and is best known for his work with the ground-breaking, acclaimed, multi-Grammy award-winning rap duo, Outkast.
But to be a true icon, mere talent isn't enough. One must chart a new course, which is why Benjamin makes the cut. His musical talent is astounding, but so to is his wardrobe which can really be seen as an evolution or re-interpretation of his own personal style culled from his many interests and penchant for English-inspired vintage clothing.
The hats are ever-present, of course, (so too are the bowties and denim) but it is his combination of fabrics, colors and patterns that set him apart. Perhaps it was his understanding of the possibility of music to incorporate various and divergent styles that allowed this high school violinist to become a superstar and redefine the sound and image of hip-hop from the ground up. Having worked with the likes of Gwen Stefani, John Legend, Kanye West, Erykah Badu and Norah Jones, Benjamin is a lover of all things eclectic. Laced with charisma, his style is all his own. With the launch of his own line Benjamin Bixby, André has now added fashion designer to his name. Reflecting his love of vintage clothing and his own superior personal style, the line comes with the approval of Miss Anna Wintour herself.