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Style Arc: André 3000

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André 3000. André Benjamin. Possum Jenkins.

The man has gone by many names and worn many hats over the years (both figuratively and literally). And now that he’s reuniting with his better rap half to kick off Outkast’s long-awaited reunion tour this weekend at Coachella, we though it prudent to take an analytical eye to the man who has served as the group’s stylistic compass over the past 20 years (yes, really), six albums and countless suspenders.

We map the spectacularly singular style arc of the one and only André 3000.»

Zebras

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When people think of sports-inspired clothing, they’re usually talking about the players, not the refs.

This cardigan is one of the less obviously retro points in golden boy Andre Benjamin’s Benjamin Bixby line. The NFL-style “B” on the back makes the reference even clearer. It’s not an easy look to pull off, by any means—we might even recommend layering it under a jacket to cover up the back—but the thick vertical stripes are a lot bolder than most of what we find in Barneys, and its more eye-catching by half.

If there are any aspiring dandies out there looking for a challenge, consider yourself called out.

Pole Dancing, Andre 3000 and Rampant Emasculation

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Chinese Fire Drill: Pole dancing comes to China, in an act of western imperialism we can all get behind. [IHT]

Girly Men: British men are sad, emasculated. Film at 11. [The Guardian]

Get a Cardboard Box…: A chef on the Today Show gives a lesson in how to end a television career. [Today’s Big Thing]

Movin’ Up in the World Like Elevators: Multi-MOTH Andre Benjamin offers up his favorite things on the heels of the launch of his fashion line, Benjamin Bixby. [Men.Style]

Puffed: For the first time in decades, someone actually misses Diddy. [The Cut]

Miles and Miles

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Our friends at UrbanDaddy put us onto this late 60s picture of Miles Davis—currently on sale in limited edition at New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery—and it made us reconsider the man as an unlikely style icon.

For one, those sunglasses were custom-made, and should look familiar to anyone who’s walked around Los Angeles in the last few summers. (Then again, you probably mostly saw them on women.) Even if the afro-futurist look hasn’t caught on outside of a few Atlanta natives, Davis’ ideas about style deserve a lot more attention than they get.

More on Mr. Davis' unlikely style»

Andre Goes East, Big Mac Makeover and Alan Goes Disco

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The Cumming Storm: Our favorite Scottish pixie swings from a disco ball and makes it rain champagne. We'd like to think he was celebrating his recent MOTH win. [NYPost, 3rd Item]

Low Profiles: According to our boy David Coleman, "Fashion Insider Ken" is a boring dresser. [NYTimes]

Model T: Redefining luxury by redesigning a time-worn staple. [Coolhunting]

Bra Snap: The Lingerie Bowl has been canceled! Now what are we going to do on Sunday? Oh, right… that. [TMZ]

…Like a Polaroid Picture: Andre 3000 says he doesn't really follow fashion. Having run into him in camouflage safari gear a couple times, we'd agree that the man blazes his own trails. [NYObserver]

Billions Served: McDonald's will be getting new unis courtesy of one of Princess Di's favorite designers. So long as Ronald gets to keep his socks, we're cool with this. [FemaleFirst UK]

Political Phrenology: Width and length battle it out in the primaries. [Material Interest]

Ghost Rider: This is everything we ever wanted for Christmas. [PSFK ]