The hitmaker calls his personal style “a mix of Ric Flair and Steve McQueen.” And he learns from his collaborators: “Someone like Riff Raff is so bizarre, I can always look to his Instagram to understand complete fashion independence. Other guys like Frank Ocean—a lot of my friends in L. A. are great in the way they dress and have this real effortlessness. If it looks like you’re trying and feels like you’re trying, maybe you should just dress the way you want.”
DeAndre Jordan, Basketball Player
What’s it take to stand out as a maverick in the world’s most stylish sport? For DeAndre Jordan, twenty-nine-year-old center for the L. A. Clippers, it mostly takes guts. “So often, guys equate style with a particular label,” he says. “I’m not interested in following trends, but I like taking risks. I’m confident in the patterned trousers and oversized hat and a ring on each finger.” (Some would say it takes guts to pose shirtless in a style portfolio, but then Jordan’s got nothing to be shy about.)
Race Imboden, Fencer
“I try to mix street and buttoned-up, high-end styles. Like wearing a suit with a pair of beat-up sneakers, or trashed jeans with a Beams button-up…I’m not loyal to any brands. I look for pieces, and I like to look to vintage stores for guidance first—places like the Rose Bowl Flea Market in L. A.”
Khalid’s cozy knits, pops of color, and that inimitable, flattop-meets-Afro pouf of hair speak to a guy who’s cool, comfortable, but never flashy. His music has that same mix of vulnerability and ease. It taps into feelings you haven’t had in years—the rush and anguish of being eighteen.
David Muir, News Anchor
Each night on ABC, David Muir greets America in a style you could chyron at the bottom of the screen “next-gen anchorman.” Trim dark suits; simple white shirts; solid dark ties. It’s a clean, modern look: not stodgy, but authoritative. No small thing, in his line of work.
Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis, Musician & Model
How would he describe his style? “Sometimes it’s very street, sometimes more elegant, sometimes graphic. Sometimes I like dressing up like a peacock. Original, unique, and colorful. Assorted.”
Donald Sutherland, Legend
Everything I wear, nearly everything, has [my wife Francine Racette’s] involvement. From the Paris thrift shops on the Rue de la Pompe to Yohji Yamamoto, Matsuda, and Issey Miyake, and once upon a time, Christian Aujard and Comme des Garçons. I have them all still. The long coat of Issey Miyake is a sailboat. The tail coat of Matsuda is the wind personified. The brilliant hats of James Lock, the shoes of John Lobb, I love them. And then, early on in New York, Giorgio Armani. I wore his clothes from then till a couple of years ago, when his style changed and, off the rack, they no longer fit my agèd self.”
Kulapat Yantrasast, Architect
The Bangkok-born architect (and creative director of design firm wHY) Kulapat Yantrasast is known for creating spaces that complement the cultural treasures they contain, including Michigan’s Grand Rapids Art Museum and L. A.’s newly opened Marciano Art Foundation. For his uniform, Yantrasast (whose hairstyle could best be described as punk-rock badger) relies on a collection of about twenty jumpsuits—utility wear that moves easily from workday to night. His favorites include a Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons piece and flea-market finds softened by age and wear.
Evan Rachel Wood, Actress
“Androgynous glam rock”—that’s how Evan Rachel Wood, still riding high from a headline-making red-carpet season, classifies her style. In the sartorial shot heard round Hollywood, Wood vowed to wear only suits during awards season as proof that not every girl belongs in a poufy princess gown. That pledge fashioned Wood as a cross between Marlene Dietrich and Ziggy Stardust in navy velvet, bell-bottom tuxedo trousers, and sleek, slicked-back updos.
George Cortina, Stylist
“Find that shirt you like; buy it in navy, khaki, black, and white; and wear that with a really good trouser,” he advises. “All the time, like a uniform. There’s this desperation for men to know what’s right. It’s like my friend’s dad used to say: ‘Keep it simple, stupid.’ A stylish man takes care of himself. He exercises and eats well. My ideals are people like Gregory Peck, Gianni Agnelli, Cary Grant. They were all sporty. It takes discipline, like anything else. A lot of people are just lazy.”
Ashton Sanders, Actor
Who does he look to for style inspiration? “Mahershala Ali was killing shit for the entire awards-season circuit,” says Sanders. “That’s my man. But I get more inspiration from my phone. I’m on Vogue Runway every day researching the men’s shows in Europe. They’ve actually been nuts.”