Brandon Flowers is a hometown boy whose hometown happens to be Las Vegas. The 34-year-old Killers frontman and solo artist, whose 2015 album The Desired Effect reached No. 3 on Billboard‘s Alternative Albums chart, grew up in the shadow of the glitzy Strip. And while his sense of style and musical presence owe credit to some of Sin City’s most iconic frontmen — from Frank Sinatra to Elvis — the alt rocker known for his dance-friendly tracks prefers T-shirts and the occasional sequined bomber jacket to suits and ties.
Flowers, who has been known to sport statement pieces like feather-accented jackets, says he hates red carpets but admits that “style is a huge part of a musician’s image. When I think of Morrissey, I think of his pompadour. When I think of Mick Jagger, I think of scarves. Roy Orbison had his Ray-Bans. As for me,” he adds with a laugh, “I guess time will tell what my trademark will be.”
“The go-to guy is Hedi Slimane. Being from the Southwest, I can’t say anything in French, but I love Saint Laurent.”
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“Just because it looks good on Mick Jagger doesn’t mean it’s going to look good on you.”
“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate simplicity; guys like Marlon Brando and Paul Newman. You can’t improve on the classics.”
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This story originally appeared in the Aug. 29 issue of Billboard.