"I want to be setting trends and doing things that people don't expect," Wiz Khalifa tells Billboard.
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“I’ve put down a lot of the makeup. I put the flat iron in the attic. I’m looking at people like Elvis and James Dean,” says Adam Lambet. "I've been asked with this album campaign, 'Did you want to tone it down?' It wasn't that I was consciously [doing that], though. It just shifted."
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“My route is a little bit nontraditional,” says Sam Hunt. “A lot of the people working in Nashville, they have a model. I don’t really fit into that.”
“Pharrell Williams,” says Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz of his style icon. “His style is almost like a character in a film: Japanese, bohemian and streetwear all mixed together. He has always challenged the notion of what someone in hip-hop should look like.”
"Your clothing and approach to fashion are the visual statements you make as a performer or a songwriter," says Nick Jonas.
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"There's no wearing sweatpants," says Leon Bridges. "I'd wear a suit every day if I could."
"It took me a long time of studying and absorbing what fashion really is to find my own perspective," says Miguel.
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"When you take your clothing serious, you have different looks throughout the day," says Wiz Khalifa. "Nobody wants to be lying around in the same clothes all day. It's not about competing or putting on the tightest shit or the best shit; it's about matching your moods throughout the day."
"It's not that different from how I dress most of the time," says Mark Ronson of the "Uptown Funk!" video. "It's like music: Most things look better if they're old or they have a bit of history."
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"People who might not have listened to me if they’d seen me sitting on a hay bale in a barn on the front of a record -- they give the music a chance," says Hunt. "The most flattering thing I hear is, ‘I didn’t think I liked country music before I heard your record.’ ”
"Style is a huge part of a musician's image," says The Killers' Brandon Flowers. "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."
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"As a pop musician, [trends] are part of my job; to reflect what people like," says Adam Lambert. Production and the way something sounds are very much like fashion, where for a particular season people are gravitating toward something."
Fall Out Boy
From left: Fall Out Boy's Wentz, Stump, Trohman and Hurley photographed by Amy Harrity on Aug. 4 in Concord, Calif.
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"I'm really big on that 1950s mustard-yellow for collared shirts and sweaters," says Leon Bridges. "I won't wear pink -- I'm not saying it's not masculine or anything. I just think it's kind of cheesy."
Whose closet would Miguel raid? " '80s Miles Davis; it just doesn't get any better," says the singer. "He took it there -- the accessories, the colors, the boldness. And it was lived -- his look wasn't just for show, it was part of his on- and offstage life."
"When I look at photos of myself growing up, I can tell what band I was into," says Ronson. "When I was 24, I was wearing Puma with fat laces -- I just wanted to dress like a Beastie Boy all the time."
"Just because it looks good on Mick Jagger doesn't mean it's going to look good on you," is Flowers' favorite piece of fashion wisdom.