Excluding that Canadian tuxedo Justin Timberlake wore to coordinate with Britney Spears at the 2001 American Music Awards, Mr. JT and his constant collaborator Jay Z really do be on their suit and tie game. So, to get fixed up to the nines, let them show us a few things — these are their go-to suit designers:
Ever since American designer (and film director!) Tom Ford began dressing Justin in 2011, the singer’s been extremely loyal to the label. He wore TF to the 2012 Met Gala, the 2013 Time 100 Gala, the 2013 Grammy Awards, the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards, not to mention, all throughout his 20/20 Experience world tour — Mr. Ford actually created more than 600 exclusive pieces for Justin, his backup dancers, and band to wear on stage. But perhaps the biggest endorsement Mr. Ford got out of all this is having his designs immortalized in the “Suit & Tie” music video and in the imagery for Justin and Jay Z’s The Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour in 2013.
He don’t pop Molly, he rocks Tom Ford. And sometimes, he rocks “Tom Ford tuxedos for no reason.” Those are just a couple TF references Jay drops in various rap verses and one namesake song. Hova had his Tom on for the 2013 presidential inauguration, the Great Gatsby premiere in May 2013, and of course, with JT for their stylish “Suit & Tie” collaboration.
You may not be able to get a bespoke Tom Ford suit like the stars do, but you can buy his classic threads at one of his nearly 60 Tom Ford boutiques around the world. And, if several thousand dollars for a three-piece is out of your splurging price range, try a tie!
English fashion designer Neil Barrett, who is known for his minimalist menswear, designed tour duds for Justin and The Tennessee Kids to wear during the Summer months of the 20/20 Experience world tour. JT seamlessly incorporated the new items into his road wardrobe, like pairing a patterned, short-sleeved, button-up shirt with a blazer and bowler hat. He also wore them in both the “Take Back The Night” and “Love Never Felt So Good” music videos.
Movie star Mr. Timberlake went with Balenciaga for his Inside Llewyn Davis premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, completing the classic look with a black, flower-shaped, lapel pin.
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Jay Z and wife Beyoncé both looked flawless in Givenchy at the 2014 Met Gala, with Hova going with a white jacket to top off his tux. Mr. Carter certainly looked smooth (even if his time in the elevator that evening didn’t go that way).
A pre-“Suit & Tie” Justin went without a necktie for this Simon Spurr linen look at his 2011 Friends With Benefits premiere.
The celebrated British designer actually quit his eponymous menswear label back in 2012, though there are some pieces still available for purchase on online fashion marketplaces.
Justin and BFF Trace Ayala co-founded this fashion line in 2005. Its name is derived from their grandfathers’ names, though the style is much more of their generation than it is geriatric. JT proudly put on custom suits by the brand for the 2009 and 2010 Met Galas. At different points in time, special collections of William Rast were created for both Target and JC Penney.
Take a peek at the latest William Rast lookbook.