The closest person to ripping the “Mr. 106 & Park” title from Bow Wow’s clutches could possibly be Chris Brown, on account of his flourishing taste in fashion. The 23-year-old teen artist-turned-full-fledged popstar has visited the livest music countdown show several times, premiering videos, performing chart-topping hits and even supporting his own Chris Brown Entertainment artists, like Sevyn. But today, fans also have their eyes glued to Breezy’s other labels.
A sense of maturation and confidence seeps through the “Fine China” singer’s music these days resulting in his edgier and more effortless style choices. Since the days of “Run It,” Brown has succumbed to a few sartorial missteps but more often than not has remained on-trend or miles ahead of it. He’s even created his own apparel Mechanical Dummy and is currently co-funding Karrueche’s clothing line The Kill.
Now under the supervision of stylist Ugo Mozie, denim jackets, leather embellishments and printed tees have all riddled the tatted-up star. But exactly how far has the Virginia native come in the style department? Vixen caught up with 106‘s resident male stylist Kwasi Kessie to zero in on the superstar’s evolving fashion sense and details how young men can get CB’s look for less. — Niki McGloster
VIBE Vixen: From a stylist’s perspective, what are your thoughts on Chris Brown’s look and fashion sense?
Kwasi Kessie: It’s great. He really appeals to his audience, which is the younger demographic and even some older fans. He’s able to mix the high-end with the street appeal, which is really popular right now.
Since his first appearances on BET, how have you seen his style evolve?
I was actually an assistant stylist for him for like a few years, so I’ve literally seen it evolve first hand. In the beginning, he was doing a lot of hoodies, and he was more comfortable in baggier fits and what was more popular at the time. As his music evolves and he becomes bigger artist, he has a slimmer [fit] now and he’s doing more high-end labels. He may have on the Margiela jacket with some Jordan 3’s and some Balmain ripped-up jeans.
That said, which look would you say did Chris nail the most on 106 & Park?
The one where he’s in L.A. with Bow Wow and Sevyn. He had the all-over print shirt with the J’s. This summer, all-over print shirts are going to be even more permanent within fashion. He’s always a step ahead, and he’s always able to make the audience want to be like him. When you look at Chris from a fan perspective, you want to be like that. When people were younger and they saw Michael Jackson, they wanted to be like Michael Jackson.
I agree. The look is a bit edgier. Stands out a lot more than before.
It goes back to him being more comfortable in himself and being more free in his expression. As you grow as a person, you get more comfortable, so you’re willing to try more things and be yourself. I would say that his style now is the most “Chris Brown” it has been. He’s like, I can throw on what I want to wear and feel good in it.
What other current or forthcoming style trends do you see Chris really rocking?
He’s definitely going to lean towards the motocross look. I wouldn’t say suit and tie but some sophisticated looks. He’s definitely going to go with a more polished look as well–more suits and maybe a dope jacket. More grown.
That’ll be an interesting look on him. If fans wanted to kind of mimic CB’s look, which labels should they buy?
I would definitely go with some Jordans. Get a staple pair of Jordans, then [buy] a grey fitted pair of jeans from Uniqlo. It cost less and will have the same appeal. There’s a few brands that do an all-over print. If you want to go high-end, Givenchy has all-over prints that they’re known for. You can also do low-end and do Topshop. They have a few all-over print tees with animals on them and mimic the Givenchy look. Everything in fashion mimics each other, so you don’t have to go high-end to achieve the look you want.