Andre 3000 Is World's Best-Dressed Man

Wednesday, August 11th 2004, 11:01 am
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) _ Andre 3000 is the world's best-dressed man, according to Esquire magazine.

``He's a complete individual,'' Nick Sullivan, Esquire's fashion director, said Tuesday. ``But that's really the point.''

Andre 3000 is the usually over-the-top dressed half of hip-hip duo OutKast. Some of the 30-year-old's fashion outings include: a lime green jacket at the 2004 Grammy Awards, candy apple red fur for the VH1 Big in 2003 ceremony and a pink-on-pink ensemble for the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.

``He's probably worn his most outrageous when he's in a video or on stage,'' said Sullivan, who said Esquire's list is more about personal style than a celebrity's stylist's style. ``What we photographed him in is very much what he wanted to wear.''

Andre 3000 sports several different and subtle looks in the magazine's spread including a double-breasted suede trench coat by Michael Kors, a cashmere sweater by the Ralph Lauren Purple Label and corduroy trousers by AndreBenjamin, the rapper's own clothing line.

Sources of his fashion inspiration include clothes from period flicks such as ``Legends of the Fall'' and ``The Great Gatsby'' and the ``old men'' in his neighborhood.

``They're kind of like a uniform, which I've always been into,'' he says in the September issue of Esquire. ``To me, that's real style, anything that feels comfortable and expresses your personality and makes you stand a little taller.''

Although the magazine has compiled best-dressed lists in the past, this year's list is the first worldwide affair. Other best-dressed men include ``Today'' co-anchor Matt Lauer, Prince Felipe of Spain, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom.

The list was compiled through a set of criteria by a panel of fashion experts and Esquire editors.