Most Stylish New Yorkers 2011: The Roots
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The Big Chill: The Grammy-winning hip-hop band have had to alter their wardrobes since signing on as the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. "I've invested a lot of money into sweaters because we have to keep the studio at 67 degrees all the time. It's meat locker freezing! I've done nothing but wear hoodie sweaters all year round," says Ahmir, "Questlove" Thompson. Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter has taken a more luxe approach to layering: "He's up to about 75 Gucci suits," says Questlove. (Other members of The Roots include Kamal, Frank Knuckles, and Cap 'N Kirk.)
Daily briefing: "My favorite underwear in the whole world is Old Navy boxers," says Questlove, who recently designed a pair of sneakers with Nike. "And Will Smith told me something really amazing that I would like to strive toward. His dream is to wear a fresh pair of socks and drawers every day for the rest of his life. So at Christmas he makes everyone buy him the same thing, socks and boxers. That's actually really amazing."
Putting on the spritz: "For Christmas last year, Zoe Kravitz gave me this special vanilla oil. Itâ€šs like magic serum with pheromones inside of it. I cannot live without this oil! Every date that I've had in the past year and a half was because of it," says Questlove, who stars with in bandmates in designer John Varvatosâ€š fall fashion ads.
QUOTE: "For every sharp-dressed man, there is a woman influencing his fashion," says Questlove.