DJ Khaled's Stylist Terrell Jones on Dressing the Luxe-Loving Star
Jones, who has styled P. Diddy and Fat Joe, has worked with the Snapchat king for 14 years.
DJ Khaled, one of hip-hop’s biggest personalities, has long been dazzling fans with his luxe style, whether it’s his baroque suit ensembles or colorful satin button-up shirts. The man behind the look? Celebrity stylist Terrell Jones.
Born and raised in Harlem, the 38-year-old stylist got his start in fashion as an assistant to childhood friend Michelle Lisath, who at the time styled Mary J. Blige. Jones went on to work with P. Diddy, Fat Joe and eventually Khaled, with whom he has worked for 14 years styling and designing custom looks.
"My most memorable DJ Khaled moment was when he sang alongside Bono, Julia Roberts and Neil Patrick Harris on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show," says Jones. "That's when I realized the sky is the limit with him."
Describe DJ Khaled's style in three words.
Confident, clean and unique.
What are your favorite brands to pull for him?
Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Jordan Brand for sure, but the majority of Khaled's wardrobe is designed by myself and made custom just for him.
Proudest Khaled style moment of 2017 so far?
Definitely when we shot the "Nas Album Done" video in the Bahamas alongside Nas, whom I consider to be one of the most stylish men in hip-hop. Khaled was able to hold his own fashion-wise. He wasn’t afraid to wear color and really represent for the big guys with style.
Style-wise, have you ever played yourself?
No. I was taught early that, in the words of Khaled, "Don't ever play yourself," even in style.
What are some major keys in men's fashion?
Don't be afraid to stand out; always make whatever it is you do your own; and when someone copies or tries to imitate your style, take it as a compliment and run.
Most underrated shoe?
Pharrell’s Human Race shoes by Adidas, because they actually stand for something.
One trend you can see emerging in 2017?
Any emerging designers you've got your eye on?
I'm looking out for Virgil Abloh of Off-White, Laquan Smith and myself!
What's some advice you have for aspiring stylists?
Not only must you do the work of today, but do your homework and study the greats. Learn as much as you can about the history of fashion. Also, it never hurts to have an amazing mentor and teacher as I've been blessed to have — thank you to mine, Bevy Smith!
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.