Nick Jonas' Biggest Style Influence Is a '70s Rock 'n' Roller
The singer, who will perform at this weekend's Billboard Music Awards, reveals he references English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello's take on classic tailoring in his personal style.
"To Nick Jonas, the ultimate Topman!" bellowed actor Jonathan Tucker following Jonas' own toast at Thursday evening's dinner to celebrate Topman's magazine's "This Is Tailoring" issue, which stars the "Chains" singer on its cover.
The sentiment was echoed by the well-dressed crowd, which included Camilla Belle, LA Galaxy midfielder and part-time designer Robbie Rogers and Glee's Chord Overstreet, who arrived at Chateau Marmont wearing the same Topman jacket as Tucker.
The praise for the man of the hour was well-deserved, as Jonas' consistently dapper style — due in part to the hand of longtime stylist Avo Yermagyan — has made him a staple of best-dressed lists and even landed him a spot on Billboard's 2015 Men of Style cover.
After more than a decade in the limelight, the 23-year-old has come into his own stylewise, seamlessly making the transition from the youngest of the Jo-Bro trio to sexy solo artist.
"For me, it’s been about every piece to the puzzle — from the acting side of things to the music to the styling — all feeling like they’ve really progressed and told a story, in some way," Jonas told Pret-a-Reporter of his style evolution. "[It's] been about embracing the classic elements that I love — men’s tailoring, suiting — but finding a way to keep it more grounded, with lots of character within the different elements as well."
TOPMEN (AND WOMAN): Jonathan Tucker, Chord Overstreet, Nick Jonas, Camilla Belle (in 3.1 Phillip Lim) (Getty Images)
Jonas notes modern-day gents including Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Craig as the kind of dapper style role models he admires. However, when it comes to his biggest style influencer, the crooner takes it all the way back to the 1970s. "Elvis Costello has always been one of my biggest style influences," noted Jonas. "From the minute I saw the way he took classic tailoring and made it fun and his own, I thought it was amazing."
With a résumé brimming with almost as many style accolades as Teen Choice Awards, we wonder if Jonas might ever consider collaborating on a menswear collection of his own. "Maybe," he said coyly, noting that Topman, Margiela, Dior and Saint Laurent are among his favorite brands. "I feel honored and humbled that there’s been any recognition for my taste and what I like, but I’m still learning quite a bit."