I almost can't believe I haven't featured this week's Style Maven yet...perhaps his betrayal of my beloved NYC (yes, he is another LA defector) clouded my memory of him or perhaps I needed just the right moment to celebrate him. I am pretty sure it is the latter, as his new album just came out. My BFF Michaelangelo is not only one of my favorite people in this whole wide world, but he is an amazing musical talent that is finally getting his due. More about the music in a minute...
MA as I call him, is one cool dude!!! He is also soulful and emotional and passionate...at times a tortured artist, at times the ultimate businessman, he is one of the most multi-faceted people I know. It is really interesting, but he is one of the few people I know who's personal style matches his personality to a T. He is sort of this fab fashionista that has a downtown, hipster, musician vibe at his core, yet knows how to rock a 3-piece suit better than any "chicster" I know. He had that Band Of Outsiders thing going long before anyone knew who Scott Sternberg was. I love this photo of him because it really shows you what I am talking about. Cool hair...chalk stripe suit jacket; hip goatee...grey flannel; classic shirt...skinny tie...all "botttomed"-off with super worn Levis jeans. There is an irreverent sophistication to his look and to the way he carries himself that puts him at the very top of my "most stylish people I know" list. He owns his fashion choices and owns his talent...100% lyrical style.
Now to the really cool stuff, his music. He is singer/songwriter/producer/DJ...he plays a couple of instruments...music runs through his veins. He has produced albums with the Isley Brothers and has scored commercials for the likes of Old Navy and Puma. He was the music director for Gucci and YSL under Tom Ford and most recently collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld to produce Elle Germany's 20th anniversary event. He also has produced 100's of fashion shows worldwide...perhaps influencing his innate style sense. His company is called L'ACQUA MUSIC in case you are wondering.
His most recent project is his greatest accomplishment and will most certainly be prolific. His latest and greatest album, RE:GENERATIONS was just released (he is the Executive Producer). It honors the music of the fabulous Nat King Cole, by bridging the gap between generations, cultures and races. Artists as diverse as Bebel Gilberto, TV On The Radio and will.i.am remix Nat King Cole classics, not only celebrating one of music's greats, but also bringing his rich, soulful tunes to a new generation of music lovers. His heart and his talent shines though in his greatest work of art and I hope you download it immediately to experience it.
As far as the Style Mavens thing goes, he proves that that you can still dress to impress without losing your own personal mystique. The moral in this story is...don't try so hard, follow your dreams, bare your soul at all times and not only will you soar to great heights, but maybe if you are lucky you will be respected not only for your coiffed ways, but also for the person you are.
Check out these links to discover the some of the music for yourself.