There isn’t much talk about male style icons these days, since the days of Sean Connery, Marlon Brando and the Rat Pack are gone with nothing but their legacy behind them.
However, there is always someone to pick up the slack and this year, the spotlight has been shone on British rap star Tinie Tempah. The dapper ladies man has been on our radar since late 2009 and hasn’t left it since we are still figuring out how he can pull off a bow tie and master geek chic so perfectly!
The 23-year-old from Plumstead in London, real name Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu, began singing in 2006 and his debut album, Disc-Overy was number 1 in the UK charts in October 2010. But while we could talk for hours about his musical achievements and his amazing lyrics, there is something else he is widely credited for: being the most stylish man on the British music scene.
It’s easy to talk about fashion when it comes to Tinie Tempah, his signature Ray-Ban glasses, the suits, the check shirts, but there is so much more than what we see on the red carpet. Not only does he style himself perfect, but is now aiming to do the same with us. Tempah and his management company Disturbing London have collaborated with label MHI to created a London-inspired range of clothing available on his website but is keen to be seen as individual in his designing and his designs can definitely be seen as different.
In two short years, men all over the globe have begun to aspire to be as stylish as Mr Tempah. From the streets of London to Italy, from Russia to the US, everyone wants a bit of the geek chic action that he has made so famous. In a scene of the Inbetweeners, Simon is told to buy a shirt, bow tie and shorts by his girlfriend Tara which he looks decidedly ridiculous in, but you can bet a small fortune that that wardrobe malfunction was inspired by the one and only Tinie.
He’s so much more than a stylish man, or even a designer, he is an absolute icon when it comes to fashion. He inspired a generation of men to appreciate suits again and try things they never tried before, everything from bow ties to print trainers. He’s had a fantastic couple of years and I’m going to guess that 2012 will be just as great for Tinie Tempah.