“Well, if the shirt wasn’t sufficient, Tinie’s signature thick rimmed Ray-Ban eyeglasses should definitely be enough to trip the nerd alarm.” For those of you wondering who was responsible for the current geek chic look – complete with fake glasses and buttoned to the top shirts – you need look no further than Patrick Okogwu, better known by his stage name Tinie Tempah.
GQ’s current Best-Dressed Man in Britain, who often reclines in the personal shopping suite of London’s Selfridges, has a dress sense as sharp as his lyrics. First becoming interested in style at the age of 16, Tinie ensured that his clothing mismatched the crowd he was performing to. Eager to be considered as a musician that set himself aside from the typical fashion trends, the rapper was never known to request a designer for tips or suggestions. This man is a raw idealist, who carves his own fashion for his fans.
The 23 year old has a number of style icons, mostly consisting of younger, modern males. George Lamb, Adrien Sauvage, Brian Gathii (a designer for To-orist watches) and his manager Dumi (also his cousin) are but a few. Pharrell Williams and Kanye West also top his list for musical reasons as well as their unique personal styles.
This April saw the Londoner launch his all new debut clothing collection at Selfridges, called Disturbing London. It’s sharp, just as you would expect from an artist who saw his debut album reach the UK number-one spot, preceded by two British number-one singles. The debut collection has a streetwear feel, predominantly consisting of graphic print sweats and tees, aviator jackets and chinos – all priced between £25-£245.
“I love clothes and this brand expresses my style of street-cool culture mixed with high-end fashion,”
Tinie Tempah on Disturbing London Clothing
Previously, the only rapper to ever have the opportunity to design his own trainer collection for Nike was Kanye West. It took Tinie just three years for the global American brand to sit up and recognise his fashion capabilities. Nike immediately requested the musician for his creative ideas. His ‘Disturbing London x Blazer’ collaboration was the end result, creating a now iconic trainer silhouette that he is often seen sporting. Of course, he gave the traditional Nike Blazer his own unique and contemporary spin, making the footwear an instant hit during SS12.
On par with Mr. Tempah’s work within the men’s fashion industry, his musical style is a bold mix of old-school sounds and more modern arrangements (take the collaboration with American-Swedish rock vocalist Eric Turner). His domination of the UK charts throughout 2010 and 2011, along with four Brit nominations, represents the talent that runs through his veins.
After recently winning the Best EP of 2011 – with ‘Happy Birthday’ – at the ‘Official Mixtape Awards’ 2012, Tinie announced his new album, Demonstration, which will be available this winter. A number of big name acts are supposed to appear on the album, including Adele, Sleigh Bells, James Blake, Drake and Chris Martin. There is increased pressure for any artist to deliver with a sophomore album, and we have a feeling Tinie is about to rise to the occasion and cement his place as a superstar.
It’s evident the rapper loves clothes. A whole range of products and colours left us here at FashionBeans spoilt for choice when picking out a few favourites. What sets this star’s personal style apart from other icons featured, his unabashed willingness for risk. Carefully layered tailored pieces are combined with retro sneakers and jackets, giving the ultimate mix of old and new, as well as smart and casual:
The modern day classic attire, consisting of a top buttoned shirt, chinos and sneakers, is hard to miss. Tinie Tempah was one of the few artists who originally incorporated such a diverse look. Notice the wide mix in colours, which helps create a memorable appearance. Choice of footwear is paramount.
Tribal prints, African inspired prints, tie dye – nearly every form of bright pattern has been adopted throughout the British fashion scene this season. These hipster inspired patterns are increasingly popular in high street stores, meaning Mr. Tempah is the culprit for the second time this year.
The street is not the only ground where the British rapper makes a name for himself. His choice of suiting is also nothing less than impressive.
The addition of diamond earrings and wide framed Cutler & Gross glasses helps the artist showcase his alternative edge when strolling across the red carpet.
With talent, style and charm; Tinie Tempah is branching into the fashion world, bringing with him same high expectations we have for his music.
Now known as the ambassador to the newly formed Men’s Fashion Week, it is safe to say his life has taken a dramatic shift since the release of his debut album. The South London MC has had no problems adapting to a more lavish lifestyle. His hard work and entrepreneurial mind have awarded him instant success, and boy does he deserve it.