A Stella McCartney-designed kit that makes up for his last two Super Bowl fits.
Justin Timberlake might be a Man of the Woods now, but even in his most, uh, “rugged” iteration yet, the pop star is still committed to designer threads (see: all of the jackets). In the lead-up to the Super Bowl (and his halftime performance), the reformed boy band-er has already turned up in Haider Ackermann flannels, and a crewneck sweater version of his favorite Stella McCartney cardigan. Come Sunday, Timberlake’s going be rocking a whole lot more McCartney. It’s a great call, and it’s long overdue.
The singer tapped the Brit designer for his performance fit, collaborating with McCartney and her team on pieces like a fringed biker jacket (made, like all pieces from the fur-and-leather-free designer, from animal-free leather) over a Prince of Wales check and camouflage splatter-print suit, and an allover print button-up featuring a landscape from British artist Martin Ridley. It’s part mountain man, part burning man, and part midtown banker man—finished off with a pair of Nikes no less—which is really all the vibes Timberlake’s given us so far in his Man of the Woods-related music videos. And unlike the last time Timberlake sported something we wanted for our own wardrobes, these pieces are one-of-one.
And when compared to what Justin Timberlake has worn to perform at previous Super Bowl halftime shows—a leather cowboy shirt and fringed-seam jeans while performing with Aerosmith in 2001, and what can best be described as “stoner staples” while causing #nipplegate in 2004—McCartney’s pieces are expressly designed to hit the right balance between IRL wearability and on-screen appeal.
No word yet on what the Filthy robot will be wearing for the big game, but he’s got competition.