Have you ever just thought “Wow” when looking at one or all of Post Malone‘s outfits?
Posty has carved out a special place for himself in the music world as of late. He took home a number of awards at the 2018 American Music Awards and the 2018 MTV VMAsand also garnered a few Grammy nominations while he was at it. Plus, he has a whopping 17 nominations at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Rap Album and Top Rap Song.
But there’s so much more to this 23-year-old than his chart-topping tracks.
Post Malone, whose birth name is Austin Post, is now a red carpet staple when it comes to unforgettable fashion. Plus, his many recognizable face tattoos are major statements in their own right and were popular fodder for a number of Halloween costumes this year.
While he’s always had his own original stamp on his look, Posty’s sartorial decisions both onstage and on the red carpet have become must-see moments.
E! News talked with his stylist Catherine Hahn and learned more about their collaborations as well as the meanings behind some of his most famous outfits. She said that she and the “White Iverson” singer “have so much fun” working together, which comes through very clearly in all of his clothes.
Hahn told E! News that they first met when she helped out with designs for a major photo shoot he was doing. Hahn said she was initially “nervous about the job” because her background is in costume design, not necessarily designing for musicians. The job was “out of the norm” for her, but evidently a blessing in costumed disguise.
“I say Post was like a gift from the universe and that we were destined to meet each other,” she declared.
“We did this big fitting together and we had so much fun and we did some really amazing work just on that first job,” she explained. “Going into it I thought it was just a one-off job and then I go back to my normal life after. So we did this job and by the end of the photo shoot I was like, ‘Oh my gosh I’m never going to see this person again.‘”
She continued, “He has magic in him. I thought, ‘I can’t not talk to him ever again.'”
Not long after that fateful photo shoot, his song “Rockstar” came out and Hahn was called to help with the music video. She thinks that video really “propelled him to the next level” and the red suit he wears in the music video “opened the door for us continuing to do custom designs.”
Since then, Hahn and Malone have hit the ground running and it’s been nonstop colorful, fun and unparalleled designs for the singer.
Hahn collaborates with many Los Angeles artists as well, which she loves because it helps showcase local companies and designers on a global stage. Plus, Malone is enthusiastic and “willing to wear these independent small artists.”
“I just feel so lucky to get to work with all these independent artists,” she said. “My favorite part of doing what I do is working with all these local artists who are working really young.”
He’s worn a number of Western style suits with snakes on them, and there’s a specific reason why. As for the suit style, Malone hails from Texas and, in Hahn’s words, is “a cowboy and he loves old country music. He just likes that Western look.”
The snake imagery has a musical relevance and it has to do with his recent album Beerbongs & Bentleys. Hahn explained that she designed a yellow suit with a snake on it that he wore to a small concert in Nashville.
“The album wasn’t out yet, but they had the art work done and they had a theme for Beerbongs & Bentleys, which was a lot of yellow, snakes and barbed wire. The album art that was already created like the image for the album was the inspiration for that suit,” she said.
That suit in particular was extra special because it also happened to be the night that Malone announced the release date for Beerbongs.
Hahn added, “I think eventually there will be another album, new album and new theme so we’ll see what happens.”
Malone’s style influence extends beyond the bright lights of the stage and throngs of screaming fans at his concert. In November, the musician paired up with Crocs and designed his own clogs that even had custom Jibbitz. The $59.99 shoes sold out instantly and not even Madonna could get her hands on a pair upon initial release.
Hahn clarified that there’s one look Malone will definitely not wear—at least for now.
“I have a pair of pants that I bring a lot that have fringe down the side and every time he sees them he says, ‘No, I told you, I’m not wearing this.’ I told him they’re not going to stop appearing,” she revealed.
Take a look at the photos below to see some of Post Malone’s most daring looks and the meaning behind them.
Hahn said, “Every day I’m so thankful and I just feel so lucky to do what I do with an artist like him who’s not just an amazing artist but an amazing human.”