On Tuesday, March 12, Justin Timberlake finally (finally) dropped "The 20/20 Experience," the album that took him six years to make. And there's a theme.
On top of his vintage look and "Suit and Tie" single, J.T. has collaborated with designer Tom Ford on the album's "aesthetic." So don't expect any fedoras or all-denim suits — this time Justin Timberlake is going high fashion.
But he's not the only one. Everyone from Lady Gaga to M.I.A. have dipped their toes in the fashion pool, and here are 11 of our most noteworthy and surprising collaborations between musician and designer to remind Justin that we will never forget the N*SYNC years.
Adele and Burberry
In a move to trump the British-ness of singing the "Skyfall" theme song, Adele has been rumoured to be working with Burberry to design a plus-size line. While nothing's been confirmed since the September 2012 murmurs began, Adele's choice to wear Burberry at the Oscars may have been a hint that we'll see more of her in the label — or just proof that she <em>is </em>the most English person on earth.
Joan Jett and Jean-Paul Gaultier
Do you know what's cooler than a million dollars, Justin Timberlake? Designer Jean-Paul Gaultier designing an entire line of clothes based on the look of Joan Jett. For his Spring/Summer 2011 collection, the designer went the edgier, punk-oriented route — then stepped it up a notch by enlisting The Gossip's Beth Ditto (seen here) to walk in the show. Which is almost as cool as Beth's makeup line for MAC last year.
Carly Rae Jepsen and Wet Seal
At least Carly Rae knows her audience: September 2012 saw the official launch of Carly Rae Jepsen as the face of Wet Seal, a cornerstone of American pre-teen commercialism. And while she didn't design anything, she fronted the brand's Holiday campaign — a big step for a Canadian singer who only had one big single out at the time.
Blondie and Marc Jacobs
If you're friends with Debbie Harry (seen here at Marc Jacobs Collection Fall 2013), you might as well work together on a Blondie pop-up shop to promote her new record. That's what Marc Jacobs figured, at least, when he turned his Bleeker Street boutique into an all-Blonde extravaganza in September 2011, and sold specialty Blondie shirts for $35 to benefit New York organization, Riverkeeper. We're willing to bet those shirts will go for a little bit more now.
Rihanna and River Island
Rivaling Justin Timberlake's fashion clout this month is Rihanna, who debuted her first line with River Island during London Fashion Week. But while the S/S 2013 collection. Meanwhile, the singer's old clothes are currently being featured in a New York-based RIHtrospective; an exhibit that got a pretty big <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/06/rihanna-celebrates-her-river-island-line-with-a-fashion-exhibit-dedicated-to-herself.html" target="_hplink">dressing down</a> — no pun intended — from The Daily Beast recently.
Sex Pistols and Vivienne Westwood
Courtesy of Vivienne Westwood, Malcolm McLaren and their designs, the Sex Pistols were outfitted in the crème de la crème of ‘70s punk fashion. Prior to becoming the high-end designer she is today, Westwood actually helped cultivate the "punk" aesthetic by experimenting with bondage gear, safety pins and even lavatory chains to create the look now synonymous with the movement. Bet Carrie Bradshaw didn't know that.
Lady Gaga and Versace
Books could be written about Lady Gaga's fashion legacy, but instead we'll keep it short and sweet: in addition to her friendship with the late Alexander McQueen, Lady Gaga made quite an impression on those at Versace, who gave the singer's 2013 tour a makeover via new leather and stud-heavy costumes.
Amy Winehouse and Fred Perry
Amy Winehouse's passing became even more heartbreaking when Fred Perry launched the duo's fourth and final collaboration in December 2011, five months after her death. Inspired by the late singer's rockabilly style, the ‘50s-oriented line sold understandably quickly. Which was a good thing, since Perry ensured all fees and royalties from the sales went to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity for at-risk youth.
Diplo and Alexander Wang
Evidently, Blackberry wasn't enough for Diplo, who fronted Alexander Wang's Fall 2012 Ready To Wear campaign alongside A$AP Rocky and Penn Badgley. Through a short trailer that explored each man's creative process, pieces of the collection were showcased, which geared up fans for Wang's seasonal efforts. Now imagine if Adrien Brody and Andre 3000 had been included, only hawking Gillette razors. Here's to 2013, Mr. Wang.
M.I.A. and Versace
Last November M.I.A. let it slip that she's collaborating with Versace. After "accidentally" projecting computer folders labeled "Versace Prints," "Bootleg Versace" and "Versace Outlines" at a MoMA talk last November, an interview with SPIN confirmed the news, and has left everyone waiting. Not that M.I.A. is one to seek attention, though — she probably just made a simple, non-calculated computer mistake.
Rye Rye and Prabal Gurung
M.I.A.'s protégé was bound to make an impression, so it makes sense that she caught the eye of designer Prabal Gurung who used her video "New Things" to debut his 2011 Resort collection. Decked out in sequins, bold colours and florals, Rye Rye makes resorts seem hip — or at least make us aware that we've been grossly underestimating "resort wear" for some time.
FILE - This Jan. 27, 2012 file photo shows actor-singer Justin Timberlake at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Timberlake wore a suit by Tom Ford. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)