Fact is, a stylish man should be able to make people look twice. And at 32, Nick Cannon is a stylish man that doesn’t just have audiences looking — they’re watching him, too. An unassuming entertainment mogul, husband, and father of two, on the average day Cannon is busy hosting NBC’s America’s Got Talent, running big business as the chairman of the Nickelodeon network TeenNick, and starring as spokesman for the latest Honda Civic “Best Yourself” ad campaign.
As though he were taking his own advice, Cannon consistently bests himself, becoming the ultimate multi-hyphenate entertainer and professional since his start as a 15-year-old stand-up comedian. Cannon wears many hats that reflect not only his ambition and interests, but his personal growth and individual style.
“Like the [Honda Civic] commercial states, it’s about being comfortable with you are and not worrying about what others think. I learned a long time ago that what other people think about me is none of my business,” he said. “I focus on the task at hand and appreciating who I am. It’s not about what trend is hot or what people are looking for or what they like. It’s about what makes me feel good. And whether I dress up in a three-piece Tom Ford suit or a brightly-colored tie or pocket square, those are all things that I appreciate and I enjoy expressing myself through that.” It’s a rarity these days to find Cannon without the clean lines of a well-tailored suit; he notes Ford and Dolce & Gabbana as designer favorites, and Sammy Davis, Jr., and Frank Sinatra as two of his leading style icons. The entertainment iconography suits Cannon well. He is currently working to bring the Lifestyles of The Rich and Famous and Soul Train franchises back to television, both of which he will host and produce.
Cannon also works as the producer and host of his own improv comedy show Nick Cannon Presents Wild ‘N Out on MTV2; thanks to popular demand, the show, one of the highest-rated in MTV’s history, returned after a four-year hiatus.
If that weren’t enough, the musician-slash-stand-up-comedian-slash-history-making-Cannes-Film-Festival-award-winning-actor is also an entrepreneur, whose multi-media company NCredible Entertainment has produced TV and film projects for TeenNick, MTV, and Nickelodeon, as well as his first studio film, The Function, which Cannon directed, and is slated for release with Lion’s Gate later this year.
Though he spends much of his day crafting entertainment for young adults, Cannon said he governs his choices for day-to-day looks by “dressing for the room.” His style reflects the gear shifts between his business input and creative output. But his favorite look?
“I like formalwear,” he said, taking a pause. “I like tuxedos.”
Cannon on the set of Wild ‘N Out
Despite this, Cannon (who was reluctant to call himself a sneakerhead) said that he owns about 2,000 pairs of sneakers, which include custom designs and Jordan exclusives. And he only wears half of them.
“As a kid I wasn’t really able to afford Jordans, so when I was able to afford nice sneakers I probably started to [overdo it] a little bit,” he said, laughing. “There are people with bigger, better sneaker collections than mine. But do I sleep on the outside when the new Nikes are coming out? Nah, I’m not that dude. I do try to have a lot of different choices when it comes to my sneakers.”
For the past 18 years, Cannon has worked with stylist Katja Cahill, whose credits include costume design for the Grammy Awards, the Oscars, and the Primetime Emmys. Together, the two have put together an array of classic and bold of looks, including a pair of diamond-encrusted shoes.
“Very Liberace,” Cannon joked.
For those seeking Cannon’s panache with a bit less pizzazz, the star has recently launched his own men’s tie collection, exclusive to Macy’s. Pieces from the line are made of silk, come in a variety of prints and unexpected colors, and retail for a very reasonable $65.
“I’m definitely designing, picking out all the color palates. I want them to make a statement.”
As for the name of the collection? “Nick Cannon.”
“I’m trying to get my ‘Ralph Lauren’ on,” he said.
Besting himself again; another hyphen added to the list.
Courtesy of ESQUIRE MAGAZINE (by MAYA FRANCIS)