In a continuation of what may be Harry Styles's greatest week ever, the 23-year-old glam-rocker was just announced on Tuesday as the cover star of Rolling Stone's May 4, 2017 issue. With it comes a nearly 6,000-word interview with screenwriter Cameron Crowe (appropriately of "Almost Famous" acclaim) and a high-gloss editorial photographed by Theo Wenner which, of course, heavily represents Gucci.
I say "of course" because, well, of course: Styles has become synonymous with the house since Alessandro Michele took the creative reins two years ago; as Styles's own sartorial tastes became more experimental and refined, so too did Michele's. And with a milestone as significant as one's first Rolling Stone cover, it's important that the clothes act as an extension of the artist's creative image. For him, that's Gucci.
While the cover story itself doesn't reference fashion explicitly, it's loaded with gems — he's more honest than he's ever been, perhaps — about his career and personal life. (He does, however, explain his choice of pink that serves as the thematic hue for his upcoming album art: "He quotes the Clash's Paul Simonon: 'Pink is the only true rock & roll colour.'")
A highlight came on the topic of what Crowe calls his "largest audience so far," young, teenage women. Styles said:
"Who's to say that young girls who like pop music – short for popular, right? – have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy? That's not up to you to say. Music is something that's always changing. There's no goal posts. Young girls like the Beatles. You gonna tell me they're not serious? How can you say young girls don't get it? They're our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going. Teenage-girl fans – they don't lie. If they like you, they're there. They don't act 'too cool.' They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick."
With a heart of gold and boots to match, that's Styles. You can read the full interview (and see more images) over at RollingStone.com.