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Steven Tyler: People mocked my style

Steven Tyler "got made fun of" by school friends and bandmates alike for his eclectic choice of fashion.

The American singer-songwriter was recently signed as the face of his friend Andrew Charles's leisurewear line. He teamed up with youngest daughter, 22-year-old Chelsea, to pose in a series of striking shots for the brand.

Steven has always enjoyed fashion and has recalled the beginnings of his passion. The 63-year-old star's appreciation of style inspired the Andrew Charles range.

"I love it. Somewhere in 1967, when I was in high school, I remember getting made fun of because I wore cowboy boots. I sewed buttons on each side of the cowboy boot, which I attached to my pants, so they wouldn't ride up. The haircuts and the style of clothes that I loved were Mod English, Carnaby Street, Anita Pallenberg I loved it so much, and got made fun of by kids in my school and kids in my band," he told WWD.

"A lot of the stuff we're doing with Andrew [Charles] is ideas out of my closet, since I never threw anything away, and stuff that I wore on Idol last year.

"It's just my favourite sh*t to wear zippered-up bell-bottoms, where inside the zipper I put a red handkerchief inside blue jeans. When you open the zippers, you see the handkerchiefs."

Steven is known for his flamboyant on-stage attire, including leopard print trousers, bold printed silk shirts and layered jewellery.

The legendary musician's girlfriend Erin Brady has been taking control of his styling this year.

"She knows everything that I love so we find stuff out of my closet, and we put pieces together that are so back in. Everything from my closet is from 30 years ago, so it's like a treasure trove," he revealed.

"It's full of so much great stuff. Every time I go through it, it's like, 'No, wait, what's this?'"

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