Justin Timberlake stole the show at halftime as the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Patriots battled it out in Minnesota during Super Bowl LII on Sunday (Feb. 4), performing an electric medley of his top singles that included "SexyBack," "Rock Your Body," "Can't Stop The Feeling" and "Cry Me A River." And as much as his tribute to the late, Minneapolis-born singer Prince had tongues wagging, his choice of outfit was also a big topic of conversation. Designer Stella McCartney has shed light on the meaning behind the ensemble, which is inspired by her upcoming fall/winter 2018 menswear collection.
The look paired a Prince of Wales-check and camouflage splatter-printed suit accessorized with a red bandana, an apparent nod to country life in homage to his new album, Man of the Woods. It may have had an all-American vibe, but his wardrobe actually has British roots. Stella revealed that the suit was worn over an organic cotton shirt featuring landscape artwork by British artist Martin Ridley, a big theme for her upcoming collection.
During the performance, Justin also wore a second custom Stella McCartney look, sporting the same camouflage pants but adding an alter-nappa fringed jacket. “He's always carried himself with style, so to dress him is a real honour," said the designer in a statement on Instagram. "The fact he chose Stella has been huge and the collaboration is one that inspires our menswear collection in so many ways.”
Justin also slipped into Air Jordan III's from the JTH collection in collaboration with Tinker Hatfield, which featured a reflective Nike swoosh emblem. The $200 shoes enjoyed a limited release on Sunday night and sold out immediately.
While fans had a lively Twitter discussion about the unusual outfit choice, there was also a debate about Justin's Super Bowl homage to Prince in the late artist's hometown given that Prince had been clear in the past about his disapproval of posthumous, hologram-style tributes. Justin, however, explained the choice while on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon after the performance. “He’s such a special thing here, aside from what he is all over the world, I just felt like I wanted to do something for this city and something for him that would be the ultimate homage to what I consider the G.O.A.T. [Greatest of All Time] of musicians... I just wanted to use that opportunity to do something special for this city, but most of all, for my favourite musician of all time.”