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Steven Tyler on His Wardrobe: "I Have 20 Clothing Racks. You Need a Seeing Eye Dog to Get Through it All"

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This week, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler launched his clothing line Andrew Charles exclusively at 100 Macy's locations around the country. Today he talks to WWD about his new fashion adventures. Check out some of the best bits from the interview:

WWD: Have you always enjoyed fashion?

Tyler: 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. I would have my clothes made in 1971, I bought bolts of stuff, and they made jackets and pants. Those styles I would wear, and Joe [Perry, Aerosmith guitar player] would come over and say, “That looks great. Do they make that for men?” It was so over-the-top.

Is Steven Tyler a hoarder? He says:

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 favorite s--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.

If you were to go through my closet right now, you’d lose your mind. I have 300 square feet from the last 40 years, 20 clothing racks. I got boots from hell from everyone from what Brian Jones [of the Rolling Stones] used to wear to boots I’ve designed recently. Just tons of stuff. I’m exploding with ideas. Andy [Hilfiger] came to my L.A. house, you couldn’t walk through [the closet] either. You need a seeing eye dog to get through it all.

Also, he designs all the clothes for Aerosmith's tours:
We did 33 tours since 1970. I designed most of the stage clothes. When you’re out shopping in Paraguay, you’re going to come home with some ostrich boots and a black-and-white checkered hat and some bolos they caught the ostrich with.
And the truth about designer collections:
WWD: How did you like the Andrew Charles line when you first saw it?

S.T.: I didn’t. I didn’t love it in the beginning. I told them exactly what my vision was, and as it went on, they decided to go in that direction a little bit more. I was so taken back by what Andy laid out and showed me in the beginning, compared with what we wound up with in the end. It went from 1 to 10. We worked so well together. We came up with such great styles, and some really cool prints and some great dresses.

· Steven Tyler Strikes a Pose for Andrew Charles [WWD]