Chainsmokers - November 2017

From left: Alex Pall wears a Tommy Hilfiger coat, pants, and shoes; Hilfiger Denim shirt. Andrew Taggart wears a Tommy Hilfiger sweater, pants, and shoes.

Photographs by Andreas Laszlo Konrath, Styled by Melissa Levy; grooming by Erin Green for Chanel at art department; retouching by 4c imaging; Photography Assistant: Mike Broussard; fashion assistants: Hannah Perko-Engel, Ashleigh Perko-Engel

Andrew Taggart, 27, and Alex Pall, 32, of the pop-EDM band the Chainsmokers, are living their best lives. They spend a lot of time drinking and playing sold-out arena shows, have bro’d down with Bono, and made friends (and music) with Coldplay’s Chris Martin. In the past couple of years they’ve also released a string of massive hits, including “Closer,” their Grammy-nominated single about having sex in a Range Rover. “We party a lot, we have a ton of friends, we travel all over, and write songs about hanging out,” says Taggart, the more talkative of the two. “And it strikes a chord with people.”

Yet if the frat-dude behavior—their bio, which has been removed from the band’s Web site, called out their “17.34 combined inches”—has made them one of the most popular acts in the world, it’s also raised a few eyebrows. “For 30 years no one cared what we had to say, then one morning we wake up, and they do—it’s weird,” Pall says. “But I like to think we’re good guys, and we try to learn from our mistakes.”

Photographs by Andreas Laszlo Konrath, Styled by Melissa Levy; grooming by Erin Green for Chanel at art department; retouching by 4c imaging; Photography Assistant: Mike Broussard; fashion assistants: Hannah Perko-Engel, Ashleigh Perko-Engel

Musically, too, they’re evolving. Having started in 2012 as a DJ duo, they have been adding more original songs, performed by Taggart, to their repertoire. And fashion-wise, they’ve assumed a more cultivated style. “I had a gothic phase, a white-boy rapper, an emo kid,” Taggart recalls. “These days we like to wear more formal clothes but in a laid-back way, like dress pants with a band tee and a cool canvas shoe.”

As newly minted ambassadors for Tommy Hilfiger, they draw much of their wardrobe from the American sportswear brand, which has a long history of working with illustrious musicians, from David Bowie to the Rolling Stones. “It’s crazy to be a part of that,” Pall says. “It definitely feels like a lot of pressure.”

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