GQ: Any regrets? Are there things you wore that still make you look back and shake your head?
Rob Van Winkle: Hell yeah! Lots of it! I was a kid selling a million records a day. The thing was so big, it overpowered me and any direction I had. They hired wardrobe people who would just show up and say, you’re wearing this today, you’re wearing this tonight, tomorrow you’re talking to Barbara Walters, so you’ve gotta wear this… and I’m thinking, “Well, I’m with a big record company, they know what they’re doing, why would I question them?” Shit. I look back and it’s just, “What the hell was I thinking?” [Pauses] I remember wearing Z. Cavaricci pants…
GQ: With the waistband and the stripes?
Rob Van Winkle: Yeah! And the stuff I didn’t like is all back. Full-circle. I go into Foot Locker and see high-tops in pink and neon.
GQ: Which brings me to my next question. We see what you wore then, and now we see guys like A$AP Rocky and 2 Chainz in some of the same stuff. Are you hip-hop’s secret style icon?
Rob Van Winkle: [Laughs] I love it. My daughter likes One Direction, and she shows me pictures of this guy, Zayn.
GQ: Zayn Malik.
Rob Van Winkle: Yeah! She thought it was me! He had that blonde streak in the middle, the pompadour, everything.
GQ: Are you a One Direction fan?
Rob Van Winkle: Oh, hell yes. No shame in my game.