When the news hit that Mary Weiland, wife of Velvet Revolver’s front man Scott Weiland, was arrested for burning $10,000 worth of the singer’s wardrobe outside of their San Fernando Valley home, reaction ranged from sadness (the Weiland’s two young children are now in the custody of family friends) to puzzlement: how could Scott Weiland possibly have that much invested in his couture? Style watchers aren’t surprised — Weiland is a fashion week regular, the current face of designer John Varvatos and has long considered himself a clothes horse since he abandoned the grunge look of his original band, Stone Temple Pilots. He may go shirtless on stage, but on the red carpet he is known for his impeccably tailored British suits from Ozwald Boateng or Paul Smith and artfully combining jeans with a tuxedo jacket or artfully undone tie. For those who dare say that his wife might have done him a favor, we remind you that Weiland brought the vested suit in to the rock arena long before Justin Timberlake made them ubiquitous.
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