Steven Tyler Strikes a Pose for Andrew Charles

Aerosmith frontman is now fronting the rocker-chic sportswear line.

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WWD: You published your memoirs this year. Do you have plans to make your life story into a movie?
It’s either as soon as the plane goes down, or in my lifetime. I’m thinking since Ron Howard bought my book, his production company is thinking about doing something. My book is called “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?” It’s collected thoughts. It’s all this s--t I’ve been thinking about for 40 years. This whole thing with Aerosmith has been like a dream come true. It’s like it’s been plotted out and planned and written about before. Every time something happens, I think, “Is this a movie?”

WWD: What was it like working with your 22-year-old daughter, Chelsea, on the Andrew Charles ad campaign?
I called Chelsea up, like I did with Liv once before, and told [Chelsea] I’d love to do this with you. It’s going to be huge. She’s in art school, and she doesn’t want to be huge. She’s already got a huge daddy. They kind of want to do their own thing. When we were done with the pictures that Melissa Mahoney took…with Chelsea’s face, it just took the whole project over the top. She just got signed with a modeling agency [IMG Models].

WWD: Would you like to have a collection under your own name, or is this good enough for now?
This is good enough right now. Every day things are coming my way. I’m with CAA [Creative Artists Agency], and I talk to all kinds of people all the time. Because of “Idol” now, it’s taking the whole fame thing up and the notoriety tenfold. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or not. I can’t really go anywhere now. I can at least go to some town in Japan.

WWD: With “American Idol” taking up so much of your time, do you still have time to devote to your music?
We’ve been doing an album while we’re doing this. There’s not enough time to get involved in the album the way I’d like to. It’s getting done, slowly but surely. The tour’s certainly happening. I’m so happy. The band is back together. Everybody’s lost their anger for me, for taking on “Idol,” they’ve all grown up a little, so it’s great.

WWD: Have you had a chance to watch “The X-Factor” and what did you think?
It’s all right. They’re not finding the talent that we are. That will always be my brag. I will never look as good as the Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger. I’ll never be as bad ass looking as Nicole.

WWD: How did you and Jennifer Lopez get along?
I’m going to fall in love with her all over again this year. And now she’s single. I’m in a relationship with Erin Brady, my girlfriend. But J.Lo is a force to be reckoned with. At the end of the day, it’s all fun. She’s such a female. She respects my talent, and she knows I love her. It’s all good. And Randy’s so smart with all the up-and-coming and today’s artists because he’s a producer and knows all these kids. I just know from whence I came. Jennifer knows dance and feeling and the star quality, and the professional side. Randy knows his melody and the today-ness of it all. And I know my melody, rhythm and the old-school stuff.

WWD: Do you think you would continue as the inspiration for the Andrew Charles line beyond your one-year contract?
I don’t know. We’ll wait and see how successful it is, and how it plays out. It’s a new marriage. I love Tommy [Hilfiger] and Andy [Hilfiger] is an old rocker from the old days, and it’s been a good marriage up to now.

WWD: How did you like the Andrew Charles line when you first saw it?
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.

WWD: How would you describe your own personal style?
Over the top, old school, a mixture of now and then, with rock and chic. Funky, but chic, with a side order of sexy.

WWD: Tell me about your closet in your home in Boston.
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.


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