Whatever problems there may have been at the first show of Outkast's reunion tour in April, at least one marvelous thing went unnoticed: Big Boi's outfit.
Big Boi's Coachella look was designed by Dr. Romanelli, a L.A.-based designer who specializes in limited-run, personalized gear. Since that first show, Romanelli's made Big Boi a bunch of stage looks, like this space-inspired one for Big Guava in Tampa:
For Coachella, Big Boi asked Romanelli for an outfit inspired by daredevil Evel Knievel.
The outfits also incorporate scraps from military clothing, a nod to Big Boi's "General Patton" nickname and, maybe, his father's military service.
Dr. Romanelli has done patchwork stage outfits for other artists, and says a similar piece would usually go for for 3 to 4,000 bucks.
In this case, Romanelli and Big are "working closely" together. Big choses the color palette for each look, then sends Romanelli a suit to tear up and piece back together. This is the red suit he wore at Bottlerock in California:
This white suit for Hangout in Alabama had a tropical vibe:
For Governor's Ball, they went pink:
Baby blue on Father's Day in Poland:
Meanwhile, Andre 3000's been performing in a platinum wig and a jumpsuit he designed himself.
Big and Dre's stage looks don't exactly match, but they totally don't have to. Because Outkast is all about two whole individuals, coming together to be themselves.