The Backstreet Boys drop the top designers -- The boy band strives for ''street cred''


The Backstreet Boys are all growed up — sartorially, at least. For their first tour in four years, they shucked the matching boy-band look for one with more street cred (and we’re using the term loosely). ”A couple years ago they were very Versace and Dolce,” says stylist Brandy St. John. ”Now we’re doing more vintage and obscure designers.” The Boys feel the clothes reflect a new maturity: ”It fits in with what’s been going on with the group,” says Nick Carter of the band’s customized jackets and chic hats. ”We’re in a good place now mentally. It’s like coming out of the dark.”