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- Posted on Jun 2nd 2010 5:00AM by Julian Marszalek
The one-time Oasis frontman-turned-fashion mogul was speaking to the New York Times as he hit the Big Apple to promote his Pretty Green clothing label in the US.
Gallagher -- who is yet to speak to his estranged brother Noel Gallagher since the band imploded at a gig in Paris last August -- said, "In hindsight it was the best thing that's ever happened, because we're free to do whatever we want."
And that freedom, according to the singer, entitles Gallagher to judge what is sartorially cool or not by comparing others' tastes with his own. Exuding an air of supreme self-confidence -- or a stunning lack of self-awareness -- Gallagher opined, "Not a lot of people look cool these days, like my cool. Everybody plays it down, don't they?"
That cool, of course, is heavily reliant on a retro look popularised by the mod movement that originated back in the 1960s and in keeping with mod's elitist ethos, Gallagher was adamant that his clothing range wasn't for all and sundry.
"I don't want just anybody wearing it," he said. "And people go, 'Oh, beggars can't be choosers.' Well, I ain't a beggar, you know what I mean?"
Er, not really, Liam, but with basic Pretty Green T-shirts retailing for £35 ($51) it's safe to assume that not many beggars will be in a position to afford Gallagher's wares.