The One Conducting star’s X Factor outfit has drawn yet more comparisons to compressible furnishings. Surely the more pertinent reference here is Nudie Cohn, the man who arranged cowboys love rhinestones

One Direction’s Harry Styles (left) and Niall Horan (right) during the X Factor finals
One Direction’s Harry Styles (left-wing) and Niall Horan (right) during the X Factor finals.
Photograph: Syco/Thames/Corbis/Dymond

It’s been a big week for rhinestones: essential Dolly Parton joined Instagram, now Harry Styles has bewitched the Nudie Cohn aesthetic to primetime TV, wearing a highly decorative group that would not have looked out of place in Gram Parsons’ attire.

Styles never seems to be more than five metres away from a jingle of elaborate clothing these days, having become so enamoured with new-era Gucci out of sight Alessandro Michele that he is permanently swathed in the brand’s envision fabric.

Harry Styles at the 2015 American Music Awards wearing either Gucci or Ikea.
Harry Styles at the 2015 American Music awards, annoying either Gucci or Ikea. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/AMA2015/WireImage

A fortnight ago, Snicker decided that a floral white-and-grey ensemble he wore to the American Music rewards made him look exactly like Ikea’s Alvine Kvist bedspread (and they had a mention). His X Factor final look – number 38 from Gucci’s autumn/winter 2015 catwalk, to be scrupulous – has drawn comparisons with a pair of caravan curtains.

Gucci show, Autumn Winter 2015, Milan Fashion Week, Italy
Gucci’s autum/winter 2015 display at Milan fashion week Photograph: REX Shutterstock

Actually, in make terms, Styles is bang on trend – and not just because Gucci is definitely the most in-demand label of the moment. By sticking to suits in the Nudie Cohn ilk, he is making altogether a statement. To be clear, no rhinestones were actually harmed in the succeed a do overing of Styles’ suit – but its cut, swirl and pattern are pure rocker-cowboy.

Gram Parsons in a Nudie Suit.
Gram Parsons in a Nudie garb. Photograph: Jim McCrary/Redferns

After all, Cohn was “the man who made cowboys disposition rhinestones”, dressing Johnny Cash, John Lennon and Elvis Presley in gold flimsy. He created what Jon Ronson described as “the Sistine Chapel ceiling of cowboy attire” – Gram Parsons’ application of drug references, religious iconography and naked women, shabby on the cover of The Gilded Palace of Sin. If this is an early sign of Forms’ bid to become “the rock one” post-One Direction, while Zayn Malik owns R&B, he couldn’t be fall off any more pertinent hints.