While a stylish GROUP of guys are subtly working women’s clothes into their ensembles, “American Idol” fan-favorite Adam Lambert is showcasing a more flamboyant men’s look for masses of TV viewers. With his deep V-neck Ts, quiffed hairdos, tight-fitting leather and black nail polish, the pop singer has earned as much attention for his wardrobe choices as his warbling.

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“It’s taking that little bit of opulence and flash and giving yourself permission to wear it. The tradition of the rock eccentric is definitely ready for a revival,” says Simon Doonan, Barneys New York creative director. “Just as now Lady GaGa is bringing back real glam rock for women, Adam is opening that door up for men: You can wear the python boots and the shiny jacket.”

Boys, break out the lamé.

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