Justin Timberlake has been as well-known for his sense of style as for his smooth dance moves, budding acting career and his platinum-selling albums. So who better to lead off GQ‘s list of the most stylish men of 2009? With his William Rast line making its Bryant Park debut tonight, the star tells GQ that he knew there would be skeptics when he launched it with pal Trace Ayala. “I knew that response was inevitable,” Timberlake tells GQ, “but my buddy and I wanted to do it so bad, we were just like — screw it.” And with top designer Johan Lindeberg on board, there are even more ambitious plans for the future. I think the brand, it needs to be bigger than its founder,” Lindeberg says. “Ralph Lauren the brand, for instance, is bigger than Ralph Lauren the person. That’s when you know you’ve succeeded with something.” Asked for he sees as a style icon, Justin picks a fashion favorite: Kate Moss. Justin explains, “She looks good in anything. She would look good in one of your T-shirts, in her T-shirt, in a man’s suit, in a huge gown. She even makes nude look stylish. That, to me, is a style icon.” As for Justin’s own signature style of wearing a sharply-cut suit with sneakers, he claims that it was necessity over design. “I mean, I just put sneakers on because I couldn’t dance in the shoes I had. I couldn’t leap with just insoles and dress shoes. I would’ve hurt myself.” Looks good and feels good? That’s style we can definitely get behind. Other honorees on the GQ list include Mark Ronson, Kanye West, T.I. and Jason Schwartzman. See more at GQ.com.