Menswear and A$AP Rocky have a special connection. The 23-year-old Harlem MC is obsessed with purple kush, purple drank, and, fittingly, high fashion. Take this lyric from his breakout hit, “Peso“: “Raf Simons, Rick Owens, usually what I’m dressed in / Blowin’ blunts, rollin’ doobies up, smokin’ sections.” These are highbrow, avant-garde designers, and A$AP goes nuts for ’em. In the video for his song, “Wassup“—between scenes of barking Rottweilers and writhing g-stringed women—A$AP’s decked out in a couture holy trinity: Comme des Garçons, Y-3, and Raf. And on the song, he delivers a quintessential lyric: “Clothes get weirder.”
“If I’m wearing Rick Owens and all that other shit, [people in the hood] are not used to that,” Rocky says. “I’m going to be a fashion icon in a minute. I’m not going to do it in a corny matter. I have a voice that speaks for a whole other market—not just black people, but high fashion urban people. I mix street wear with high fashion. It’s never been seen before.”
It inspired us to call up the fashion-forward rapper and get his take on the wildest looks from Paris and Milan. The verdict? “Dope as fuck.”
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