From dainty bits of twisted metal to giant gold chains, the jewelry that we put on each morning often carries more of a story than our clothes or makeup ever could. The artists at The FADER FORT Presented by Converse came through wearing ornamentation of all kinds, so we stopped a few of them to find out what a Marc Jacobs watch, or a fox ring, or a chunky gold chain meant to them. Whether their jewels were deeply significant, extravagant, or completely worthless, their answers were revealing all the same.
A$AP Rocky is sitting across from me at a table inside L.A.’s Sound Factory Studios. He looks away from the table, away from a sparse dinner he occasionally picks at, away from me, and repeats, under his breath, the two words I’ve never heard him say, and didn’t think I ever would: “No comment.”
To be fair, it’s been a long day, and he’s barely on the other end of it. A studio all-nighter that ended at 8 a.m. A photo shoot. This interview. A corporate fashion meeting. But despite his schedule, the “no comment” is still a surprise, even though it’s in response to a question about his love life. And not even a great one. It’s one of several times during this conversation where Rocky rolls his eyes, leans his head back—his braids dangling over the back of a studio chair—and stares into the ceiling in response to a question. He’s just not feeling it tonight.
Rocky’s usually a talker. The 26-year-old Harlem native’s outspokenness has been well-documented in these pages and elsewhere more than a few times over the course of his young, white-hot career. His candor is part of his innate charisma: He’s never not had something to say. And typically, something that shows up on arrival as a classic Rocky quotable. So why’s he being tight-lipped now? Is it just the exhaustion from a packed schedule? Or a different kind of fatigue?
It’s hard not to consider the latter. In the two years since he released his chart-topping debut album Long Live A$AP, he’s also emerged as one of rap’s foremost fashion trendsetters, and landed in a relationship with model Chanel Iman. He modeled in a Ferragamo campaign, and took his first acting gig, in the indie darling Dope (a movie that—of course—ignited a fierce bidding war at Sundance for the distribution rights). Last October, Rocky’s first proper track in over a year, “Multiply,” was released to rave reviews. The song also made news because of Rocky’s jabs at fashion lines Been Trill and Hood By Air, two brands he’d provided crucial support to before. On New Year’s Eve, Rocky released the booming “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2.” Fans freaked out. Clubs banged it. Writers praised it. A common headline emerged: 2015 was poised to be the year Rocky was back.
Good news: There’s a stylish new way of getting dressed that’s specifically tailored for guys on the move. And the look’s got just the right amount of Jetsons to it: techy fabrics, a clean pair of sneakers, and a throw-it-away attitude. Nobody wears it better than globe-trotting rapper and fashion killer A$AP Rocky.
A$AP Rocky made his way down to New Orleans earlier this month to perform at the annual BUKU Music + Art Project. Joining him on his trip to the Big Easy were a couple other members of the A$AP Mob, including Ant, Illz, Nast, Twelvyy, and TyY.
Check out some photos of the Mobs performance, shot by myself (@Djordje), and be sure to follow the A$AP Life Tumblr for more day-to-day photos of the Mob.
Are you sure you’re ready for this one? Soon we’ll unveil Scion x A$AP Illz Driven, the latest in our video series featuring participants in the Scion Collaboration project. But before you get to watch the far out vision that A$AP Illz created, here are some behind the scenes preview images of the fashion forward, monochromatic experience.
For the Driven series, we’ve already gone on an epic quest with Steve Aoki, explored Southern California with Slayer, made a Midwest promo run with Olivia Jean and toured Pacific Northwest skate spots with Riley Hawk. This A$AP Illz one is going to open up your mind.
CP GIRLS is our regular photo editorial series from renowned photographer Christina Paik. Each new edition is a reflection of her personal take on street culture, with the models, location and styling all of her own choosing. A regular contributor to many top fashion magazines, Christina divides her time between Paris and New York, yet shoots right across the globe.
This time Marie has been captured in Paris alongside Young Lord aka A$AP Bari, and she’s seen wearing Rick Owens, OFF-WHITE, Supreme, Chanel, Gosha Rubchinskiy, adidas, COMME des GARCONS, Céline, Nike, custom-made denim, a vintage tee and vintage jacket.
You saw the video lookbook, now get a closer look at the pieces featured in the upcoming A$AP Mob x PacSun capsule collection. The June 10 drop will be available PacSun locations and PacSun’s website. View the photos below.