Some people are just born with style. A$AP Rocky is one of those people.
Hands up if you have heard of A$AP Rocky?! If you haven’t, let me enlighten you.
Meet one of hip-hop’s brightest new kids on the block. The Harlem, New York native has climbed the charts in the US thanks to the regionlessness of his music. His sound has been described as the ‘synthesising of the slow flow of the South, the party vibes of the West Coast, and the bravado of New York.’ As well as making waves in the music industry, A$AP (which stands for Always Strive and Prosper) has been making just as much noise in the fashion industry. Many rappers in the industry these days are determined to prove themselves as stylish taste makers – Kanye I’m looking in your direction, whilst A$AP is no rookie, he has easily set the bar with his natural eye for style. (by the looks of things, without even really trying!)
Before his success, A$AP was working his ass off just to afford brands like YSL, Rick Owens, Raf Simons and his now personal friend, Jeremy Scott.
A$AP at Paris Fashion Week
Sighting his some of his favourite labels as Raf Simons, Rick Owens, Alexander Wang, Y-3, Givenchy, Versace, Louis Vuitton and Jeremy Scott, A$AP also states that his Father is one of his biggest inspirations.
“My Dad is from Barbados. He was a clean cut kind of guy, especially in the way he dressed. I just took the advice he gave me and ran with it. He told me to always be yourself and always feel comfortable with whatever decision you make because you chose to do it. Just because something doesn’t fit in doesn’t make it not right. For instance, just because everyone is wearing white today and I chose to wear purple doesn’t mean I’m doing something wrong. It means I’m doing what I wanted to do. I ran with that.”
“What really works for me is to just do what is best for myself. In other words, I do me. Anytime I do something it’s definitely me. I’m not faking it. And that’s just the way it is.”
“My style is like life. One day I could choose to wear black and the next day I could wear purple. And the next day I might wear a Bart Simpson shirt by Jeremy Scott.”
“Fashion is art and a designer is an artist. I am not a fashion designer, that’s why I’m not coming out with my own clothing line or something like that. But I love the art.”
In my opinion, it is refreshing to hear of someone who loves fashion but knows their place. People like Kanye West somewhat irritate me, as he is foremost a rapper, a lyrical genius; however now he sees himself as a fashion designer, someone who can transform and direct the industry, that he is as important to fashion as a vetran. I agree with A$AP and his take on this:
“When rappers be doing that clothing line shit, that shit be corny man. That’s a slow reality show… I’m no fashion designer. Just cause I got good taste doesn’t mean I know how to create it. I feel that’s disrespectful…. I know brands well, I’m not a fashion designer. It’s more to fashion than just fabric and stencils. You gotta learn how to draw, you gotta know how colorways work and materials…”
A$AP Rocky and Jeremy Scott for Complex Magazine
Personally, I have grown to become a massive fan of A$AP Rocky! His music, personal taste and all round attitude is really inspiring.
“My own thing is all that matters to me. And it feels good when I get props for doing what’s best for me. I like when people admire it and relate to it. When I was 20 I got fed up with doing shit just because it was the popular thing to do. I became miserable trying to keep up with trends so I started setting them on my own. “
A$AP effortlessly mixes affordable streetwear with high fashion labels and isn’t afraid of wearing clothing that might be considered outside his genre. He is fast becoming a music legend in his field and sights fashion as a passion and lifestyle of his.
I feel as though someone in fashion can really distinguish between an individual who is passionate and has a real appreciation of the industry and someone who thinks they know everything.
A$AP embodies everything that Wilddarts stands for. I hope that you are also inspired by his attitude towards fashion and life, just as much as we are.
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