By Dawnielle Floyd |Staff Writer|
A$AP Rocky has been changing the hip hop scene since he was first noticed rapping around New York with the A$AP Mob.
While he has been breaking barriers down in the music scene, he has also made a pretty interesting impact on the world of fashion.
The same man who showed up to his appearance on 106 & Park wearing a dress, Rocky is officially setting the standards for the future world of modern day fashion.
Growing up in the streets of New York, he wore the common name brands of the time.
Rocawear, South Pole, and Ecko were just some of the brands he was known to rock as he was coming up.
Since becoming famous, he has ditched the urban wear and ventured into the side of high fashion.
He is now known to be walking down the streets of New York City, wearing designers such as Raf Simons, Rick Owens, Alexander Wang, and Versace.
Through these designers, Rocky is testing society’s view on gender appropriate attire, modern day culture, and artistic expression.
However, Rocky takes pride in not being a fashion designer, referring to himself as a trendsetter or “ghetto hipster,” as stated in an interview with Forbes.
He has recently collaborated with Guess in their new line Guess Original. The debut collection is for men and women, focusing on denim such as acid wash frayed shorts, bomber jackets, and overalls.
When it comes to his style of fashion it’s all based on individuality, his fashion can be viewed as a way of expressing his individual thoughts, likes and dislikes.
In fact, he has no desire in becoming a fashion role model of any kind, even though it is apparent that he has become one, as stated in a GQ interview.
Rocky is not your typical hip hop icon, being that he is not afraid to step outside the typical “rap star” style of fashion as can be heard in his songs “Fashion Killa” and “Peso.”
“I think that ASAP Rocky is very trendy, I like his style. I would say he’s in a category by himself fashion-wise. His style is a reflection of his music, and they both fit him,” stated student A’sharee Brown.
Rocky’s “ghetto hipster” appeal has led him to a few collaborations with some of his favorite designers, like a limited edition collection of sweaters and t-shirts with Raf Simons 1995, as well as a series of black winged Adidas sneakers with Jeremy Scott, released in Fall 2013.
Rocky also has a possible collaboration with Balenciaga’s creative director Alexander Wang, which is in the planning stages.
“He’s for sure going to have his fans supporting him and individuals who like his sense of fashion,” stated Brown.
Not afraid to show creativity with a pair of skinny jeans, an expensive silk scarf, marijuana covered boxers, a blazer, and a pair of Adidas, Rocky is definitely pushing the boundaries and making a huge impact on the youth of today.