New York City rapper A$AP Rocky has become one of hip-hop’s favorite young stars, but his appeal extends beyond his lean-laced lyrics. The rapper has also forged a reputation in the fashion world thanks to his well-documented taste for high-end streetwear and haute couture threads, and often posts pictures of his freshest looks on his Twitter and Instagram. To celebrate the recent New York Fashion Week and A$AP’s upcoming live performance for Scion AV in Brooklyn, we thought we’d give you a lowdown on some of his favorite brands. It’s more than likely that he’ll be wearing some of them next Wednesday, February 20, when he and crewmate A$AP Ferg will be mob up to Brooklyn’s Public Assembly with Bodega Bamz and 4th Pyramid. Scroll down below for the flyer and details of how you can win a ticket to go see A$AP Rocky!
HOOD BY AIR
Last week, Rocky took a strut down the runway at Hood By Air‘s fashion show to support Shayne Oliver and Raul Lopez’s hot-to-death “ghetto gothic” brand. The high-end streetwear company has started to make a serious name for itself based on its penchant for jet black t-shirts, sweatshirts and drop-crotch pants—not to mention A$AP’s endorsement.
A$AP Rocky’s preference for dark colors has drawn him to Rick Owens (whom he’s shown wearing above). The American designer (now based in Paris) combines angular, space-age shapes with a postmodern gothic sensibility that involves lots of draped layers.
Rocky isn’t just a fan of Raf Simons‘ sleek, colorful kicks (his DeStijl hiking boots are shown here) and warped, ostentatious prep school outfits. The rapper recently announced a collaboration with the designer and posted a preview of one of the pieces on Instagram, an A$AP x Raf Simons 1995 sweatshirt.
Jeremy Scott‘s eccentric use of bright colors makes his collections hard to miss, and A$AP Rocky has certainly taken note. In fact, Rocky told Vice that he’s admired Scott’s flashy, vibrant work for years, ever since he released a line of cartoonishly offbeat Mickey Mouse-inspired Adidas. Rocky is seen in this pic with Scott himself, flashing the man’s gold AK47 ring.
You may never approach the effortless cool of Pretty Flacko, but you can step closer to Rocky’s style with garms from his own merchandise line. Available through his website, this range of beanies, tanks and tees sticks with a black-and-white colorway and a classic L.A. gangster vibe: lots of Old English fonts, baseball themes and an all-over print bandana shirt, for starters. Get it while it’s hot.
Tweet or Instagram the image below for a chance to win tickets to the A$AP Rocky Open Mic event next week in Brooklyn, NY. The sweepstakes is still open so hurry up and join! Here are the full rules for the Twitter contest and the full rules for the Instagram contest.