A$AP Mob in 'GQ.'
With its lively history and growing creative network, Harlem is hot right now. For the July issue, GQ decided to highlight the neighborhood using locals who may know a thing or two about it—enter A$AP Mob and Cam'ron.
The A$AP Mob, who were a natural fit for the feature not only because they've curated a book on the topic but also because they've added to Harlem's fashion-forward legacy, brought their A-game (heh) to the shoot. Posted up at the Apollo, Rocky, Ferg, and the rest of their crew make suits styled with T-shirts seem like an easy look to pull off. Rocky wears a suit by Balenciaga with a Billionaire Boys Club hoodie, and checkered Vans, meanwhile Ferg reps Boss and pairs his suit with a Bellerose T-shirt, Borsalino hat, and jewelry by David Yurman. Rocky also broke down his style for GQ, saying, "Harlem has always been known for its swagger and pizzazz. I get my high-end look downtown, but my street style comes from uptown." It's definitely working for you, dude—keep that combo going.
Thanks to PacSun, your local mall is about to be cooler than it’s ever been. The mass retailer has been making serious strides in their offerings lately, from stocking their shelves with Yeezus tour merch to partnering up with streetwear brands Diamond Supply Co. and Been Trill. Now, come June 10, you’ll be able to cop the A$AP Mob’s style at any of their stores. While we’re still waiting for their debut studio album, you can at least shop their capsule collection.
A$AP Ferg in the Astrid Andersen x Topman lookbook.
Astrid Andersen, the super-rad menswear designer loved by dudes and girls alike, tapped A$AP Ferg as the face of her new collaboration with Topman, because she's cool, and he's cool, and together their coolness cannot be stopped. I mean, LOOK!
The dudes of A$AP Mob are no strangers to modeling—remember when Rocky gave his best blue steel for DKNY? Of course you do. But this is Ferg's first time posing for the camera for a brand, at least as far as campaigns go. Not that you'd ever be able to tell—the guy looks like he was was born to mean mug in hot pink basketball shorts.
A$AP Mob could wear your designs.
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If you're a budding designer and/or a big fan of A$AP Mob, today is your lucky day. The group, including A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, and more, is looking for "new and unique" designs for their new merch, as well as their fall clothing line. The guidelines are minimal—your design should stick within their already established aesthetic and adhere to the monochrome palette that's typical of their merch. The good news is if you're really into color and can't imagine winning the competition without it, you can use color, just be reserved about it. No one likes a colorful showoff, OK?
Angel Haze, Chelsea Leyland, and A$AP Illz walk the DKNY Fall 2014 New York Fashion Week runway.
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In celebration of her 25th anniversary DKNY show, Donna Karan sent a diverse lineup of models down her New York Fashion Week runway. Rather than pulling strictly from modeling agencies, Karan cast a wide net across New York City, enlisting a band of New Yorkers to premiere her Fall 2014 collection. The DKNY roster included NY-based fashion veterans like Angel Haze, who moved to Brooklyn when she was just 16 and was the face of Mark McNairy's lookbook last year; Chelsea Leyland, a Big Apple transplant from across the pond with experience fronting Cole Haan's Fall 2012 campaign; and A$AP Mob's very own A$AP Illz, repping for Harlem (you might remember him from 2013's Pyrex Vision debut).
Many outlets and individuals were elated that this DKNY show featured "real people" among the models. This is a little problematic, because I'm pretty sure models are real people (unless they've been holograms or sentient robots this whole time and I just haven't paid enough attention), even if the physique typical of high-fashion runway models doesn't reflect the majority of current living humans. But also, since all of these people walked this runway to showcase clothes, that qualifies them as models, at least for this purpose—an idea supported by snaps of the program which seemed to ignore the model title altogether, listing even career models on the roster like Devan Mayfield Nykole and Masha Korchagina by different distinctions: "artist (painter)/health practitioner" and "actress/biologist," respectively.
Photo: Courtesy of Katie Eary
If we've learned anything from Fashion Weeks past, performance outfits, and the lyrics themselves, it's that Kanye West, 2 Chainz, and A$AP Mob have their ears to the ground in the fashion scene. Seriously, these guys are CLUED IN, and now, we owe them a huge "thank you" for tipping us off to our newest style obsession, Katie Eary. This London-based designer may only be a few years out of school, but already, she's beloved by rap stars and fashion kids alike. Shortly after graduating from the Royal College of Art, Eary has racked up an insane resume—creating custom pieces for Kate Moss (her first gig!), gaining critical acclaim for her womenswear and menswear lines, and winning a fan base that reads like MTV's Hottest MCs VIII List. The hip hop world is fawning over Eary's decadent designer-meets-streetwear creations, from her gilded skate decks to her graphic separates splashed with digital prints of octopus, goldfish, and screaming cheetahs (which are entirely as awesome as they sound). Want proof of Katie's closerthanclose connection to music? Just this week, 2 Chainz rocked one of her Spring/Summer looks in his new "Crack" music video, she dropped a new fashion film soundtracked by none other than the A$AP Mob, and that's only the beginning. Get the lowdown from the designer herself below!
A$AP Rocky officially licensed merchandise is now available at Karmaloop.
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Looks like the tour merch stand isn't the only place you can cop authorized A$AP Rocky swag anymore. Karmaloop is now selling limited quantities of officially licensed A$AP Rocky merchandise! The range is full of greyscale graphic tees and tanks emblazoned with classic A$AP Mob imagery and verbage. There are designs with "A$AP ROCKY" spelled out in paisley bandana print block letters, the "Live, Love, A$AP" album art, and Rocky's opening line to the "Wassup" hook — "I be that pretty m***********" — in skinny serif font.
The tees all go for $30, but men's and women's tanks will set you back a little more at $35. Why you have to pay $5 more for a garment made of arguably less fabric, we're not sure, but we'd guess it has something to do with sales metrics and trying to turn some kind of profit on tank tops as we enter the winter season. See the full collection and snag a shirt or two for yourself at Karmaloop.
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A$AP Rocky on the set of his "Goldie" music video.
Yesterday morning, A$AP Rocky revealed his (NSFW) "Goldie" music video. In it, the Harlem rapper rides through the streets of Paris with the Eiffel Tower as his backdrop, lights gold laceless Margiela sneakers on fire, and stunts a lot of very, very expensive jewelry. When we caught wind that A$AP was working with Alexander Wang on the video, we immediately hit the rapper up on the "Goldie" set (the portion not filmed in the City of Lights #sadface) to talk about his video style. In our exclusive video interview, A$AP discusses meeting and working with Alexander Wang, developing the wardrobe without a designated stylist, and his thoughts on his own personal steez. Check it out after the jump!
A$AP Rocky performs at the 2012 Coachella Music Festival.
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Just over a week after San Francisco brand Black Scale revealed their A$AP Mob capsule collection's heavily anticipated lookbook, A$AP Rocky and his crew are reportedly involved in yet another fashion collaboration. According to Complex Magazine, the NYC MC has linked up with Stussy to create a very special Friends and Family t-shirt.