A$AP Rocky for Oki-Ni.
Photo: Courtesy of Oki-Ni
Ever since A$AP Rocky stopped by MTV to talk fashion, our feelings for him have grown from straight-up crushin' to hardcore obsessed. We love the rapper for his fascination with designers and keen sense for couture, but when he stopped by menswear retailer Oki-Ni in London recently, he showed off a completely different side of his fashion knowledge—styling! Oki-Ni said, "As fans of his music will know, Raf Simons and Rick Owens are usually what he's dressed in, but on his recent visit to London we invited the New York rapper to try out a selection of other Oki-Ni brands including new SS13 pieces from Margiela, Kenzo and Paul Smith." Basically, A$AP styled and starred in his own shoot for the fashion retailer, and you can buy all his outfits directly on the site. AWESOME. While lounging in a bathtub (haaay) A$AP sports a Raf Simons floral top and black drop-crotch Rick Owens drawstring pants. In another look, he mixes prints by pairing a Maison Martin Margiela dotted shirt under a graphic Kenzo sweater. *fans self*
New York Fashion Week may be a little over a month away, but here at MTV Style, we don't just keep an eye on women's ready-to-wear collections. We keep our sights glued on all countries, seasons, levels of craftsmanship, and genders for style inspiration. Thus, we're warming up our trendspotters with the men's fall/winter 2013 London Collections. Here are the unexpected trends we've spied from the week's dude fashion forecast.
Runway looks from Alexander McQueen and MAN at the Men's Fall/Winter 2013 London Collections.
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Kanye West closed out 2012 with a pair of high fashion face masks for his Revel Atlantic City concerts. Judging from this week's offerings via Alexander McQueen and MAN, 2013 might be the year the casual face mask becomes (a little more) mainstream!
Last night, in the greenroom of Webster Hall, New York City born-and-bred rapper Le1f suggests we go off into a corner, to what appears to be a closet, to do our interview. The dirty concrete room has a long bench upholstered in a dirty plaid and a thick armchair that looks like it would emit a cartoon puff of grime if you sat in it. Le1f sits on the bench and gestures to the chair in his sweet, raised-right way, "you take the nice chair," he says, but I opt for the bench beside him, fearing bedbugs and that the noise from the room beside us, where rapper Killer Mike is preparing to open MTV Hive's CMJ showcase, will impede my recording. Le1f is tall and handsome in a pair of maroon harem pants and navy bomber jacket, and he speaks in such a way that seems giggly and bashful, but in that somehow pointedly self-assured. After his breakout video, "Wut" made him an overnight sensation, both in the music press and in the fashion world, Le1f has been all over the place, playing shows, performing at New York Fashion Week (MTV Style caught up with him when he performed for Asher Levine), and appearing in media from Pitchfork to Gawker to Artinfo, who labeled him one of the new poster boys for so-called "gay rap." Le1f is certainly not afraid to make his sexual orientation known, although the label can be reductive as far as the actual music is concerned, so needless to say he's on the rise. We sat down with Le1f to discuss everything from his influences—musical and sartorial—and the possibility of a fashion collaboration between himself and Greedhead label founder and Das Racist member Himanshu Suri, something that we're crossing our fingers will actually happen (please, please). Read the q & a below, and prepare to fall in love.