Fashion is ever-changing. With each new year, a bundle of trends come and go. 2013 saw a stark contrast from the incredibly loud to the impeccably subtle splattered across city blocks and runways alike. Collaborations rolled in by the hundreds, and we know it’s hard to keep up. That’s why we’re here to deliver the very best of street fashion this year. Our categories include the best collaborations, top influencers, trends that need to die and brands you need to watch out for come 2014. If you’re aesthetically inclined, ride with us as we knock ’em out, this is Mass Appeal’s Fahion Round Up 2013.
2013 brought us many collaborations, some unexpected and some long overdue. In a world where every clothing brand collaborates 7362625 times a year, these stuck out the most in men’s street fashion.
BAPE x A$AP Ferg “Trap Lord”
Young Fergenstein had one hell of a year. The A$AP general massacred the airwaves with hits like “Shabba,” and “Work.” The release of his debut album, Trap Lord, also spawned a “look momma we made it” moment when BAPE released an exclusive “Trap Lord” tee to commemorate the album’s release. Limited to 100 pieces, the tee featured Ferg’s likeness in all his Lordy glory amongst a stained glass window. Add “Lord of the Apes” to your resumé, check. Ferg is quickly becoming one of street fashion’s hottest influencers in today’s age, and this collaborative effort with BAPE serves as a testament.
The Good Company x Yung Jake “Been Had No Friends”
The parody tee to end all parody tees. Unbeknownst to most, NYC’s The Good Company is slowly but surely beginning to make waves with their collections. This collaboration with artist Yung Jake takes advantage of all things pop culture and cyber, satirizing the shit out of big name corporations in genius fashion. The Good Company can expect cease and desist notices from Google, Facebook, tumblr, Etsy, Monster Energy Drinks, DC Comics, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Fox Media, NBC and a list that goes on because I haven’t even ran through half of the prints. This was hands down my favorite t-shirt of 2013 PERIOD.
Kanye West for APC
Yeezus waved his anti-establishment flag high this year. He called us “New Slaves,” and his collaboration with APC was the physical representation of his rebellious fashion cry. Contrary to what most were hoping, this collection took the strong minimal approach. A subtle array of hoodies, jeans, and tees were readily made available. A “hip hop” t-shirt that is simply plain white for $120? That’s kind of absurd (but then again so is Kanye), and there is no denying that APC’s quality and simple pallets can anchor a man’s wardrobe for years to come.
Ronnie Fieg for Kith “East Coast Project”
Ronnie Fieg slayed the game in 2013, and for proof, look no further then his collaborative “East Coast Project” capsule collection. The collaboration encompassed brands from all walks of fashion, including names like Just Don, Play Cloths, Herschel Supply, Tina Catherine, Stampd, Stance Socks, Golden Bear and RF’s go-to sneaker manufacturer Asics. The collab served to bridge the gap between the Empire State and the Sunshine State. Classic NY and MIA colorways blazed cool garments in the form of the hottest Spring collection this year. And those Asic Gel Lyte III’s? Forget about it, the Knicks GL3’s are a personal favorite for 2013. But we’ll leave the sneaker talk for another time.
Stüssy x Yo! MTV Raps
Stüssy is undoubtedly one of the early catalysts who pushed the streetwear movement toward the forefront of men’s fashion. The Stüssy aesthetic will never go out of style, it’s simply timeless. That being said, the brand’s collaboration with “Yo! MTV Raps” took steez heads back to a time when the influencers were on your boob tube, not your computer screen. “Yo! MTV Raps” set the foundation of what street style was all about. With screen printed tees and sweaters that featured some of the most heralded guests on the show including De La Soul, Gang Starr, Public Enemy, Slick Rick and more, Stüssy pulled out all the stops for this one. To accompany the collection, the streetwear staple released a two-part documentary tracing the importance and influence of “Yo! MTV Raps,” as well as a series of trading cards. Nostalgia points went through the roof.
“Yo! MTV Raps” will go down as one of the most slept on collections for 2013, as the line is still widely available at retailers. Cop now or forever hold your regret.
Supreme x Jean-Michel Basquiat
We know, we know, Basquiat is played. Although I was expecting a little bit more from this collaboration the underlying theme is that it would be the Basquiat collab that would put a stop to the trend. The legendary artist is probably turning in his grave by the way his name and likeness has been shelled out over the past two years.
But this long overdue collab finally arrived in ’13 and the ‘Preme gods did a solid job overall. They didn’t go too over the top, and it had just the right amount of the Basquiat genetics laced in outerwear, hoodies, and tees. The fact that this was a “hypebeast” cop is suspect, if you didn’t cop because Basquiat is trendy, well my friend YOU are the hypebeast. However, like all things Supreme, it is long gone now.
Where’d you get your style from? If you got it from the Internet, please raise your hand. Geez, that’s a lot of hands. Originality is rare to come by, but these dudes right here know what’s good before the designers do. Here are our top influencers of 2013.
Namely Rocky and Ferg, A$AP Mob had a monstrous year. But it is their ability to bring high fashion to the attention of streetwear junkies that most draws thousands of aesthetes to tap A$AP as influence in their everyday apparel. Look no further then their slew of videos for proof: Rocky’s “Fashion Killa” features Rihanna and Pretty Flacko mixing the finest in fashion with the gods of streetwear like Supreme, and Ferg’s “Shabba” vid epitomizes luxurious thug style.
Rocky also had his first chance to delve into design this year as he collaborated with his good friend Jeremy Scott for a limited run of Adidas Wings. Scroll through the internets and you’ll find all your favorite rappers clad in Hood By Air and ripped jeans. Wait, didn’t Flacko spit, “Niggas got rips in they jeans man I started that/Hood By Air man I started that/Niggas claim they the God of black/Well your name is purple I’m the God of that.”
The A$AP Mob had a heavy influence on the scene in 2013, with zero signs of slowing down coming in the near future. Fashion junkies are anxiously awaiting Rocky’s next design effort come the new year.
Here’s a scenario that epitomizes Yeezy’s influence amongst the fashion world. The Air Max 90 Hyperfuse “Independence Day” Pack sat on shelves collecting dust when it first dropped over the summer. That is until Kanye West was spotted assaulting paparazzi rocking the Navy iteration of the sneaker. Within days the sneakers sold out. Yeezy continues to mastermind looks that have all the hypebeasts imitating in utter failure, but continue to attempt nonetheless.
West’s various design ventures in 2013 caused a ruckus just as anything Yeezus related does, while the Nike Yeezy 2 “Red Octobers” have yet to see a release date. Rather, West split ties with Nike due to irreconcilable differences. He is now headed to design for Adidas, which should cause a big shift in power amongst the sneaker gods. West also plans to release his apparel on a wider scale. In fact, to make a change on the way the world’s population lives in the modern era.
Yeezy taught us all, and will continue to head the class of elite tastemakers in the world. His rants are unnecessary at times, but for Yeezus sake, he brought the leather jogging pants to Fendi six years ago! Today we see many a dude sporting imitation leather joggers. He will always be ahead of the curve. Kanye West has the answers.