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.