A$AP Rocky’s closet would be a dream to raid. His taste level warrants rare use of the word exquisite and his look is androgynously high fashion enough that we could easily get away with wearing it—whether or not we could pull it off, though, is another story. So, when the rapper, who’s currently on the cover of i-D’s pre-fall issue, resolutely told the publication that he has no plans to design, you can imagine our response [insert teardrop emoji here].
Rocky, who once said clothing lines by rappers are “corny,” doesn’t appear to be changing his stance—though his answer has become a little more understandable. Rocky’s refusal to design apparently comes from a place of admiration. “I wouldn’t design, I would collab. I’m not a fashion designer. I have too much respect for it,” he says. “Imagine if Rick Owens or Alexander Wang said, ‘I’m gonna be the next rapper.’ F****** up the game and s***.”
Fair enough. But we’re not losing all hope just yet. We’re cool with collaborations, especially since collaborations are a strong point for him. In the past, A$AP’s teamed up with Raf Simons, worked on a fly (get it?) pair of sneakers with Jeremy Scott, and, more recently, teamed up with Pac Sun on a capsule collection for the A$AP Mob.
As for the clothes he’s wearing inside the magazine? He’s absolutely living up to his reputation as the “Fashion Killa” in a deconstructed biker jacket by Maison Martin Margiela, a Calvin Klein Jeans t-shirt, a pair of Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane jeans, a Stussy hat, and Balenciaga boots.
Check out the rest of i-D’s pre-fall “Girls and Boys” issue on the magazine’s website.