Imagine for a moment that it’s December 2012. Rising Harlem-born rapper A$AP Rocky has just released the lead single from his upcoming debut album, Long live A$APwho is sending shockwaves through the blogosphere, in part because he’s wearing a pair of kilts, by Rick Owens and Hood by Air, in the music video. A week or so earlier, the artist was known as Kanye West made headlines to grow his own Riccardo Tisci designed Givenchy leather skirt during a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy relief, although he had already worn the same during his and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne trip the year before. Onstage, Ye would sometimes pair her skirt with a Givenchy Rottweiler shirt—so the graphic t-shirt du jour; now a momentum for fashion’s celebrity-led streetwear revolution.
Cut to August 2022 – many years and many kilts later (including the Vivienne Westwood one he wore On the frontpage of GQ last summer), and Rocky takes the Givenchy leather skirt out for a walk again. Rocky, who recently welcomed a little boy with his girlfriend/2013 “Fashion Killa” music video Co-star Rihanna stepped out in New York on Wednesday wearing Givenchy head-to-toe, including a layered cropped logo sweatshirt that hung down over a black knee-length skirt, which he accessorized with the brand’s platform G Clogs and Giv Cut sunglasses. Later, he swapped the skirt for a pair of sweatpants to dress his lady in a cute one 4 am strolling around town.
All in all, Rocky’s contemporary Givenchy duds make for a lot Long live A$APRocky outfit – which may actually be the design. Ye and Rocky’s groundbreaking fashion statements from the 2010s laid the foundation for the French luxury house’s 2020 appointment as creative director Matthew Williamswho founded his influential Ye-and-Rocky-approved streetwear label 1017-ALYX-9SM in 2015. And while the cis-men-in-skirts discourse remains frustratingly static, the duo’s baggy dress-length tees, drop-crotch pants , and splitting skirts (ahem, kilts) made way for a much looser definition of menswear.