Think about, for a second, that it’s December 2012. Upstart Harlem-born rapper A$AP Rocky has simply launched the lead single off his forthcoming debut album, Lengthy Dwell A$AP, which sends shockwaves by the blogosphere partially as a result of he’s carrying a pair of kilts, by Rick Owens and Hood by Air, within the music video. Per week or so earlier, the artist then often known as Kanye West made headlines for sporting his personal Riccardo Tisci-designed Givenchy leather-based skirt throughout a profit live performance for Hurricane Sandy reduction, although he’d already been carrying the identical one throughout his and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne tour all year long prior. On stage, Ye would generally pair his skirt with a Givenchy Rottweiler shirt—then, the graphic tee du jour; now, an impetus for trend’s celebrity-led streetwear revolution.
Reduce to August 2022—a few years and lots of kilts later (together with the Vivienne Westwood one he wore on the quilt of GQ final summer time), and Rocky’s taking the Givenchy leather-based skirt again out for a spin. Rocky, who just lately welcomed a child boy along with his girlfriend/2013 “Vogue Killa” music video co-star Rihanna, stepped out in New York on Wednesday carrying Givenchy from head to toe, together with a layered cropped emblem sweatshirt that hung down the black knee-length skirt, which he accessorized with the model’s platform G Clogs and Giv Reduce sun shades. In a while, he traded the skirt for a pair of drainpipe trousers to take his girl on a candy 4 a.m. stroll across the metropolis.
All instructed, Rocky’s modern Givenchy duds make for a really Lengthy Dwell A$AP-era Rocky outfit—which can really be by design. Ye and Rocky’s pioneering trend statements of the 2010s laid the muse for the French luxurious home’s 2020 appointment of artistic director Matthew Williams, who based his influential, Ye-and-Rocky-approved streetwear model 1017-ALYX-9SM in 2015. And although the cis-men-in-skirts discourse stays frustratingly static, the duo’s dishevelled dress-length tees, drop-crotch pants, and divisive skirts (ahem, kilts) made manner for a a lot looser definition of menswear.
(Even Brad Pitt is carrying skirts on the purple carpet now, and he appears solely barely irritated that he nonetheless has to speak about it.)