“NOW IT’S ALL ABOUT VERSACE, YOU COPIED MY STYLE”

 

tumblr_nn3nvfFwhn1rldhmro3_500We all seem to be experiencing some nostalgia when it comes to the ’90s. An era in which boundaries were broken in music and fashion became it’s biggest accessory. We can’t complain though, it seems to be a period in time that never really met its’ end as we still see a great amount of these trends today.

That pretty motherfucker, AKA ASAP Rocky had this to say:

“It all started with a man named Tupac Shakur. First of all, Gianni Versace said that he was the most beautiful man, like he was in love with Tupac.He first started like messing with Tupac by giving him clothes. He really admired his art and all of that. And that’s when, no disrespect, you saw Puff and you saw B.I.G. start wearing Versace after that. Tupac, he kinda did do it first. He was actually getting it for free… R.I.P Pac, R.I.P. B.I.G. R.I.P. Big L.”

In celebration of the Harlem born rapper, who’s 45th birthday would have been celebrated this week, the man who it all started with, we are going to take a look at his relationship with fashion in which the chemistry was so apparent.

Tupac was a symbol of authenticity, confidence and personality. He displayed this not only through his music but also within the grounds of fashion. He did a damn good job of holding his own by managing to make any look work, from the shirtless, tatted, backwards bandana appearance to silky, colourful Versace shirts. His style is iconic and is a clear influence on todays class of rappers and fashionistas. Many of who are considered today’s style moguls are open in sharing how significant Pac is when keeping on top of trends.

Gianni Versace, had a reported crush on Pac and considered the rapper to be “the most beautiful man.” His admiration is what led the designer to gift Tupac with pieces from the Versace collection, as well giving him the opportunity to walk in the ’96 Versace fashion show, held in Milan, Italy.

This wasn’t the only time we managed to see Pac featuring Versace, as he rocked the classic look again in 1996 for an official video for “Rappers Ball” with E-40, Too Short and K-Ci.

Gianni Versace, had a reported crush on Pac and considered the rapper to be “the most beautiful man.” His admiration is what led the designer to gift Tupac with pieces from the Versace collection, as well giving him the opportunity to walk in the ’96 Versace fashion show, held in Milan, Italy.

This wasn’t the only time we managed to see Pac featuring Versace, as he rocked the classic look again in 1996 for an official video for “Rappers Ball” with E-40, Too Short and K-Ci.

Laurence Chandler and Joshua Cooper of the New York based label Rochambeau, show influence from the actors 1992 movie ‘Juice’. Their line which evokes the urban fashion of this era is said to incorporate a bold yet earthy colour palette of oranges, browns, mustards and beiges. Stand out pieces from the Rochambeau’s Fall/Winter16 collection include military inspired poncho, raglan jumper, oversized shorts, dungarees and bungee pants. Not to mention they’re bringing back velour, and for anyone who may consider wearing it, just remember… its not for everyone.

“We were reacting against slim silhouettes – and looking at early 90s; we landed on Tupac Shakur’s seminal film Juice as a key reference. Our guy was tough, were layers, NYC. We worked with modern fabrics, detailing and color to make it feel fresh.” – Laurence Chandler and Joshua Cooper.

In todays hip hop culture, fuckin’ with fashion the way that Pac did is nothing other than the norm. The likes of Tyler the Creator, Pharrell Williams, ASAP MOB (the whole MOB I feel is necessary), Drake and Kanye have all had their input into what is framing current fashion trends more so than ever. Could this all be down to what Pac had outlined during the time he was able to grace us with what he would confidently wear? I mean I’d consider someone who has THUG LIFE tatted across their stomach and managed to wear it in the most upscale way, original. We even some of the biggest females in the music industry paying tribute to the “All eyes on me” rapper. Badgal RiRi tattooing ‘THUG LIFE’ on her knuckles, and Jhene Aiko recreating his infamous bath tub photos. He was one of the first rappers to dress in and talk about brand name clothing, usually associated with white males at this time.

A lot of todays artists have even gone as far as to develop and create their own fashion lines based off their own brand identity. Taking ASAP for example, who would have thought that

he would be the model for Dior Homme’s Fall campaign?

What we now see is hip hop stars / rapper such as Ye, Diddy and Jay Z creating their own fashion brands, that are on par with and competing successfully against the established designers, not only in style but also in pocket. They have now become the trendsetters in fashion. With their clientele mostly consisting of their musical fan base already in place, their influence is vast.

This only leaves us to ask, what would we be wearing today if Tupac was still here to have an influence on the fashion world?

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