The swanky online fashion destination, Mr. Porter, recently linked up with A$AP Rocky for a high end photo shoot with select pieces from the likes of Maison Martin Margiela, Rick Owens, Raf Simons, APC and more. Rocky also opened up about his early beginnings in high fashion and why he doesn’t want to rush into starting his own clothing line.

“At the age of eight I started getting into fashion, brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica and Ralph Lauren,” he remembers. “But in 2005 I started wearing John Richmond jeans. I was into Prada and Dolce & Gabbana at the time and that’s why I started to wear tight jeans, because I wanted to be a model. I started to do freelance work for Calvin Klein so I was slim and it just stuck.”

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“I don’t want to. It would be disrespectful to take my stardom and bully my way into the fashion industry, because I didn’t go to [fashion] school to learn about design, sketching and fabrics. I just enjoy it; I’m a consumer.”

“My Dad passed at Christmas,” he explains. “I’m just getting over it. I stayed in the house but I couldn’t cry because I was so hurt. He caught pneumonia on a Friday and died on the Sunday, so it was unexpected, but at least he got to see me do this.”

“People say I’m gay sometimes, but I have a lot of bitches so why would I care? It doesn’t bother me at all. You know why they say that? Because they can’t say that I suck, they can’t say that I’m not handsome, and they can’t say that my lyrics are wack, so they say that I’m gay because they don’t have anything on me.”

“I have a Rolex, but no diamonds. Rappers wear diamonds to compensate for a lack of fashion sense. I don’t even have pierced ears – I’m not into that, it’s too much.”

“I’m not your average rapper. For us to be thugs and admire high fashion is kind of odd, but people like it.”


ASAP Rocky and Big Sean Stunt at Jeremy Scott’s NY Fashion Week Show
ASAP Rocky Rips the Runway at Hood By Air’s NY Fashion Week Show