American rapper A$AP Ferg is chosen as the first person to be featured in Jimmy Choo‘s first Style Diary series for Fall/Winter 2017. Here are some of the excerpts from the interview regarding Ferg‘s discussion from fashion and style influences to his passion for sneakers.
What did fashion and style mean to you when you were younger?
Fashion and style means being unique. It’s being the first to have the Jordans or any new or rare sneaker; the first to be onto a trend and changing the game. I always wanted to be fresh going to school and have all eyes on me. I wanted my teachers to say, “Oh man, you have some new shoes today.”
How would you describe your style influences?
My style influences are David Bowie, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes music video costumes, Ludacris, late ’90s early 2000’s, Diddy and the movie Belly. I heard Kanye [West] say he didn’t want to dress like normal people — people walking in the streets. He wanted to dress in costume. I liken myself to that because when I get dressed, I dress as if I’m playing a role in a movie. Ralph Lauren also said he would look at movies and want to dress like James Dean or actors in his favourite films. For me, it was my favourite artists in videos.
Your passion for sneakers is boundless – what is it about them that means so much to you?
New shoes for me represented being fresh. When I was in Catholic school we had to wear uniform, so the only time I got to show my flyness was on Thursdays in gym and I would wear my new sneakers every week. Sneakers have always been a staple and still are a representation of how fresh you are. Now they’re coming in new styles, shapes and colours and are getting better as the technology improves.
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