1. A$AP Rocky
Borough: Manhattan (Harlem)
Signature style: All white or all black; Alexander Wang, Rick Owens, Raf Simons.
It's impressive that a street kid from Harlem has become the most influential force in high fashion, but there's nothing average about A$AP Rocky. Over the past year, style and hip-hop aficionados hung on Rocky's every interview, photo shoot, and most importantly, lyric.
No matter how many times Rocky told us about his fashion obsession, wore Rick Owens or referenced hard-to-pronounce brands, we awed and pretended like we had never seen this story unfold. Still, every time he did, the blogosphere was re-energized, and something about hip-hop felt new again.