The rise of A$AP Mob is not going unnoticed. A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg may be holding down the music front, but A$AP Illz is making his own mark as a fashion model.
XXL Magazine recently caught up with Illz, who's appearing in DKNY's fall 2014 campaign launching this September, about his first ever fashion shoot. His modeling career might have picked up recently, but he’s actually been shooting since late 2000s, getting his first gigs with streetwear brand A.L.I.E.N. If you remember the label, you know that the whole clothes-getting- weirder thing is nothing new. Illz also revealed his favorite fashion moment, a new clothing line, what high-end brands he wants to model for, and more. A few excerpts are below, with more on the XXL website.
On his favorite fashion industry moment:
“The most enthusiastic one that I was really hyped off was the runway. It was my first time ever doing that. I’ve done plenty of shoots, but all of them are natural and cool to me, so being on the runway was something new. I was worried about a whole bunch of shit and very overwhelmed until the end of the runway, but everything went well.”
On his modeling career:
"I want to sign with any international agency. We travel around the globe as A$AP Worldwide, so anywhere I go with the Mob I can always model and have work. I don’t want to be in a set location, so it would give me the chance to be all over. I’d rather model for top brands like the Saint Laurent, Raf Simons, DKNY—brands like that."
On a new clothing line:
“Oh, of course! I can’t really talk about it too much, but it’s coming. I’m also coming up with my chain line. It’s all based 14 karat gold—no dip, no nothing—not selling people short, so it’s a future piece. I just want to come out with something innovative and different.”
Favorite sneaker of all time:
“I like the Jordan 3′s from 2001 with the Nike logo in the back.”