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August Alsina On His Style & Hair Evolution: "I Don't Care What Nobody Has To Say"

For this edition of  Style Files, August Alsina silences the haters. 

For this edition of  Style Files, August Alsina silences his haters.

 

Whether you praise or mock August Alsina's head-to-toe style, you must admit that the R&B crooner's swagger is nothing less than confident.

Since his grand foray onto the mainstream music scene in 2014, we've seen much growth in Alsina not only as an artist but a 23-year-old who is expressing himself through his rhythm and blues tunes and a fun and quirky yet still evolving wardrobe.

On a uncharacteristically warm New York City afternoon at Def Jam's midtown headquarters, the This Thing Called Life singer chatted with VIBE about his fashion sense that has been a hot topic for the past year and his controversial hair 'do, silencing those haters that critique his sartorial choices. Continue scrolling to check out highlights from the conversation.

On his style:

I just saw Sway and he was like, “Man I gotta keep up with you because you just too goddamn clean now. You pick your sh*t out yourself?” I was like, “Yeah bro, I do this.” Then he was like, “Now come on August, you weren't always this high fashion and sh*t.” I'm like well sh*t I was broke as a muthaf**ker then and couldn’t buy everything [laughs]. I just like what I like, and I don't care what nobody has to say about me. I see people and what they say. I’ve gotten it all, whether it's that I'm weird or that I dress weird.

On his controversial tresses:

I mean I been had hair, like when I was younger, then I cut it. So basically, I just did the same thing over. I'm sick of everybody looking the same, especially with haircuts and stuff. I remember going to the BET Awards and they were laughing at my hair and it was this whole talk about it on the Internet. Right after, everyone was doing the same thing. Literally, my barber was telling me that people were coming to him and saying, "Aye, can you give me that August Alsina cut?" So it's like damn, make up your mind. First you talking sh*t about me and after that it's like...it's just weird. These mothaf***ers are weird. Everybody weird as hell and don't know themselves. They talk about something one minute and the next they're on it. Now, it's like they want to be like a n***a. But it's so crazy because they have so much to say about me. I hear the most outrageous things about myself: I wear makeup, I wear lipgloss, I wear weave. When I pressed my hair, that’s when folks thought that I had a weave. It's never that serious, ever. It's just the weirdest sh*t. Listen, I'm telling you, people say that sh*t. I'm a man bruh, don't disrespect me. But at the same time you do have n****s out here getting weaves. Fetty Wap got f***ing weave dreads in his head. If that's your prerogative cool, but miss me with that.

On fashion do's and don'ts:

I literally don't [care]. I do whatever I want to do. That's why I was saying, there's people that talk about me and that's fine. I guess you have to give people something to talk about.

On a future in the fashion industry: 

Possibly. People always try to get me to model and I never understood why at first. I would do it. As far as fashion, I would do that, too. I just want to have more time on my plate to do it correctly. I don't half-ass things, I like to take my time and not bullsh*t.

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Starting with the groundbreaking "The Ten'' series back in 2017, where Abloh transformed favorite Nike models: the Blazer Mid, Air Jordan I,  Air Presto, Air VaporMax, Air Max 90...flipped them on some inside-out, rip the guts, show the stitching, add a zip-tie and bam! An all-star  line-up was born for sneakerheads all around the world. The part two of that series to complete the ten were: Nike Zoom Fly SP, Converse Chuck Taylor, Nike Air Max 97, Nike Air Force 1 Low, and Nike React Hyperdunk 2017.

He explained his vision for these top price point, iconic kicks styles to Nike back in 2017 as, “in one gesture, I wanted to underscore how the design system and manufacturing of Nike are so perfect.” Abloh continued, “by combining these shoes with design that amplifies their ‘handmade’ quality, we’re intensifying the human element and expanding the emotional connection of these 10 icons.”

Having such enormous success in shifting sneaker culture with those monumental designs, Abloh's star shined even more from behind the shadows of his close friend, style mentor and former business partner Kanye West. Soon Abloh's OFF-WHITE clothing/accessories brand was doing even more high-end collabs that lead to a history making creative director position at the famed house of Louis Vuitton (view his LV Fall-Winter 2021 show here) 

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"The foundation of my practice isn’t nearly the end result — it’s rigor and process of the logic. The archive is the paper trail of those artifacts," says Abloh. "The ICONS book is, in a way, the only revealing lens to understand that the catalog of the 50-plus Nike shoes I have designed are in my mind 'one shoe.' One story."

Abloh isn't the only mastermind behind ICONS. You'll find words and descriptions by designers, historians and writers like Hiroshi Fujiwara, Glenn Adamson and Troy Patterson, respectively. There is also art direction by Zak Group which rounds out the visual connection to the words and wizardry of what Abloh has launched in our inspiration sphere. The ICONS tome will be available on January 22nd on the Nike SNKRS app and on Feb. 5th you'll be able to cop it from Off-White, Canary Yellow and the TASCHEN.com websites.

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"There was no formal agreement about what the choice of the cover would be, and when the two images arrived at Vogue, all of us felt very, very strongly that the less formal portrait of the vice president-elect really reflected the moment that we were living in, which we were in the midst, as we still are, of the most appalling pandemic that is taking lives by the minute," she clarified. "We felt to reflect this tragic moment and global history, a much less formal picture, something that was very, very accessible and approachable and real, really reflected the hallmark of the Biden-Harris campaign and everything they're trying to, and, I'm sure, will achieve."

Although the initial, underwhelming image was leaked as the official print cover, Vogue revealed the more fitting image of Harris wearing a powder blue suit as a digital cover on Sunday morning (Jan. 10). Tyler Mitchell, the young Black photographer commissioned for the cover shoot, posted this version along with another. According to The Times, Vogue is considering printing the formal version as a second edition.

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This speaks volumes of how you view our Madam Vice President.

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