Indeed, before Yeezy's claim to have created the leather jogging pant, and even before his partnership with A.P.C., hip-hop stars honed a baggy jeans look that all but completely separated them from the world of haute couture. But, as Yi notes, once the money started rolling in, so did a taste for luxury. Yi cites Tupac's '96 walk down the Versace runway as a pivotal point in this shift. Now, the artists are clad in designer duds, and their lyrics both shaming and exalting brands are rampant.
Though we certainly agree that a shift has occurred, and that Hova's collaboration with Barneys is perhaps the sign of times to come, we must also note that not all hip-hop artists have abandoned the uniform of the '80s and '90s: Earlier this year, Nas launched his HSTRY collection, which is comprised entirely of street wear. What do you think? Sound off in the comments below. (Fashionista)