Nas x Grungy Gentleman
Legendary hip-hop icon Nas is the latest to join a lengthy and overly saturated line of rappers-turned-fashion-designers. Yet here at FashionBeans we like to allow the garments to speak for themselves, so we stripped all past prejudices towards these artists/’so called designers’ and viewed the Queensbridge native’s new HSTRY clothing line through fresh eyes…
Our takeaway? Nas’ debut AW13 collection, in collaboration with menswear blogger Grungy Gentleman, is an inspired yet functional autumn/winter offering worthy of a second, third and even fourth look. Utilising modern slim fitting silhouettes, the collection cleverly pulls off an urban jungle meets sophisticated collegiate semblance.
Upon first glance, one may get the immediate impression of a rough and tumble street line, however, the inclusion of such items like solid baseball caps, leather book bags and preppy flannel button-downs brings on a humble, yet intellectual perception.
With a prominent sports-luxe component throughout, the duo also decided on the use of staple military-inspired pieces featuring unique interpretations – such as fabric-blocked pea coats and leather blouson-style bomber jackets – successfully integrating several highly regarded trends that made significant noise in the previous AW12 season.
Showcasing a strong affinity for leather, much of the accompanying lookbook promotes the use of this time-tested material, which comes in the form of full-on statement pieces like shirts, on trend biker and bomber silhouettes, and backpacks. Also making several subtler appearances, leather can be found on the front side of five-panel baseball caps, on the quilted collar and shoulder areas of button-up vests and crocodile-style printing found on the sleeves of hooded sweatshirts.
Ringing true to cold climate colours, the line sticks primarily with monochromatic whites and blacks with elements of heavy greys and rich oxblood found on pieces such as crew neck sweatshirts, plaid shirting and beanies.
While possessing characteristics that can easily appeal to a wide audience, there is no denying the glaring masculine bravado that lies beneath the surface – likely endearing itself to the ultra-masculine male and those with a gritty, edgy personal style. However, it seems as though Nas’ first foray into fashion has already surpassed most, if not all, past efforts put forth by his rap star predecessors.
Set to drop later this year, you can see more at hstryclothing.com.