January 17, 2021

Vlone Men’s Spring 2018

News that Vlone would stage its first runway show in Paris had the streetwear microcosm in overdrive, especially since rapper A$AP Bari, the label’s founder, teased new colorways of his Air Force 1 collaboration with Nike on social media.
It was no surprise, then, that the entrance of the show on Rue Cambon was a mob scene. Paparazzi chased British grime star Skepta down the street. Young kids, alerted by Instagram, showed up in the hope of being granted access — and a lucky handful were.
Inside, A$AP Rocky, the cofounder of the brand, greeted guests including basketball player Russell Westbrook. “I’m so overwhelmed with joy and happiness and just — I’m at a loss for words,” he said.
Backstage, A$AP Bari remained non-plussed as the clock ticked well past the scheduled time for the show, which was live-streamed on Tidal. “It’s a dream. That’s it. It’s like déjà vu — had this dream before,” he said. “People like my style and they steal my style, so might as well put out clothes that people like.”
Did the show live up to the hype? Certainly, there were production issues. It started 50 minutes late, the set covered in plastic sheeting felt improvised and the

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