Dazed & Confused February Issue: Ready To Rock

Dazed meets 24-year-old rap sensation A$AP Rocky, has a candy-coloured freakout with Meadham Kirchhoff, finds out the future of Occupy, and chills with Syrian pop legend Omar Souleyman

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READY TO ROCK

Dazed heads to Harlem to hang with 24-year-old rap sensation A$AP Rocky and his close-knit crew, talking big deals, fish-centric diets and a shared taste for fashion. There's also four exclusive interviews with groundbreaking designers: from hotly tipped new design duo Meadham Kirchhoff and Dior Homme’s Kris Van Assche to Louis Vuitton's new menswear designer Kim Jones and Christopher Kane. Also, Michael Fassbander and Steve McQueen talk to each other about this month's best film Shame, a report from inside the global Occupy movement, plus an encounter with legendary Syrian singer Omar Souleyman.

 

Protest: Occupy London

Dazed goes inside the global Occupy movement to meet the young creatives who are using music, art and writing to shake up the establishment. The editors of the Occupied Times of London and Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja weigh in on the need to take action and envision a new future.

heADto heAD: MiChAeL FAssBenDeR AnD steVe MCQueen

Dazed gets actor Michael Fassbender in conversation with director Steve McQueen to speak their latest collaboration, Shame, one of the most acclaimed films of the year.

FAshion: MeADhAM KiRChhoFF

The hottest talking point at London Fashion Week was Meadham Kirchhoff’s candy-coloured, ballerina-filled, balloon-covered spring/ summer affair. Dazed meets the men behind the label and finds out about the inspirations behind their lavish and eccentric collection. Photographed by Gareth McConnell and styled by Robbie Spencer.

 

MusiC: oMAR souLeYMAn

Surprise star Omar Souleyman performs energetic Syrian wedding music in traditional clothing to crowds of ecstatic fans. Dazed got the chance to talk to the mysterious figure on his crossover to Western pop and his new collaboration with Björk.

Fashion: Louis Vuitton MensWeAR ss12 KiM Jones

Kim Jones, the latest face behind Louis Vuittion’s men’s ready-to-wear division speaks about the next stage of the iconic label and his close working relationship with Marc Jacobs. Photographed by Mel Bles and styled by John McCarty

Fashion

Photographers including Serge Leblon, Sharif Hamza and Pierre Debuscherre collaborate with Dazed’s fashion editors to shoot their favourite eccentric fashion characters. Styled by Karen Langley, Katie Shillingford and Robbie Spencer.

 

FAshion: DioR hoMMe KRis VAn AssChe

Since taking over the reigns at Dior Homme in 2008, Kris Van Assche has led a masculine aesthetic defined by elegance and distinction while working on his own self-titled label. Photographed by Fumi Nagasaka and styled by Steven Westgarth

MusiC: A$AP RoCKY

Dazed goes to Harlem to meet A$AP Rocky (aka 24-year-old rapper Rakim Mayers) who was picked up by Sony for a cool $3 million after the Internet sensation that was ‘Purple Swag’.

CuLt ViP: CARL the CoLLeCtoR

Dazed pays a visit to Carl Williams, who runs the counterculture section of the Maggs Bros bookstore, a shop devoted solely to countercultural books. For the last few decades Williams has been hoarding away collectables from anarchist painters, junkie poets and everything in between in this unusual Mayfair shop.

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