Okayplayer Style: Yasiin Bey x GQ Eye

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Our friends at GQ mag sat down recently with our other friend Yasiin Bey FKA Mos Def who, quiet as kept, just happens to be one of the GQ-est individuals we know. In his GQ Eye profile, Bey talks about his collaboration with NYC boutique Ale et Ange (see the ensemble above for examples of their work) his personal style icons (Malcolm X and Michael Jackson, among others)  and shares some of his inner swag ("With guys I revere...their look is less about style than purpose.") Find below a few more gems that you could probably wear if you chose, and hit the link at bottom for the full piece.

Yasiin on his style:

"I like drawing connections between pieces and patterns that would make someone else think,'Those two things would never go together.' Well, to me they do."

On representing his hip-hop roots through fashion:

"Hip-hop is the last true folk art. I got involved with Ale et Ange because it represents hip-hop in a way that isn't pandering. It's nice to see something that's elegant, skillful, and raw.

On what fashion advice he’d offer to others:

"I don't have advice for people on how to dress. People should dress based on what they find beautiful. My best advice: Keep your clothes clean."

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