All yours Babushka, Rocky

How a scarf became a statement 

This weekend LACMA hosted their annual art and film gala. The Gucci sponsored gathering saw pop culture Gods such as Lana Del Rey, Courtney Love, Hari Nef, and St Vincent dripping in divine designer gear. Despite the efforts of all in attendance, they have been completely and utterly outshone …by a Gucci headscarf.

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 03: Musicians ASAP Rocky (L) and Lana Del Rey, wearing Gucci, attend 2018 LACMA Art + Film Gala honoring Catherine Opie and Guillermo del Toro presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for LACMA)

A$AP Rocky, the self-proclaimed “Lord of this fashion shit”, wore a silken floral head scarf, tied at his chin and paired with dark shades. His reasoning behind the look was simple, he just “wanted to show off his babushka”. The word babushka is actually Russian for grandma, something so contradictory to the essence of A$AP. Whilst headscarves are appearing everywhere right now, you can’t help but acknowledge that this is a choice. People are completely and utterly divided on the look, some saying he looked like he was in disguise, trying to hide from the gaze of a bouncer who had already thrown him out twice. Others simply described him as a queen.

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 03: A$AP Rocky attends the 2018 LACMA Art+Film Gala at LACMA on November 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Regardless of your view on how he looked and if you would wear it, the look manages to embody the absurdity of fashion in 2018 and the campness of The Beatles style in the days of Sgt. Pepper making a return to the red carpet.

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 03: ASAP Rocky arrives at the 2018 LACMA Art + Film Gala at LACMA on November 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

Perhaps the goal of A$AP is to aid in the fight against toxic masculinity? He stated to a journalist at the event “I feel like I look so handsome right now with the shades on. I’m just encouraging all guys to wear babushkas from here on out. Silk gang, silk city.” He’s calling for men to stop rejecting femininity, he’s assisting in the fight against misogyny…and his weapon is a Gucci headscarf.



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