Rakim Mayers, born and raised in Harlem, now performs under the name A$AP Rocky. He’s just 24 and his enormously successful first studio album, LONG.LIVE.A$AP, just dropped in January. During Fashion Week, he made a cameo appearance on the runway to close his friend Shayne Oliver’s Hood by Air show. The audience roared with approval when A$AP Rocky emerged from a dry-ice fog in an HBA neoprene zip-up. He didn’t have to say a word. In fact, A$AP Rocky’s fashion sense, and the enormous following he has attracted in the fashion community, saves him the trouble of having to walk the runway. He made news simply by showing up for Fashion Week (direct from a Paris Dior Couture show) and sitting front-row center for shows by Y-3, Alexander Wang and Public House. The future of fashion is looking to A$AP Rocky and his ability to mix hoodies, skate wear and high fashion.