No one had more fun at London Collections: Men than Wiz Khalifa. While others primped and preened and jostled to catch the eye of each passing street-style photographer, the Pittsburgh rapper simply stepped into some sweet streetwear, adopted an air of relaxed amusement and breezed through a busy schedule of shows and parties looking like an absolute champ at all times. As well as a lesson in not taking style too seriously, Khalifa offered a masterclass in packing lightly but wisely for his long weekend in London, transforming a few key items into an arsenal of admirable outfits.
Wiz Khalifa wins the weekend
By Matt Glazebrook, 14 January 2015
Days one and two
For his first day at London's biannual fashion blowout, Wiz wore a smart Harrington jacket in a shade of purple that nicely complemented the mask in his excellent bejewelled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pendant (Donatello, we believe). The purple theme was offset with crisp white everything else and a simple grey beanie.
The turtle pendant and beanie got an outing the next day, too, this time taking a back seat to a slogan-and-patch-heavy Bathing Ape bomber jacket in army green.
Day three saw a different variation on army green, in the form of a classic lightweight parka. Wiz rocked this with a white graphic tee, some seriously customised stonewashed jeans and white Converse Chuck Taylor high-tops. And that turtle pendant/beanie combo, of course.
Later that afternoon, the hip-hopper straight switched his white Chucks for black, and the graphic tee for a strong printed shirt, for a fresh take on his statement jeans. He also kept the beanie and added in a blue hoodie. But what's happened to the turtle bling?
Phew, there it is. Donatello made a welcome return for dinner on day four, but the rest of the getup got a bit of a swish upgrade. A lovely longline blazer in forest green was the winner here, closely followed by a very nice white button-down with Westernwear-flavoured detailing. The white jeans from day one returned, paired with fresh white sneaks and, in case you were wondering whether the grey beanie was also dinner appropriate, it was.
And there was still time for one last change later that evening – back came the white Cons to match that ace white shirt and on went a bright red baseball jacket for late-night casualness. A pair of khaki camouflage slacks contrasted with the Ivy League simplicity of the rest of the outfit (and blended in confusingly with the Chiltern Firehouse's carpet). Finally, the hardest working hat in hip-hop got to say goodbye to London, too. We'll miss you, Wiz Khalifa's beanie.