Rap superstar T.I. glams it up in the latest issue of FLAUNT, the edgy Los Angeles-based fashion bible whose almost-monthly editorials featuring black and Latino models and actors have become required reading. The editorial comes as the "King of the South" releases his sixth studio CD, Paper Trail, which debuted this week No. 1 on The Billboard 200.
The luxurious black and white editorial is visually arresting with dramatic shadows and lighting. Very 1940s gangster chic featuring pieces by Commes des Garcons, Fendi, and, of course, Gucci, such as the double breasted mohair coat. The pictorial was lensed by fashion photographer Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca. Long Nguyen is the style director. The same creative team was behind Bow Wow's super glam editorial for Flaunt.
Above jacket and slacks by Giorgio Armani.
We're not necessarily the biggest fans of some choices that T.I. has made, but, we have to admire his swagger and give the rapper his props. Unlike some other entertainers, T.I. has spearheaded a voter registration campaign and is the spokesman for "Respect My Vote!" and the Hip Hop Caucus.
Thanks to FLAUNT's New York City bureau for the preview.
More photos in the magazine.
Photographer: Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca
Style Director: Long Nguyen.
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