Cobi Talks '90s Baggy Pants, Prince's Style & Rock n' Roll Vests at New York Men's Fashion Week

Shervin Lainez


Singer-songwriter and former Gentlemen Hall frontman Cobi has been charting on the Billboard x Spotify Viral 50  with his single “Don’t You Cry For Me,” but lucky for us, he's also a massive fan of men's fashion. The 29-year-old, L.A.-based artist joined Billboard at New York Fashion Week: Men’s for the spring 2017 runway show of CFDA Fashion Fund finalist Rochambeau and weighed in on the looks.


Congratulations on seeing your first fashion show! What was your overall impression?

It’s really hard to not make Zoolander references right now. I was really surprised by how quick it was. I expected it to go on longer and maybe have different categories, but it was just one piece and it was a quick look at each style. That was one thing that surprised me. The vibe is like what you see on TV, people taking pictures and then when it’s done they’re onto the next thing. 

What was your favorite look? What do you see yourself wearing?

The guy with the rocker look, he had a black vest. That’s the look I could see myself wearing. 


There were some bandanas on the runway. Do you ever wear those?

I dig bandanas. I don’t wear them often but I might start now. 


What did you think of the orange suit that they showed?

It was funky, really funky. Kind of reminded me of Prince and the New Power Generation, he would do that. He had the coolest, funkiest style ever. I still watch videos of him and he would be wearing like a whole facemask and playing some of the funkiest shit ever. If you have that style and it matches your vibe and your music as an artist, it could really enhance that. 


I spied some chain wallets and baggy pants on the runway. Did you wear those growing up in the nineties?

They’re bringing back the chain! Of course I had a chain wallet growing up, I was maybe 12 or 13 years old. It was THE thing. The bigger and longer the chain you had, the better. And the baggier the pants. I tried, but baggy pants never really felt like me.  As much as I like trying new things and being open to that, I also know who I am and what feels like me when I put it on.


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