Posted on: April 21, 2024 Posted by: Dr. Courtney A Hammonds Comments: 0

In the pulsating world of fashion, Lil Yachty emerges as a vibrant force, captivating audiences with his multifaceted talent and distinctive style. As the Senior Fashion Editor for Upscale magazine, I invite you to join us in this Sunday feature as we explore the dynamic persona of this rap sensation turned fashion icon. From his bold statements to his unapologetic fashion choices, Lil Yachty continues to redefine the boundaries of style, leaving an indelible mark on the fashion landscape.

Lil Yachty. Photo credit: Getty Images.

Who is Lil Yachty?
At just 18, Miles Parks McCollum, also known as Lil Yachty, burst onto the music scene with his hit “One Night.” While initially enrolled at Alabama State University, he quickly shifted gears to pursue his burgeoning musical career. Relocating from Atlanta to New York City, he immersed himself in the vibrant street fashion scene, networking with online influencers and cultivating his own Instagram following. Despite early challenges, including a stint at McDonald’s cut short due to tardiness, Yachty’s determination and talent laid the groundwork for his meteoric rise in both music and fashion.

By the age of 19, he was already making appearances on YEEZY runways and dominating the Billboard charts, prompting a rapid evolution in his fashion choices. Exploring Lil Yachty’s fashion evolution reveals the swift rise of his career and the evolution of his unique style.

Have you checked out the TikTok on “How to Dress like Lil Yachty”? It’s spot on, with the main message being “BE YOU”!

From confident beginnings to trendsetting status, Yachty seamlessly blends vintage classics with cutting-edge designs. Here are some of my top picks.

Lil Yachty in 2017. Photo credit: Getty Images.
Lil Yachty spotted on the red carpet. Photo credit: Getty Images.
Lil Yachty spotted at the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) Fashion Awards. Photo credit: BFA/Getty Images.

The continuity between the youthful Yachty and the present-day visionary underscores his inherent fashion foresight, illustrating not only personal growth but also a profound impact on the wider fashion landscape.

Renowned photographer Shannon McCollum, father of Lil Yachty

Family Influence

Central to Lil Yachty’s narrative lies a deep gratitude for familial encouragement. His mother, Venita McCollum, is a constant source of inspiration, as reflected in his heartfelt lyrics. Similarly, his father, Shannon McCollum, contributes significantly to his artistic journey, underscoring the profound impact of parental guidance on his trajectory.

It’s Shannon McCollum who takes center stage in our spotlight today. Beyond his role as a celebrated photographer, Shannon epitomizes the essence of a life well-lived—embracing art, adventure, culinary delights, and the occasional sip of champagne.

In the realm of photography, Shannon’s portfolio is nothing short of remarkable. From capturing the essence of music legends like Outkast, Dead Prez, Too $hort, and Rico Wade, his lens has immortalized iconic moments in musical history.

In a candid revelation, Shannon reflects on Yachty’s musical upbringing, revealing a household soundscape that diverged from the mainstream. In addition to the ubiquitous beats of Biggie and Tupac, the McCollum household resonated with the eclectic sounds of artists like Tribe Called Quest, Bilal, Coltrane, and Coldplay. It’s a testament to Shannon’s diverse taste and the rich musical landscape that shaped Yachty’s early influences.

A fascinating tidbit emerges from this narrative: Lil Yachty, born Miles McCollum, pays homage to jazz legend Miles Davis with his birth name—a subtle nod to the musical lineage that runs through his veins.

This upbringing, steeped in art and music, has left an indelible mark on Yachty’s sense of fashion and style. From his early days to his status as a creative force, Yachty’s journey is a testament to the profound impact of familial influence.

As we delve deeper into the Lil Yachty narrative, Shannon McCollum stands as a pillar of inspiration—a father who curated not just a musical journey, but a legacy of creativity and innovation. Through his lens and his guidance, Shannon continues to shape the trajectory of his son’s artistic odyssey, leaving an enduring imprint on the world of music and fashion.

Watch Shannon McCollum’s interview “The Lil Yachty Journey: A Father’s Curation” for an intimate glimpse into their dynamic relationship.

The Future of Fashion

In the ever-evolving world of fashion, trailblazers like Yachty redefine norms and set new standards with each bold move. His vibrant Nike Air Force 1 Lows, showcased at Coachella, ignited the 2024 season with a nostalgic Y2K-inspired charm, prompting enthusiasts to eagerly await their wider release.

Sidebar and shameless plug: Yachty, how can I snag a pair of these incredible sneakers? I’ll be eagerly waiting (hint hint).

Lil Yachty debuts new “Concrete Boys” Nike Air Force 1 PE at Coachella. Photo credit: Lil Yachty

Furthermore, the streetwear powerhouse Supreme has forged a monumental collaboration with Yachty, uniting two influential realms of music and fashion. As an ambassador for the brand, Yachty’s longstanding affinity for Supreme aligns seamlessly with this exciting partnership.

Lil Yachty donning Supreme apparel.

Yachty’s influence surpasses the realm of limited editions. Each collaboration showcases his distinct persona, challenging traditional design norms. Whether teaming up with Nautica, Nike, Supreme, or other renowned brands, or attending esteemed fashion events like the CFDA Awards, Lil Yachty’s imprint on streetwear culture expands. His evolution as a style icon defies limits, continually shaping trends and leaving us eager for what’s to come.

For further insights into Lil Yachty’s world, explore his social media channels:  Instagram: @lilyachty Website:

Yours in fashion,

Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds, Senior Fashion Editor at Upscale Magazine.

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