In hindsight, we as a society should have foreseen the friends-to-lovers trope that was simply waiting to unfold back in 2013 upon the release of A$AP Rocky’s “Fashion Killa” music video, which fittingly featured his then-friend Rihanna as the fashion killa in question—a sentiment that holds true in real life, as well (see here for evidence, more evidence, and, oh look, further evidence).
Since then, the pair maintained an allegedly platonic albeit flirtatious friendship amidst a handful of various high-profile relationships weathered between the two throughout the years.
Fast forward to December 2020 and the Internet was sent into pandemonium when photos of the couple in Barbados (where much of Riri’s family resides) surfaced, swiftly prompting dating rumours in the wake of Rihanna’s split from her previous boyfriend of three years, Hassan Jameel, earlier that year. From that moment on, it was clear as day—things were happening. Although it wasn’t until a May interview with GQ that A$AP publicly confirmed their relationship, referring to the "Love on the Brain" singer as “my lady” and “the love of my life,” the couple's numerous PDA-filled outings prior to that point had pretty much already told us all we needed to know.
Between A$AP’s eclectic artistry, Rihanna’s industry-transcending acclaim, and their shared triumph of personal taste (and hotness), they are the quintessential It couple. Here, L’OFFICIEL rounds up the pair’s best style moments, including some too-good-to-pass-up looks from before they became an item.
Spotted filming a music video in the Bronx on July 12, 2021.
The couple was seen out in NYC on June 23, 2021.
At the 2019 British Fashion Awards.
We love a color-coordinated couple moment.
It's called fashion, look it up.
Rih was joined by Rocky in a July 2020 Fenty Skin campaign.
Bundled up in NYC last December.
On the set of "Fashion Killa" in 2013.
The couple was seen heading to a recording studio early July 2021, leading some to believe new Rihanna music may at long last (actually) be on the way.
Sitting together at the Louis Vuitton menswear show during Paris Fashion Week, 2018.