Following Gucci's response to Dapper Dan's plagiarism controversy last month, the legendary Harlem tailor has now been appointed by NY creative platform/retailer VFILES to help mentor some of its own creative designers -- as past notable mentors have included Naomi Campbell, Virgil Abloh, Pat McGrath and Mel Ottenberg.

As a streetwear innovator and tailor, Dapper Dan's boutique on 125th street in Harlem set a sartorial tone for a generation of entertainers through his distinctive interpretation of luxury brands since the 1980s.

“As hip-hop grew, the rappers got more diverse in style, and I'm seeing that reflection in the upcoming styles in the streets now, which in turn has influenced the bigger brands,” said Dapper Dan in a statement.

He also added, “One of the biggest things about street style now is that there is a lot of gender fluidity. People are taking more risks, especially with color choices and silhouettes, which is really exciting because it allows for more possibilities and it is much different than the way things used to be… I like that, I like that whole scene and what’s taking place right now — the way it’s emerging, the way it's developing. My mission with fashion is to help take it there!”

Joined alongside Jimmy Moffat, founder and managing director of leading fashion talent agency Art + Commerce, Dapper Dan will begin mentoring VFILES runway designers soon and the VFILES runway show will take place on Wednesday, September 6 at New York Fashion Week.

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