We're still waiting for our favorite up-and-coming rapper/fashion muse Azealia Banks to make her fashion week debut, but yesterday morning we got one step closer to her via her new fashion pal Nicola Formichetti, with whom she shares a birthday.
Formichetti is perhaps best known for his roles as Mugler's creative director and Lady Gaga's stylist, but over the past few weeks, he seems to have also taken the "212" singer under his wing. As we've ascertained through Twitter, he styled her for a V shoot and her forthcoming video for "Liquorice." Banks also provided the soundtrack for his menswear show in Paris.
We chatted with Formichetti backstage at his friend Richard Chai's show yesterday. Here's what he had to say about how he and Azealia ended up working together, why it was meant to be, what to expect from the 'Liquorice' video and whether or not their collaboration will be ongoing. He seemed to really enjoy talking about her.
How did you and Azealia end up working together? It's super simple. I was just listening to '212' and I was just tweeting about how I loved the song and she tweeted me back saying, 'I love you too' and [I said] 'I love you more' and we just met up and I shot her for V magazine and we started collaborating and she asked me to do her new video, so I directed her 'Liquorice' video last week in London and we are editing it at the moment.
What's it like working with her? It’s completely different to the way I work with Gaga, I mean it's similar in the way that they’re very into to what they’re doing, both of them are just lovely people, so I only want to work with nice people. Yeah she’s cool; she’s 19 straight from Harlem to London and Paris and she’s good. You just can’t take your eyes off her and when she’s rapping... I’m learning all this new terminology from her like, you know, what’s 'bambi' mean? And 'liquorice' and all these things.
What do they mean? [Laughs] I don't know...I can't say...
Can you tell me what the video will look like? What is she wearing? We’ve done some matador looks, kind of Harlem chic.. ['Baby Spice,' Nicola's friend added]. It was more like sports wear, but [we] pushed it with like the platform on the [Nike] Air Max and customized jumpsuits and things like that. It’s really beautiful. It’s cool and it’s not try hard. It's very something that she would wear. In fact, she kept everything and went out [wearing the clothes]. I like when that happens.
Will the collaboration be ongoing? Sure. We have no agenda. I love her. We have the same birthday, the 31st of May, so we were like, 'okaaay,' that’s amazing.
So it was meant to be? Yeah, totally.