Dozens of rappers name-drop Donatella Versace in their verses, but only a select few are chosen by the woman herself to perform at her events and sit front row at her shows. 22-year-old Angel Haze, one of Donatella's newest muses, is definitely the latter--when we met the rapper during Lollapalooza this weekend, she was wearing a giant gold pendant gifted by the designer.
The fashion crowd got its first taste of the rap phenom when she performed at the Versus Versace launch party in New York this spring and judging by the sprawling crowd at her set on Sunday afternoon, the impressive lyricist is on the track to superstardom.
We caught up with Angel Haze (whose beauty in person can only be described as Aaliyah-like) after her adrenaline pumping performance to get the scoop on her unique sense of style. Get to know her before her debut album Dirty Gold drops on January 1st, and before fashion week, because we’re willing to bet that she’ll have a killer seat at all the top shows.
What are your favorite trends you’ve seen on the festival circuit this summer? There have been really, really short shorts and bandeaus--I’m way too body conscious for that, so I wish I could pull that off but I can’t. Also, the guys who wear all black in that hot, smoldering sun, like black eye liner and everything. I’m just like, “Wow, that’s wicked!” Yeah, I’m not seeing many things I don’t like.
Do you have a process when it comes to choosing your performance outfits? I just pick whatever the fuck looks good in the mirror, dude! I had on this striped raindrop thing by Raf Simons today, and everyone said, “Don’t wear that, you look like a fucking blueberry.” And I’m like, “Shut up! I don’t care, I’m gonna wear this shit!” And it looked great in motion, so it turned out really cool.
So is fashion something really important to you that you often incorporate in your lyrics? Totally. My single “Echelon” is really fashion--it goes “Fashion Week, I’m out here slaying”--so it’s one of those things that really means a lot to me. I’ve been doing things with Donatella Versace and J.W. Anderson, and even Helmut Lang and Phillip Lim. They are all amazing, so all the stuff that I talk about now is like, “Yeah! These clothes are awesome!”
How did your relationship with Donatella come about? She actually took me to my first Vogue Fest this year--I sat front row during her talk, and then she invited me to play at the Versus party. She’s been really, like, in tune and reaching out to me for such a long time, from the beginning of the year until now. She’s such a great person and she’s so sweet.
Are there any designers that you’d really like to work with in the future? Rick Owens. I love the gothic ninja shit, it’s so amazing, it’s all me. Just give me a second, I’ll be there.