At the tail end of last year, she was handpicked by creative director Riccardo Tisci to be the new face of the upscale fashion line, a disticntion she’s relished in since earning the title.
Now that the new season of stunting is upon us, Ms. Badu looks store mannequin fresh as she sports the 2014 launch of Givenchy’s fabrics. In a recent interview with V Magazine, Badu and Tisci discussed the statement they were trying to make.
V: In addition to being an incredible artist, you’re also quite a fashion magpie. Are clothes another mode of expression for you?
Erykah Badu: It’s all art to me. I just really enjoy expressing myself artistically in any genre. Whether it be music or cooking or hair. Costume, makeup, fashion. It’s just fun exploring all of the little things inside of my head and seeing them manifest. I would liken fashion or styling to putting a lump of clay in the middle of the table and carving away. And there’s something underneath. Layering and silhouettes. A pair of earrings. I think it comes down to my favorite things and how they come together. That’s fun when that happens.
Riccardo Tisci: And this is one of the great things that drew me to Erykah. Aside from being quite talented, and the queen of the ’90s. I was thinking of someone who was quite elegant and urban. She’s always been this way. She has a very good sense of style, she’s great with jewelry. Her look can be quite feminine with the turban and a dress but also masculine with flat shoes or trainers. It all works.
Hit the gallery for Ms. Badu’s latest photo shoot. This is what you call a culture breakthrough.
Photo: Riccardo Tisci/Purple Magazine, Karim Sadil/V Magazine