International Fashion and Lifestyle magazine, Vogue.com has named Nigerian pop star, Wizkid as Nigeria’s Best Dressed and biggest Pop star.
Wizkid described his fashion style as that of Pharrell in an interview that featured the singer on Vogue’s fashion magazine cover.
“I love Pharrell’s style. It inspires me. It’s not about the brands, you know, it’s how you put them together. Everything he rocks, he makes it look so good”he said
Below is some Excerpts from the Vogue.com Feature/Interview with Alex Frank
Do you wear a lot of traditional Nigerian clothes?
Wizkid: When I’m back home, all I wear is African fabric. All I really rock is the traditional stuff. That’s the in thing right now. That’s really coming back. Back in the day, our parents used to wear it every day, and they still do, but now it’s cool for wee young ones to wear it. It’s amazing. We’re doing it differently. We’re having it a little bit more fitted. We have styles on it, embroideries and stuff, by local people, made by hand, designed on it.
How would you describe Lagos style?
Wizkid: Lagos style is fresh and different. Even with the tailors, they get very innovative with their stuff, with the cuts. When my parents used to make the traditional wares, it was a little bit baggy. But now the tailors are able to infuse the European style, making it slim-fit. Lagos style is different, man. Innovative.
And tailors are everything in Nigeria.
One hundred percent. The clothes I make back home are proper—properly fitted. Proper, proper. Tailors are A1 back home.
What’s your process when you get something made for you?
Wizkid: I design everything myself, and I get them to make it. I do a little sketch; sometimes I just sit down with a tailor and describe what I want. Sometimes we go back and forth, like, for days, trying to get it right. Sometimes it’ll take a day to make it, sometimes three, four days. I have a lot of tailors. If I want something made in 12 hours, it will be made in 12 hours.
What kind of clothes did you love growing up?
Wizkid: Growing up in Lagos, I wasn’t fortunate enough to get the fresh stuff when it was new. There was this place we used to go to find stuff that had been shipped from America, like secondhand clothes. I used to rock a lot of Reebok, just a lot of sporty stuff.
Now you can get the expensive shit.
Wizkid: We thank God!
I notice that you’re almost never seen without a pair of sunglasses. How many do you own?
Wizkid: Oh, wow. That’s hard for me. I buy sunglasses every time I travel, just pick up a pair at the airport. Ray-Bans are my favorite. They’re ready to go. And I lose them every time. My friends take them away from me, but I love it.
Did I see on Instagram that you met Christian Louboutin?
Wizkid: Yeah! And I have a lot of his shoes. I rock everything from high-end fashion to skateboard stuff. We were just at the store getting some shoes, and he walked in. And I was like, That’s the guy! Like, Oh, you owe me some checks, boss.
What do you like about his shoes?
Wizkid: The shoes are comfortable and fashionable. I can rock them for my shows or just chilling.
I notice you love a bright, colorful shoe.
Well, I’m actually doing white right now. But I like colorful shoes because most of the time I wear black, so I want it to be where my shoes are popping. I’m wearing Harrods shoes right now.
Everything is super-clean with you.
Fresh, fresh, fresh. That’s how I like to keep it. It’s hard for me to wear the same thing twice.
You’re also not afraid to wear really skinny jeans.
Wizkid: No, I’m not afraid to wear skinny jeans! Yeah, I don’t care, man. I rock skinny jeans!
What’s your closet situation like?
Wizkid: It’s mad. I have my little cousins in my house all the time taking my stuff.
Would you ever do your own clothing line?
Wizkid: I’m hoping to release a clothing line after my EP, planned for April. It’s going to be tracksuits, T-shirts, hats, and African attire as well. I’ll have a special line for traditional [clothes] with my tailors. Taking Africa to the world.