Fashion Plate: Natalia Kills By Zeenat Wilkinson

Singer Natalia Kills in Auckland. Photographer: Stephen Tilley. Stylist: Zeenat Wilkinson. Makeup: Kiekie Stanners for M.A.C. Hair: Lauren Gunn for Stephen MarrSinger Natalia Kills in Auckland. Photographer: Stephen Tilley. Stylist: Zeenat Wilkinson. Makeup: Kiekie Stanners for M.A.C. Hair: Lauren Gunn for Stephen Marr

British singer-songwriter Natalia Kills is the prototype of an exceptionally talented artist, with her sound described as dark pop-provocateur, lyrics that are an indirect connotation of her life experiences and sex appeal that exudes through her music videos.

The New York-based artist adores fashion, with a unique sense of style and taste for hip brands like Prabal Gurung (worn on the cover of her latest album), Christopher Kane (whose dress she wears in the video for her hit single Saturday Night) and Jeremy Scott (for whose show she sat front row).

Kills, who released her sophomore album Trouble this year, visited New Zealand recently where she attended the NZ Music Awards – awarding Lorde the international achievement award – and charmed local fashion designers like Marc Moore from Stolen Girlfriends Club and James Dobson of Jimmy D. In between fashOn her early influences I was born in Bradford but in a “capsule of paradise”, surrounded by the harsh reality of a forgotten suburban town.

We were constantly travelling in a yacht or private plane, and living in hotel suites, manors, or mansions around the world. I started writing songs to my dad after his arrest to cheer him up. The practice of putting words together to change someone else’s mood, to change their thought and feeling . . . this is when I realised that I could make an impact. I was 12 at the time.

On her style My style can be described as “aggressively feminine”. I like hard, sharp lines, dark colours, things that are stiff, ridged, impossible, evocative, seductive – I like to mix all of that, but in the most feminine way. Being sensual is very important to me and for people to feel pleasure when they look at me. I also love silly. Dripping in gold sequins and diamonds, I want people to think, “Is that a mermaid? Or a schoolgirl? Or a dominatrix?” They end up playing a game with themselves and I am playing with the clothes, and it’s all silly. If we aren’t having fun with it then something’s wrong – the whole point isn’t to do something right but to do it in exuberance. I guess I am polarised in that sense. Movie characters have always inspired my style while growing up. Ginger from Casino in her sequinned mini dresses and tacky ponytail, for example – but I would mix that with Cartier bracelets and mink coats. Dionne from Clueless did preppy, bitchy, private school outfits in a very thug way.

On New Zealand music My favourite moment at the NZ Music Awards recently was when Lorde whispered in my ear, “I’m a huge fan, I love your music.” This was a huge compliment. I am a big admirer of her music; she captures feeling naturally with lyrics, deep and perfect. I also love Willy Moon. When you meet him in real life he is just as strange, extraordinary and charming as he seems and I love this consistency and authenticity. He is a real musician – he not only plays but also produces himself, it’s incredible.

On New Zealand fashion New Zealand fashion is full of influential, niche brands and dangerously talented people. The quality and expectations are of the same standards as New York, London and Paris. There is no trying to be an extrovert, introvert, hip or cool; I like how unassuming everything is. I was blown away by the standards.

I have a list of New Zealand brands that I love. I have a shirt from Stolen Girlfriends Club; it’s mesh at the back and a classic white shirt in the front, and I feel like half-Busta Rhymes and half-Michelle Obama in it.

Zora Bell Boyd’s designs are excellent, the perfect combination of extreme and whimsical, without trying to bring attention to yourself. I also like Meadowlark, Underground Sundae, Jimmy D and Karen Walker. Zambesi is fantastic, one of the best shopping experiences I’ve had.

– VIVA

ion shoots, she spoke to us about music and style.

 

Kreepsville 666 …Natalia Kills covered her eyes with two Blue Eyeball Rings from Kreepsville 666, Natalia Kills the new fashion Icon, lets steal her style

Natalia Kills: Patent Leather Shift Dress

“Getting ready to shoot with @black_mag …make me beautiful!!!” – instagram

Natalia Kills snapped a picture from behind the scenes of a photoshoot wearing a shiny black Topshop Palma Patent Dress ($110.00).

Natalia Kills: Velvet Cropped Tee …

photo posted by Natalia Kills on instagram

photo posted by Natalia Kills on instagram

Natalia Kills posted a new instagram photo a couple of days ago wearing a American Apparel Velvet Crop Tee ($36.00).

Natalia Kills: Chain Platform Heels …

photo posted by Natalia Kills on instagram

photo posted by Natalia Kills on instagram

Natalia Kills posted a new instagram photo wearing a pair of Jeffrey Campbell The Hudson Shoes ($185.00).

Natalia Kills: Eye Print Crop Top …

Natalia Kills: Eye Print Crop Top

photo posted by Natalia Kills on instagram

Natalia Kills wears a Cotton Spandex Sleeveless Crop Top in Kesh Eye Print ($35.00) from the KESH X American Apparel collaboration collection.

Natalia Kills: Black Problem Beanie …

photo via Natalia Kills on instagram

photo via Natalia Kills on instagram

Natalia Kills posted a photo on instagram a few days ago wearing a Black Problem Beanie ($20.00) from Looking for Trouble.

Natalia Kills: White Wedge Sandals …

photo posted by Natalia Kills on instagram

photo posted by Natalia Kills on instagram

Natalia Kills posted a photo of her Kurt Geiger Games Platform Wedges (£180.00) onto instagram a couple of weeks ago.

Natalia Kills: White Tennis Skirt Outfit …

Natalia Kills: White Tennis Skirt

photo posted by Natalia Kills on instagram

Natalia Kills wears an American Apparel White Tennis Skirt ($54.00) with a top similar to the Lacoste Technical Pique Mixed Mesh Tank Top ($75.00). She accessorizes with a vintage Chanel Logo Necklace ($1,600), but you can steal the look with an ASOS Extra Long Chain Necklace ($24.94) and Michael Kors Drop Chain Belt ($48.00).

Natalia Kills: Houndstooth Sunglasses …

Natalia Kills: Houndstooth Sunglasses

photo posted by Natalia Kills on instagram

Natalia Kills wears the Houndstooth Printed Sunglasses from Ralph Lauren ($250.00), but you can get the look for less with Retro Houndstooth Wayfarers from Sunglass Warehouse ($11.96).

Natalia Kills: Grid Blazer, White Pants …

Natalia Kills: Grid Blazer, White Pants

photo posted by Natalia Kills on instagram

Natalia Kills wears an icy white outfit with a Forever 21 Grid Pattern Satin Blazer in Cream/Black ($34.80) and American Apparel Disco Pants in Pearl ($85.00).

Natalia Kills: Plastic Eyeball Rings…

Natalia Kills: Plastic Eyeball Rings

photo posted by Natalia Kills on instagram

Natalia Kills covered her eyes with two Blue Eyeball Rings from Kreepsville 666 at $7.50 each. You can also get similar plastic eyeball rings at many party stores for only $2.99 per dozen, though naturally these ones look cheaper.