W MAGAZINE: THE OUT-LIERS- VINCE STAPLES
Vince Staples, Francis Starlite, Mitski, and More Inimitable Musicians Explain Their Singular Personal Style
With their eclectic sound and individual style, today’s rising musical stars can’t be easily cataloged. And that’s just fine with them: "Fluidity is key,” as the 21-year-old breakthrough artist Kweku Collins explained. Wphotographed Collins in Chicago at this summer's Pitchfork Music Festival, along with Vince Staples, Francis Starlite, Mitski, Clementine Creevey of Cherry Glazerr, Vagabon, and Madame Ghandi, all of whom were as particular and singular about their personal style as their music. Here, these 7 artists explain what makes them them—down to the socks.
Since releasing his debut EP in 2014, Vince Staples, 23, has risen from underground rapper to certifiable star, appearing in Sprite commercials and an Alexander Wang campaign. And Big Fish Theory, the club banger of an album he released this past summer, has only amplified the buzz. Staples claims he doesn’t talk much, but that’s only when it comes to topics he finds trite or too personal—like his teenage years spent running with the Crips, or how his straight-edge lifestyle and politically charged lyrics (he’s continually labeled, to his dismay, a rapper with a conscience) set him apart from the swaggering hip-hop community. “I don’t even know what rap culture is,” he says dismissively. “Katy Perry has a rap song.”
But get him going on his interests—or his endless moneymaking schemes—and he’ll chat your ear off. He’s obsessed with robots, would love to play one on TV, and just preordered Kuri, a kind of mobile Alexa, shaped like a penguin; he’s eager to start a French-brasserie food truck. “Serve up some steak frites,” he says with a broad, gap-toothed smile. Though he’s a bit coy about it, he’s into fashion too, showing off his Comme des Garçons wallet—a special edition featuring images by the French artist Aurélie Mathigot—and acknowledging a fondness for the Italian men’s wear brand Stone Island, which he sports in his “Big Fish” video. “Yeah, I’m conscious of my image,” he admits. “You gotta be cute.”
Staples wears a Givenchy jacket; Gucci sweater; Coach 1941 pants.
via W Magazine