Style Q&A: Keri HilsonOctober 7th, 2010
Miss Keri, baby!
After making an appearance on 106 & Park’s live 10th Anniversary show in New York, Keri Hilson rushed over to the Museum of Modern Art just in time to attend a screening of ”Fair Game,” hosted by Giorgio Armani & The Cinema Society. I’m not sure how she went from hanging with Terrence and Rocsi in a casually cool outfit to getting all glammed up in Armani in such a short period of time (especially after she told me she did a rush change in BET’s offices!), but that’s one thing that Keri does best: transform her style while making it look effortless.
Before she made another outfit change or mad dash to another party, I caught up with the fashion-forward singer to talk her fall favorites, style evolution and fashion influences.
How do you decide what to wear for red carpet events? I dress for my mood and how clothes make me feel. For the screening, I fitted for Armani yesterday and I tried on a bunch of dresses but I loved this one when I put it on. It feels like ’80s prom and my hair is kind of inspired by that whole era. For 106 & Park I went a different direction and wore this Jeremy Scott track jacket because I felt so cute in it. It’s like a dressed up version of the Adidas jackets.
You’ve been wearing a lot of leopard print lately. What other fall trends are on your radar? I have, I love animal print! I didn’t even realize it was a trend; my nails were already leopard for an album shoot. I’ve always loved everything that feels vintage, so I’m glad leopard print is coming back. Right now I’m also all about wearing men’s cardigans. I just went to G-Star and headed straight to the men’s section to get some cardigans. Men’s cardigans are long enough to make them sexy with jean leggings. I’m also a hat girl. Not really fedoras but I love a ‘smoker’s cap.’ I think I collect more of those and beanies than anything.
What inspires your style? I get inspired by the most random things. Right now I’m looking at these paintings [in the MoMA] and thinking, ‘wow I haven’t seen solid colors done so well in a long time.’ When people ask what people inspire my style I always say my mom, but I’ll be more specific and say anyone who exudes the vintage feel. I love, love, love everything about ’70s fashion and ’80s fashion. Back then everyone wanted to look tall with high waists and other designs and since I’m tall I gravitate to that.
You took style risks in some of the promo shots for your new album, ‘No Boys Allowed.’ How has your look transformed from your first album? I think I’m a little less safe style-wise. It was time for that but also it’s just how I’m feeling. You get tired of wearing the same humdrum thing on the red carpets.
One of the biggest changes to your look has been your new blonde hair. Any plans to dye it back? I don’t really see me switching it up any time soon. It’s just how I’m feeling right now. I like to have fun and be comfortable with how I look; I might change my mind with styles but I always stick to that.