Stylist Misa Hylton Breaks Down Lil' Kim's Iconic Chanel Looks
We weren't thinking! We were just doing," said Hylton when asked about working with Kim. "When you saw us wearing things, they were our own. There was no such thing as pulls and studio services that we’re able to do now."
Here, Hylton discusses the stories behind Kim's Chanel outfits, her and Kim's relationship with the brand, and what she thinks about the design mistakes luxury brands are making.
How did you start working with Lil' Kim?
Biggie Smalls started a label with his friend Lance "Un" Rivera, and it was Undeas, and Junior M.A.F.I.A. was signed to the label. At that point, I had a lot of success with Mary J. Blige, and it was sort of like we were in the same family. They became extended family, so naturally, when it was time to come up with an image for Kim, Big and Un thought of me.
What were your initial thoughts about what her image should be?
I thought that she was a dope lyricist, and I didn't have any preconceived ideas about what she should be. I don't style from that place. I style from a place of connecting with the client, finding out what the goals are from the label and management, but really connecting with her, artist to artist. Then, from that point, the ideas just flow for me. It's always a co-creation.https://www.complex.com/style/2019/03/karl-lagerfeld-chanel-looks-lil-kim