Whether it’s vogueing through a Nike commercial or pole dancing on Instagram, the multitalented British pop star FKA twigs is famous for her ability to shape-shift from one stage to the next. That same chameleonic quality is apparent in her personal style, which is why her appearance at a BAFTAs after-party on Sunday had us all on our toes.
Suited up into a Givenchy peach poudre stretch heavy crepe jacket and matching pants for the occasion, twigs at first seemed to be going for a rather classic interpretation of the red carpet formula. But the look’s details—the off-the-shoulder design, side zippers, and frilled front—made her approach to suiting still feel deconstructed and fashion-forward.
The avant-garde touch was also apparent in her hairstyle: Two braids were twisted into long tresses and her signature baby hairs were slicked down into a rippling wave pattern, creating a look of delicate precision that perfectly matched her designer ensemble.
Your discography, going back to the beginning with artists like Jodeci and 702, is sort of a mini-history lesson in modern R&B and I’m wondering if you’ve been seeing any of the newer, more experimental artists like Abra or FKA twigs and what you thought about how your influence has really stuck for so long?
I like FKA twigs! Some of my fans put me onto her and I like that. It’s funny because when I’m doing music, and that’s the majority of the time and I’ve said this since my first album, I kinda close myself up so I don’t get a chance to listen much unless somebody brings something to me so visually and sonically I can do something different and not be scared to do it. If I get so engulfed in everything else, then it’s like, “OK, I’m a little scared to do this because that might not be hot right now.” But there are a lot of underground people that I might not know the name of that I be feeling. I like to listen to the underground station when I do get to listen to the radio.