Dua Lipa doesn’t have a cold – FASHION Magazine
Filed in Interviews News

Dua Lipa doesn’t have a cold – FASHION Magazine

Dua Lipa doesn’t have a cold, exactly.

The gold standard of celebrity profiles is “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” by Gay Talese, published in Esquire back in April 1966, when Sinatra was arguably the most powerful celebrity in America. Unlike other celebrities at the time, he didn’t need the publicity; he didn’t need to be in a magazine. Sinatra created and sold his own narrative, and so he refused to speak with Talese.

What made the profile so impressive is that, apparently, Talese didn’t need to talk to him, either. “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” is an account of Talese trailing Ol’ Blue Eyes, studying him and the constellation of stars, strivers and crooks in his orbit. No matter how often young journalists without access try to cop the premise, or how often they reference and riff on the groundbreaking feature, it only really worked when Talese did it. It turns out you need a Frank Sinatra in 1966 to pull it off.

Dua Lipa is not Frank Sinatra in 1966. And, strictly speaking, she doesn’t have a cold, either. She has strep throat. And it’s ruining her day. Just like Sinatra’s cold ruined his.

Actually, it’s ruining a lot of people’s day, including all her fans in Montreal, who won’t be able to see her in concert tonight. She was supposed to fly there after this photo shoot in Toronto, but that isn’t happening anymore. Maybe more than the strep symptoms, having to cancel her show is what’s really bringing her down. When I arrive at the studio in the afternoon, it feels like I’m walking into a funeral. The air is charged with the silence that erupts after someone unintentionally says something too real. Lipa is leaning against a random automobile. The pose could almost be mistaken for sultry, but when you look closer, you realize she’s leaning against the car for support.

Lipa looks like she might cry. I’m not Talese, but I bet even he’d have trouble profiling a pop star who’s too sick to stay vertical. Sinatra only had a cold; Lipa is thousands of kilometres from her home, with an infection in her throat that’s preventing her from doing the thing that gives this whole ordeal meaning. Without a voice, she has no purpose here. Her identity is broken. That’s not a fun situation.

Lipa looked a lot better last night.

Continue reading Dua Lipa doesn’t have a cold – FASHION Magazine

Dua Lipa: ‘Like Music…Fashion Can’t Be Forced’
Filed in Interviews Photoshoots

Dua Lipa: ‘Like Music…Fashion Can’t Be Forced’

If there’s one overarching theme to Dua Lipa’s music, it’s that girl power knows no volume, no rules, and no excuses — and she’ll tell you that through her lyrics. Starting with YouTube covers back in 2009, Lipa would eventually branch out into original material, land herself a record deal, and hit gold with a self-titled debut album. So far, her entire discography can be summed up as a punch that packs electricity and sensitivity, from start to finish — think: less bubblegum, more lipstick wrapped around a cigarette.
Her personal style journey seems to be taking a similar path. While her current aesthetic feels borrowed from the pop icons who came before her (a power bra here, a man’s trouser there), you can see hints of what Lipa’s fashion evolution might look like as she comes into her own. Like rule breakers Madonna or Kylie Minogue, she believes in the liberation of young women, the power in a pair of killer heels, and the significance in making your own wardrobe choices.
“Everyone is allowed to wear whatever the fuck they want, and it’s so important that they do,” Lipa tells me over the phone. She’s currently writing material for her next album. “This is the way we move forward in the world. We have to break the norms. If women wearing womenswear is deemed normal, women wearing menswear should be normal, too. But normality is a tricky one. It’s putting things in a box, and it shouldn’t be like that. Because what is normal, anyway?”
For Lipa, normal is buying her “dream pair” of shoes: Vetements boots, with flames crawling up from their chunky platform, which are already a hit on her Instagram. “Obviously, I can’t wear them every day, or as much as I want to. But my dream boots are always something I could never wear every day; just something I want to put in a glass box and keep forever.” Though she tends prefers shoes she can move in for performing her more upbeat hits like “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” and “New Rules” (the song that arguably put Lipa on the fashion industry’s radar), when it comes to her off-stage style, the louder, the better.
In terms of growth, her place in the pop zeitgeist may not be as clearly defined as fellow It Brits, such as Charli XCX or Lily Allen. But it’s worth noting that not since the days of Melanie C has pop music seen a newcomer who’s managed to come stateside without ruffling any feathers. The aforementioned pop-rap hybrids are deliciously brash in their lyrics. Lipa’s lines are often more melancholic and raw, possessing a more nuanced stance on things like love and heartache. You could argue that this differentiator is why her debut, self-titled album was so successful, and is backed by over one billion views of her female-dominated music videos on YouTube to prove it.

Continue reading Dua Lipa: ‘Like Music…Fashion Can’t Be Forced’

Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball
Filed in Appearances and Events Concerts Interviews Videos

Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball

Hello! Sorry for the lack of updates the last few days, but I wasn’t in town and I didn’t have a computer. Now, let’s concentrate on the news around Dua. On 9th of December she made an appearance and performed at Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball. She looked a-ma-zing. Check out some photos & videos below.

Appearances & Events > Events in 2017 > December 9 – Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball
Interviews > December 9, 2017 – Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball
Concerts & Tours > Performances in 2017 > December 9 – Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball