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IAMDDB: Why dressing well is a statement

The Manchester neo soul artist also talks vintage finds and Rihanna

  • Interview: Sean Griffiths | Photography: Aneta Pruszynska
  • 21 January 2020

I must have 20 to 30 tattoos. The one on my side is the first one I got and probably the biggest. It’s the outline of Africa with ‘African Queen’ written in the middle. Me and my little sister have got half of yin and yang each. I’m the darkness, she’s the light!

Dressing a certain way just makes me feel good. Every day I wake up and think, ‘Let’s put together something that’s going to be a statement.’ Comfort is the key to the things I wear. If I can feel comfortable, sexy and confident in what I’m wearing, I’m all for it.

The top is by a London-based designer called Asai. I love this material as it’s super light, super comfortable and see-through, which is something I adore in fashion. Rihanna’s worn some of his pieces before.

My nails are by my fairy godmother, Elize Nails. She’s based up north and slays it every time. Right now, I’m channeling my inner leopard.

I’m fascinated by green jewellery. It represents love, purity and all things positive. The ring is one of the very first I bought for myself and my earrings are by Chorley Would. They do the best hooped earrings.

The boots are Lamoda, who do the best wedged boots in the world. They’re super comfortable, last really well and most importantly they’re affordable.

Dublin and Berlin have the best vintage stores. Between all the pubs, there are some really cute vintage stores in Dublin. I found this incredible over the shoulder vintage Louis Vuitton man bag in a store in Dublin. My best vintage find was a really cute Burberry skirt in a place in London. It was half the price it would have been anywhere else.

Boots are my go to. I do wear heels on special occasions. I found these incredible wooden-heeled Ralph Lauren shoes in Dublin that were such a bargain.

When it comes to trainers, Yeezys are my favourite. They’re so comfortable. I’m really into Palladium Boots at the moment too. They’re a bit like a chunkier Converse .

My trousers are super comfortable, wide-legged combat trousers from Native Youth. I love the colour. They go with everything.

I’m having a break from my braids. Braids are my default hairstyle so my hair can grow behind the scenes,then sometimes it’ll pop out. I’ve dyed it every colour under the sun and wanted something new so was like, ‘Fuck it! I’m going to be ginger for the season.’

IAMDDB’S single ‘NIGHT KAPP’ is out now

Sean Griffiths is Mixmag's Deputy Editor, follow him on Twitter

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