Five Fashion Questions with Delilah

Paris-born, London-based singer-songwriter Delilah (aka Paloma Ayana Stoecker) is one of the coolest homegrown talents currently making waves in the music scene – from smashing it with her debut album From the Roots Up to collaborating with fellow bigwig UK artists like Chase & Status, Devlin and Wretch 32. She’s also got a great sense of style, so we caught up with her in between shows at LFW S/S16 for a quick chat about all things fashion. 

 

Who is your favourite designer right now?

I’m not sure if I could choose just one favourite, but I love Alexander Wang – I got to meet him for the first time at his store launch recently. I’m a big fan of really simple basics, and when I’m not dressing up a lot I tend to dress like a boy, and for me he does femininity in a real sort of androgynous, boyish type way.

 

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What’s your #1 favourite thing in your wardrobe?

I’ve always liked leggings… either those or denim. I’m a big fan of customising denim – I don’t think I’ve ever bought a denim item and not ripped it to shreds and dyed it or bleached it! So yeah, denim and basics.

 

Where do you like to look for new clothes?

All over the place, although I’m on a self-imposed shopping ban right now… but where I USED to look for cool clothes would be different markets, like Portobello and the vintage stores along there. I also try and keep up to speed with what’s going on in Selfridges, Browns and Harvey Nicks in terms of new lines and upcoming designers. However, nowadays I try to take inspiration from that and find it somewhere else for a fraction of the price… also that way you don’t look like a trend whore, you know? I prefer it that way.

 

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What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever worn?

Over the last five/six years of my career I’ve worn all sorts of stuff which made me look back and wonder what I was thinking – maybe even what I’m wearing today will make me think that too! It’s difficult… a lot of the time I go by what feels good, because there have been occasions where I’ve left the house having been styled by someone else and not felt good, or taken a risk and it hasn’t paid off. Other times I’ve felt great but the photos just don’t look good. I’m not scared of taking a risk though.

 

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Lastly, how would you describe your personal style?

I would say there’s two sides to my coin… there’s a sexy dresser, as I’ve got quite a womanly body; you’re going to look sexy if you’ve got a feminine figure. That or boyish – and now I’ve shaved my hair I look like a sexy boy! Sexy boy/girl.

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