Music Meets Fashion in W Magazine

Go “Behind the Muses” of Kanye West, Janelle Monae and M.I.A.

Posted: 06/23/2011 03:06 PM EDT

Let’s face it, one of the biggest things we love about the stars is what they wear! W magazine tapped into the alluring partnership between 10 musicians and the high-fashion designers that inspire them in a July “Behind the Muses” feature shot by photographer Max Vadukul. Meet some of the pairs:


Kanye West & Rodarte

Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy first met West at one of their runway shows a few years ago, but it was his performance at Coachella this past April that made a lasting impression on the sisters. “It’s one of the most incredible shows you’ll ever see,” says Kate (above, right). “I think it’s because he’s such a visual artist as well.” "That mixing of art forms and genres,” says Laura, “that’s something I respond to.”

Janelle Monae & Karl Lagerfeld

Monae’s music may be a baroque blend of funk, soul, jazz, orchestral symphonies and psychedelic rock, but when it comes to her wardrobe, the Atlanta-based artist likes to keep it simple: black and white tuxedos paired with a pompadour. And to see her standing beside Lagerfeld, the two of them dressed like twins in their signature starched suits, it is clear she has found a kindred spirit. “We liked each other from the first second on,” says the designer. “Not just because of our style, but also the name: Janelle rhymes with Chanel, no?”

M.I.A. & Donatella Versace

It was M.I.A.’s 2007 “Paper Planes” video—with the British firebrand dancing around in an African-print jumpsuit and tiger-striped high-tops—that first caught Versace’s attention. “Her music and style seemed so fresh and innovative,” recalls the designer. Before the shoot for this portrait, the 36-year-old singer—who once cited Libyan President Moammar Qaddafi as a fashion icon (“I’d love to raid his wardrobe,” she noted)—insisted on two-tone lips and floral nail art, and wanted the tips of her platinum locks dyed a vivid coral. As Versace puts it: “She is a total artist.”

We can look forward to even more fun features now that the magazine has dubbed themselves "fashion's afterparty." W‘s new fashion and style director, Edward Enninful, explained the slogan to the Huffington Post, "I think that everyone wants to be part of an after-party. One of the things people enjoy is having fun, you always want to be a part of it. That’s the first thing. And we hope that W is that. I think it makes fashion fun, wearable, accessible."

(Photos: W Magazine)

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