Locked and loaded with her blonde hair, red lipstick, and Givenchy high fashions, singer Sky Ferreira is increasingly making her mark on the music and fashion scene. In case you haven’t noticed, the 20-year-old’s most recent conquests include a fashion campaign for Adidas and a new rock video for her single Red Lips (which was co-produced by Shirley Manson and shot by Terry Richardson, no less). As a cherry on top, she’ll also be opening for Elton John at Toronto’s Fashion Cares gala September 8 to raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. We caught up with the singer to discuss her new sound, fashion picks, and working with Elton.
FLARE: What was it like working with Shirley Manson on Red Lips?
Sky Ferreira: She has such a great energy. She’s really open-minded, and I was just happy she wanted to do something fun and cool and wasn’t trying to go for a hit.
F: How would you describe your style?
SF: Grungy is an obvious term. I like t-shirts that have holes in them and are worn out. I like Acne jeans because they fit me really well, and I’m really picky about jeans because I don’t have super long legs. I like to mix some of it with high fashion. I love Miu Miu and Givenchy and YSL – those are probably my three favourites. I love Prada too.
F: What are some of your favourite beauty picks?
SF: I use Russian Red lipstick by M.A.C. I usually use YSL and sometimes CoverGirl eyeliner, because I always lose my eyeliner — I don’t want to spend 30 dollars on an eyeliner pencil that I’m going to lose in a day.
F: Are you nervous for your Fashion Cares performance?
SF: I’ll probably be a nervous wreck. It’s my first time playing Toronto and it’s also my biggest performance I’ve ever done. But I’ll have a full band, and I’ll make sure to wear something amazing. Hopefully we raise a lot of money.
F: You’re involved in Elton John’s AIDS Foundation, AMFAR, and H&M’s ‘Fashion Against AIDS’ campaign. Why is the cause so important to you?
SF: When I was younger my mom had a lot of friends who passed away from [AIDS], and I saw how upset it made her. I just really stand behind it. I think it’s something that we’re still fighting to get backed up everywhere.
F: What’s it like working with the legendary Elton?
SF: It was very intimidating at first even though he’s really nice. I try not to be star-struck, and now it doesn’t phase me as much. He’s listened to [my] album. I go to him to be like ‘is this good?’ and if he approves I’m like, okay, I’m good.
Fashion Cares will host its 25th anniversary gala on September 8 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
Click here for a look back at the show’s great moments on stage and on the red carpet.
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