Bill Cunningham can tell you best: New York Fashion Week happens just as much on the street as it does on the runway. Friday night, bonafide Hip Hop and style legend Lil Kim kept the NYFW party rolling, giving the eager crowd a taste of her forthcoming mixtape Hardcore 2K14 at one of our favorite West Side spots Up & Down. i-D caught up with her after her slam-dunk set to talk motherhood, Marc Jacobs, and what girl power means to the Notorious K.I.M.
Congratulations on becoming a new mother! Whatís been the most rewarding part of parenthood thus far? Just her, period! Sheís the most beautiful baby ever. I love her, I miss her so much right now. Being away from her is the hardest, sheís the most beautiful thing. When she looks at me itís just perfect! Itís love.
What should we expect to hear on your forthcoming mixtape, HardCore 2K14? Hopefully some good music! I just want for people to have an experience when they listen to my music. I canít please everybody, so I just try to please my fans and make the music that makes me feel happy, too.
As someone who was born and raised in Bed Stuy, what do you love most about New York? The fast pace is nice - parties like this! Most of the parties here donít close until like four or five in the morning, so thatís a plus. I go out of town a lot and clubs will close at like two. I love that thereís always something happening in New York.
Whether itís ďBlack Barbie Dressed in BulgariĒ or when you rocked Louis Vuitton logo body paint for a David LaChapelle shoot, you definitely know your way around luxury! Who are you most excited to see this fashion week? I havenít seen my baby, my boy, Marc Jacobs, in so long! Iím so proud of him and the things that heís doing right now. Just being out and being who he wants to be. Heís always been in his own lane, heís always helped so many other people, and heís just awesome! I want to see him venture out and do what he wants in a whole different way. So, thatís gonna be fun! There might be some other shows I might be attending, donít want to say what yet!
Youíre someone whoís always had such a strong sense of individual style and never been afraid to express it, which is why youíre such a style icon for so many people! But who is your style icon? Oh, thank you! I just love great fashion, I really appreciate iconic looks. My mom was in love with Diana Ross and coming up, I saw how much she inspired my mom and just thought she was such an amazing style icon and performer. But then I also saw how J.Lo dressed when she was just coming outóI look back at that Versace dress and still think itís so awesome. Thatís a real iconic look. There was an era when I just loved everything she was wearing. There are so many people Iíd love to give those props to!
i-Dís current issue is called the Boys and Girls Issue, so as a woman who is an icon of strength for so many people, what does girl power mean to you? It means that you have a pussyójust joking just joking! No, seriously. I think women are beautiful creatures and we are powerful in our own ways. Weíre different from men, obviously. We have more of a way in the world to express ourselves. We can wear things that can make us look more sexy, we can express our opinion and still come up and hang out with the men. I just think that being a woman is so powerful in itself!
Whatís up next for you? The rest of Fashion Week is going to be awesome and I have my new mixtape dropping on the 11th. But right now, weíre gonna go out and have some fucking fun!