Stylist to the stars Eric Archibald understands the intrinsic relationship between music and fashion. Archibald’s resume includes some of music’s biggest names (he worked on Beyonce’s visual Lemonade album), and most recently, he styled hip-hop’s leading ladies ahead of VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens.
We caught up with Archibald to find out what it was like styling honorees Queen Latifah, Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott and Salt-N-Pepa for the exclusive photoshoot with the iconic Annie Leibovitz. Having worked with both Lil’ Kim and Missy Elliott before, Archibald also had some anecdotes to share with us about these two queens.
Check out our interview with Archibald in the gallery below and catch Hip Hop Honors when it airs on Monday, July 11 at 9 p.m.
“Lil’ Kim was always a fashion trailblazer. I met her when she was with Puffy on the Been Around the World Tour. From day one, she always wanted something different. There was this one outfit I created for her for the tour that got lost in Fedex on a Saturday afternoon. It was opening night in Miami and Kim was like, ’I’m not going on stage unless I get this.’ I was running around that stadium in Miami trying to find Fedex. The heavens opened, I found it and she wore her coin outfit—a headpiece, a coin dress and coin gladiator sandals.”
“Lil’ Kim always wants to mix high fashion and some of who she was from the past, so we fused both of those worlds together for this shoot, while giving Annie what she wants. I built a lace jumpsuit for Kim and the corset she had on was from Chromat. I paired that together with lace Valentino boots just to make sure the look was cohesive from head to toe.”