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Bebe Rexha is no stranger to musical collaboration; for proof, look no further than singles like “Me, Myself & I” (her breakout hit with G-Eazy) and “In the Name of Love” (her dance jam with Martin Garrix). But Rexha’s never tried her hand at a fashion collab — until now, that is.
Today, she’s launching her first clothing capsule with Gilt: a range of eye-catching outerwear embellished with some of her most memorable lyrics, from a corseted denim jacket that reads “I just wanna dance with somebody” to a fringed version appliquéd with “Fuck fake friends.” The 11 pieces on offer range from $169 to $4,800 (the latter will get you a shearling moto with a hot pink Mongolian fur collar and “BAD BITCH” written in fur across the back, in case you were curious), and the launch timing is no coincidence: Rexha’s new album, All Your Fault Pt: 2, also drops tomorrow.
Below, the singer/songwriter discusses the collection, her weakness for sneakers, and the reason why she’d love to swap wardrobes with a certain Saved by the Bell character.
What inspired this collection you made with Gilt — beyond the lyrics themselves, of course?
My fans, for sure. Obviously, my album All Your Fault Pt: 2 had a lot to do with it, but my fans truly inspired everything about this collection. I hope they see how much time and effort I, along with Gilt, put into creating these one-of-a kind pieces for them!
What fashion-related lyric do you wish you’d written yourself?
“I put hoes in NY onto DKNY / Miami, DC prefer Versace / All Philly hoes go with Moschino / Every cutie wit a booty bought a Coogi” — Notorious B.I.G., “Hypnotize.”
Your style and beauty look — particularly your hair — have both changed quite a bit since you first started out in the industry. Talk to me about that evolution!
I think everyone goes through style changes, and when I decided to go blonde, it was me deciding it was time to mix it up and have a little fun. I wanted to show a different side of who I was. And what I was experiencing in my early 20s was vastly different from what I’m experiencing now!
Fair enough. Finish this sentence: You can never have enough...
Shoes! I will buy the same sneaker in every color. I love having options.
Do you prefer to shop online or IRL?
I’m constantly on the road, so I’m definitely more of an online shopper. It’s hard to build in shopping time on tour or while I’m traveling, but I love the idea of having something waiting for me when I get home.
Do you remember your first major fashion splurge?
It was a pair of silver embellished Balenciaga thigh-high boots. The price made me gasp, but there was no way I wasn’t going home with them!
Tell me about your personal style icons.
I love Aaliyah, TLC, Gwen Stefani. I love stuff from the ’90s: chunky heels, chokers, ripped or baggy jeans with a tight tank top. It was such a sick time for grunge and hip-hop, and it’s such a vibe that we’re starting to see come back in a lot of different ways again.
If you could trade closets with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell! She had the best mix of oversized sweatshirts, jackets, and crop tops to pair with tight jeans or a sick skirt. And she was always rocking a good print.