Meet Zoe Costello, the creative collaborator behind one of hip-hop's most fashionable young talents Vic Mensa. The L.A.-based stylist has worked with the Mensa since the beginning of 2016, bringing a punk yet high-fashion feel to the Chicago rapper's already outspoken attitude. Billboard's column Stylist Spotlight goes beyond the music videos and red carpets, featuring the fun personalities dressing the coolest acts in music. Get to know Costello with this week's Stylist Spotlight below.
New fav @vetements_official @nike @mcq pic @conradbyconrad
A photo posted by Zoe Costello (@zoecostello) on Oct 12, 2016 at 9:13pm PDT
Tell us about the first time you met Vic Mensa.
The first time I met Vic was for a Paper Magazine shoot. I researched Vic's look and music and pulled pieces I felt would work with his overall look whilst trying to bring in brands and pieces that he might not have been exposed to and would be excited about. He also brought some really great vintage pieces and we were able to integrate them within the shoot and collaborate a lot on the looks. It turned out really great.
@vicmensa last night styled by me wearing custom pant by @shonlindauer @coach @enfantsrichesdeprimes @ugg @uggformen
A photo posted by Zoe Costello (@zoecostello) on Nov 18, 2016 at 1:59pm PST
Describe Mensa's style in three words.
Punk, militant, experimental.
What was the best Mensa style moment of 2016?
Vic wearing Roberto Cavalli on set for GQ Style. It was so fresh - no other male artists are wearing Cavalli. He looked like a modern day Jimi Hendrix.
@vicmensa wearing @roberto_cavalli @peter_dundas #bts #fittingmoments #vicmensa #zoecostello #robertocavalli photo @jakeosmun @chromeheartsofficial @thegreatfrogldn
A photo posted by Zoe Costello (@zoecostello) on Aug 12, 2016 at 10:10am PDT
Do you have a guilty pleasure style-wise?
Saint Laurent clothing and shoes. Not sure I feel that guilty when I purchase but it's definitely a pleasure.
Name your must-have piece for winter.
Really excited it's winter because it's my favorite season. Must have piece would be a really good fur coat. You can always find a good one within your price range, whether it's faux or real, vintage or designer. It can really elevate your outfit. I love fur for both men and women!
faith connexionn moments --@jakeosmun @vicmensa @mralexbertrand
A photo posted by Zoe Costello (@zoecostello) on Sep 30, 2016 at 7:20pm PDT