Erykah Badu is a force to be reckoned with as the star of the fabulously fierce photo shoot appearing in Vogue Italia this month. As the latest face of Givenchy, the stunning singer wears a shiny striped gown by the brand, which designer Riccardo Tisci styled with a pair of sneakers from his Nike collaboration. Yes, Badu is wearing haute couture with Air Force 1s, ladies, and she kills the unexpected look.
It’s apparent that Tisci is hoping his kicks will be accepted as versatile enough to appear alongside high fashion. Rihanna was first spotted in the limited edition Nike x Riccardo Tisci Air Force 1s front row at Paris Fashion Week, displaying that the sneakers are celebrity approved and runway appropriate. Now, it’s Badu’s turn to rock Tisci’s shoes in her own glamorous way. Photographer Francesco Carrozzini brought the shoot to life with a darkened mood and details consisting of Badu in metallic dresses, dramatic wigs, and smoldering makeup. The juxtaposition between tribal and mythical with the modernity of Tisci’s sleek Nike shoes gave the images an irreverent and fearless sort of style, precisely on point with the direction of fashion right now.
While Vogue Italia recently came under fire for another blackface African themed fashion feature, starring model Saskia de Brauw and shot by Steven Meisel earlier this month, it’s clear that Tisci wanted his creative vision to be done in a more tastefully innovative way. The designer even Instagrammed a few images live from the shoot last week, displaying his excitement over the upcoming feature.