If you happen to’ve ever coveted the model sensibilities of J Balvin, Tokischa, or Anitta, then you definately’re accustomed to Sita Abellan’s work. The Spanish stylist, jewellery designer, DJ, and mannequin broke onto the scene in 2015 when she starred as certainly one of Rihanna’s stylist henchwomen within the “Bitch Higher Have My Cash” music video. Since then, she’s created an empire of her personal, along with her model Lilith changing into a favourite of Rosalía, Kim Kardashian (whom she photographed for the quilt of ODDA journal again in 2018), and Billie Eilish. Abellan can be, notably, amongst a brand new class of stylists who don’t simply costume their shoppers in fantastical seems whereas choosing denims and a white t-shirt themselves. The 29-year-old, who turned a mom earlier this 12 months, rocks one wild take care of one other—say, matching white fuzzy boots to a fuzzy animal hat and lacy garters, her complete physique painted white. Under, Abellan tells the story behind these well-known images of her purchasing with Rih in Goal, artwork directing for music movies, and why she’s grateful she by no means took style recommendation early on in her profession.
You styled Anitta’s “Boys Don’t Cry” video. What was on the temper board for that challenge?
Anitta had some references of films in thoughts, like Beetlejuice, which is certainly one of my favourite films too. In among the scenes, she’s carrying a pink costume like Winona Ryder’s. Then she informed me about Titanic, [and we referenced] the scene the place they’re pulling the laces of her corset. If you happen to verify that scene, Anitta is carrying a necklace much like the heart-shaped one.
What do you may have coming subsequent with Lilith, your jewellery line?
We dropped the brand new assortment, really, in August. We’ve been dropping it by months, not all the pieces on the identical time. It’s a little bit extra recent than the issues I used to be doing earlier than—I used to do extra gold and extra of an historic [look]. For the final assortment, I did issues which can be extra colourful, all silver, with metallic colours. Proper now, I’m engaged on the brand new assortment. I additionally need to put out another items that don’t have something to do with jewellery, after which adapt jewellery into these different items: footwear and baggage, and even garments.
Large congratulations on changing into a mother. Do you give your child jewellery?
I made him a hoop, really, for when he’s older. I made a particular piece some months in the past for my stepdaughter, and a small bracelet for her Baptism. [My son] is just too small nonetheless, however I feel in a 12 months or so, I’ll make him a bracelet or a series.
I liked these paparazzi images of you and Rihanna purchasing in Goal. Was that one thing you two deliberate to do collectively?
We didn’t plan something. We simply stated, let’s go child purchasing. At the moment, no person knew I used to be pregnant. I had deliberate [to be on] the quilt of Numéro journal, and that was the best way I used to be going to announce it. So I informed her, Look, no person is aware of I’m pregnant but—I’ve to make it not so apparent. After all, there was paparazzi at Goal. We left and went to dinner, and as quickly as we arrived, the door of the restaurant was filled with paparazzi. I used to be attempting to cover.
Onto the Type Notes questions. How would you describe your private model in three phrases?
That’s a really troublesome query as a result of I don’t even know how one can outline my model. I assume “enjoyable,” “very Sita,” and “with out limits,” if I can say these three issues.
What was your model like as a youngster?
Sort of like it’s proper now, to be sincere. I’m from a really small metropolis within the south of Spain, and once I was a youngster, individuals would have a look at me like, What the fuck is flawed along with her? [Laughs]. I didn’t have cash to purchase garments, so I used to be going to classic shops to search out items; I’d purchase them by the kilo. I was extra punk, put on all black garments, I used to be skinny and had lengthy hair, at all times with darkish lipstick. I used to be extra Goth than now—once I began to dye my hair, which was 9 years in the past, that’s once I began to put on colours.
Who’s your final model icon?
My grandmother. She wakes up, and even when she stays in her home—doesn’t exit or something—she places on black eyeliner, her hair is ideal, she’s carrying a glance. My buddies, and even my boyfriend, at first [of us dating], can be like, why are you carrying this to go to the grocery store? Why are you carrying this to go to the seashore? Then they meet my grandmother after which they perceive.
Do you suppose that you just received your sense of favor or your curiosity in style from her?
Extra from my mom. As a result of my grandmother, though she’s a classy lady, she’s not taken with style. She will be able to respect it if you happen to present her, however she’s from one other period, when all these style reveals weren’t so accessible. My mother loves style. She’ll name me and ask, Oh, have you ever seen this Dior present? On a regular basis, she’s looking for stuff that I like. I feel it’s a manner for her to be linked with me, since I don’t stay in my hometown.
What’s the most prized possession in your closet?
I’ve many, however I feel it’s a Vivienne Westwood bag that by no means got here out. It was a pattern from a present that somebody gave to me for Christmas as a gift—a shiny pink bag with the emblem of Vivienne Westwood in gold. One other one that’s treasured for me is a bag I made for Fendi, 5 – 6 years in the past. It was a collaboration, redesigning the Peekaboo bag, that by no means got here out. There have been solely two on the planet.
What’s the finest piece of style recommendation you’ve ever obtained?
No one gave me good recommendation in style. All people gave me dangerous ideas. [Laughs]. However once I was youthful, they weren’t permitting me to be myself, not letting me be the best way I wished to be. And thank god I didn’t take heed to anybody. Due to the place I’m from, I’m used to having individuals telling me on a regular basis: “What the fuck are you carrying? Oh, you look too unusual.”
The perfect recommendation I can provide to individuals is to be your self. And to not be ashamed. Typically I’m carrying an excellent loopy look, and I’ll have a look at myself earlier than going out on the street, and I’m like, Yeah, that’s the vibe. And typically I have a look at myself within the mirror, and I’m like, Are you actually gonna exit like this? After which I’m like, yeah, fuck it.
Do you may have any model pet peeves?
I need to say, I’m not an enormous fan of denims. I don’t hate them, and typically I put on them, but when I’m going purchasing, I gained’t purchase them myself. However I’ve a couple of pairs from Tremaine Emory, he’s the brand new artistic director of Supreme, and Ev Bravado from Who Decides Struggle. Tremaine made some printed denims that I actually like. I even have Kali Uchis’s, she despatched me the brand new denims she made. I like them as a result of they make my ass look huge. They’re the type of denims individuals put on in Colombia.
Do you may have any style regrets?
Really, sure, however this was once I was very younger, 12 or 13. Till I turned extra Goth, I used to be carrying all Ralph Lauren with pearls, a variety of items by Tommy Hilfiger, as a result of it was the development at the moment.
I can’t imagine you have been as soon as preppy.
We name it “posh” right here. However one 12 months later, I used to be carrying a variety of gold chains with Nike sneakers and tracksuits. Now, I don’t [have] regrets. It’s all a part of the method.