During the most recent New York Fashion Week, I ran into Kyle Luu. We had both arrived out of the February hellscape for a family dinner in honor of Telfar at The Standard, High Line. "Phew girl!" Kyle exclaimed, laughing short of breath. She wasn't invoking the weather or the shows, her heels, or even the commotion surrounding the coat check area in which we were standing. We clinked glasses and she told me about finishing her latest project with Solange. Entitled When I Get Home, the album and visual project, released this weekend, was the culmination of a half a year of planning. "Video content and a bunch of shoots in between," Kyle explained to me later when we convened for this interview. "The video part alone took four weeks, so that's a lot of time." Shot between Solange's home turf of Houston, Dallas, and Marfa, TX, the 33-minute art film features direction by Alan Ferguson, Terence Nance, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Ray Tintori, the album including collaborations with the likes of Gucci Mane, Playboi Carti, Cassie, Abra, The-Dream, Tyler the Creator, Pharrell, Sampha, and others.
The project is but the latest in a series of triumphs for the D.C.-raised, New York-based stylist, who has made a name for herself as a go-to dresser for pop stars like Travis Scott, Tinashe, Young Thug, and Troye Sivan. She's also attracted the attention of industry figures like Carine Roitfeld and Pat McGrath for her disheveled-sexy, genderbending, urban-power-girl aesthetic, which she attributes to growing up in awe of artists like Destiny's Child and Britney Spears.