It involves push-ups and tequila.
There are several ways to garner our attention and admiration, but here’s one surefire route: Write and record the intoxicating platinum single “Electric Love,” wear a bright red Alessandro Michele Gucci blouse to perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and be a champion for crop tops, tousled wavy hair, and nail polish for all genders. This is how we (along with the rest of the music- and fashion-enthused world) came to know Børns, the 25-year-old singer and songwriter whose debut album, Dopamine, was released to critical acclaim in 2015. He’s since hit the stage at Coachella, gone to work on his sophomore album—due out early next year—and become a style luminary of sorts, attending fashion shows in New York and Milan, and being named an ambassador for CFDA Men’s New York Fashion Week.
Before embarking on a tour that will take him to Toronto, Paris and Brussels, among other cities, Børns was in New York to perform at the fifth annual Business of Fashion 500 gala. We snapped some photos of him—and his embellished pussy-bow blouse Gucci suit, of course—as he got ready for the show at the Public Hotel. Of his stylist, Kat Typaldos, who picked the look, he says, “She’s always pushing me to kind of take things to the next level and maybe wear something that I wouldn’t think to wear.”
The Business of Fashion party raged on to the wee hours of the morning, with a crowd that included Jared Leto, Karlie Kloss, Virgil Abloh and Halima Aden. Before all that revelry, though, here’s what went down in Børns’ hotel room.
“I’ve always been interested in fashion and conscious of how I look, even at a young age. It kind of started out with always being in a different character and dressing up in different costumes, even just for school. I had phases of different characters that I was into, and they weren’t elaborate costumes, but they just kind of changed my personality a little bit, which was fun for me. I tapped into that headspace when I started performing and I feel like whatever I’m wearing definitely helps my performance—helps me get into a vibe and sing differently and act and move differently.”