sofia ‘I Only Do What I Want To Do’
She might be the daughter of a music legend and she’s been linked with Justin Bieber, but forget that – at 18, Sofia’s about to conquer the fashion world…
Sofia Richie’s LA tan glows and she seems remarkably fresh despite partying until 5am the night before our chat. As the daughter of Lionel Richie, Sofia’s used to the madness of the showbiz world, but seems totally unaffected by it all. Her crew includes the likes of Justin Bieber – the pair were spotted holding hands recently and he’s in London at the same time we meet with Sofia – coincidence? – but she tells us: ‘Like, 95 per cent of my friends live in London’.
But enough about that because we’re here to talk about her impeccable style, the reason why Pretty Little Thing has made her the face of its Christmas collection...
What does it mean to you to work with Pretty Little Thing? It’s great to front a campaign for clothes I’d actually wear. Who’s your style inspo? Stylists like Monica Rose, who I work with. I’m always interested in what Rihanna has to offer too. What’s your modelling highlight? Hanging out with Domenica [Dolce] and Stefano [Gabbana, Creative Directors of D&G], who are sweethearts. They’re just down to talk about fashion, which is really hard to find. I’d have to say the same about Kanye West. I walked in his show and he’s just a really sweet guy. He was talking to me about his clothes. How would you describe your style? Edgy, but put-togther. I switch it up all the time. I like street wear, but then I can get really glam and dressy. Would you like your own range? 1,000 per cent. I do sketch some ideas. Have you got a huge wardrobe? Yes, and it’s colour-coordinated. You must have a high turnover of clothes – who gets them? I do a clearout every three months of anything I’ve worn too many times. It’ll go to a load of places – it starts with friends, my small stuff will go to my niece and then it goes to charity. Have you had anything handed down that you’d never get rid of? Yes! My mom gave me these vintage [Hermès] Kelly bags. What other career avenues do you want to explore? I’m exploring music. I haven’t told anyone that yet! I’ve been into it ever since I was little and then fashion took over my life, but life’s too short to not fulfil every passion you have. Being 18, you can’t drink in America, but tonight you can go out and have a good time in London, yes? That’s why I love Europe. When I first realised, I was like: ‘I need to live in Europe.’ I was out clubbing last night [glances at her manager]. Oops! I don’t have that many friends in LA – I met more friends here when my dad was on tour. We love your Instagram. What are your tricks for the perfect photo? I love using the Aden filter. I’m terrible at selfies, though. My arm’s a little too short – it’s too close to my face and it’s not a good look!
I walked Kanye West’s show and he’s just a really sweet guy
Sofia describes her style as ‘edgy but put-together’