Kyle De’volle became famous along with his best friend, Rita Ora. You might have heard of her. Friends since their teenage years Kyle was always Rita’s style advisor and since she hit the big time they’ve turned their relationship into a professional one; Kyle is now Rita’s full time stylist. Fresh from his trip down under with the Issue 4 cover star we chat 80’s glamour, lavish handbags and wardrobe malfunctions with Kyle.
YOU’VE JUST GOT BACK FROM AUSTRALIA WITH RITA, HOW WAS THAT?
It was good, but it was a lot of hard work, flying from city to city. We were there because Rita was playing the Future Music Festival. She was repping London with her looks – one of the outfits she wore was this red raincoat which had a huge bus on it by The Rodnik Band and she had a matching bag, that she swung around on stage.
WHAT ARE SOME OF RITA’S MOST MEMORABLE LOOKS THAT YOU’VE CREATED?
The blue, Vivienne Westwood dress she wore to the British Fashion Awards is definitely one. It was different from the type of thing Rita usually wears, it wasn’t that edgy, it was quite chic and she had a nude lip on which she never does. Another one I really loved was the outfit she wore in the, ‘RIP’ video, the Chalayan two piece which was white denim with ripped knees. There’s also a video which is about to come out with Snoop Dogg, though I think we’re calling him Snoop Lion now, and she’s wearing this fish scale outfit which goes from a transparent effect to an orange, it’s a two piece that she wore with a white bikini underneath, and it’s really hot.
ANY WARDROBE DISASTERS?
Last year at Love Box she wore a Pucci embossed, beaded bralet with a white blazer over it and I was thinking, ‘Rita you can’t wear that your tits are gonna fall out ‘and she was saying, ‘It’ll be fine, I won’t jump around.’ She went on stage in it. The next day it was all over the papers that her tits came out. She’s the type of person that makes a joke out of everything though, so it wasn’t any big drama for her.
HOW DID YOU TWO MEET?
Rita and I grew up in the same area, Ladbroke Grove, and we have loads of mutual friends. We really started talking when one day, it was around the time that American Apparel were doing their neon range, we walked past each other on Portobello Road; Rita was wearing the yellow fluro high waisted skirt and I was wearing the matching jeans and I said to her ‘nice skirt’ and she smiled and said ‘nice jeans’ and we got talking. Ever since then we started having lunch together most days and became really close friends.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE RITA’S STYLE?
Rita represents a true west London girl. West London girls will mix designer with high street and vintage. I would describe her style as being very very eclectic, she changes her style with her personality and she can pull it off, she can rock the boy look, the hood look and she can be 100 percent glamourous.
DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BECOME A STYLIST?
Well, when I was younger I didn’t even know what a stylist was, originally I wanted to become a designer. I designed my first collection at college and did a fashion show, then I thought where do you go from here? I realised you had to have so much funding to start a label and I didn’t want to be a designer that sold clothes at Portobello market. So a friend of mine suggested I go into styling. I would always have my friends come over to my house and borrow clothes and I’d put them in outfits, I really enjoyed it. When I found out styling was a job and I could make it a career, I just thought perfect.
WERE YOU A GOOD DESIGNER AT COLLEGE?
Oh my god, no I was awful, it was so bad when I look back at it now. I did womenswear, in the collection I had a dress which had lace pink panels and a pair of ruched shorts with pumpkin faces on them and orange chiffon, it was all so mismatched!
WOULD YOU EVER GO BACK INTO DESIGNING?
100 percent. Now I know so much more about fashion and I enjoy being a stylist, I enjoy what I do, but at heart, I definitely feel like a designer. I want people to see my designs, I am thinking about it later this year actually, once I have more time. I like labels like APC and Acne – wearable but with an edge. My number one aspect when it comes to designing is attention to detail, the finish on clothes makes such a difference.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR STYLING CAREER?
The highlight was when I got a mention in Vogue. I have read Vogue since I was about thirteen and to see my name in black and white in Vogue was like, ‘Wow!’ I felt all that hard work had paid off.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE FASHION ERA?
The eighties, definitely the eighties. But real, high glamour eighties not shit, fucking nylon eighties.
ANY STYLE ICONS?
Those women who used to go to Studio 54. I use Bianca Jagger a lot for imagery and Jerry Hall. I think my ultimate idol, when it comes to a powerful women with style, is Diana Vreeland, the legendary editor at Harpers Bazaar, she was so outspoken and so original.
WHAT WAS THE LAST EXTRAVAGANT PURCHASE YOU MADE?
I bought something that was a bit cheeky the other day. I bought a Celine parachute bag. I think you just need one statement piece and then you can work a cool outfit around that. I’m a sucker for bags, I love bags and you can never over accessorise.