Check out our interview with classical singer and fashion designer Radmila Lolly.
Radmila is the sole designer of the couture fashion house “Radmila Lolly” and a singer of alternative classic music. She creates a unique combination of her music with her fashion creations. Radmila most recently released her album “Wonderland” and complementary couture collection during a night of opera and fashion at Carnegie Hall. The collection has since been featured at Barneys Madison Avenue Trunk Show, alongside designers such as Zac Posen, Naeem Khan, J. Mendel, as well as at the Daytime Emmy’s Ceremony. It has been featured by Vogue Italia, Harper’s Baazar, and more. A number of celebrities have worn Radmila Lolly collection such as Gayle King, Bebe Rexha, Mya, Miss Universe 2018, Miss USA 2018, Miss USA 2017, to name a few.
But not only Radmila sings and designs, this talented artist has upcoming ventures that include a novel that corresponds to her next self-composed album and high couture collection.
Lolly formally appeared on the music scene with a triumphant debut album “IV Stories at the Standard Hotel Op.6” with the avant-garde, electro-acoustic “Scorchio” string quartet which she premiered during an exclusive gala concert at Carnegie Hall, which was attended by the likes of Grammy-winner, Maxwell. Radmila followed-up the album with an eclectic mix of singles which showcases her range and captures her voice in all its decadent glory. Her musical explorations include electronic & contemporary genres.
You have also heard her music as the soundtrack for the movie “Honor Up” directed by Damon Dash and with executive producer Kanye West; Works with Mar Vista Studios. The singer will be working on more soundtracks this upcoming year. Her upcoming album is the soundtrack to her upcoming novel and audiobook.
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Tell us what a day being you is like?
At the moment, every day I spend about four hours devoted to fashion, and four hours towards music studies and composition. I work on my book two to three hours about four times a week. I workout six days a week, and I’ve actually been learning to box! I also supplement my workouts with tennis, swimming and basketball to change it up.
Where do you currently live?
I live between New York, Los Angeles, and Miami.
Where and when was your first concert?
My first performance was a private recital in London when I was 16 years old. That was my first experience performing for an audience, and it was very difficult for me to get up on stage because I was so worried about everything that could go wrong, everything from “what if I forget the words to the song?” to “What if I slip and fall on my face in front of everyone?”. Now I understand that there’s so many aspects to a live performance that you have absolutely no control over, so there is no point in worrying about them. All you can do is be as personally prepared as possible, and go up on stage and enjoy yourself. The real skill to performing is making it past any mishaps without the audience even noticing!
When did you start designing clothes?
Since I was little, I was always very picky about what I was going to wear; even at a very young age I made it very clear to my mom what I was going to wear and what I wasn’t! I liked to take my mom’s scarves and tie and pin them on myself like fancy dresses. I also always wanted to be dressed similarly to her; whenever she would wear pink, so would I. When it comes to my design skills, I learned to sketch outfits from observing my mom working as a visual artist; she is a painter. Her mother (my grandmother) was a seamstress by trade and the skill was passed down through the family to me, which allowed me to create the designs I was sketching.
You are writing a novel. What is it about?
The biggest takeaway from my book is that what happens to us as children can affect us for the rest of our lives. We can be scarred on the outside, but we can also be scarred on the inside. The novel is based upon the lives of four main characters with very different backgrounds; all of their storylines eventually intertwine and converge by the end of the book. The book shows how seemingly small and insignificant actions can change the course of your life.
Tell us something not everyone knows about you?
Although it may not seem like it, I am actually quite a bit of a tomboy. Growing up I was always a bit of an outsider at school, and I wasn’t afraid to stand up to all the boys. I also liked to spend my time imagining and trying to build cars.
What are your five- and 10-year goals?
I am actually already at the five-year point in my plan; I have been writing my book for the past five years, and it will be released along with the accompanying album and fashion collection in May 2020. Then my ten-year goal (the next five years) is to have my book turned into a movie that I will star in, that my music is the soundtrack for, and that I do the costuming for.
Cover Photo: Eugene Manning
Piano Photo: Jan Rico