Responsible for Junya Watanabe’s Sellotaped pouts, Yeezy’s transformation in the Nick Knight-directed “Black Skinhead” video and the wonderfully warped looks in the glitched-up “Out of the Blue” shoot by Pierre Debusschere in the new issue of Dazed, Ffrench’s super-saturated palettes rebel against fashion’s bored, minimalistic conventions. For her, make-up is paint, and skin a canvas.
What was your defining pop culture moment of 2014?
Isamaya Ffrench: Frank Lampard going to Man City on loan.
How would you sum up what you do in a sentence?
Isamaya Ffrench: Make-up/illustration.
What’s your favourite song and movie of 2014?
How do you think style and pop culture will change in 2015?
Isamaya Ffrench: I think ant farms will become popular again.
Sum up what we can expect from you in 2015.
Isamaya Ffrench: Ripped forearms. I’m gonna get tonk!
What’s the most exciting thing about the music/film/fashion industry today?
Isamaya Ffrench: Dazed magazine.
What new skill did you learn this year?
Isamaya Ffrench: A heel spin (football trick) in South Africa.
Who’s an unsung cultural hero that you discovered this year?
Isamaya Ffrench: Novembre Magazine, or my assistant Josh Wilks.
What’s the most surprising thing we’d find out if we looked at your phone?
Isamaya Ffrench: I use the iCase as a wallet.
Who should have been at number one on the Dazed 100?
Isamaya Ffrench: Clive Martin.
Lead image Isamaya Ffrench for Junya Watanabe. Courtesy of the artist, photography Josh Wilks
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