Shopping for gold Thank you, Natalia, for sharing your time with us. We just came from the Jeremy Scott Fashion show. What are your first impressions of the new collection?

The show was great fun—a surreal acid trip of colors and shapes. I like his boldness in his design. He never fails to impress the critics and his fan base.

Would you wear something from the collection on stage or perhaps even in your daily life?

I loved how bold everything looked today, but I’m not sure if I could pull everything off as a ‘day look’! My favorite collection was Arabian Nights! I could wear anything from that moment, all day all night! I usually wear black and gold, so to see the whole collection and how the different shapes and textures moved together was beautiful!

Coffee in Soho with Natalia Kills

London, Paris, Los Angeles, New York. Your biography sounds more like a trip around the globe with stops in some of the largest cities. Are you a big city girl?

Yes definitely! I feel free in cities. You can feel special and anonymous at the same time, which is incredible. I moved to London on my own at 15, so to
move to New York at 25 was not really a change of pace or lifestyle from what I’d grown up in. Manhattan feels like home.

Where do you live in New York? What are your favorite spots? Do you have any recommendations for us?

I’m an Uptown girl! I love walking around and seeing the 80 year old ladies, walking with their 8th husband, wearing their 8 Karat diamond rings and $8,000 mink coats! It’s obscure and inspiring. I like afternoon tea at Bergdorf Goodman by Central Park because it reminds me of Harrod’s and Hyde Park. When I’m downtown I go to Reformation and Opening Ceremony in Soho!

You just came from Los Angeles where you recorded your newest album, Trouble? What is the biggest difference between the two cities?

LA is like a strange dream. New York is a beautiful nightmare.

Your music is really successful in Central and Eastern Europe. Any specific cities there that got your attention?

I recently went to Istanbul, which was insane! I had no idea how beautiful it would be, and i’d love to go back. My all time favorite city is Paris. It’s what heaven must look like! I’d like to live there for the rest of my life.

You’re right. The city is really incredible. Now one last question: If New York were a person, who would it be?

Oh my god, what a question. Oh, well, New York would be a beautiful girl, the Soviet assassin from an old movie everybody falls in love with. She seems strong and confident, but she had to go through a lot to be at this point, and now she is not ready to compromise for any reason. She is a heartbreaker, because she does not belong to anyone. That is what makes the city so special. New York will always be free.

Photos: Ryan Koopmans