Rihanna’s stylists are working with Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s 9-year-old daughter, Willow, and predict the pint-sized starlet is going to be as big a fashionista as Rihanna — and have her own fashion line!
The team that helped define Rihanna as one of the most influential fashion icons in the world has started working with Willow Smith and they tell HollywoodLife.com exclusively that not only is the 9-year-old as fashion-forward as the chart-topping singer, but they revealed that Willow and her big brother Jaden could end up having a hit clothing line of their own.
“Willow is definitely inspired by Rihanna’s style,” Mariel Haenn tells HollywoodLife.com. “We make an effort to give Willow her own style, so as not to be a mini-version of Rihanna, but Willow really knows what she likes and what she doesn’t like, and she’s vocal about it.”
Also vocal is mom Jada Pinkett Smith, who has final veto power over anything either Willow or Jaden might wear. “Jada said upfront that she didn’t want us to dress them like standard kids, like with Sesame Street T-shirts,” Mariel says with a laugh. “And the kids really like dressing as adults and hope that adults will want to dress like them. But Jada will put her foot down if there’s something she doesn’t like, though if the kids really love it, she’ll usually let it pass.”
When asked how Willow’s personality matches up with the way she dresses, Mariel summed it up with one phrase: “rock ‘n’ roll.” “She’s a rock star, through and through. She likes everything to have that kind of rock ‘n’ roll feel to it. Instead of ballerina flats, for instance, she’ll wear motorcycle boots.”
If you’re thinking about trying to get Willow’s style at home, think again. Most of the items in her wardrobe are custom-made (cut down from women’s pieces, or made specially for Willow). Mariel’s advice? “Accessorize, with wallet chains, necklaces and sunglasses to make what you’re wearing pop.”
And, while both Mariel and her partner, Rob Zangardi, think we’ll soon be seeing designers come out with clothing inspired by Willow’s look, she admits there are even bigger plans in mind. “With Rihanna, pretty soon after she came on the scene, you started seeing designers from Forever 21 to Gucci coming out with styles mimicking her look. We hope the same thing happens here, but I think the ultimate goal is for Willow and Jaden to have their own line.”