Last year Riccardo Tisci revealed Erykah Badu as the new face of Givenchy’s spring 2014 collection. In the October issue of Paper magazine, where both Tisci and Badu share the cover, Tisci dished the deets on why Ms. Badu is “the exact definition of style.”

Tisci described his first interaction with the neo-soul artist. He said, “The first time we met was at one of her concerts in New York a few years back. But the first time we actually connected was when she arrived to the set of the campaign. I was so nervous—it is rare to spend time with one of your idols, and she is truly one of my ultimate ones. She was nothing short of what I had in mind. She arrived with the most outrageous hair (a solo braid long to the floor) and an amazing hat. She was the exact definition of style according to me. We clicked immediately. We hugged and talked for so long, about everything and anything. And we share so much more than aesthetics… I love her.

Tisci, who is the creative director of Givenchy, was impressed with Badu’s sense of style while shooting the campaign for spring 2014 collection. The Italian-born fashion design said, “On the campaign set, she started styling the looks she was supposed to wear and I was amazed. The effortlessness was striking. Everything she put together worked perfect and screamed Givenchy. She came with her own personal stuff in case we were to need it, and I discovered that she owned many pieces that I designed. That’s when I realized we shared the same taste.”

Pick up this month’s Paper magazine to read more on Badu and Tisci. Click through our gallery to check out the images from the feature!

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