For this collection, Abellán and the Freak City co-founders, Justin Time and Vally Girl, almost exactly replicated a mesh swimsuit that Lil’ Kim wore on the Baby Phat runway in 2000. The swimsuit includes the same rhinestone cat logo on the bottoms, but Freak City added Louis Vuitton’s star and flower motifs on the bikini top and served up the whole look in a neon camo print as a modern iteration of the style.
Abellán first discovered Freak City years ago on the platform where we all find new brands: Instagram. She was particularly enthralled by the line’s cheeky replications of designer goods that were in-your-face fake, like the puffer jacket made in faux collaboration with Fubu and Versace and the oversized velour tracksuit emblazoned with Gucci’s interlocking Gs. So she made sure to visit the brand's store when she was in Los Angeles to shoot Rihanna’s “B*tch Better Have My Money” video in 2015.
“I passed through the store, and I fell in love—it was amazing,” she says. It was then that Abellán discovered that she shared the same taste in clothing with the Freak City team. In other words, it was the perfect sartorial match for a crazy collab. Abellán notes that they “shared the same vision,” while Vally Girl compared their compatibility to a certain form of telepathy.
This isn’t the DJ’s first try at a buzzy collab; earlier this year, she partnered with the Polish streetwear brand MSBHV on an abbreviated range of rhinestone-studded kimonos and halter tops. All of these partnerships are helping the 23-year-old get closer to her ultimate goal: a fashion label of her own. In particular, she dreams of starting a shoe line under her name.
She prefers to wear what she calls “stripper heels,” which are shiny, sexy, extremely high, and just plain fun. But she has a hard time finding her preferred style of off-kilter footwear, outside of vintage stores. For example, the pointy silver d’orsay heels on her feet at MADE LA were a score that cost her only five euros.
“I think the world needs a shoe brand that’s cool. There are luxury shoes that are really beautiful, and then you go to sneakers, but there’s nothing in the middle,” she points out. While she works on figuring out the details for her line, Abellán just keeps booking DJ gigs around the globe and using her spare moments to sketch the stiletto creations she’d like to see IRL.
After L.A., she’s headed to Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy, to attend some menswear shows, DJ some parties and festivals (including August's HARD Summer), and surely gather some inspiration from the shoe capital of the world.