For Adu-Watts, the chance felt all of the extra highly effective given Rihanna’s emphasis on range at Savage x Fenty, a problem that lies near his coronary heart as a trans man. “The truth that she’s together with individuals of all sizes and shapes to me is so necessary,” says Adu-Watts. “It is wonderful to be in a spot with all these fashions the place no one seems the identical, however everybody is rather like, ‘okay, that is who I’m, that is my physique,’ and so they’re pleased with what they’ve to supply. I feel that sense of inclusivity is so unimaginable and necessary. Everyone could possibly be doing what she’s doing, however they aren’t. Extra designers must be working that method.”
Whereas the crimson silk smoking jacket and pajama shirt he wore within the Savage x Fenty present was proper up his alley—“I simply felt like a king sporting that, actually”—Adu-Watts is a fan of tailoring when off-duty. “A 3-piece swimsuit is the place I really feel, like, most prepared to only conquer,” he says. “I really like the entire Nineteen Twenties or Fifties swimsuit vibe. I want that’s how everybody dressed nonetheless! I like to go to thrift shops and discover previous fits, or go to vintage locations and discover little cuffs and tie pins and pocket watch chains. That’s the place I’m going loopy—I’ve lots of stuff.”
Whereas Adu-Watts was born and raised within the British countryside, touring largely to accompany Sade on tour, he now lives in Fresno along with his spouse, hairdresser and artist Emily Margaret Shakeshaft. They bought married in Hawaii earlier this yr, following a whirlwind romance. Whereas the warmth of the Californian desert isn’t at all times conducive to sporting his most well-liked three-piece fits, it does present him the house and psychological readability to pursue his best passions: drawing and portray. “I’ve been making artwork my entire life actually,” says Adu-Watts, who first studied artwork within the U.Okay. earlier than enterprise a carpentry and joinery course. “I simply like to do something the place I can use my palms. At any time when I’d exit with my mother and her associates for dinner or one thing, we’d be on the desk and I’d simply be drawing away.”
And throughout his varied endeavors, from modeling to portray to woodwork, he notes that his mother’s assist offers the best validation of all. “My mother is certainly one of my greatest associates; she’s essentially the most unimaginable particular person,” he says. “She at all times says to me, so long as you’re glad and you’re feeling like what you’re doing is true, I’m pleased with you. She’s glad that I’m doing one thing that I actually take pleasure in. I’m in an excellent place, and I’m having fun with my life, and that’s crucial factor of all.”
Within the meantime, nonetheless, Adu-Watts has a extra pressing activity to take care of: tidying his residence forward of his spouse’s return from a couple of days in San Francisco. “She rang me earlier and mentioned, ‘I’d come again in the present day really,’” he says, laughing once more, as his recently-adopted parrot Vlad squawks within the background. “I’ve simply been portray all week so I’m like, ‘oh my God, the home is a large number!’ So I’ll be spending the remainder of the day cleansing up.” It appears even a Rihanna-approved runway star has to do the housekeeping. Fashions: they’re identical to us.