Live music at a Valentino show is becoming something of a tradition under creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, with FKA twigs serenading his fall 2020 menswear show last year. “When Pierpaolo has a musician play, it feels like a collaboration,” Cosima notes. Through a series of conversations and email exchanges, they settled on a lineup of Cosima’s own songs for an after-show performance broadcast on Valentino’s social channels, while also selecting an unlikely cover to accompany the runway spectacle: Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” For this, Cosima provided a moving, plaintive rendition of the classic heartbreak anthem in keeping with Piccioli’s collection, which forwent his usual kaleidoscopic flamboyance for something more restrained. “It was a song I used to sing a lot as a teenager, and even though I had it on my list it was one that made me feel a bit nervous to perform,” Cosima adds. “But when they suggested it as an option, I felt like it was the universe telling me to do it.”
And now, in an unexpected turn of events, the first opportunity to hear any of those songs live has come not to an audience of her rapidly-growing fanbase, but instead to the cavernous surroundings of Milan’s famous Piccolo Teatro at Valentino’s show on the final eve of Milan Fashion Week; empty, but for a lineup of Valentino models snaking through the stalls and assembling on the stage to Cosima’s haunting live soundtrack. “It plays into something that I think anyone creative who works with an audience has been thinking about,” says Cosima. “Just that these places have been sitting empty for so long now, and how many people’s lives are connected to all these places. It’s such a sad thing. And [Pierpaolo Piccioli and I] spoke a lot about how wonderful it is in a year like this to experience live music, even just for one small moment.”
“I mean, there’s also a question mark at the end,” Cosima notes, laughing. “There are moments of real sadness in the project, too.” A product of her time in lockdown—she adds that when it became clear things would be shutting down imminently last spring, she spent a few days in the studio recording “all the vocals I could think of” to make sure she had enough material to play with—the EP speaks to her desire to keep creating even as the world shifted irrevocably around her. “I think the production of art can’t stop just because some commercial things aren’t as viable,” she continues. “Ultimately, it’s more than a commercial thing. It’s also about giving people something to help them deal with what’s going on in the world. For me, it was kind of the perfect moment to sit with everything and find that closure through the songs.”
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