Karl Lagerfeld is Janelle Monae's "hero".

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe

The 31-year-old singer-songwriter is known for her distinctive fashion taste and has admitted that the iconic German designer serves as her inspiration after the launch of Chanel's Fall 2017 collection.

She shared: "Karl Lagerfeld is just my hero. When I saw that his show in Paris was NASA-themed, I was sick to my stomach because I wanted to be there.

"When I saw the photos and videos online, it just made me fall in love with fashion and think about how important of an experience it is."

And Janelle - who has adopted a signature black-and-white style over the years - revealed that her deep-rooted love for the designer extends well beyond the show in the French capital.

She told Vogue magazine: "He is someone who sticks to black and white, too. And he finds a lot of freedom in what he wears."

Janelle has become almost as well known for her stunning outfits as her music, and the American singer admitted she spends lots of time trying to find the perfect outfit for her red carpet appearances.

Janelle - who wore an eye-catching Elie Saab couture gown to the Oscars earlier this year - explained: "The more you know ahead of time what you want to wear, it just makes life easier.

"I had a photo stream months before I went to the Oscars. I knew my dress. I knew what I was going to be wearing certain days when I went to press [events], so I wouldn't have to be stressed out trying to figure it out."

Meanwhile, the singer also revealed her signature black-and-white outfits are inspired by her parents, who, as a janitor and a truck driver, were required to adopt a similarly uniformed look for work.

She explained: "Wearing my uniform is not just a fashion rule that I live by, it also means something to me to think about my parents, who wore their uniforms, and all the people in the world serving to keep this country safe.

"It just reminds me of where I come from, how far I've come, and where I am and how much further I have left to go."

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