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Halloween make-up, girl sandals and hangover look:
Bill Kaulitz,
on the development of his style

If someone in Germany stands for distinctive looks, then probably Bill Kaulitz. But which stories are behind the rebellious style of the Tokio Hotel, singer? As part of Zalando’s # StandByYourStyle panel talk, we talked with Bill, about why breeches were the start of his self-confidence and the jogging pants are never part of the stage show.

Bill Kaulitz, already had many faces in public – or rather styles. Anyone who remembers the video for “Through the Monsoon” knows: It all began with a black net shirt. Then came wild XXL hairstyles, platform boots, crass-dramatic eye make-up. In the field of German fashion men, the bill makes for many a kind of figurehead – because despite constantly changing looks, the singer has consistently shown fashionable self-confidence. That’s why Zalando has invited him to panel talk with various influencers as part of their new campaign #StandByYourStyle to discuss consistent style without compromise. The message of the campaign motto also applies to Bill: Too colorful, too shrill, too loud, too much of everything? Do not exist. Why did the purchase of orange plateau sandals as a child still make him sweat, Bill, tells us in an interview.

Why is it important to stand by your own style?

For me, my style has always been an important part of my personality. It underlines what I say and live. It was important for me to be individual. I was an incredibly rebellious teenager: Anything that was against the norm or form, I wanted to enforce necessarily. Fashion has given me self-confidence. Even today, I love to slip on the stage in roles and wear costumes. There are also artists who prefer to wear T-shirts, sweatpants and guitars. If I was put up there in such an outfit, I would probably have to duck away.

Was there ever an outfit that was a risk for you?

There are two moments in my childhood that I can remember well: in the second grade, a friend had orange sandals with a small plateau. They were girls’ sandals – and I thought they were so beautiful! So I asked my mother if I could not have such shoes. She said to me, “I’ll buy them, but tell you that people will say something. You can wear them anyway.” I did that and was pretty excited. And of course, there were actually many kids who laughed. But I was more important to really wear the sandals. The same situation happened with a flare. I was incredibly thin and only a few pants fit, so I bought some from the girls section. They just sat better. There was a particular flared pant with stripes that I found beautiful. But here, too, I knew that people would appeal to me. It was always like that, but I did not care about it at some point.

What’s the best thing about not falling into the norm and not looking like anyone else?

For me, fashion is fun too. One should not let it stress. In addition to music, fashion is a passion for me – and that’s why I used to sew or draw clothes myself. At some point, I wanted to be a designer and have my own fashion collection. Fashion supports the music in my songs and videos, I always have a visual thought to everything musical. When I write a song, I already know what I look like in the video and what I want to do with the performance. Also at Tokio Hotel there was always a visual concept.

What do you think about people who do not like to provoke fashion?

That’s okay, not every concept fits all people. You can inspire each other. Tom and I, for example, have a mutual best friend, we were, so to speak, the three “freaks” of the school. When this friend met us, he was quite inconspicuous, but then started to bleach his hair, to paint himself, to wear leather jackets. Today he says: “I would never have dared to do that if you had not given me self-confidence.” Assistance in the group helps. I do not know if I would have dared to do it all alone, but I just had the support and back-up I needed.

You’ve already talked about admiring David Bowie, Freddie Mercury or Prince for their style. Who else impresses you?

Elton John with his platform shoes. Glam-rock bands like KISS with their make-up and hairstyles. Funnily, the openness to such looks has since regressed. When I styled myself, it was a big shocker, I got a lot on the bag – but so many people had previously paved the way. The thing with my make-up started at a Halloween party: I made myself a vampire. After the party I found the look so great that I wanted to make-up every day, so I came to school from now on.

You have been to the past Oscars yourself when Billy Porter made his grand entrance in the dress on the red carpet. If you could stage such an appearance yourself, how would you design it?

I also do not like adapting to the red carpet. Nevertheless, I like to dress smartly. I learned early on that it’s more about how to style a particular piece. There are often jackets that are actually pretty ugly blended – but then you narrow them down, pull them up or put them in the pants. For example, at the last Oscars, I put the jacket in my pants and put my suspenders over the suit instead of underneath. I also like chic styles by Karl Lagerfeld or wide Marlene pants. I would also like a cape.

How do you see your style in the future?

Just yesterday I met with our costume designer to go over the looks for the next tour. I love changing the style and could never decide only on leather jacket and sneaker. Most of the time, I prefer the opposite to my emotional state. For example, when I have a hangover, I wear a lot of white to wake me up and cheer me up. I still remain undecided: I could never pack my suitcase for outfits. I prefer to open my closet and take my favorite pieces with me. And then it depends on how I feel on each day.


Bill's Photos

Even with questions about possible offspring in the Tokio house
Bill, remains quite cool.

After more than a decade in the international music business,
the most successful German electro-pop quartet knows how to re-invent itself time and time again.
Gives reason to chat about them again and again. And Daniel Fischer gladly took over for us!

Is junior staff entering the Hotel?

Is Bill, really planning a bachelor party for his brother Tom?
What is the relationship with sister-in-law Heidi Klum?
And can the singer imagine being uncle?

“Answers” – can be heard here

We could not resist:
Our Daniel Fischer had to ask Bill, everything about Brother Tom,
wedding with Heidi Klum and a bachelor party …
And of course, if Bill, will soon become uncle !?

Hey, Bill from Tokio Hotel … “Show me!”

“Hello Bill, ready for an interview without being allowed to speak?
Just “question and answer” everyone can. That’s why it’s too boring!
At “show me”, we want answers, just without words.
Let’s see if Bill, of Tokio Hotel, has more than a facial expression
… Ready?

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How would you react when suddenly your absolute favorite star calls?
We tested it together with BillTokio Hotel, fan Aylin





Bill Kaulitz explains

The rumors persist that Heidi Klum (45) expects a child from her soon-to-be husband Tom Kaulitz, (29). Reason enough to ask Tom‘s twin brother Bill, what’s up to the speculation. His sympathetic reaction can be seen in the video.

Heidi and Tom say nothing

For weeks it is speculated whether Heidi Klum is pregnant. The top model does not (of course) comment on the rumors and seems to rather enjoy the game with the media. Again and again she posted pictures from her vacation with Tom, sometimes with and sometimes without a hidden stomach. The comment columns of her Instagram account overflowed with conspiracy theories. So if Heidi and Tom, do not comment, who to ask? Exactly! Bill, the twin brother of Tom. After all, he has to know if he will soon become an uncle.



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Tokio Hotel, is on tour again, frontman Bill Kaulitz, was a guest on Friday at WDR 2 Studio. With host Thorsten Schorn he spoke about the new sound, fashion, about the wedding of his brother Tom, and fans of then and now: “Many come to the shows to remember together.”

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