Disco Daddy on her celebrity designs, Donna Summer and musical inspiration

On Repeat is a music series where NYLON asks our favorite creatives – designers, artists and more – for songs they can’t stop playing while they work. You’ll want to add them to your playlists and streaming platforms as soon as possible.

Better known as Disco Daddy, Los Angeles-based Vincent Michael Braccia has quickly become the go-to celebrity designer for all things glitter and glam, resulting in crystal-covered clothing and accessories for the stage, red carpet and even more. Fascinated by nightclub culture and flamboyant costumes since his youth, the queer artist began working as a professional dancer and choreographer before launching Disco Daddy Studio in 2017 with embellished pieces for drag queens such as Violet Chachki and Aquaria. Shortly after, her fashion brand quickly became a favorite and was worn by the biggest stars of the moment, including Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, Katy Perry, Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, Saweetie, Lizzo and many more. .

As the name suggests, Disco Daddy’s sparkly dresses undoubtedly exude his love of fashion, sexual liberation and party lifestyle, the same things that form the foundation of his designs. “All of my work is heavily influenced by music, nightlife and queer culture,” says Braccia to NYLON. “I am more inspired when I am surrounded by my homosexual community on the dance floor, dancing to the rhythm of the music that makes me feel more alive. I want to immerse myself in that fantasy, and since life can’t just exist on the dance floor, I make it my mission to let that fantasy come to life through my crystal designs. All you see is what the world looks like in my mind. It’s glamorous, it’s sexy, it’s eye-catching and it is dance club.

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Five years after launching its made-to-order brand, Braccia is looking to expand the business into the realm of home decor and embellished artwork. Additionally, Disco Daddy Studio is thrilled to amplify and empower other queer artists and the LGBTQ + community, especially when it comes to clubbing and dancing. On Wednesday, June 15, she will host a Pride 2022 party in Los Angeles at The Edition’s Sunset in West Hollywood, as well as debuting her new collection full of unique designs.

Braccia’s appreciation of music continues to guide her creative process and her latest projects are no exception. “I am fortunate to have grown up in a home that celebrates all genres of music. My parents exposed me to the music of their generation and planted the seeds of my now mature obsession with the music and culture of the 60s, 70s and 80s, “says Braccia.” The disco is the cross-section of culture queer, fashion, sexual liberation and luxury. Everything I create is done with this in mind. Everything is a one-of-a-kind wearable art that is as luxurious and captivating to wear as it is to look at. “

Previously, Braccia shared some of her all-time favorite songs that inspired much of her work for NYLON’s “On Repeat”. “Growing up as an artist, music is and always has been my life,” she says. “[This list] I will inevitably leave out hundreds of songs that I love and that are constantly on the move in my studio, but I feel it will give you an idea of ​​who the Disco Daddy is. Read on to learn more.

“I Feel Love” – ​​Donna Summer

“If there’s one song that fully embodies me, it’s this one. I can listen to it over and over for the rest of my life and be completely satisfied. In a world where everyone is chasing being in love, I’m just trying to feel it. “

“The Boss” – Diana Ross

“Diana is the epitome of the global superstar and is forever a muse to me. Any of her songs could be on this playlist, but I like this one in particular. “

“Mighty Real” – Sylvester

“I have countless memories of dancing to this song with friends, lovers and strangers in clubs around the world. Is always from. “

“You don’t want my love” – ​​Debbie Jacobs

“This song is special to me because it was used as the signature song of the Disco Daddy launch campaign that was the beginning of it all.”

“Ring my bell” – Anita Ward

“One of my favorite things about disco music is the use of allusions that introduced sex without blatant vulgarity. This is a great example of that ”.

“Knock On Wood” – Amii Stewart

“This is my alarm clock: it’s the only way to get out of bed at 6 in the morning”

“Do you want funk?” – Sylvester

“I’m down, right?”

“Muscles (version 12”) “- Diana Ross

“The composition, the lyrics and the musicality are unmatched and sexy.”

“Time of the season” – Zombie

“As much as I love clubbing, I also love exploring what came first. This psychedelic era in music is a strong inspiration for my latest work. “

“McArthur Park Suite” – Donna Summer

“My favorite song ever. I play it often, especially when I have exactly 17 minutes and 34 seconds to do something. “