How Parker Kit Hill Is Bringing High-Fashion Comedy to TikTok

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TikTok: Courtesy of @parkerkithill

TikTok is largely dominated by trending songs, dance challenges, and overall embracing creativity, but it’s not as well known for its fashion scene. That being said, a stylish community is forming on the app—and Vogue is here to find the most inspiring, and most stylish, creators.

This week’s must-follow account is Parker Kit Hill (@parkerkithill), a 24-year-old artist, model, dancer, and social media star based in Brooklyn, New York. Hill’s videos, which are refreshingly irreverent, will make you laugh, but they’ll also make you track down the clothes he’s wearing and press “add to cart.” He’ll do a dramatic runway walk on the sidewalks of New York carting around a huge Dior tote bag, or he’ll even casually take to the streets in a Thom Browne runway look complete with a pleated skirt, football helmet, and spherical platforms—you know, just a regular Tuesday fit! 

Hill is no stranger to being an Internet celebrity, of course. Hill first rose to fame on Vine—rest in peace—as one of the app’s funniest creators. (Remember the infamous bobbed wig dance video? That’s him.) Now, he’s bringing that fun, unapologetic, and unpredictable energy to TikTok, where he’s gained over half a million followers since first posting in March. “I saw it as a new way to express myself on a not-so-new platform,” Hill tells Vogue of joining TikTok. “My content has evolved with me, as I’ve grown up over the past few years. I don’t want my content to be the same thing over and over again. I want you to see that I’ve grown since my last post.”

TikTok: Courtesy of @parkerkithill

Since his Vine days, Hill has forayed into the world of high fashion, often sitting front-row at shows and even appearing in editorials for Vogue, which explains his new stylish look. (Did you spot his Coperni bag?) But don’t go calling him a fashion influencer just yet: Hill hopes to combine his love of clothes with a cheeky, not-so-serious vibe for his TikTok videos. In a way, he says he's staying true to his original smile-inducing content—just looking a lot more chic while doing it. “I want to be a breath of fresh air in the fashion community,” Hill says. “I feel like mixing in comedy makes things feel more real and less static.”

Below, Hill discusses his favorite wardrobe pieces, how he plans his TikToks, and what his favorite video of all time is.

1. What's your process for creating TikToks? 

There's no real process for me. I usually will just set up my camera somewhere and just let loose. My ideas usually come from whatever and whoever I’m around. 

2. What are you into fashion-wise at the moment? 

I’m into super utilitarian looks paired with futuristic and regal touches.

3. What's the most special piece in your wardrobe? The most-worn?

My vintage, 1993, black crushed velvet, whip-stitched maxi flap Chanel bag with 24-karat gold hardware. It’s such a beautiful piece that fits in with my utilitarian aesthetic. My most-worn item would have to be my simple black long sleeve shirt. You can never go wrong with that.

TikTok: Courtesy of @parkerkithill

4. Let’s talk about some TikToks. We need to know the backstory behind this outfit. 

This outfit was for a slew of Halloween looks that I was doing for Instagram content. I chose this outfit because I felt like it hasn’t been seen before in a super chill way. I think pairing it with the boots gave it that extra boost.

5. Tell us about this crazy mask. What was the reaction on the streets while filming?

I was inspired to get this mask after watching the Maison Margiela fall 2012 Couture show, and then I searched it on Etsy and found a shop that makes similar masks. Before I knew it, I had the mask on my head. Surprisingly, no one cared in NYC. I was business as usual.

6. How on earth did you film this? 

I had a friend record me in my pool and didn’t realize the refraction that was happening. I was shocked when I looked back at the video, because I didn’t expect that result.

7. What are these sky-high heels and how did you get so talented in gliding around in them?

I found these heels on a shop called Only Maker, and they specialize in chic mens heels. I just polished my floors before, so it made it easy to slip and slide around.

8. What is your fave TikTok you've ever made? What took the longest?

I don’t really have a favorite. I put the same amount of energy into each video, so it’s hard for me to choose one over another. If anything, the thing that takes the longest for me is choosing the perfect song to go with a video.