Super-groups, in general, are better in theory than they are in reality (remember the Traveling Wilburys? Yeah, not so much.) While we love the idea of combining amazingly talented individuals who are already well-established in the music community, we aren't always fans of the mish-mashing of musical styles and personalities. However, when we heard that Jack White of The White Stripes was forming a kind of supergroup side project, The Dead Weather, we have to admit we got a bit giddy. The main reason for said joyous response: Alison Mosshart. This Florida-born, raven-haired singer/songwriter (she's one half of The Kills with Jamie Hince, Kate Moss' main squeeze) is the lead singer of the band, which will be on tour this summer to promote their just-released album, Horehound. While we can't wait to watch this gang of four perform (Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence round out the quartet), we also are excited to see Mosshart and her stellar style on stage. She not only possesses an exceptional sound, but she also happens to be an icon to fashion-conscious rockers on both sides of the pond. Mosshart's grunge-glam-punk look, impeccably worn-in wardrobe, and devil-may-care attitude are incredibly covetable and inspirational, hence why we're showcasing it in today's installment of Girl of the Month.
While combing through hundreds of images of Mosshart, we were thrilled to find that the songstress isn't some hyper-styled, perfectly coifed performer; on the contrary, the main ingredient of Mosshart's undeniable allure is that her breed of chic is low-key, understated, effortless, and authentic-in short, our favorite kind! Mosshart seems to strike the right chord time and time again: she's clearly a fashion fan, yet remains completely unaffected by its pomp and circumstance. If you ask Mosshart about her style icon status, she demures, claiming that she wears the same clothes over and over again and that her personal style can be attributed to whatever is splayed on the floor of her flat. However, when said pieces are Anne Demeulemeester jumpers, Dior Homme gold boots (she has a few pairs specially ordered each season), and Marc Jacobs tees (specifically her favorite circa-2006 "Photo Studio" shirt, which she has been known to lend to Moss) there's no denying that the girl has a smart sartorial sensibility and a keen ability to seamlessly weave high and low fashions with aplomb!
Whether she's attending a private dinner in honor of Stella McCartney at Harvey Nichols (second from left, in an Fair Isle cardigan, polka dot blouse and black jeans), the 2008 Glastonbury Music Festival (middle, in a ripped up vintage tee, plaid work shirt, faded green hoodie, and black nail polish) or showing support for Primal Scream's latest album, Beautiful Future, hosted by Diesel Black Gold (second to right, in shredded skinny blue jeans, the same plaid button up; and a vintage Navajo blanket shawl), she looks undone, unfussy, a bit disheveled-in a good way-and devastatingly cool!
Though attaining the certain je ne sais quoi quality of Mosshart's look is easier said than done, we have provided some selections that mimic some of her go-to garments and will add a little rock'n'roll into your everyday rotation. First of all, start with some seriously skin-tight stovepipe jeans as a good base: we highly recommend Topshop's Black Skinny Baxter Jeans ($80) or bebe's Distressed Zip Pocket Skinny Jeans ($139). Pick your favorite ripped up vintage concert t-shirt and layer either John Eshaya's Red Plaid Shirt ($84) or Steven Alan's Plaid Boyfriend Fit Shirt ($160) over it for a masculine-feminine mix. Though Mosshart may have multiple pairs of Hedi Slimane for Dior Homme boots in gold and black, as well as a killer pair of vintage snakeskin western-style boots, we have gathered a duo of outstanding alternates: We Who See's Field Boot ($128) has a slight heel and the tied-up combat feel of their grungier Dr. Marten counterpart, while Frye's Deborah Bootie ($398) is perfectly distressed for those who prefer a worn-in appeal.
And while summer clearly isn't the most useful time for a heavy blanket coat (though this will be a wardrobe essential come fall, according to the runways), we are into Twenty8Twelve's Yasmin Waistcoat ($272). It reflects the classic Fair Isle pattern, complete with eye-catching designs, and the sleeveless shape will prevent any overheating at your favorite music festival or outdoor show. Just add a coat or two of a great black polish (while Mosshart has pledged her devotion to Chanel's Satin Black Nail Varnish, we like Flatte Black Nail Polish ($22) by Knock Out Cosmetics just as much) and you'll have the Mosshart look in no time at all!-KM
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