Alison Mosshart: Rock Girl Layering

All over the fashion blogsophere, I’ve noticed that several of the same female artists have been raved about for their personal style. I hate to admit that I am bored of seeing the same names being talked about over and over again, and sadly, I am not a huge fan of those artists either. Sure, Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine and Zooey Deschanel of She & Him are not too shabby in my book, but has anyone ever paid attention to some of the rare girls in the music scene who rock really hard? I am tired of hearing Feist’s vocal copycats and seeing Inara George’s outfit clones everywhere. I may be missing out on fairly good talent probably because I have an aversion to senseless hype, but I cannot help but overlook the obvious piece-by-piece lack of originality either. Alison Mosshart of The Dead Weather and The Kills is one rad chick with some serious and complex layering abilities, coupled with rockin’ raw talent.

I usually see Alison clothed in layers of the patterned cardigan and graphic shirt combo during the warmer days and wrapped in more patterned scarves during the colder days. She’s almost always piled with necklaces and other nondainty jewelry in almost every outfit, with feathers, studs, skulls, leather, or rubber bands being the most worn. Take a cue from her with fearless pattern mixing, too. Rules do not apply! Although I really like Alison’s layering and pattern mixing (which is what I would like you to hopefully gather from this post), I think her commonly used skinny jeans are a bit too tight, so don’t jump to making her your role model right away. I purposefully didn’t include the photos that show a lot of her bottom half for this reason, but what I probably don’t ever foresee her wearing is a mini skirt or a cleavage-baring top (maybe once). I rest my case. She is cool. I make very minor clothing compromises with artists that have talent too great to ignore. As I am thinking about this, maybe I am giving Alison too much credit for her music, actually. Just so you know, she isn’t your typical female artist—or at least not the type of girl that gets buzzed about in your latest and lamest fashion communities.

Above photo by Hedi Simane.

The two black and white photos below are by Dave Sims:

Scans from Vogue

Here are the Kills live at The Basement performing one of my favorite songs of theirs “Tape Song” from the album Midnight Boom. I like seeing musicians use their instruments—sometimes it can even be more appealing than their music videos:

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