(Photos by FameFlynet Pictures and PacificCoastNews)Florence Welch
is not just pretty. She is handsome. This is so much cooler. Pretty is nice, yes. Pretty can get you on the Bachelor,
and if you play your cards right, then wrong, then right, on the Bachelorette.
But handsome, when you are a woman, is epic. On Welch, it is a cross between a Jane Austen heroine (not the obvious one, but her smart sister), an antiquities statue and David Bowie.
It is surely to do with her Roman nose, alabaster skin, and mane of hair that spawned a worldwide dye-job. And partly to do with her bombastic vocals and softly lilting British speaking voice. But let us not overlook the most obvious thing: her killer sense of fashion.
Welch's key to success lies in the fact that nothing she wears ever appears to be new. If she's onstage, she will often embrace a pre-Raphaelite silhouette: drapey, ornamented chiffon numbers that look like they went for a dip in a river—in a romantic, slightly gothic way.
Off stage, she might crib from any style or era. She may go Victorian with frilly high collars, broaches, heavily brocaded gowns, and dresses that look like they were made from curtains stolen from Windsor Castle. Or maybe glam rock with a gold blazer and high-wasted shiny pants. Or hey, she might even go '70s thrift store—hello ugly-cool patterened blouses and vintage jeans!
But our favorite fashion moments are when she sets her style dial to "what's the point in being a famous indie goddess if you're not going to take crazy risks?" Like in the case of her Alexander McQueen
gown for the Met Ball (at right), when she went for a multi-tiered "spun by fairies and attacked by butterflies" sort of look.
Yes, that dress may have landed her on more than a couple of worst dressed lists, but some of us happen to think she looked magical thank you very much. We'd like to see a member of the merely pretty brigade just try to pull that off.
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