Check out Lily Allen’s rocktastic look on the cover of Elle UK’s October issue….
The photo and subsequent shoot, featuring clothes especially designed for Allen from designers like Giles Deacon, Preen and Louise Goldin, have a smudgy but sparkly, glam rock feel Lily has graduated to from her days as a technicolour urban-clad Myspace star. No, this girl has moved onto bigger and better things and looks set to stay; despite tabloid run-ins and a miscarriage-induced, mini-Britney-breakdown that included a stint of ill-advised blonde locks, she saved her skin with a credible second album while maintaining her image as a bit of a misfit on the sleb scene; she already has a New Look line under her belt and is a designer darling and FRow regular. But there’s more to come; the Kaiser himself recently anointed her with his holy magic, replacing Jerry Hall with Lily for the next Chanel handbag campaign. And the results are delicious, with Lily working a leather Audrey-inspired look, perfect for a bad ass fashion victim who’se already mixed modern and retro styling (think the Nike dunks and prom dress pairings of her Alright, Still beginnings).
But get this; she is now set to launch a jewellery line inspired by animals, flowers, and smiley faces, much like her tattoo, which according to the star “kind of comes from my love of acid trance music”. Rad. The line will be named “Lily Allen”, and targeted at 14-to-40-year-olds, hopefully tuned to the budget of those at the 14 end. The lady is really proving herself to be more than just any old It-Brat.
But let us get back to the Elle cover and that blonde barnett – having already rocked pink hair at the Glamour Women of the Year party back in June, she rocked peroxide, blue and purple locks at Glasto, all with a great sense of fun and panache I think is necessary to pull of a wig. And to don a wig really is the future of mad hair these days; with a great sense of creativity buzzing in fashion and the desire to experiment, the wig is just the ticket to new and shocking do’s night after night needing without time to grow/money to dye. Plus, your hair will thank you. Enormously.
But GaGa is perhaps real master of the fake stuff, and it’s part of the many evolving elements that keep her outfits so jaw-dropping, as with the flick of her synthetic locks, she can look like a different woman each and every time she’s seen. And Allen, although she doesn’t have a Haus of Lily behind her, is doing her best, it would seem, when she’s not trying to be couture and cute like the rest of ’em, to give that Lady a run for her money in the style stakes, with pantless antics at G-A-Y and on the cover of Spin magazine, see-through chiffon at V festival and ultra-tan and glove combo at the big G. Not bad for one who’s still seen from time to time in Ugg boots and ponchos…