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A Polished Lorde Talks Fashion and Red Carpet Anxiety as Stella Magazine’s December Cover Girl

Lorde’s budding friendships with the fashion-savvy pack, including Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss, aren’t having too much of an influence on the teenage singer’s own concern with fashion. Or, at least, that’s what we gather from her latest interview with The Sunday Telegraph‘s Stella magazine.


Lorde, or Ella Yelich-O’Connor, as her mum calls her, is the glossy’s December cover girl, and although she looks freakin’ amazing in a white turtleneck tucked into navy-silk trousers, complete with unrecognisable straightened hair, the starlet hints at how unfazed she is with designer brands, the surprising places she sources clothing, and the stress of walking a red carpet for her accompanying interview.

From the get-go Lorde was asked what she was wearing, and replied with a wonderfully vague piss-taking answer. “Some, like, trousers, some boots… My jumper? I think it’s from New Zealand.” Savvy as she is, she probably guessed the magazine was after some designer names, adding, “I cut the labels out of everything – they scratch me.”

She also admitted to rummaging through other people’s belongings, during an annual New Zealand recycling initiative called Inorganics. It’s a period where everyone downsizes by throwing out their old possessions, and Lorde loves it. “It stays on the street for a few days and then it’s collected and put into a landfill somewhere. But people drive around and go through other people’s household rubbish. And, honestly, I’ve gotten amazing furniture, shoes, hats, jackets, ” she explained.

And even though she’s one of the richest 18-year-olds in the world, and can wear designs by the likes of Proenza Schouler, Lorde still collects unique goods from Inorganics. “I did this three weeks ago! Recognised every single time. So embarrassing!” she laughed.

But to Lorde, clothes are more about feeling comfortable and confident, rather than boosting your status, which makes perfect sense. “I put on a suit and I’m like, ‘I’m a badass!’ And that to me is my daring. But if it happened to be a bra and undies that made me feel that way, why deny yourself that?” Word.

That being said, the singing sensation also talked about how the nerve-racking prospect of red carpets when she was quickly rising to stardom. “I’d just turned 16, and people were wanting me to do red carpets and I was, like, ‘I’m still getting used to how I look and I’m still growing’.”

She added, “And I don’t want to just feel sad because someone said, ‘Ooh, she’s on the worst-dressed list!’ So I thought, ‘I don’t have to do this if I don’t want to.’ And it’s been so amazing and so stress-free not doing it.”

To read the entire interview, where she talks about things like feminists ideals and sobriety, head over to Stella‘s website.

[Via Stella]