In the five years since she burst onto the music scene, we’ve seen Kate Nash go from doe eyed, MySpace ingenue to chart topping, style setting, award winning star. When she’s not making hit records she’s gracing the Fashion Week FROWS, founding charitable organisations and nurturing her blossoming acting career. I caught up with Kate to talk… You’ve guessed it, fashion.
LPA: When I posted about you a while ago several people commented on how much your style had changed since you released your first album. Do you agree? If so, why do you feel this is?
KN: I think it’s a natural thing to change and develop. I think it would be pretty weird if I were still wearing the same clothes I was wearing when I was 18. I can understand why some people that don’t keep track of me might be surprised, but really it would be far more surprising if I was some freaky ghost child that didn’t age – like that freaky kid from resident evil – the first movie.
LPA: Do you dress very differently when you’re performing or attending an event to when you’re, say, going for a night out with friends?
KN: I like to dress differently during the day when I’m on tour to when I’m on stage. I like the transition, the feeling of going from casual to dressed for stage. It’s part of my preparation for the show. It helps me get into a certain mindset. There are certain things I would wear on stage that I would wear on a night out, but I like the way being on stage gives you a freedom to do things you might not do regularly. For example I wore a wedding dress on stage in Dublin and that felt really good. It’s not really the sort of thing I would pop down to the pub in…although I guess that depends on my mood.
LPA: Over the past couple of seasons you’ve been something of a front row regular during London Fashion Week. Has this exposure to the industry changed the way you feel about fashion?
KN: I think it showed me how the fashion industry embraces the freaks and individuals in the world and I really love that about it. It celebrates the unique and people doing whatever they want to do – just having fun with what they wear. But, on a deeper level, having fun with what you wear and dressing how you want gives you an identity. It can totally change how you feel about yourself and how the world sees you. I think it did change my perspective a little bit.
LPA: You work with top stylist, Rebekah Roy. Do you think this has made you more open to taking risks with your wardrobe? Have you had any major disagreements over what you will and wont wear?
KN: We don’t really disagree that much. I can’t really remember a disagreement. Rebekah is one of my closest friends and she understands my style and how I want to come across. I have a lot of fun creating mood boards and sending them over to her and then we have extremely girly meetings in vintage shops and drink coffee and eat cake and decide whether we should have things like “kittens in pink or yellow”. She helps me put together looks that I want to achieve and I love working with her. I think a stylist should be like a bestie who makes you laugh and comfortable and confident and encourages you to embrace things and know when to rock something.
LPA: Who are your favourite designers and why?
KN: Georgia Hardinge and Gemma Slack. I like strong interesting fun women whose clothes are fun and strong. I also like Felder Felder, Cooperative Designs and William Tempest. Dagda are extremely fun and experimental and I like Tatty Devine for jewellery.
LPA: Vintage, high street or designer… What kind of shopper are you?
KN: A bit of everything really. I think I’m becoming more aware of designers. I think it’s really amazing what some people come up with and invent, I LOVE vintage shopping and always will. I love the fact that a piece of clothing has a history and was worn by other people at other places that you don’t know about and just wondering around vintage stores aesthetically pleases me and gives me a sense of nostalgia. And, you always need the high street for essentials.
LPA: What’s the biggest fashion mistake you’ve ever made?
KN: Combats with tassels. Terrible. Although I really enjoy how much those kind of awful looks can encapsulate a time period – a generation of kids and a time in your life. I think it’s fun to look back on that stuff.
Love Ella. X