Left: My partner-in-crime, Eve. Right: me wearing a vintage plaid shirt, leather leggings from Aritzia, and top from Urban Outfitters
When I started imagining myself in college, I came up with a theoretical list of things I had to do. Work on a student film? Check. Go vintage shopping in Brooklyn? Check. If this list had materialized on an actual piece of paper, "see Sky Ferreira in concert" would be highlighted, starred, and after November 11th, checked off. Sky's music got me through my best and worst moments in high school. Her old hits like 17 helped me channel my rebellious side, and her heartbroken mega-hit Everything Is Embarrassing was soundtrack to my moodier teen moments. It seemed like fate when, just when I was searching for a new sound to set my NYU memories to, Sky dropped her first full-length album Night Time, My Time, a masterpiece of sassy electro-pop that's been the background noise for my college-induced emotions. I've felt so personally connected to Sky and her music through different phases of my life, so seeing her live was like rewinding through it all, but in a different context. It was like, ohthelasttimeIheardthissongwasjunioryearandIwascryingbut NOWI'MINTHECITYATTHISCONCERTANDITROCKS, if you can get that. To be completely honest, Sky's voice seemed a little lackluster, though what she lacked in sound she made up for with charisma, from her Saint Laurent dress to her model-like mannerisms.
Sky Ferreira preforms in look #11 from Saint Laurent f/w 2013 at Webster Hall November 11, 2013
Speaking of Saint Laurent, creative director Hedi Slimane is a Sky Ferreira devotee. He brought the singer as his date to the MET Gala and cast her in the PreFall Saint Laurent ads. (Fun fact: Slimane also photographed the album cover for Sky's Ghost EP.) So when it came to picking out a concert outfit, I turned to Saint Laurent for inspiration. The fall/winter 2013 collection, Slimane's second for the house, was a harmonious mash-up of plaid, leather, fur, and sequins, all staples in the neo-grunge look that Sky is famous for.
From left: Caroline Issa during fashion week, Hailee Steinfeld in Emporio Armani, Saint Laurent fall/winter 2013 by Hedi Slimane, Naomi Campbell and Kristen McMenamy photographed by Steven Meisel
Now, hold on. I probably don't strike you as the hardcore grunge, too-cool-for-school kinda girl that Slimane envisioned wearing this collection. And I'm not. In fact, I wasn't too sure that a softy like me really could pull it off, that is until I saw Hailee Steinfeld at the TeenVogue Young Hollywood party. Good-girl Hailee (she doesn't even have her ears pierced!) wore a polished-up take on grunge featuring a high-neck leather dress with a plaid shirt tied effortlessly around the hips. When I found a nearly identical plaid shirt at a thrift store in the East Village, I immediately envisioned it slung around the waist of my leather leggings (Aritizia has the BEST pairs, so soft and stretchy) to achieve a similar look. I topped the outfit with an acid-washed crop tank and accessorized with suede wedge booties and a rose-gold stud bracelet. Kohl-lined eyes and loose, wet-looking waves à la Hailee were the finishing touches on my concert get-up.
The disposable camera I took to the concert created some weird effect here, but it kinda works with the grunge aesthetic, no?
I have to admit, half the fun of going to the concert was just dressing up and getting ready with my friend Eve.