Kate Nash is one of our favourite pop stars; as well as being smart and funny and making ridiculously catchy songs, she also cares about her fans, launching the rock and roll after school club initiative to encourage girls to make their own music. So what happened when she went to London Fashion Week? We caught up with Kate and her stylist Rebekah Roy (one of our ‘fashion insiders’) to find out what she made of the Autumn/Winter collections.
Words: Phoebe Frangoul, pictures: Getty Images and Rex Features
“A couple of years ago I went to see Gemma Slack’s show as she’s a friend, but I found the whole thing quite intimidating. What’s been interesting and different this time is I’ve seen people actually working – seeing the Ones to Watch show at Vauxhall Fashion Scout and having drinks with Georgia Hardinge, I realised how hard she worked and that made it all much more relatable.”
“I’ve been relating every aspect of fashion week to the music industry and there are so many parallels, and watching the shows with Rebekah as my ‘translator’ has made it really fun.”
Rebekah dresses Kate in up and coming designers for her live shows and appearances, so they were taking notes from the front row for potential costume options. “Everything I’ve liked has been strong and bold and feminine. My favourite collections have been: Bora Aksu, Georgia Hardinge, Phoebe English and Nova Chu from the Ones to Watch show (that was really fun), Todd Lynn and Felder Felder. They had lots of long stuff, and then when the model turned around the dresses were split up to the bum and finished with a little bow – cute and cheeky!”
“Watching the models on the catwalk, you realise that what they’re doing is similar to me on stage doing a gig – it’s all about getting into the mind-set of the performance, and then it’s funny to see them afterwards in their everyday clothes rushing off to the next show. Seeing clothes on the catwalk – they’re like works of art, it’s the one time when the designer’s vision is complete. It’s like a piece of music; when I record a song in the studio it’s all mine, but as soon as it’s out in the world and it belongs to someone else, it’s not about me anymore.”
“I remember when I was 16 and started wearing clothes that made me feel good, I was so happy and I wasn’t trying to fit in with anyone else’s expectations - fashion liberates you.”