Of The Week
The singer joins Howard Jones, Belinda Carlisle
and other '80s pop stalwarts for this year's Here And Now concert at the
SECC on 28 April
Where do you keep your clothes?
Mainly in a suitcase in the back of the car. I
have a flat in London but I'm always on the move. Sometimes I'm in three
different cities in a day, so I need to carry enough clothes to see me
Do you shop alone?
Always. I can't bear shopping with other people.
You can make terrible decisions based on someone else's advice.
Where do you buy your underwear?
Victoria's Secrets in the US. I love it and the
selection is enormous. I know it's pricey but because it's a specialist
shop the cut's better. The thongs, for one, fit better. Being American
too, the sizes aren't too small - I really hate tight knickers.
Your most extravagant purchase?
For this tour I'm getting armour made by J.R.R.
Tolkien's great-nephew. the little breastplate is costing £1,000.
I want to look like a futuristic Boadicea.
You've borrowed a black dress or suit - how do
you make it look yours?
I never borrow anyone else's' clothes.
What wouldn't you be seen dead in?
I'd never wear clothes by Chanel. They're made
to make women look fat.
Whose style inspires you?
Anna Wintour's. She's the editor of American Vogue
and I think she's astonishing - her look, her outlook, her philosophy.
You never wear it, but you could never throw it
That covers just about everything I own. I'm terribly
lazy - I've been wearing the same trousers for the last three years.
What are you going to buy this season and what's
got to go?
Black, black and even more black. I do wear very
bright shirts but black is always on somewhere. I probably won't throw
Five minutes, five hours - how long does it take
you to get ready?
One hour. It's psychological - I don't like to
hurry. As you get older you don't need an hour, but it's hard to break
the habit of a lifetime.
How would you describe your own style?
A hitchhiker who's just won the pools: very, very
tatty - but happily tatty.
High heels or flats?
I always wear Nike trainers. I buy boy's ones
- they're half price. I'm so small I can get away with wearing kid's clothes.
Dress for the occasion, conformist or anarchist?
Anarchist. I don't like girly clothes. I feel
terribly uncomfortable and vulnerable when I'm looking very girly.
IF MONEY'S NO OBJECT
Crimson coat by Helen David of English Eccentrics,
NEVER GET TIRED OF
Gloves, £40, Georgina Von Epstof.
FAVOURITE HIGH STREET SHOP
Karen Millen. Gold sparkly top, £10 in the
Helen David of English Eccentrics. Handbag, £200.
Interview by Gillian Welsh.
The Scotsman Magazine
6th April 2002
Thanks to Alec Kelly