Annie Clark, the brains behind St. Vincent, is the best person to start off this series. She makes great music, adorns herself in the best accouterments and rocks out like no other. Not to mention she is undoubtedly beautiful.
Her music sounds like Julie Andrews on crack, to put it lightly. She has three albums: Marry Me, Actor, and Strange Mercy. All of them have a romantic feel, but each album gets darker and grittier than the other. In fact, Annie Clark likes to call Strange Mercy, her most recent and successful solo album, "pop songs with fangs." Like the badass that she is, Annie is not afraid to take a love song and smear blood all over it.
She enjoys modern contemporary labels like Acne, Opening Ceremony, and Alexander McQueen. She happens to chill with the designers behind Vena Cava in her free time. Not to mention Phillip Lim outfitted her for her Strange Mercy tour. According to Refinery 29, she is inspired by Seventies Diane Keaton, Jane Mayle, Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, and Woody Allen. We find in her interview with Spin Magazine, however, that she knows not to take that stuff too seriously:
"In regards to being a fashion aficionado, there's a certain amount of taking yourself seriously in the professional world," she says. "The self-effacing person can't completely go down the serious road. But I design, and love when things are beautiful."
We strongly agree. Despite fashion being seen as the most superficial of art forms, people forget that there is no harm in loving beautiful material things. Whether or not one does not "understand" fashion itself, it is still nice to look at, and can lift our shaky self-esteem. We must appreciate it for those reasons. Therefore, we appreciate you too, Annie Clark.