Saint Laurent model and ’90s rock icon Courtney Love graces the latest cover of Interview Russia. The editorial is filled with as much of Hedi Slimane’s wares as you’d expect, with some Prada and Emilio Pucci to boot. Fashion editor Gro Curtis said he and photographer Francesco Carrozzini wanted the story to be a departure from her typical grungy, rock & roll editorials, and instead “more sensual and polished.”
Still, it’s hard for us to disassociate Love from her grunge roots. But now we know there’s a lot more to Love’s style inspiration than that, like “louche depravity” and the Weimar Republic, because we got to interview her! Love dished the dirt on where she finds fashion inspiration, what she thinks of the grunge trend, the next street trend she thinks people will “steal,” why she can’t dress the same as Kate Moss, Daphne Guinness or Ciara, Miley Cyrus’s “crap stylist,” and so much more. She gets real honest.
Read on for our interview and click through the gallery for the rest of the shoot.
Fashionista: What do you look to for fashion inspiration these days?
Courtney Love: 1890s. 1920s, boudoir dolls, tattered elegant decadence, louche depravity, Weimar Republic, the world coming to an end, old Galliano Dior shows, being able to go to my guy in Brooklyn and dye a white gown three colors of ombre, ribbon art.
What do you like to wear yourself? What is your style now?
I look at simple chic as what works best for my age, but I also want the prettiest gown, not the most boring, and the sharpest. I love Marchesa for this and I love Calvin Klein classics and [Michael] Kors, and Chanel gowns. The latter mixes my love of Edwardian and Victorian and flapper with chic. I’m not Daphne Guinness and I don’t have much to prove in rock and roll–that I have down pat. But for my newly committed career, acting again, I’m going to have to really pull off a chic and great look and never get it wrong with too many youthful details such as the ones that inspire me for my line. I love boho, but there’s an appropriate way to wear it. I like Jason Wu, Altuzarra, Valentino and Westwood, as well as Saint Laurent.
What do think of this whole ’90s grunge resurgence in fashion? Do you think it’s a good thing or are you sick of seeing it everywhere?
I don’t see it anywhere, really. I have always used a flannel shirt as a belt. It’s classic in some ways. The easiest next street trend to steal will be crust punk, which ought to be interesting through higher-end designers’ eyes.
What personal fashion moment do you regret the most? Are there any fashion trends you hope never come back?
Obviously Lycra and Spandex and rubber were all bad ideas, but I’m very open; I always try. It doesn’t mean I’m Kate Moss and always nail it. Kate and I went to a store in Notting Hill and purchased the same exact almost Victorian capelet; I wore mine first and got slammed for it and she wore hers the following week in an identical boho outfit and it was heralded; it’s all about context. Weight plays heavily into it, too, and facial beauty. No one could have worn that Givenchy couture gown that I tried on a few times three years ago except Ciara to the VMAs–a black girl with curves in the right places. On me, it looked like a belly dancer.
What are your thoughts on Miley Cyrus?
She has a crap stylist; at least Katy Perry lives out her insane fantasies and kids love it. I liked Katy when she was in a black shag and the shy girl on Glen Ballard’s arm at events. She was damaged goods by the time she got to Capitol [Records]. She really worked for it: ‘It’ being a career I find so boring it’s sort of sad, but what she wears is cute and in her own universe. Miley provided me with endless laughs at the VMAs. The Harajuku Japansese girl little bear suit was cute.