Welcome to the inaugural instalment of Girls of Rock! The mission of this new bi-monthly feature is simple: to showcase the sartorial styling of women in indie music with the hopes of getting you hooked on some great music while picking up style inspirations along the way. Let’s go!
One half of noisepop duo Sleigh Bells, Alexis Krauss sounds like a Disney princess and looks like the history of pop punk personified. Her tattooed limbs and domineering stage presence betray the honeyed lilt of her singing voice (the dichotomy also represents the qualities that are attributed to her band’s music). Sleigh Bells’ freshman album, Treats, was received enthusiastically following social media buzz in the summer of 2010. When they toured for Treats, Krauss accessorized her outfits with Wayfarers, white Keds, and an assortment of bangles. She headbanged her heart out in printed leggings, graphic cutoff tanks, and acid wash denim jackets to inspire a hard-as-nails rocker chick style that spawned numerous imitators–but none of them could hold a candle to the original.
Speaking of nails, check out the art on those claws! Krauss is a documented nail art addict who is known to carry press-on nails prepared by her manicurist when on tour. She has no qualms about mixing colours, patterns, and textures that lesser mortals with less sass would never don.
Sleigh Bells came out with a second album in the summer of 2012, and the sound of the whole album leaves the listener feeling as if they were just punched in the face by a glittery unicorn. They came back with a sound that was louder and heavier, and Krauss’ style also returned with a modified vengeance. This time around, she opted for a considerably darker and edgier look: she wore darker eyeshadow and dyed her trademark locks black. Her glorious print leggings were traded in for distressed denim cutoffs. The meteoric rise of Sleigh Bells’ popularity has also led to endorsement deals with Sephora and cult denim line Obesity and Speed.