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Okay, so break down your approach to style for us. What types of pieces do you gravitate towards?
"I'm certainly allowing myself to be more playful now. If something makes me laugh hysterically, I'll wear it. Clothing has to elevate your mood. A lot of the things that elevate me are humor, glamour, and comfort. There has to be something funny and tongue and cheek about what I'm wearing, because that's who I am."
As a touring musician, you've been able to travel the globe. What city would you say speaks to your style the most?
"In New York, it’s like pow pow pow — you have to make sure you’re saying something with what you’re wearing when you walk into a room. But it's always going to be London, for me. There's a rebelliousness about it that I enjoy."
Versace sunglasses and shoes.
Does your on-stage style persona differ from your off-duty one?
"It’s absolutely a different persona. On stage you exaggerate who you are and what you’re trying to say. It’s the same as your voice: If you’re standing next to somebody, you’re having a conversation in your talking voice, but if you’re singing, you’re pushing so much more air out of your body and making melodies and a much bigger sound. I think everything else you do on stage has to have the same process. So your clothing is not going to be conversational clothing, it’s going to be melodic and louder, and it’s going to say something."
Tell us about your go-to stage look.
"I'm inspired by elements of sportswear, particularly boxing. Those outfits tend to combine glamour and practicality: The shorts are silk and full of color. The dressing gown is practical when you’re warming up, yet floaty and gorgeous. And the belt is huge and blingy and beautiful. I like to bring those elements together because performing is very much my form of a sport and there are practical matters to be considered, like getting hot and sweaty. I need to move my legs, I need to bend down and run and jump around, but at the same time, I want to look glamorous and elevated and feel floaty. Combining all of those things together to make clothing for this tour has been an absolute joy."
What led you to see boxing as a source of fashion inspiration?
"Boxing is one of those sports that has a very interesting element of skill involved, and it also has that double-edged sword of being incredibly violent. So it’s kind of curious to me. My dad watched a lot of boxing, and although I didn’t like it, I was fascinated. And of course people like Muhammad Ali really pulled you into the sport, so you can't deny it's attractive."
How does that turned-up look compare to your off-duty uniform?
"When I'm traveling between shows, it's all about a fresh tracksuit. I like patterns on my tracksuit and big, bold lettering — something more playful. I also like really stupid, loud T-shirts. But my ultimate Aluna outfit, because I'm intrinsically lazy, is a one-piece, something that's pretty much a bag."
What's your M.O. when it comes to accessorizing?
"On stage, [I want you] to see what I'm wearing from a long distance away. If you're at the back — it's not the ballet so you don't have binoculars — an accessory has to be a really bold statement."
What fashion rule do you love to break?
"Wrong length trousers."
How do you approach shopping for one-of-a-kind pieces without breaking the bank?
"If you see something that is out of your price range and you think you just have to have it, take a minute, leave the store, and see how you feel as you go around the block. If you have a feeling of relief — Oh yeah, that would’ve been a terrible purchase — or if you feel really desperate to get around the block and get back into the store before somebody else buys it, then you know whether it’s worth the check."