The British it girl talks fashion, music, and her upcoming debut as designer. By Erin Donnelly
With all due respect to Live Aid and the Boomtown Rats, Sir Bob Geldof's crowning achievement may have been fathering the one and only Peaches Geldof. Along with younger sister Pixie, the London-based 19-year-old has been racking up It Girl mileage for quite some time, thanks to her dramatic fashion and perpetual "wild child" headlines in the British dailies. Come this fall, the young style maverick will have a new title to add to her musician-slash-socialite-slash-etc. credentials: university student.
Before she hits the books, though, Peaches is schooling us on her fashion muses and musts. And what of that capsule collection she's designing for PPQ? "It's almost finished," she reveals. "I designed the whole thing, and Amy [Molyneux] drew up the fabric samples and put the wheels in motion. It's very sexy, flirty, and very new romantic/neo-gothic and 1960s Swinging London. Don't expect any bright colors—but frills, short hemlines, and plunging backless all-in-ones are all featured prominently. There are also a few vanity cases on offer bag-wise, and some great 1960s-style buckled ankle boots."
Tell us the five fashion items you can't live without?
1. "A necklace given to me by my boyfriend Faris [Badwan, of The Horrors], which is a golden book with a picture of a noose he drew inside it."
2. "My American Apparel thin cotton high-waisted skirts in black, white, and gray."
3. "My 1950s vanity cases. They make great statement bags."
4. "My collection of black lace dresses."
5. "My black French Sole ballet flats—I wear them constantly."
What are some style inspirations for summer?
"I'm going to go for grunge revival: high-waisted dark denim shorts with vintage thin cotton T-shirts, Doc Martin ankle boots, and plaid shirts done over the top. I'm also going to flirt with a '70s look—fringed sandals and suede waistcoats, hippie headbands, and short white cheesecloth smock dresses. And I'm also going to stick with my signature style of neo-gothic, all black, distressed lace dresses, and antique statement necklaces."
What designers inspire you the most?
"PPQ for their party dresses. I also admire Luella for wearable and imaginative short dresses. Miu Miu has some really interesting pieces at the moment, Marchesa does great red carpet dresses, and Phillip Lim is perfect for day wear. I also love vintage."
Your style features a fresh mix of high-street, fresh-off-the-runway looks, and vintage. What are some of your go-to boutiques?
"I love TopShop because the clothes are well-made, imaginative, and really well-priced—it's designer fashion at affordable prices. I also love Brick Lane in London for the vintage shops, such as This Shop Rocks or Absolute Vintage. Designer-wise, Harvey Nichols stocks some great ranges, but it is very expensive so I head down to PPQ for reasonably priced and always fun to wear designer dresses by my good friend Amy Molyneux, who is a dress genius!"
You have three sisters. Do you share clothes or consult with each other on outfits?
"At the moment [my younger sister] Pixie has my much-loved leather jacket that I want back! But we don't really share clothes as I live apart from her, and we have very different styles. Pixie is very Agyness Deyn/Edie Sedgwick and experiments a lot with off clashing colors, whereas I love a romantic black lace vintage dress and opaque black tights."
Your mother [the late British television personality Paula Yates] had a very funky signature look. Has that influenced you at all?
"My mother's love of vintage and 1950s prom dresses has stayed with me. I'm not as punky as she was, but she was an amazing dresser and that has influenced me somewhat, yes. My fashion icons are Edie Sedgwick, Anna Karina, Patti Boyd, and Pamela Des Barres, so I guess '60s and '70s rock 'n' roll groupies influence my look a lot as well."
Any exciting travel or career news to report?
"I plan to visit my friends from Nylon magazine and the band Chester French in L.A. for two weeks around the end of July, then head to Ibiza with The Horrors and The Klaxons and my best friend, Fifi Brown. Then it's off to rural Mallorca for a family holiday! In September, though, I head to Queen Mary University in London to study English literature and film, so I'm going to make the most of my holidays whilst I can!"
What's on your iPod playlist right now?
"The Cure, The Cramps, Portishead, The Horrors, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Nuggets Compilation, Chester French, The Birthday Party, The Vanity Set, and My Bloody Valentine."
You recently filmed a TV show in which you played a magazine editor. Did you love it?
"I worked on a one-episode observational documentary about starting a music, fashion, and lifestyle magazine. I edited it and had a great team behind me. It turned out well and future prospects for the magazine, which is called "Disappear Here," (a line from the Bret Easton Ellis novel Less than Zero) are looking good."
So, who do you think would win in a catfight: Anna Wintour or Carine Roitfeld?
"I think Carine would win because Anna wouldn't be able to see properly from behind her massive dark glasses."
The British girl-about-town talks fashion, music, and her upcoming debut as designer.