‘My playsuit was made in two hours’: The Noisettes party at Café de Paris

23 February 2009

If you haven't heard of Shingai Shoniwa (aka the lead singer of the hottest band in town right now) then read on peeps, because The Noisettes are here to stay. After performing at the PPQ after-party held at Café de Paris last night, we caught up with Shingai to get her take on all things fashwan...

So what shows have you seen so far? I saw the Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Azzuro, Nicholas Kirkwood - I love his shoes! And I really loved the colours at PPQ -  bold, zesty very fruity - I'm so into daring shapes when it comes to clothes.

Tell us about your outfit last night? My yellow playsuit? It was made by my friend Amichie. The night before we were at the Nicholas Kirkwood party at Browns, so we got back to his round 5am and had a bottle of wine. Then I realised I had nothing to wear to perform in, so he took my measurements and made my outfit there and then in two and a half hours. I love it.

How about your style? It's continually evolving, just like my music. Over Christmas I had a really bad break-up and it was so cold and raining that I just decided to start wearing really explosive clashing colours to cheer myself up. I've never paid any allegiance to a fashion institution or house, but I really love Westwood Gold Label and McQueen. I still try to support upcoming artists though, because my grandmother inspired me with clothes. She was a pattern cutter but self-taught - I come from a huge African family so we're always customising our hand-me-downs.

What's your favourite look at the moment? Super tight playsuits that are really sculpted because you can do three different things: you can add a colour, you can put turn ups in to make it 1920s, embellish it with loads of crazy jewellery. They're great for getting dressed on a hangover, like if you're not feeling confident. Plus playsuits are so great to perform in - you can jump around and kick but no one can see your crotch.

What's happening with the band? Music wise, our single Don't Upset the Rhythm is coming out on 23 March. Then we also have a UK tour starting in Brighton on 10 March, London on 11 March. It's really exciting...


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