For Lorde’s first Canadian magazine cover, the 17-year-old Grammy-winner was exclusively photographed and interviewed for FASHION Magazine on a quick stop in Texas during her recent tour. Taking time out between her sold-out concert in Austin and another sold-out show in Houston (where the cover was shot), the New Zealand-born pop star—she’s the country’s biggest musical export to date—had only one major request: play songs from Morrissey during the entire shoot. After she posed with a mix of medieval, modern, Renaissance and Gothic pieces from this season’s top collections (Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino, to name a few), FASHION’s features editor, Elio Iannacci chatted with the artist moments before she conducted her sound check backstage at Houston’s Bayou Music Center.
Here’s a sneak peek at the story, which will hit newsstands on April 14, 2014.
On being called the Sylvia Plath of pop music:
Never for a second would I put myself beside a genius like Sylvia Plath! I may have specific tastes but I’m not trying to be avant-garde with my approach or my music. I like indie [rock], pop and literature. I like to play with them but that doesn’t make me a genius.
On her love of menswear:
Jackets and pants are my power clothes. I agree with Annie Lennox when she said, “wearing a suit is like wearing armour.” I wore pants and a shirt at the Grammys because it made me feel confident. I remember looking at early photos of Patti Smith when she was wearing those men’s shirts she chopped off at the sleeve. That, to me, is the strongest look in the world.
On her preferred work attire:
A lot of my stage clothes are suits, jackets and trousers that come from designers like Phillip Lim and Stella McCartney. I’m a fan of Céline and Comme Des Garçons too because the clothes don’t look contrived and they don’t look like they are trying too hard.
On one of her biggest influences:
Author Tobias Wolff is my hero. In terms of creating perfectly formed sentences and paragraphs and paying attention to word selection—Tobias Wolff is awesome. He’s been writing short fiction a long time but I read a collection called The Night In Question that blew me away.
To read our cover story, pick up the FASHION Magazine May 2014 issue starring Lorde, available on newsstands April 14, 2014.