Photo: Karen Elson
From her recently released full-length album The Ghost Who Walks, to rocking the runway of adored fashion designers like Chanel and Marc Jacobs, Karen Elson can talk the talk and walk the (cat)walk. While the frocks debuted by Elson on the runway could qualify her as an icon of style, it is her personal style as a vintage-flaunting vixen off of the runway that has our hearts, as well as Jack White’s!
Elson at her vintage boutique, Venus & Mars. Photo: BlackBook
While images of Elson can be found blazing magazines, billboards, and stores worldwide, the model herself is more likely to be found harmoniously juggling her musical acts and her co-ownership of vintage boutique Venus & Mars in Nashville, Tennessee. In an interview with BlackBook, Elson remarked that many of the pieces that live at V&M were picked up during international modeling gigs, and date “from the late 1800s to the early 1980s.”
Since opening V&M, Elson’s time has transitioned to her budding career as a gothic-folk songstress and her two children with hubby, Jack White – whom she met while filming The White Stripes “Blue Orchid” music video!
When onstage, Elson chooses to dress in completely one-of-a-kind ensembles, whereas modeling for designers doesn’t grant her the same freedom. As quoted from Style.com, “All of my stage clothes are vintage. They’re all Southern gothic sort of gowns and little country-esque outfits.” Be still, our vintage-loving hearts!
During Fashion’s Night Out in New York, we were able to catch a front-row glimpse of the multi-talented style icon as she performed a set of songs from her debut album. Her band mates followed in stylish suit, representing with western-inspired style and peach-hued accents, while Elson played a range of songs, including “Pretty Babies” (which can be heard on our Style of Music post!).
No detail is overlooked, Elson even dressed the microphone stand in decadence.
What do you think of Karen’s revival of vintage, ’30s-meets-’70s romantic gowns? Does her style strike a chord with you as iconic?