Florence Welch for Interview Magazine

Posted on October 14, 2011

Florence Welch for Interview Magazine
Florence Welch covers the October 2011 issue of Interview magazine photographed by Craig McDean and styled by Karl Templer.

“I was always that girl growing up who you could find dancing down the supermarket aisle.”


We feature a TON of celebrity fashion editorials here, but most of the time, it’s conventionally pretty ladies wearing conventionally pretty clothes, smiling into the camera or looking off into the distance. Nothing wrong with that; we’ve certainly praised quite a few of them for it; but it does get a bit old after awhile. What we love about these pictures is that it’s not simply a pretty girl in pretty clothes. Flo really knows how to work a camera. Not in the, say, Beyonce or Rihanna sense; just that she has loads of charisma and a real sense of herself. We’re going to piss off any of the old punks in the readership, but she reminds us quite a bit of a young Patti Smith that way – if Patti had liked wearing makeup and lots of really expensive clothes.


Florence Welch for Interview MagazineBlazer: Calvin Klein. Stole: Dolce & Gabbana. Top and Pants: Balmain. Brooch: Lynn Ban. Rings (worn throughout): Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Lowluv by Erin Wasson, Made Her Think, and Aurélie Bidermann.

Florence Welch for Interview MagazineTop: Salvatore Ferragamo.

Florence Welch for Interview MagazineJacket: Moschino. Blouse: Valentino. Jeans: Gap. Collar and Shoes: Nina Ricci. Brooch: Lynn Ban.

Florence Welch for Interview MagazineBlouse and Pants: Dolce & Gabbana. Belt: Lynn Ban. Bracelets: Artist’s own.

Florence Welch for Interview MagazineBlazer and blouse: Giorgio Armani. Pants: Isabel Marant. Collar: New York Vintage. Brooches: Lynn Ban. Bracelet: Artist’s own. Shoes: Nina Ricci. Dress (in overlay): Gucci.

Florence Welch for Interview MagazineBlazer: Balmain. Pants: Stella McCartney. Bracelets: Artist’s own. Shoes: Nina Ricci.


[Photo Credit: Craig McDean for interviewmagazine.com]

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  • Anonymous

    I find her more stunning in these photos than the Heard lady in your previous post.

  • http://stitchingincircles.etsy.com Tina

    Utterly gorgeous, in every moment! She gives off such a serene and pulled together vibe. Wonderful and cool.

    Stitching in Circles

  • Anonymous

    Never. Ever. Will I be tired of this woman. Her voice, her style, just everything about her. I love it.

  • Anonymous

    This is a great spread. I love her look, she really does know how to WERQ it. So crazy about everything in the shot of the white jacket.

  • Anonymous

    Feh. I don’t get this one. She just does nothing for me.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AIQJKUWFMABQ4O7A7J5TLMN6OU Ella B.

    Bless you, TLo!  As an antidote to the Project Runway drek, you have given us both the lovely ShellyO and the fabulous Florence.  

  • Anonymous

    I want to see what she looks like when she styles her hair some other way.  Any other way.

  • Anonymous

    I want to see what she looks like when she styles her hair some other way.  Any other way.

  • Anonymous

    When I saw the photos, my first thought was that she reminded me of a younger, glammed up Patti Smith. You nailed it. She has her own sense of style that’s unconventional, but not outrageous. 

  • Rand Ortega

    She’s just so…SO!
    I could stare at that countenance for hours & continue to find something new. She reminds me of ’70’s Angelica Huston.

  • Anonymous

    The pics are beautiful. The camera loves her.

  • Anonymous

    the fact that you mentioned patti smith on your blog makes me love you more.  i understand the comparisons.  now it makes me want to see the 2 photographed together.

  • Anonymous

    I totally see why she reminds you of Patti Smith.  You are so right!  What’s so great about these photos is that she looks like an individual.  Contrast that with the Amber Heard post – very pretty girl but totally anonymous.

  • Anonymous

    rail thin, working skinny jeans, long hair with bangs, moderately androgynous? Patti Smith with makeup. 

  • Anonymous

    Great photos. I agree with the Patti Smith, and would add that she reminds me of another Patty “glammed up” – Scialfa.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

    I think she’s great, and she has a definite sense of her own style, but I wish she would show just a LITTLE variety.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-Waddell/10401341 Heather Waddell

    OMG LUV HUH! She never looks like she’s taking fashion too seriously, but she manages to look fabulous anyway. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/valencia.lucia87 Lucía Valencia

    That is a FIERCE cover.

  • Anonymous

    she reminds me of greta garbo, a bit, in some of these pics.  she truly exudes beauty.

  • Sara__B

    I like the cover photo best, perhaps since she looks amused rather than angst-ridden and full of secret sorrows. Her music is wonderful and she’s a stunning model, but her facial expressions (or lack thereof) get boring. She’s not a teenager any more. It’s okay to move those facial muscles sometimes! And maybe sometimes style that hair differently?

  • MilaXX

    I see Patti Smith in her. For me it’s the bangs and the eyes.  This is a great set of pictures.

    • Joseph Davidson

      I was going to say the same thing!  She’s like Patti Smith but with glitter.  No one can replace Patti, but this is a great spread.

      • http://www.facebook.com/shawn.eric.hill Shawn Hill

        Patti liked velvet and brocade just as much.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, with glitter!

  • Anonymous

    This old punk isn’t pissed off. I can see where you’re coming from. I think Welch looks gorgeous in these shots. Nice to know she can rock something other than the ethereal, flowy look.

  • http://foodandwinehedonist.wordpress.com/ thefoodandwinehedonist

    Good Lord, are people still talking about her?  Sure, she has some fashion sense, but no one’s going to know about this one-hit wonder this time next year…

    • Anonymous

      One hit wonder! They’ve been around about 3 years now and have had about 5. Sorry and all that but they aren’t going away anytime soon.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fiddlecub Kevin VanOrd

      Florence and the Machine’s first album was released two years ago–yet Florence is relevant enough to be appearing on magazine covers over two years later. Six singles from her first album were released, several of them charting highly. The music has been heard on film and in video games. Her recent iTunes Buzz single’s video hit one and a half million views in two days. The album Lungs was critically praised and is loved by many.

      Your dismissive comment that no is going to know about her next year is silly. Two-plus years after her first album and she is popular and relevant, to music, fashion, and culture. She has already proven her staying power–and your statement that she is a one-hit wonder is already factually incorrect, both from a musical perspective as well as a fashion perspective. (Consider, for example, the many times she has rightfully appeared in this very blog.)

      I don’t know that the upcoming album will be successful. But I do know that she has moved people, and continues to do so. That’s not a one-hit wonder–that’s a talent. You may not recognize it, but that doesn’t make her any less of an artist. And an important one, at that.

      • Anne Lucchesi

        And both of the singles from the new one are already getting plenty of airplay in the US (and I don’t even know when the album drops here yet). Kevin’s got it in one.

      • Anonymous

        Yup, I just didn’t have the patience to write all that out :)
        The releases from the new album are doing just fine. Glad to see their doing well in the US, so many UK acts don’t cross over to the US so well. They’re certainly well ensconced in the UK, they have been for a long time and show no signs of waning. They built a strong indie following in their earlier days who’ve stuck with them. Calling them one hit wonders is just laughable. There are plenty of TV talent show finalists to qualify for that term, using it for a talented and successful band is just odd!

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    Wow.  Never really understood the fuss over her before.  Now I do.

  • Anonymous

    Talented and beautiful woman with perfect style sense (or at least really good in picking stylists). Spectacular spread.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent spread, really hits the right fashion + music balance. Stunning woman, with a stunning voice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vienna-Marriott/100001636120960 Vienna Marriott

    She looks like a model.  She’s natural.

  • Leah Cronen

    So, so fabulous and totally feeling the Patti Smith vibe too. However, the shot second from the bottom is HORRENDOUS. Not because of Flo, but because of that godawful filter crap going on. If I turned that in for my intro to graphic design studio class, I’d be laughed out of the building.

    • Anonymous

      Seriously. My eye actually skipped right over it the first time because it’s deeply ugly cluttered look triggered whatever filter in my brain is good at ignoring online ads.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shawn.eric.hill Shawn Hill

    You don’t piss off this old punk. Nothing sacrilegious about linking Flo and Patti.

  • Anonymous

    She has an angular and interesting face.  Very beautiful.

  • Gail Lannum

    These are great pics.  She is much more interesting and memorable than the cookie-cutter Barbie doll girls

  • Anonymous

    Old punk here.  Not pissed off.  It’s hard to deny the soul of a free spirit.

  • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

    Speaking of cocker spaniel hair … Great photos though, even though I don’t care for her style.

  • Anonymous

    These are AMAZING photos.

  • Anonymous

    That B&W picture with the blazer is basically how I want to look about 40% of the time. I’m going to go gaze lovingly at my blazer collection and try not to shrivel with envy at how perfectly she’s embodying it.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to say Chrissie Hynde instead of Patti, but otherwise, spot on.

    • Anonymous

      YES. I mean, I can see the Patti Smith resemblance as well. But if Chrissie Hynde and Tori Amos had a baby, this is what she’d grow up to look like. And possibly the kind of music she’d make, too.

      • Lisa


    • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

      With some Anita Pallenberg thrown in too

  • Anonymous

    Perfect.  And it’s a good comparison – Florence to Patti and back again.  I know this isn’t in the IN or OUT category, or in the WERQ category – but Florence’s looks and poses and personality  – so so so much better than that chick – Amber I think her name was, in the red dress slit up to there, with the crappy hair style.  Just saying.
    Edited to add: I just read Pants’ comment below. YES!

  • Anonymous

    I love her. That is all.

  • kim i

    eh.  she’s no imogen heap.  love the clothes, though.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE her.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    nope, i recognized a while back that she’s exactly who i would like if i were twelve years old now.
    otoh: thank the very sad heavens that i did have patti smith then, & all the rest of us, if only for a little while.

  • Anonymous

    i totally feel the patti smith vibe- and chrissie hyde as well.  flo and patti both, as you noted, have charisma and a strong sense of self, and the camera loves them.  what makes them so unforgettable is PRESENCE.  when you see a picture of either of them, you know there is a woman behind those eyes.  and you feel her essence.   presence…

  • Anonymous

    Well, this would be the prettied up, glammed up Patti Smith. To the nth degree. But I get what you guys are saying. Love it, very cool. F.W. is who she is, take it or leave it and I’ll take it any day of the week.

  • Anonymous

    The fact that the photographer completely seems to get her helps. What a match made in heaven.

  • Anonymous

    She also reminds me of Patti Smith but more polished and pulled together.  Patti Smith had a lot more rough edges.

  • http://www.joannao.blogspot.com JoannaOC

    Have you read the Patti Smith bio Just Kids? It’s worth it. She was immersed in art, poetry, and photography before she became known for her music.

    • http://twitter.com/1carmelita 1carmelita

      Yes, one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I can see the reference to Patti here, but seriously, there will never be anyone else like her. 

  • http://victoriapavlova.com Victoria Pavlova

    she’s awesome, both in these pics and in life. But the photoshopping is OUCH-type kind of bad.

    • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=lf UltimaEsperenza

      Completely agree about the photoshop.   Especially in the “action” shot.  Ugh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=lf UltimaEsperenza

    Love those Nina Ricci shoes!!!  Mmmmmhmmmm….

  • Anonymous

    Happy to see her out of the prairie skirts.

    • Anonymous

      Happy to see her out of the prairie skirts.  And not to be a b***** or anything but Patti would not have been caught dead in all the extras that went into this shoot.  Lipstick out nail polish out shiny out hair business out fancy shoes out jewelry out and, bless her forever, tatoos out and so and so forth–out out and out.  Other than that, yeah a Patti vibe.

      Patti sported the straight up shooting gallery Bowery look circa 87.  Which would make for a terrific PR challenge.  Sawdust on the floor, no doors, communal ****hole.  Make it work.

  • Jo Miller

    These are lovely photos. Florence reminds me more of Glenne Headly, though I can see the Patti Smith references as well.

  • Addicted2Glamour

    So damned sexy – especially that last photo!  And I’d love her see her more often on the RC and on the stage in these sorts of looks, rather than the mystical/hippy long gowns and loose fits she favors.

  • Anonymous

    And I’m gonna piss ya off right back and say she  makes me think of Gretchen Jones  😛
    Seriously though – its just the bangs and the long face in both counts. I’m glad they releases some new music though I have not heard any..for a while there I felt like she did red carpets and little else. So yeah.

  • Anonymous

    She reminds me of the 70s and 80s when real female rockers ruled the airways along with the men.  Chrissie Hynde, Pattie Smyth, Pat Benatar, Grace Slick, Joan Jett. Damn I miss those ladies.  Now it’s all manufactured pop singers with no real style of their own.      

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous AND talented. Love her!

  • http://twitter.com/karenrubyleo Karen

    She is just amazeballs!

  • http://twitter.com/mellafe natalia h

    I’ve never really listented to her music so I don’t know what her “vibe” is, but I like these pictures. I also really dig the finger tattoo, though I wonder if it hurt. I’m guessing HELL YES.