Florence Welch, Paisley Princess

Posted on January 11, 2012

We have good news and bad news. The good news is, Flo apparently hangs on our every word. Minions will recall that last week, we advised her to stop favoring grandiose Chanel and Dior looks all the time and that, “It’s time for her to dial it back a little and try quirkier, smaller designers and develop a style that isn’t quite so Grande Dame.”

The bad news is, she listened to us.

 

Florence Welch at BBC Radio One in London.

Flo! This not what we meant! THIS IS NOT WHAT WE MEANT!!!!!
[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews]

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  • Anonymous

    Maybe it’s time for a round of “if we were her gays…”

    • J MN

      I think that would help since someone in her camp is obvi reading.  I think baby steps – She doesn’t look washed out for a change, she is wearing color (?), cute clutch and her hair is different.  Still needs gay input. n

  • http://twitter.com/KristenMcMahon Kristen McMahon

    The only word that comes to mind is “yikes!”

  • Anonymous

    This get-up makes her look even OLDER than the last one!  Just keep repeating : “She is 25. She is 25. She is 25.”

    • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

      She’s 25?!!?! I never would have guessed that. (This outfit isn’t what threw me off, it’s this any every other outfit she has ever worn.)

    • Anonymous

      She is 25?  Really?

      • Lori

        Really. I guess you could say 25 1/2 if you want to boost her a little closer to the age of her clothes, but that doesn’t actually help so yeah, 25.

    • Anonymous

      She’d easily pass for mid-thirties, and it’s not even about the clothes (though that certainly doesn’t help)… she has the same  particularity as M. Fassbender: people whose face just looks older than their birthdate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josefina-Madariaga-Suárez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    She looks like a pimp on LSD. Not a look I covet.

  • Sam Corbett

    So THAT’S where my grandmother’s old couch ended up. I always wondered where it had gone…

  • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

    Denise Huxtable, paging Denise Huxtable.

    • foodycat

      Denise stole the artist-formerly-known-as-Prince’s shoes.

      • Anonymous

        Jack Nicholson’s Joker would also wear those shoes.

        • foodycat

          Or Jack Nicholson’s Daryl van Horne!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

    oh

    oh my………..

  • Laurie Bergman

    Those are some sassy PJs.

  • Jennifer L.

    And what’s with her David-Bowie-in-his-drug-days-expression in the first pic?

    • Anonymous

      I like the expression of the guy standing behind the fence in the second pic. It looks like he’s leaning in closer to get a better look, like, “Is this bitch serious?”

  • Brad and Anne White

    I can’t even begin…

  • Anonymous

    Is she serious with this look? She looks like she’s serious, but I find it hard to believe.

  • Anonymous

    She looks like Urkel, Prince, and MC Hammer all rolled into one big bad trip on acid.

  • Anonymous

    That posture! Of course, if she stood up straight, we’d see the pattern of that blouse even more clearly, so perhaps it’s just as well that she’s slouching.

  • Anonymous

    Who is the designer??????

    • Anonymous

      La-Z-Boy, circa 1973

      • Anonymous

        Touche.

  • Anonymous

    I could like any of those pieces as a separate…combined…ugh.

    It was good advice TLo…Flo just took it too far.   Keep trying.  :)

    • Anonymous

      My thoughts too. Way much together. However the thought crossed my mind that as separate pieces it maybe boring.

      Anyone see the newest Sherlock Holmes? When I saw this outfit I was reminded of Sherlock’s urban camouflaged disguise.  

    • Pam Winters

      Shoes. I’d wear the shoes. Then again, I own two pairs of Crocs, so don’t go by me.

  • Anonymous

    Hee!

    Be careful what you wish for!

  • Anonymous

    maybe it’s because she went to BBC “Radio”… so she didn’t think her outfit would matter……
    :-) 

  • Anonymous

    I love her clutch though….. 

  • Anonymous

    Oh sweet Jesus on a breadstick. What IS that?

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      This week’s challenge is to make an outfit out of all the scraps you can find on the floor. Twist: all the scraps have to be the same color scheme.

      I actually worked for a woman who dressed by color. Didn’t matter what fabric, pattern or style her separates, stockings or shoes were. If they were in the same color scheme, she wore them together. Looked like a clown most of the time.

  • fallen_ikon

    I have to wonder if she seriously looked at herself in a mirror after putting that on and thought “Damn, I look good”. If she did, there might be no hope for her.

  • Anonymous

    My eyes!!! (Struggles to find something nice to say…) Well, she got rid of that horribly unflattering center part, and um, her shoes are cute.

  • Anonymous

    She is now officially due for an intervention.  That is some ferocious hideosity.  Between the pajama look of the paisley separates (which should have been separated, for God’s sake!) and the stay-at-home blue loafers, this is looking horrifyingly Hugh Hefner.

  • Anonymous

    GIRL, THAT IS NOT YOUR LOOK. THAT IS NOT EVEN FLAVA FLAV’S LOOK.

  • Anonymous

    Are you sure this isn’t just one of Chloe Sevigny’s many personalities?

  • Anonymous

    WTF!!  EWWWW!  And she is one that I am soooooo tired of the face.  She always look so smug/above mere mortals.  Possibly am misreading the look, but that is the vibe I get.  Would it kill her to crack a smile??  25, beautiful and gets to wear (usually) amazing clothes! Geez…

    • Anonymous

      Exactly what I get from her, though I don’t think she is remotely pretty or beautiful. Maybe interesting looking, smug and odd.

  • Anonymous

    Well.. lets think of something nice here.   She did change from the awful 70′s middle part hairstyle.  This is slightly better, but still not quite it.  As for the outfit.. well lets just set it on fire and pretend that never happened… Ok?

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know about the hair. This is kind of Irish Setter meets Moe Howard. Surely she can do better.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe this is a woman in her 20s. Impossible.

  • Sara__B

    At least the center part is gone from her hair, but where on earth did she find such a hideous pantsuit? The combination of prints is bad enough, but the cut of those trousers is just plain ugly. This is definitely not what we meant.

  • Anonymous

    I actually owned that in 1982.

    • Sara__B

      I didn’t own that, but I owned plenty of pairs of pants, including acid washed jeans, that sported that awful silhouette. At least the pleats are sewn down on Florence’s and your paisley pair. Mine weren’t. What was I thinking?

    • Anonymous

      I owned that in 1972.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BMEASIKJSVE6YP3DE2VLJA5CUU JulieJ

      I was thinking that this looked like one of my tragic 80s pictures.

  • sweetlilvoice

    Flo, I love you….I love that people say we look similar. It’s a nice change from when people I said I reminded them of Darlene from Rosanne (I never got that one). However, girl, I would never wear this outfit. Never. Let’s both try, okay? Love you. 

  • Anonymous

    The guy in the background of the second photo is freaking me out.

  • Anonymous

    Glad the bangs are back, tho.

  • Anonymous

    Paisley prints will forever be associated with grandmothers in my mind.  They make people look old and heavy, almost without exception.  : (

  • Anonymous

    OMG hiddy!!!

  • Anonymous

    That outfit’s busier than Grand Central Station.

  • Judy_J

    Well she does look a bit younger, anyway. It’s a start.

  • Anonymous

    Picadilly Circus circa 1969.

  • http://summerborn.livejournal.com/ Summer Born

    MY EYES! THEY BURN!

  • Anonymous

    Paisley denies any wrongdoing. Girl just needs a wholllelotta attn. 

  • RocknLox

    So Flo has joined Cirque de Soleli?

  • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

    Wow, that is truly awful. It’s like the 80′s threw up.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sephski Jennifer Szczublewski

    LOL! I love her expression and her posture as an imagined response to you guys though! She definitely seems to be expressing, “There! You asked for it! Is this what you wanted??!! How do you like this?” It’s like she’s giving you the finger via fashion. :D

  • marilyn

    She is wearing pajamas.

  • Anonymous

    This is so hideous that I kinda like it. Minus the pants, which are fugly cubed.  I’d like to see the blazer separate from the rest of it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401197785 Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Oh, honey…

  • Anonymous

    Aw, it’s kind of fun.

  • Anonymous

    Well, her bangs are back and her hair looks clean.  But HOLY CHANEL that is the ugliest suit I have ever seen.  Seriously, it’s enough to induce migraines.

  • Anonymous

    What is it with this girl? She always looks like an escapee from Grey Gardens, no matter what she’s wearing.

  • Kwei-lin Lum

    I love paisley.  But looking at the pictures, I see a well-preserved 70 year-old and instinctively start to assess how much facial work she’s had.

  • Anonymous

    :sigh:

    Oh, Flo, how can your voice be so awesome and your fashion sense be so terribly dreadful? Did you have to trade the one to an old crone in the woods to acquire the other?

  • Anonymous

    over her.

  • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

    Her only saving grace here is that she ditched the awful middle part she’s been doing with her hair lately.

  • bloodshothalfblind

    she looks like she’s wearing a bed sheet.  a really really really ugly bed sheet.

  • Anonymous

    Whoa. Wow. That’s just…wow.

    Her hair and make up are improved. The colors are good. But couldn’t she have just picked one pattered piece and not worn all three? That’s seizure inducing.

  • Anonymous

    A friend of mine owned those pants in 1986.  She paired them with florescent orange suspenders and a white t-shirt.

    I never thought those pants could look any worse, until now.

  • http://twitter.com/rgmx Mercy

    Well I for one kinda like it.  Does make it hard to pay attention to her face though.  Paisley… drawing… my eyes…  

  • http://twitter.com/jaythenerdkid Aaminah Khan

    I cried. Is her stylist colour blind?

  • Anonymous

    STOP. Hammer Time!

  • Anonymous

    egads, this is awful

  • http://www.manoneileen.com Manon Eileen

    Man, that’s a little over the top :p

  • Anonymous

    Holy Sweet Jesus. All I can think is ‘who shot the sofa?’

  • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

    Oh well. At least she’s got the colors down.

  • Anonymous

    I like it so shoot me.

  • Anonymous

    oh come on everybody. i think its fun!

  • Anonymous

    Oh, let her do what she wants!  She’s at a radio station, not The Met.  And maybe she’s been watching a lot of ‘A Different World’ reruns or something.

  • MilaXX

    A pair of black skinny jeans or slim fit pants would have made that look work.

  • Aly Light

    I honestly think this isn’t that different from what she usually wears– shapeless paisley in odd colors. I know you love her style, TLo, but I just can’t love it with you.

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    I think it’s fun. Not many people could look good in that welter of patterns but she does. 

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    I think it’s fun. Not many people could look good in that welter of patterns but she does. 

  • Anonymous

    Ever the optimist, I will say that she shape and cut are not so bad.  Kind of fabulous in an androgynous Tilda Jr. sort of way.

    But yes, those textiles are ghastly.

  • Hetha Innis

    I would love that jacket and maybe even the shoes and bag with a pair of skinny jeans. She’s looking very Tild-inspired in these shots. 

  • mrspeel2

    There’s not a day that goes by that you guys don’t make me either smile, or laugh out loud and I want to thank you for that!

  • Anonymous

    Terrible.

  • Anonymous

    does she want to look like a dude, and a badly dressed one at that??, cause that’s all i’m getting here….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

    Flo, this is how MY hair looks when I leave the house.  Not YOU!!

  • Anonymous

    TLo — why don’t you do one of those “If We Were Her Gays” for Flo? I’d love to see what you pulled together for her.

  • Anonymous

    Woof.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t often feel that a cry of “My eyes!” is warranted, but MY EYES.

  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    Oh come on guys – she’s a rock star – that is perfectly her! A change from the flowy frocks but still her ethereal (read Rod Stewart c. 1965) style.

  • Anonymous

    oh, Jesus.

  • Anonymous

    Paisley isn’t a dirty word to me like it probably ought to be, but this is ghastly. It’s like the early 90s took form and climbed all over her.

  • Alloy Jane

    Another look like this and she’ll need an intervention, complete with meds and group therapy.

  • Anonymous

    mhahahahahhahahahhahahahahahahahaha!

  • Anonymous

    english eccentric gone wrong

  • Anonymous

    Swap out that blouse for a crisp white shirt and BAM!  She’s IN.  As is…. NOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  • Lauren Frankel

    But she has bangs again! That dreaded hairstyle is gone!

  • Anonymous

    Easily one of the top ten ugliest pantsuits ever conceived.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/notadouche Jeffrey D Foldenauer

    love the bag. Love her. Otherwise that is a whole lot of ugly.

  • Susan Crawford

    Great shoes. Great clutch bag. Good hair and makeup. But paisley on paisley and then more paisley over all? Not so much, Flo. If you just took those pants, paired them with a great deep purple skinny cashmere top and threw a clean white The Row blazer on – you would have owned the day.

    • Anonymous

      And see, I like the shirt/jacket combo.  It’s the pants that are horrible.  They made mom jeans out of old scarves.

  • Anonymous

    Did I have that suit in 1986?

  • Anonymous

    truly & completly HIDEOUS!! Do like the bag.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s awesome! Seriously. no one looks like this. but the hair/head shape is a little strange. . . 

  • Anonymous

    Eek, oh, dear.

  • Susan Walker

    I actually love this look!  Though I am old enough to be her mom and my daughter (about her age) would never wear this.  I am so glad she cut her bangs again, it softens her face.

  • Anonymous

    There is a part of me–the small, but vocal, part devoted to my love for paisley–that kind of digs this.

    Like, if it were pajamas, though.

  • Anonymous

    Horrid! Too bad….

  • Anonymous

    so tilda.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

    Liking the hair though…

  • Anonymous

    Allen Cummings called. He wants his suit back.

  • http://twitter.com/LOfficielEbony TheVeryLivingEND

    Her face looks young here!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

    I think my 10th grade social studies teacher wore that in 1985.

    ETA: I might maybe could get behind the suit, but the shirt and the purple shoes are a bridge too far.

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    I hate her haircut.   With a few tweaks, this could have been really interesting.  But right now, it’s just busy.

  • Anonymous

    Oof. 1980s duvet. The bag is great, though.

  • Anonymous

    she looks younger here than she usually does, especially in the second photo.
    it’s not dior, it’s not karl, it’s not any of them–but who is it then? looks late 80s/early 90s but my best guess is it isnt vintage, it looks a bit like english eccentrics but isnt. it’s versace, maybe? or someone working in the versace way?

  • Anonymous

    That last picture of her is the first picture I’ve seen where I can actually believe she’s really 25.
     
    Her fashion choices, hair color (real or bought), and haircut add 20+ years to her. She’s a stunning young woman. She should really explore different looks.

  • Anonymous

    The only way she could have made that outfit look worse was to pair it with those shoes.

    Love the bag though.

  • Anonymous

    There’s not a gay in the world who can fix her voice.

  • http://vvatima.livejournal.com/ murt

    I have to say I absolutely love that outfit — I say it’s a WERQ. If I were a rock star I would definitely wear something like that.

  • Anonymous

    Not just her fashion choices, but girl has not been looking good lately.  Just saying.   

  • Anonymous

    That is spectacularly bad. Fug times a million.

  • Anonymous

    Well, *that* is a look.  I think if she had swapped out Hugh Hefner’s slippers for some kick-ass heels, we would be lauding this as a “werq”.

  • http://twitter.com/RzYoung RzYoung

    Hahhahahahaha, serves you right TLo, reap what you sew ;) xx

  • Anonymous

    Oh dear, if an outfit can make a leggy streak of a thing like Florence look dumpy then it should meet the bin.

    The reason she looks younger here is it’s daylight. Harsh artificial light, flashes etc drain pale skin. I’ve had many a fright myself when I’ve seen my reflection in a brightly lit ladies room mirror. That’s what’s making her look older in many red-carpet photos and why she looks younger here.

    Glad she has the fringe back.

  • Anonymous

    (small voice)  I like it.

  • Anonymous

    One of these pieces would’ve probably been great, but not all of them together.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like PJs.

  • allisankelly

    I almost cut my bangs this morning. Looking at her makes me glad I didn’t.

  • Anonymous

    Why boys! don’t you recognize a vintage fashion mash-up when you see it? Here’s what Flo did. She instructed her seamstress/tailor to head off to the second hand stores around town and find three clashing prints, one each from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. “Tear them apart and make me a three-piece suit. I want something head-turning and fabulous! Think Estelle from the Golden Girls.”

    Tom and Lorenzo, check your mail. There may be a threatening, tear-stained letter from an out-of-work seamstress/tailor coming your way.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EUDL3XE5ODCERMBE5FOATN3KWI hanna

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  • oohsparkley!

    I love paisley, but those pants are horrid. 

  • Anonymous

    Something’s wrong with me.  I kind of like.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Oh, good golly, its a sad clown outfit!  And I usually love what she wears.  Out on this one.

  • Anonymous

    WTF?????

  • http://twitter.com/ptliontamer Wilhelmina Frame

    steampunk molly ringwald ala pretty in pink

  • Anonymous

    the colors are divine.  Fierce shoeage may have saved this.

  • Anonymous

    I think Shirley Maclaine wore that exact get-up to the Harmonic Convergence in 1984.