Pieces of The Pierces

- By Teresa Greenfeld – 

Last week, we told you about musical duo Allison and Catherine of The Pierces; whose latest album ‘You & I’ debuted at number 4 on the UK charts, later going on to reach UK Gold.  Now, read on for the inspiration behind their style and fashion.
If you take the wistfulness of ‘70s singer/songwriter chic, throw in a bit of ‘20s glamour, and add an aura of Parisian bohemia, the picture that will begin to emerge is one of Allison and Catherine Pierce.  To hear their music is to hear the sound of their fashion; haunting, coquettish reflections of a time past .   The two sisters talked to us about their fashion icons and influences.
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OP.com: You seem to be really influenced by the hippie/gypsy lifestyle. How would you say your style developed and evolved since your move from Alabama?
The Pierces: When we moved to New York City, our minds and eyes were opened in many ways, fashion being one of them. Everywhere you look are some of the best dressed people on the planet, and it is really inspiring. I learn so much about fashion by just sitting on a bench and watching people walk by.
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OP.com: What other singers do you look up to in terms of their personal style?
The Pierces: Stevie Nicks, Jane Birkin, and Brigette Bardot.  All of them timeless and classic.
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OP.com: Where do you guys like to shop?
The Pierces: We love Topshop, of course. It’s pretty much one stop shopping.
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OP.com:  Some singer are seen as style icons (Gaga and Rihanna, for example. And of course, Madonna).  How do you sartorial choices affect your music, and vice versa?
The Pierces: They do affect each other, but it is hard to say exactly how. I think the music dictates a certain feeling and you just find clothes that feel right with it.
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OP.com: Do you feel a lot of pressure choosing what to wear while on stage? And how does your ‘stage’ look differ from your day to day look- if in fact, it does differ at all?
The Pierces: It can sometimes feel like a lot of pressure, but sometimes it’s really fun. There are some days when you feel like you have an endless supply of amazing outfits, and others when you can’t find a single thing you want to wear. Our day to day look is more laid back and comfortable. We still like to keep the gypsy feel in with accessories and things, but the heels are definitely shorter.
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OP.com: You’ve been touring the UK for the last several months. How has british fashion influenced your own style?
The Pierces: Being in London for the past year has been pretty inspirational fashion-wise. I love the tailored-put-together look that people do here. It has definitely changed the way I approach getting dressed in the morning

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Mysterious and Gypset, the look of The Pierces is smartly eclectic: dangling pendants, cascading dresses, velvet, shearling and fur, seamlessly melded, resulting in a vintage boudoir affect.  ………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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1. Mason by Michelle Mason Leather and Shearling Jacket, $1270.50

2. Dolce Vita Juliette Platform Pump, $229

3. Anna Sui Nude Embroidered Slip Dress, $660

4. Gianmarco Lorenzi Embroidered Boot, $1232

5.  A.L.C. Tatiana Plunge-Neck Washed Satin Maxi Dress, $495

6.  Aurelie Bidermann Wheat Necklace, $450

7. Nicole Romano Tassel Necklace, $448

8. Samantha Wills All For Believing Silver Cuff, $140

9.  Balenciaga Beaded Cocktail Dress, $1949

10.  Imitation Alec Silk Chiffon Cape, $695

11.  House of Harlow 1960  Textured Cut Out Triangle Cuff,  $85

12. Jimmy Choo Koko Metallic Leather and Suede Sandals, $1150

13.  Giuseppe Zanotti Python Print Half Boot, $840

14.  Christian Louboutin Edie Rabbit and Leather Shoulder Bag, $1795

15.  Alex Perry Chilli Zita V Neck Mini Dress, $799

16.  Antonio Berardi Stretch Wool-Blend and Lace Dress, $2615

17. Winter Kate Roque Jacket, $229

18.  Dannijo Medine Necklace, $495

19.  Paul & Joe Jaspire Silk-Crepe Halterneck Jumpsuit, $1000

20.  Roberto Cavalli Floral Print Silk Gown, $1472.50
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21.  Elizabeth and James Striped Rabbit Cardi Coat, $1295
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22.  Holy Harlot Cobalt Rex Earrings, $120
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23. AGAIN Apparel Flaunt Truxs Skirt, $198
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24.  Etro Wrap Effect Leather Skirt, $2420
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25.  Theyskens Theory Dwendy Dress, $459
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26.  Holly Fulton Printed Wide Leg Trouser, $1078
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27.  Lanvin Mousseline Gown, $7550
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28.  Alexis Bittar Alexandria Gold Peacock Fringe Earrings, $295
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29.  Alexander McQueen Lace Up Ankle Boots, $1580
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30.  CC Skye Blossom Ring, $245
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31.  One Teaspoon Night Dasies Overtop, $290.91
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32.  Topshop PU Cord Cami, $52
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33.  Citrine By The Stones Long Chain Facette Necklace, $570
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34.  Current/Elliot The Low Bel Low Rise Flares Jeans, $205
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35.  Matthew Williamson Multicolor Panelled Jacket with Fur Collar, $5360
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36.  One Teaspoon Dazed Short, $163.64
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37.  Lillian Crowe Antique White Brass Ribcage Necklace, $120
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38.  Vince Hooded Shearling Coat, $1975
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39.  Winter Kate Jasmine Sky Bed Jacket, $445
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40.  AllSaints Lopezia Bra, $95
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41.  Elizabeth and James Mabel Dress, $365
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42.  Derek Lam Marin Boot, $1190
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44. Rag & Bone Dunaway Hat, $150
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45.  J Brand Low-Rise Velvet Legging, $183
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46.  Etro Fringed Wool Coat, $2070
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47.  Balmain Taupe Low Rise Leather Pants, $2340
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48.  Samantha Wills Bella Bangle Set, $95
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49.  Smythe Knit Boucle Jacket, $850
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50.  Chloe Marcie Large Leather Satchel, $1795
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51.  Modekungen Marion Trenchcoat, $165
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52.  Kite & Butterfly English Rose Devoré Jacket, $643.50
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55.  Isabel Marant Hisae Boot, $646
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54. Lulu Frost Deco Concho Necklace, $430
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55. Ralph Lauren Saige Boot, $1297
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56. Laura Vela Jules Geneva Sweet Bag, Price Upon Request
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For more on The Pierces, visit thepiercesmusic.com or follow them on Facebook
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