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Five minutes with The Pierces

They might be making waves in the music industry right now, but it’s more than just their dulcet tones that are making us fall in love with The Pierces.

Already knocking up gigs at Glastonbury in the midst of their UK tour, the sister duo are fast becoming a dominant force in the music scene after a decade of underground sounds under their belts. But more than that, these girls have got serious style credentials to boot.

An artful blend of folksy boho and Sixties insouciance, Allison and Catherine’s signature ethereal look is catching the eyes of some of the most discerning fashion fans, too.

And when they’re not swaying in floor-sweeping maxis on stage, their flouncing between festival garbs and big name designers (their newest video, It Will Not Be Forgotten, features looks by Oscar de la Renta, Elie Saab and Temperley).

With two festivals in the bag and another on its way, we caught up with Allison and Catherine as they prepare to support Coldplay at London’s iTunes to quiz them on their style inspirations, their festival wardrobes, and the trick to staying stylish on the go…

How would you describe your style?

Comfortable, Sexy, and Piercey :)

Who are your music style icons?

Debbie Harry, Stevie Nicks, and Melanie Safka

Does fashion play an important part of who you are and what you do?

On a certain level I suppose it does. We enjoy fashion and it plays a part in everyone’s life whether you embrace or reject it. It says something about who you are or how you want people to perceive you…so yes, we put some thought into it.

How does your music influence your style (or vice versa)?

These songs are quite dreamy and mystical and I think our wardrobe has followed suit.

In your new video, In Will Not Be Forgotten, you both wear some beautiful pieces. What’s your favourite look?

I love the black dress with the cape that Allie wears in the beginning!

Oh dear….I loved all my looks…I can’t choose just one!

What are your favourite labels?

We are mainly vintage and high street girls. We love finding unique pieces at vintage and charity shops that you can cut up and recreate. We mix those pieces in with things we find at All Saints, Topshop, and ASOS. They all have amazing stuff and it’s affordable! We do love some designer pieces as well like, Isabel Marant, Alberta Ferretti and Anna Sui.

You’ve been hitting the festival circuit this year – what’s inspiring your festival wardrobe?

Versatility! One minute it’s hot and sunny then the next it’s pouring! I love a stretchy little knit dress with a nice flowy shawl or kimono top over it. You get the best of both worlds and it’s practical to layer up with the ever changing weather. Throw on some boots and load on bracelets and necklaces and you are set!

As girls on tour, what are your top tips for looking stylish on the go?

Dry shampoo, Johnson & Johnson face-wipes, hats, and great accessories!

What’s on your summer playlist?

Lykke Li, Florence & The Machine , Adele, Laura Marling, Alice Gold, & Lissie. This Summer is all about the ladies!!!

What item of clothing can you not live without?

BDG black, highrise, cigarette jeans! They are stretchy, comfy, and awesome.

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