SUITED, NOT MUTED

Annabel Lid­dell lets her re­bel­lious spirit shine through Vic­to­rian-in­spired fash­ion with an 80s per­spec­tive

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Annabel Lid­dell is one of the most ex­cit­ing emerg­ing fe­male vo­cal­ists in New Zealand.

Her mu­si­cal in­flu­ences in­clude Patti Smith, Kim Gor­don, Gil­lian Welch and Townes Van Zandt. While she’s not work­ing on mu­sic, the tal­ented mu­si­cian is also study­ing for a Bach­e­lor of Medicine and Bach­e­lor of Surgery MBCHB) and is due to qual­ify as a doctor in Novem­ber.

She started play­ing mu­sic at pri­mary school, aged 8, and now, as lead singer of four-piece band Miss June, the 24-year-old has a sound and style uniquely her own.

“Heart­break­ing Brav­ery [an in­de­pen­dent en­ter­tain­ment blog] once de­scribed our band as ‘some un­holy union be­tween Sonic Youth and Le Ti­gre’. I think that sums it up nicely,” Lid­dell says.

Since burst­ing on to the mu­sic scene in 2015, the band’s sonic in­flu­ences have com­bined el­e­ments of punk, new wave and rock. Lid­dell also cites a diverse range of pow­er­ful fe­male artists as ma­jor in­spi­ra­tion from Erykah Badu to Bjork.

“I re­cently saw Bjork play in Lon­don, with two of my best friends. There was an elec­tri­cal light­ning storm on our left side and a full blood moon on the right. Bjork had seven flute play­ers on stage with her and the most in­cred­i­ble vi­su­als you could ever imag­ine. It was the per­fect set­ting, she saluted the moon and we all cried.”

Tak­ing on Vic­to­rian sep­a­rates with an 80s bent for our spring fash­ion spe­cial– think Princess Diana’s Sloane years – Lid­dell adds an in­spir­ing ir­rev­er­ence to prim and proper looks.

“I feel like my­self in a pair of jeans and a T-shirt. It’s what I of­ten per­form in. My Levi’s col­lec­tion is mad,” she says. “I hope with the fu­ture of fash­ion we see women con­tinue to tran­si­tion from a pas­sive role to an em­pow­ered one. I think a lot of de­sign­ers are push­ing for this — some al­ways have been. But it’s up to pho­tog­ra­phers and mag­a­zines and me­dia more than ever now too.”

Lid­dell’s ap­proach to style leaves us with plenty of in­spi­ra­tion for the new sea­son ahead. “The only mes­sage I tend to give with fash­ion is ‘f*** it. Wear what you want and own it.’”

Hear, hear.

EX­TE­RIOR SIGNS OF WEALTH Camilla & Marc blazer $899. H&M Stu­dio blouse $90. Vin­tage ear­rings, $149 and brooch$89, from Homage On­line. Levi’s jeans$140. Fresh­wa­ter pearl ring, $599,from Ste­wart Daw­son’s. Claire’s tiara $15.

POWER COU­PLE From Mar­garet Thatcher to Michelle Obama, the skirt suit has been worn by some of the most pow­er­ful women in history. Lid­dell gives the con­ser­va­tive pair­ing a pro­gres­sive twist. Sa­ba­tini blazer$580 and match­ing skirt $430. Camilla & Marc blouse$360. Mead­owlark ear­rings $POA. Mi Piaci heels$280. Vin­tage purse, $25, from Retro Ad­dic­tion. Vin­tage brooch, $180, from Homage On­line.

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