Queens meets – the wonderful Paloma Faith
By Lena on May 24, 2012
It’s been nearly three years since we’ve last talked to singer, actress and vintage lover extraordinaire Paloma Faith. With her new album ‘Fall to Grace’ hitting shops on Monday, 28 May, we’ve caught up with Paloma to chat vintage fashion, feminism and big bums.
Lena Weber for QueensOfVintage.com: So it’s been a long time since we last talked – what have been your personal highlights of the last three years?
Paloma Faith: Oh, that would definitely be going on Jools Holland a few times. Then supporting Prince of course! And meeting [actor] Timothy Spall.
Queens: Your new single ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ is such an emotional and sad song. What’s it about?
Paloma Faith: It’s about being in a relationship with someone who is still recovering from their last one. That feeling of your relationship being overshadowed by your partner’s past. It’s not that that is necessarily truly the case, so often it’s all about your own imagination and the way you feel about things.
Queens: The video for the single feels really Sixties. How come?
Paloma Faith: Well, I dress like this anyways so it just made sense to shoot the video with a vintage feel. It would have been really odd for me to get into a modern car for example and not the classic one we used – just cause it so clashes with my style. My favourite decade is the Fifties though. I like a good mix of the prim and proper Fifties style and the more sub-cultural, typically British Fifties look.
Queens: How has your own style evolved in the last few years?
Paloma Faith: When I started out I pretty much wore the vintage look I’ve had all my life. I’ve just always worn vintage. As I became more known and people were willing to lend me clothes, I think my style became more wacky and out there. My look was more fun than vintage. Now, I feel I’m going back to the vintage look. The new album is all about me being honest, being true to myself so it feels only natural for me to return to a more traditional vintage look.
Queens: Are there any vintage shops you go to?
Paloma Faith: I still love Blackout II in Covent Garden. Oh and the new Beyond Retro in Dalston. It’s massive!
Queens: There’s a big discussion going on about vintage and feminism. Do you think modern-day vintage girls with their rejection of the fake ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ look are inherently feminist?
Paloma Faith: Oh my mum would have issues with that! They burnt their bras in the Sixties because they felt feminism was about not being restricted. And a lot of vintage looks are quite restrained withe corsets and girdles. I would say a lot of vintage girls are post-feminists. They feel empowered and don’t go for the androgynous straight-up-and-down looks of today. I am certainly proud to say I’m a post-feminist!
Queens: Vintage has become quite mainstream – a lot of brands are jumping on the band wagon to make a profit. What do you think?
Paloma Faith: To be honest I am not really interested in what the mainstream is doing. I love vintage and it’s certainly not over for me. Forties and Fifties clothes really flatter and suit my body shape, and I think to look good you need to wear something flattering. Vintage clothes from the Forties and Fifties celebrate having a little waist and a big bum so that’s what I’ll stick to.