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Courtney Love. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint
Courtney Love. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint

It feels pretty powerful to be a trendsetter: Courtney Love

Courtney Love talks about being a trendsetter and how her rock star persona is very different from who she really is

In her black, noodle-strip slip dress paired with the messy, straight-out-of-bed hair and the guitar around her neck, she is every girl’s rock star dream come true.

As she attempts to revive the baby-girl grunge look she made famous in the 1990s, Courtney Love talks to Monica Dogra at the Mint Luxury Conference 2016 about being a trendsetter and how her rock star persona is very different from who she really is.

Edited excerpts:

On her Nasty Gal collection

It was a bit of nostalgia with the ’90s. There’s this baby girl dress and then there was the slip dress that I used to pair up with fishnet stockings for my shows and it got really famous. I wore them because they felt comfortable and didn’t imagine it would catch on like this. So, the Nasty Gal collection is actually inspired from some pieces from my wardrobe, but with a modern touch. And I was really involved in the making of it. I would regularly feel the fabric and everything had to be perfect before I was happy with the final outcome. The collection sold out in four days.

On movies

I started acting again one-and-a-half years back and I did a couple of hit television shows, one of them being Revenge, which I really enjoyed. I also have a couple of movies lined up this year—one in late April and the other in September. I am also doing a play.

On being a trendsetter

It feels pretty powerful to be a trendsetter. You cut your hair a certain way and people want to look like you. I am aware that I am a brand myself.

On brands

I refuse to wear brand names. That’s one thing you can easily do as a rock star—you can mix and match clothes the way you want to. (When Dogra pointed out that she is the face of Versace, she responded, “They pay me a lot of money! I share the money with my friends and that gives me happiness.")

On the period when no one would dress her up

2005 was a dark period for me and no one wanted to dress me. Big labels like Michael Kors, Calvin Klein refrained from dressing me. It might have had to do with my reputation at that point in time. It has changed now and everybody wants to dress me.

On rock star vs movie star

They are two different kinds of etiquettes. For rock ’n’ roll, you can be more free and flamboyant in what you say and do. Movie stars, because they appeal to a larger segment of the society, tend to often shy away from controversies. Even when it comes to dressing up for public appearances, a rock star can be as idiosyncratic as he/she wants. For movie stars, it’s like dressing up for a prom—you dress to look pretty.

Here, she also added that her rock persona is very different from who she really is.

While talking about body stereotypes, Courtney Love admitted that there is a typical body-type that designers like to make clothes for. But most of the time, you just have to be thin.

She summed up luxury for the audience, “Luxury to me is love, unending self-esteem and the space to be yourself."

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