NEW YORK — Burberry, Diesel and Fluevog hardly bring to mind the look of the folk-rock duo Indigo Girls, but Amy Ray and Emily Saliers bandied those brands about as they discussed their new album, their upcoming tour and, well, their clothes.
“I like Burberry a lot, I have to admit that,” Saliers explains by phone from Atlanta, her hometown. “They have this line of kilts — pleated miniskirts — and I’ve started wearing them with either fun fishnet stockings or black hose and high boots.”
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That’s right: Somewhere between nonstop touring, furiously writing new songs and crusading for political and environmental justice, the Indigo Girls — who, for more than 15 years have been known for their jeans-and-flannel, all-about-the-music image — have become clotheshorses.
Dipping their toes into fashion, however, is still only a recent development. Ray, for instance, used to spend most of her shopping time rummaging through vintage and thrift stores for “kind of masculine clothes from the Sixties and Seventies.” Then one day a stylist brought her some pieces from Diesel. “I tried on the pants and was like, ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe how well this stuff fits!’” she recalled.
However, while Ray recommends the “really sexy women’s heels at Fluevog right now,” she’s never worn heels herself, preferring “really tall Elton John platform boots.”
Their new fashion interests aside, the duo continues to stick to comfort onstage. “Amy and I are just the kind of people who’d rather pick out the clothes we’re comfortable in and that we feel we look good in, and we’re really not fussy at all about that,” Saliers says. “On tour, we do our own makeup and our own hair and we bring our own clothes.
“I think you can have a deeper appreciation for fashion and for the way people dress without doing it yourself,” she continues. “For us, it’s all about the music, really.”
And more music is on the way, with their ninth studio album, “All That We Let In,” released in stores this week. The nationwide tour kicks off in early March. A blend of electric guitar and the pair’s more rooted “organic” sound, the album consists of 11 songs that were produced “very straightforwardly,” Saliers says. “It’s just me and Amy and the band [bassist Clare Kenny, keyboardist Carol Isaacs and drummer Brady Blade] and that’s it. There aren’t really any tricks or anything. I feel really good about this record.”
— Lisa Kelly
HOMECOMING QUEEN: “It’s just like a rave, really old-school,” said Bay Garnett at the party to celebrate her magazine Cheap Date’s return to London after seven years of New York-based publishing. “You’d only get a party like this here.”
More than 600 guests, including Karen Elson, Matthew Williamson, Jacquetta Wheeler, Frederick Windsor, Jasmine Guinness, Rosamund Pike, Missy Rayder, Anita Pallenberg, Bryan Adams, Elise Crombez and Anouck Lepere, flocked to London’s Café de Paris Monday night, dressed as their favorite pinup — in honor of the latest issue.
During the night, the crowd danced to drum and bass and jungle beats, and the best pinup looks were shot in a mock-up studio on the balcony of the nightclub.
“My favorite is the Jungle Pam look — tiny denim shorts and white heels — and the girl in the soldier outfit,” said Garnett, who came as herself: the Cheap Date poster girl.
OVERACHIEVER: Her latest movie, “Eurotrip,” will hit theaters Friday, but Michelle Trachtenberg has already skated past its raunchy teen comedy genre, literally. Now in the throes of training for the title role in Disney’s “Ice Princess,” the 18-year-old actress is bored with seeing her bikini-clad image in TV ads for her current release.
“Eeek, there’s me in the bikini again!” she yelps into her phone during an interview. Trachtenberg is calling from the Hollywood home she shares with her mom and sister, during a much-needed break from her six-hour-a-day skating and dancing regimen. She describes “Ice Princess” as “a love story with a Zamboni,” and her character as a brainy student who, against the wishes of her family, yearns to be a figure skater. Of course, she convinces a studly guy to train her in exchange for — what else? — some physics tips.
Trachtenberg’s teen sex symbol status might surprise those who knew her as Penny in “Inspector Gadget” and the title character in “Harriet the Spy.” But Trachtenberg, who grew to 5 feet 8 inches in the last year, says she’s not a little girl anymore. “One of my biggest frustrations is when fans say how outrageous I am, but I’m just becoming a woman,” she says. “It’s good for me to do the risqué.”
Just for good measure, Trachtenberg will also appear in four episodes of “Six Feet Under” this season, as an obnoxious pop singer, as well as Gregg Araki’s edgy drama, “Mysterious Skin,” and the latest Trapt video. But she’s hardly a girl gone wild. Trachtenberg is a calculating, career-minded overachiever who graduated magna cum laude from a private school in Los Angeles. The Brooklyn native has been acting since she was three, making her debut in commercials and nabbing a role on the movie-star-spawning soap “All My Children.” She switched coasts five years ago to take a role on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” as the little sister of her former soap co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar.
It was on the “Buffy” set that Trachtenberg developed a passion for fashion. “I literally grew up on that show, graduating from striped T-shirts and sneakers to Marc by Marc Jacobs,” she says. “Now all I want to wear is high heels.” She pairs them with Zac Posen, Chanel, Stella McCartney and Proenza Schouler for special occasions, but her everyday uniform is a James Perse tank top, Citizens of Humanity jeans and her mom’s vintage Manolos. “I try to keep the shopping in check,” she says. “I’ll reward myself for a new project or a hard day’s work. I won’t buy 30,000 pairs of shoes for the heck of it.”
Trachtenberg’s new grown-up persona has her swearing off the trappings of childhood. “I will never wear sneakers again.”
— Marcy Medina