If a model is going to make some shoes, she's going to make them comfortable.
— Karen Elson
I am obsessed with the Great Depression and with former showgirls - and the Victorians - the idea of wistful, dark romance.
I was always singing as a kid. That's honestly all I've ever wanted to do.
I'm a fan of creating the mood and vibe with flowers, candles, and music. I love making my guests feel like it's not formal and they can relax in my home.
You don't just wake up one morning and decide to become a singer-songwriter.
At some hotels, I feel like I have to be dressed to the nines - perfectly eccentric - to walk out the door.
Ultimately, I've learned to pride myself on being quirky. I very much adore people who are outcasts, and I've always loved to be around interesting, circus-type people.
I am a woman. I go on set, and I'll be who I am, and I'll represent who I am. I think it comes with age.
Research on the Internet, research what people say about the vintage stores, look online to see if customer service is good because that's really important. Also to see online what other customers say.
It's time to give back; you know, I've lived in this beautiful world of fashion for so long, and it's time to really get my hands dirty and get in the trenches and see the world for what it really is.
I like those stories that capture the brutality of life, but there's still some kind of melancholy romance.
I constantly have a devil on my shoulder telling me that what I'm doing is really horrible, and then somehow the lightning strike happens, and everything comes together.
The interesting thing with fashion is that it's really a massive daydream.
I don't want my children to ever think that food is taboo.
If I wasn't a model, I would never have been around interesting musicians, even had the financial capabilities to say, 'I don't have to work right now. I can sit and make my record.'
Trends come and go, and style evolves. It's important to have pieces of jewelry that are timeless and look chic despite ever-changing fashions.
As scary as it is, I like making real, direct eye contact with people from the stage. In a sense, it's like modeling: that feeling of locking in and projecting some kind of emotion to try to captivate people.
I feel like somehow I'm living my life mentally in reverse. It's taken me to my 30s to feel relaxed and comfortable in my skin. I think I'm going to be dancing on tables when I'm 50. I really hope I am.
I was always the weirdo at school.
There was this moment, particularly after I had my first child, where I felt like, 'I don't know if I'll ever make a record, or if this is always going to be something just floating around in my head.'
I love Jen Meyer - she's a dear friend, and Tabitha Simmons as well.
It's just this huge sense of relief I have with myself right now... It took me to be 31 to go, 'Wow, I'm really happy being a model.'
I had a diary full of lyrics and whatnot and a little voice recorder of guitar riffs.
As a model, I am at the mercy of everybody else. It's much more of a situation where I go to work, put the clothes on, get in front of the camera, and then go home. But in that process, I never really have control over any of it.
Even though I have lived in the States since I was 18, in my head I am still very British, and I do have this romance for towns in Middle America that nobody gets to see.
I think Jennifer Lawrence is a brilliant role model for young girls, not some of the models that I see on the runway.
Think about your menu, and if you're not a skilled chef - which I'm not - follow a recipe. You can't go wrong if you don't cut the fine print.
I feel Dress for Success is basically about empowering women who were in a disadvantaged situation. The act of wearing a suit when she's walking in the door, it's so powerful - it's about gaining control of their lives and situations.
I would go home and be this insular girl who listened to music and brooded in her bedroom.
I just love vintage. I have far too many vintage dresses.
Being a model, you're always the product of somebody else's vision.
I've been writing songs since I was at least 20. That's what I wanted to do before I became a model.
I tend to sort of over-accessorize, but to feel empowered, I strip it all down and become minimal so that it's almost counterintuitive.
I knew I had more in me than just standing up and having my picture taken... Being in the studio, I have to have an opinion.
I've been in a New York City-based cabaret for the past seven years called The Citizens Band. It's possibly one of the most brilliant things I've ever been involved with.