In just two short years, New York-based Cults have perfected what could be described as a sweet-but-salty sound, juxtaposing dreamy ‘60s-style melodies with layers of reverb. For singer Madeline Follin, that contrast has seeped into her onstage style. For the band’s current tour, which takes them across the US through April, she’s been favoring Opening Ceremony’s girly-with-an-edge collaborations. “I love baby doll minis but I also love grunge, so the textures and fabric make it more punk but the cuts make it more cute and feminine,” she explains of her Chloe Sevigny-designed leather dress. It’s one of many that she’s packed for the trip—although she notes that it depends on how long the band is traveling, “it’s usually a minimum of six dresses. The most I ever packed was, like, 15!” Here, a peek into what she’s brought along for the trip, and why you’ll never catch her onstage wearing jeans.
Outfit breakdown: Jean Paul Gaultier for Opening Ceremony cropped motorcycle leather jacket, my eyelet black leather Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony dress, and black tights and black flats from Urban Outfitters.
I brought this outfit on tour because: the jacket goes with everything. I wear a lot of skater girl mini-dresses—I have one in every color—so the jacket is a great piece to dress anything up. Same with the eyelet dress; I fell in love with the fit when I got it and it’s a leather dress…badass!
My personal style is: a great mixture of cute-meets-punk.
If this outfit were one of my songs, it would be: “Go Outside” because it is the first leather outfit I have ever owned. I went outside of my normal fashion comfort zone and actually found something that I really enjoy!
I always pack: black tights. I never leave home with a pair of black tights. When you are a girl wearing dresses on stage, you’ve got to be careful!
You’d never catch me onstage wearing: my day outfit—leggings, vintage T-shirt, Converse high-tops, and a jean jacket. I always wear dresses on stage, always.
My pre-tour shopping stop is: the basics—Topshop, AllSaints, Opening Ceremony. If I have time I’ll usually poke around some thrift stores in the East Village. I also order a ton of stuff from Asos. Online usually is my go-to, since I never have time to shop.
The best on-the-road purchase I ever made was: my jean jacket. I found it at a thrift store in L.A. and I literally don’t go anywhere without it!