Liela Moss’s fashion bona fides are impeccable—the frontwoman for the British blues-rock band The Duke Spirit was the muse for Alexander McQueen’s collaboration with Target, after all. But the peroxide blonde, whiskey-throated singer (think a cross between Debbie Harry and PJ Harvey) admits that getting onstage looking as good as she does isn’t always an easy process. Although the number of outfits she packs for tour “starts high,” Moss notes that “most end up thrown around the room, and the result is usually three—that allows for the sweaty first one to get clean!” For the band’s current tour opening for Jane’s Addiction (if you missed them, they’ll be back across America for their own string of headlining shows in June), Moss has been favoring flowing frocks by fellow Brit Emma Cook. She snapped a few photos to give ELLE.com readers a glimpse inside her suitcase.
Outfit breakdown: A silk dress with lace print by Emma Cook and a silver ship ring by William Llewellyn Griffiths (above). The lace effect always reminds me of a skeleton X-ray from a distance, so I chose to wear it on the Jane’s [Addiction] tour.
I brought this outfit on tour because: the show is theatrical and the vibes are a little Tim Burton at points, so I thought this fit with the atmosphere.
My personal style is: a mix of elegant, with some kind of goth-y joke woven in there too!
If this outfit were one of my songs, it would be: “Bodies” from the new album, Bruiser. The body shape is a focus, but an ethereal otherness comes through. The X-ray thing adds even more to the thoughts on mortality and earthly bodies I suppose, too.
I always pack: my Phillip Lim leather shorts—even for winter in New York City!
You’d never catch me onstage wearing: high heels. How does Beyonce do it? I’d be on my ass before the first chorus.
My pre-tour shopping spot is: Kokon To Zai in Soho London, Emma Cook’s studio, and Antonio Berardi HQ.
The best on-the-road purchase I ever made was: my Llewellyn jewelry.