They don’t make them like Elizabeth Harper these days, better known as the charismatic front-woman of Brooklyn electro-outfit, Class Actress. This year, she released, Rapprocher (French for “to come closer”)—a lush ’80s-tinged synth-pop soundtrack that shook dance floors and bestowed Harper with Madonna comparisons. Watch the music video for Class Actress’ dizzying banger Weekend and you’ll agree; the tasteful though titillating short features a lingerie-clad Harper involved in a weekend romp with Jean-Michel Basquiat’s foxy doppelgänger.
With her band’s co-headlining gig at the Music Hall of Williamsburg just around the corner, ELLE chatted with Harper about her favorite party dress, the good, the bad, and the ugly of New Year’s Eve, and what 2012 has in store for the naughty class act.
ELLE: All You Want For Christmas (But Didn’t Get) is…
EH: A Hästens bed.
ELLE: What’s the worst Christmas present you were ever given?
EH: The flu.
ELLE: What is your ideal NYE party dress?
EH: Hogan McLaughlin’s shipwreck dress, aka: my wedding gown.
ELLE: What’s your most horrifying NYE memory?
EH: Aren’t they all? I think any evening with an expectation is gauche. Some of my fav NYE’s have been in bed with a pad and paper taking stock, making plans, and going over the past year with a clear vision of how I want the next one to be better.
ELLE: How about your most romantic NYE?
EH: Being with my good friends in Malibu. At midnight we ran down and swam in the Pacific ocean, popped champagne, played charades in the front of the fire.
ELLE: What was your fondest Class Actress memory of 2011? What can fans expect in 2012?
EH: Our last show in Miami, followed by a proper massage at the Standard Spa. Nothing like a huge sub bass under the, um, stage… what a crowd! In 2011, expect more sub bass, and maybe some costume changes… But definitely more international love.
ELLE: What are some musts on your personal NYE playlist?
EH: I am really into the golden age of travel meets 90′s Armani catalogue. So maybe some Sade and Django Reinhardt. Oh, and some Robyn and Britney to sweeten it up.
ELLE: How do you take your coffee?
EH: Cortado, always.
ELLE: Favorite purchase of 2011?
EH: Dinner menus from a Transatlantic Ocean liner, New York to Paris August 1937. They are stunning.
ELLE: Favorite karaoke song?
EH: Right now Last Christmas by Wham, or Faith by George Michael.
ELLE: What’s on the Class Actress tour rider?
EH: Bulleit whiskey, fresh ginger, lemon, honey, and hot water. Oh, and hairspray.
ELLE: You’re known for being quite the provocateur. In your wildest dreams, describe a collab between you and fellow provocateurs across any medium and what would go down…
EH: Acting in a David Lynch film, recording a track with B.I.G. or a Harley ride up the coast with Cher.