Stylishly Inclined

Stylishly Inclined

Dressing up to rock out is all in a day's work for these six stylin' musicians.

Shane Lawlor

Band: Electric Touch

What’s the best part about being a musician? I love the freedom that the life of a musician brings. I love that I’m allowed to think a little differently. I’ve seen all sides of life, from the gutter to the stars, and I get to write songs about it. And of course, performing on stage is a rush unlike anything else — it’s the stuff I dreamed of as a kid.

Describe your personal style. Working Classy. I dress sharp, because I like to be taken seriously. John Lennon meets Julian Casablancas.

Who are your style icons? Serge Gainsbourg, Alexander McQueen and Keith Richards.

What do you like about style in Austin? I love the variety, and it all seems to work as one. Wonderful juxtaposition. One foot planted firmly in the coolest city in the south and the other striding off into the future...

What is your most prized style possession? I have an old black leather jacket, which I bought used many years ago. We’ve seen a lot together, and no matter how bad I may have looked on occasion, the jacket has always come through for me. I also have a fantastic Black Velvet Ted Baker blazer which makes me feel like James Bond.

Where do you shop? Online. Top Man. Helm Handmade. STAG. Nordstrom.

What was the worst trend you participated in? I would get funny looks walking around London wearing the cowboy boots I bought on my first visit to Texas.

Where to see Lawlor perform in March: March 29 at La Zona Rosa with Hot Chelle Rae.

 

Dan Dyer

Bands: The Dan Dyer Band, The Coveters and Kinky Machine and has been playing on and off for 20 years.

What’s the best part about being a musician? The beautiful people I get to play with and play for.

Describe your personal style. Urban Appalachia

Who are your style icons? Clint Eastwood, Bobby Johns, Amy Cook and Alejandro Escovedo.

What do you like about the general style in Austin? That almost anything beyond running attire is considered “dressing up.” It’s also what I hate about it.

What is your most prized style or musical possession? My black Stetson Open Road and handmade hatband — both gifts from my lovely girlfriend.

Where do you shop? The sale racks at STAG, Service Menswear and thrift stores.

What was the worst trend that you participated in? 1987 through 1999.

Where to see Dyer play in March: March 2 at the Continental Club, March 7 at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, March 17 at South By San Jose (Jo’s Coffee parking lot), an official SXSW showcase (TBD) and a few more SXSW parties and events TBA.

 

Daniel Leopold

Bands: Leopold and his Fiction & Cowboy and Indian

What do you love most about being a musician? Continuing to be a musician after 20 years of playing and mostly, living a lifestyle that revolves around songwriting and live shows.

Describe your personal style. It is heavily dependent on the music and culture of time periods. It is influenced by mostly 1940s and early 1970s.

Who are your style icons? Paul Newman, Cary Grant and vertical stripes.

What do you like about style in Austin? It’s coming along rather fine. I just moved here from San Francisco. There are definite cultures revolving around style in both places that share similar references, but for the most part unique from one another. I like that Austin pronounces its southern accent in its day-to-day wardrobe distinctions.

What is your most prized style possession? Leather ankle boots.

Where do you shop? Mostly on tour. So many vintage shops and boutiques to sort through. In Las Vegas, it’s Gypsy Den. In Austin, it’s Gypsy Sun and New Brohemia.

What was the worst trend that you participated in? Baggy anything.

Where to see Leopold perform in March: March 2 with Cowboy and Indian at Antones for their EP release show, March 13 with Cowboy and Indian at Cheer Up Charlies, March 14 with Leopold and his Fiction at 29th Street Ballroom, March 15 with Leopold and his Fiction at Skinnys Ballroom.

 

Bands: Cowboy and Indian & Leopold and His Fiction.

What’s the best part about being a musician? Being able to speak the universal language of music.

Describe your personal style. Sometimes I wear a muumuu with moccasin boots and a medallion, or all black, or maybe sporty clothes — anything. I look different every day, and the only thing that one day has in common with the next is red lipstick.

Who are your style icons? Dana Longuevan

What do you like about the style in Austin? You can’t tell the difference between hobos and bohos.

What is your most prized style possession? I have a headdress that was handmade by my friend KT Cewe (owner of Gypsy Den in Las Vegas).

Where do you shop? I luckily have many friends who work in fashion. Most of my clothes come from Gypsy Sun and Gypsy Den. I also love Sisters of the Black Moon, Laced with Romance, Filin Austin, Black Swan Theory, Magnolia Family Vintage, and Gillian Courtney.

What was the worst trend you participated in? I wore overalls almost every day in 7th grade, and it wasn’t trendy then either — I was pretty proud of myself, though.

Where to see Mills perform in March: March 2 with Cowboy and Indian at Antones for their EP release show, March 13 with Cowboy and Indian at Cheer Up Charlies, March 14 with Leopold and his Fiction at 29th Street Ballroom, March 15 with Leopold and his Fiction at Skinnys Ballroom.

*Hair by Christina Svec of Ricky Hodge Salon. Wardrobe by KT Cewe of Gypsy Den.

Nic Armstrong

Band: Nic Armstrong

What's the best part about being a musician? Catching a sniff of a classy tune and the ensuing hunt is one of my most favorite things (as a musician).

Describe your personal style. The best-dressed Englishman in Austin. Clean. Get the shoes right and you'll have good lovemaking.

Who are your style icons? Famous alcoholics, Nilsson album covers, Chuck Berry, Ken Currie, flotsam and jetsam, Cole Porter songs, Cops, Boy George, Hieronymus Bosch, beaches.

What do you like about the general style in Austin? The sea of pretty faces. The general kookery. Art scene. Music scene.

What is your most prized style possession? Taxidermied trophys with X-ed out eyes. Tight euro-style underpants. I go nuts for stockings.

Where do you shop? Online, in person and in secret. Strike a balance between local and multi-national. Odd, one off stores, thrift, vintage, hand-me-downs. I tend to avoid the logos on clothes crew.

What was the worst trend that you participated in? Threesomes. Hypercolor T-shirts. Smoking.

Where to see Armstrong play in March: The outside stage at Whip In on March 15. Rock and roll and a curry!

 

Elza Burkart

Bands: One of five members of The Saint James Society.

What’s the best part about being a musician? I’ve always been a performer, not necessarily in a band, but I grew up on stage, and I used to be a pest with my childhood girlfriends at this community open mic. We would dress up like Courtney Love and yell out horrible songs until our parents dragged us off the stage. I think I was eight years old when that was going on. I would say The Saint James Society is the first real band I’ve ever been in, and there’s nothing like traveling with your best friends and husband (he is the singer/bassist). I love going on adventures and meeting people — and what better way to reach out to people than by playing in front of them?

Describe your personal style. A collage of everything I love. I like French New Wave characters and gypsy princesses. I love to borrow from the past and marry it with the present. I like strange contrasts like beaded dresses and motorcycle boots. I like to imagine myself as a character of a kooky novel and dressing up as she might.

Who are your style icons? I’m very inspired by Anais Nin, Anna Karina, the Hells Angels, Anita Pallenberg and Robert Mapplethorpe. What do you like about the style in Austin? I’ve seen a lot of different styles in Austin. It’s not the dressiest city: however, the people that do express themselves through their clothes are really impressive and inspiring.

What is your most prized style possession? I have a dress that Slash’s (guitarist of Guns and Roses) mother made. She was a designer for a little fashion line in Malibu. It’s really beautiful. I’ve been collecting antique jewelry from Asia too. I have some really amazing belts and cuffs from the mountains of north Thailand, my mother grew up in the Sahara so I have some of the pieces she kept forever. My absolute most prized piece must be my wedding dress though — it’s from the 1930s. It’s sheer dusty brown chiffon with golden art deco beading all over it. That travels with me in a little silk bag wherever I go. In case something happens, I’ll always have it with me.

Where do you shop? Locally, I love Laced With Romance and Ax + Apple jewelry. My favorite clothing line is American Gold. It’s all vintage inspired, but made with the most beautiful fabrics. It’s perfect for touring because even if you’ve been driving all day, you slip into one of her dresses or capes and you are instantly transformed!

What was the worst trend you participated in? The entirety of the 1990s is something I wish I could erase.

Where to see Burkart perform in March: March 4 at Cheer Up Charlies, SXSW at the Tee Pee Records showcase at Swan Dive.