get charli xcx’s cover look

    big hair, bright lights.

    by · November 25, 2014

    photo by zoey grossman

    Charli XCX is a true ’90s kid. The grunge-pop princess has become a music sensation by showing her gratitude for the decade in which she was raised. See: the ode to cult film Clueless in the “Fancy” music video with Iggy Azalea and her video for single “Break the Rules,” which gives subtle nods to The Craft, Thirteen, and Jawbreaker (Rose McGowan even makes a cameo). And her new album, Sucker, is no exception to her ’90s obsession: The record is laced with teeny-boppy party anthems that—trust us—will get stuck in your head on first listen.

    For our cover, shot by Zoey Grossman at the Pink Motel in Los Angeles, stylist Daniela Jung played on Charli’s retro-ravey style by loading her up in patched moto jackets, gothy dresses, and pastel faux furs. Charli’s close friend and longtime makeup artist Colby Smith used the motel’s neon lights as inspiration by applying fuchsia, red, and orange lip colors, matched with Charli’s flawless skin and signature black cat eye. Hairstylist Luke Chamberlain tousled her raven-hued locks with a mix of texturizing and thickening sprays to give the hair as much body as possible to match her bombshell-punk aesthetic. As Charli herself said about the shoot’s location, “I’m a freak for neon signs. Give me a neon sign and I’m happy, you know?” Same.

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