Aside from all that, though, hanging out at clubs that require proof of age isn’t really Boucher’s cup of tea. “In Canada, everyone just goes to illegal venues,” she says. “Liquor is taxed, and to actually go to a bar is so outrageously expensive that no one—at least no one I know—would go. I’ve probably been once in my life.” Make that twice: The hostess finally ushers us inside, but not without a lecture on what constitutes proper identification and what doesn’t. Most likely, we’re vouched for by our server, who waits until dropping off the check to mention that she’s friends with one of Grimes’s stage dancers, but still the irony of such a teetotalian adherence to New York State’s liquor laws is not lost considering the establishment’s entire premise.
It’s also a bit unusual that we’re here in the first place, conducting a cover interview for NYLON’s annual It Girl issue, at least according to the traditional understanding of who might wear such a mantle, i.e., a stylish somebody with a certain je ne sais quoi, famous for being famous. The girl seated across from me in a slept-in Ms. Marvel tank top, home-dyed hair, and face glitter is more studio rat than gal-about-town, but riddle me this: Could it be that the less she bothers, the more fascinating she becomes? Either way, whenever she does happen to step away from Ableton, all eyes are on her. Exhibit A: the black, red, and marble Dior ring she’s currently twisting around her pointer finger, a gift from the storied luxury brand that’s presenting the Guggenheim International Gala this November, where Grimes is scheduled to perform. Or consider the 2013 Vogue Voices video in which Donatella Versace gushed, “Right now I listen to the Grimes…a lot”—a clip that was promptly GIF’d and posted on the musician’s Tumblr. That same year, Chanel dressed her for the Met Gala. After a photo shoot, Karl Lagerfeld sent her roses. “I put them in my hair, and he didn’t seem stoked about it. He was like, ‘Well, that’s fresh!’ I was like, ‘Oh no!’” she says, laughing.