Printed in RunwayNews.com Fall 2012
Elle Varner, who noticeably shares her name with the popular fashion magazine, has stand out style. However, it is not just the singer’s soulful vocal style that has made people turn and look. In an interview on the campaign trail Mrs. Obama noted that, “Perfectly Imperfect” is on her daughter’s playlist but it gets better.
It is also Ms. Varner’s fashion style, from the “get go”, that is simply amazing. One look at her first video, “Only want to give it to you” and one has to admit Varner is seemingly fearless and high wattage. The stylista admits it didn’t just start with her. She describes her grandmothers as ladies who were fashionable from head to toe. “These ladies traveled to Paris and Vienna.”
In addition to completing her album, working on a clothing and accessories line, Varner recently started a movement called Hug Life. In a recent interview she declares, “Every thug just needs a hug. If I could promote being positive and non-violent that would be crazy.” No matter how her style develops Varner has a lot of substance to go the distance.
Q– How would you describe your personal style? What do you think sets you apart?
A– I think what sets it apart is that it’s very unpredictable. I can’t put myself in one box.
Q– How do you think your style developed- in school, at parties, were you in any pageants?
A– My style started to develop in high school. I loved the attention even if people didn’t like what I was wearing. I loved that I stood out from everybody else. Working as a professional artist has given me a segue into the real high fashion world and I find a way to mix and match those worlds together- My everyday girl with high fashion.
Q– Do you have any favorite trends right now?
A– I said earlier today, you can wear sneakers; you can wear flats, now there are wedge sneakers. There is all kind of ways to be comfortable and chic at the same time.
Q– Do you have any favorite high fashion designers?
A– Diane Von Furstenberg- I love her story. She was one of the first designers in the meatpacking district. Now it’s an incredible place. I love the way she uses prints. There is a lot of fun in her clothes. Patricia Fields and Betsey Johnson are also two of my favorites for that reason.
Q– Do you have any style icons?
A– Diana Ross is a big one. She just has a regal- she can wear a tank top and it could be incredible. Part of that is her and how she exuthes confidence and “amazingness”. I grew up around a lot of older people and that what influences my love of old school style.
“I like classic beauty,” Varner says. She gazes up and strikes a pose. Fierce fashion mixed with classic beauty is an interesting combination. Yes, Elle Varner definitely has range. Her single, “I don’t care” from “Perfectly Imperfect” was recently featured on 106th and Park.