Florence Welch: Gray Goddess, or Grave Mistake?

12/27/2011 at 04:00 PM ET

Harrods Sale with Florence Welch
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Sure it was Chanel, but was Florence Welch’s head-to-toe black-and-gray ensemble a fashion faux pas? The singer wore the gown and cape while kicking off the annual Harrods post-holiday sale in London Tuesday, but her look raised more than a few well-groomed eyebrows.

Regardless, the singer stunned, belting “What the Water Gave Me” and “Shake it Out” backed by an acoustic guitar. According to U.K.’s Stylist, she was the first musician to ever perform at the legendary sale.

After her brief concert, Welch spoke to Stylist about her personal relationships with designers like Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld and Gucci’s Frida Giannini, who designed her summer tour costumes. And she revealed that there are a few rising stars she’d someday like to work with. “I love Erdem,” she shared. “I’ve met with Sarah Burton, and as well as being so, so nice, the work she has done at Alexander McQueen is just incredible.”

But during the holidays, Welch put her designer duds aside and kept her look casual — well, almost casual. “I’ve decided that as long as I’m wearing lots of costume jewelry, then I’m dressed,” she joked. “So I spent the whole time in lavish, brightly patterned pajamas, masses of costume jewelry and my paper crown.”

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Kristi on

Really? You’re asking the general public about taste in clothes and fashion, when most of them have a fake tan and wear running suits. These are people who think Kim K is “classy”.

aiko on

She looks great, she looks like the rocker sister of Galadriel (Cate Blanchett!) in Lord of the Rings. Her stature makes her really look like a goddess more than anything, if she wore something tiny she’d look like an Amazon or something. I like this look on her, it suits her!

aiko on

She could also be going to an underground techie convention with a Blade Runner vibe, too cool.

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