Photos by Nicky Digital / Makeup by Erin Green
POPMATTERS SPONSOR—Some in the music industry have labeled the musical style of the three-woman band Au Revoir Simone, started in 2003, as “folk”. Though this may be at the heart of their sound, many layers of other elements combine, making it impossible to categorize their music strictly in this way. Vocalist Erika Forster herself once described the vibe of the band’s album Still Night, Still Light by saying, “It’s a folk album without folk instruments”, implying that though folk music is an influence on the band, they utilize other tools and sounds to embellish it beyond this categorization. Similarly, the sweater Miss Forster sports here, part of GAP’s spring collection, acts as a base for the overall look, but is transformed depending on the accessories she pairs with it.
Though the black and white striped sweater is striking on its own, accessorized with red lipstick and matched with a thin strand of red beads, it creates a stunning background for attention-getting accents. Propelling the look one step further are the additions of an emerald green jacket and camel colored clutch, which spice up the outfit and give it a more formal tone than the sweater alone exudes. In essence, just as folk music provides a basis for the synth music of Au Revoir Simone, so too does Erika’s striped sweater act as a basic essential: a starting point from which the artist builds and transforms, dazzling audiences along the way.