Photos by Nicky Digital / Makeup by Erin Green
POPMATTERS SPONSOR—It was a moment of pure serendipity when Erika Forster and Annie Hart struck up a casual conversation on a train in 2003, leading them to discover their common desire to start a keyboard-focused musical group. Enter Heather D’Angelo, who teamed with the pair to complete the formation of what is now “Au Revoir Simone”, an all-female trio hailing from Brooklyn. Since their debut, Au Revoir Simone has impressed critics and audiences alike with their folksy pop-synth sound in albums like Verses of Comfort, Assurance & Salvation and Still Night, Still Light.
Erika Forster, keyboardist and vocalist for “Au Revoir Simone” is pictured here in a stylish and striking outfit from GAP’s spring line. She sports a fitted black skirt and threadless graphic tee featuring a pack of zebras, and, though her piercing blue eyes act as a natural accessory, Erika here pairs the black and gray outfit with a vibrant pink clutch, adding a splash of color and spice to her ensemble. The vivid clutch is as practical as it is eye grabbing, given its comfortable size, striking hue, and exposed zipper, and this colorful addition allows the outfit to successfully run the gamut from casual daytime outing to 5 o’clock drinks with friends.
In this case, Miss Forster’s outfit seems to reflect the singer’s fashion sense and her musical style; Au Revoir Simone is no stranger to creating unexpected pairings, and to experimenting with color. The band’s label, Moshi Moshi Records, says of Au Revoir Simone’s exotic inspirations and unique sound: “The band’s influences could be likened to a dutifully mined musical thrift store. Alongside the racks and railings of sometimes mismatched but wholly treasured records occupied by Modest Mouse… and Pavement, the likes of the Beach Boys… and Billie Holiday also take their place”. Au Revoir Simone was one of the first bands to pioneer the world of interactive music videos, with their user-friendly coloring book video for “Knight of Wands”. Through the video, Au Revoir Simone allowed fans to express their own creativity, and play with color in unique ways, just as Forster does to great success in the stunning look shown here.