Metric’s Emily Haines Talks Style Icons—And Beauty Essentials To Beat The Desert Heat
Metric’s Emily Haines has been in the female-frontwoman vanguard since her Toronto-based four-piece started making music together in 1998. Embracing her glamorous side, rather than downplaying it, Haines encouraged many of her sisters in rock to do the same. A fan of structured pieces and Margiela these days, Haines calls the Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed her ultimate style icon. “My friend Lou Reed pretty much invented rock-and-roll style for me. Never has a leather jacket and sunglasses looked so good!” Janelle Monáe is carrying the torch for a new generation of artist’s, according to Haines, bringing “grace and elegance” back to the stage as “a much-needed alternative to all the rest.”
To kick off a barrage of summer tour dates, Metric will open Coachella in T-minus eleven days, although Haines is no stranger to the festival circuit, of course. “I was completely transfixed,” she recalls of watching Sonic Youth perform the song “Tunic” a few years back at La Route du Rock, a summer concert series in the French countryside. “That was the first time I met Kim Gordon, and she treated me with such kindness, like she was my older sister and she had my back with the big kids.” In anticipation of the annual extravaganza in Indio, California, Haines is stocking up on Bliss Spa’s Triple Oxygen Eye Cream and plenty of Rosewater, as well as loading her iPod with tracks from Chinawoman and Lee Hazlewood for the long hours of tour-bus time that will follow. Click here for more Coachella essentials in Style.com’s Spring Beauty Guide.