Marina Diamandis, of The Diamonds fame, isn’t exactly on the mainstream side of music.. or fashion for that matter. The Welsh/Greek beauty stole my heart the moment I saw her in the glitzy, Americana cliché-filled music video for her single – ‘Hollywood’. With flowing dark hair and ruby red lips, Marina had an air of glamour to her. A 40’s film starlet or retro pin-up girl perhaps?
Those Kate Bush-esque soaring vocals and even with her newly bleached locks, Marina is still every inch the star. But when it comes to her certainly unique attire, it’s clear Diamandis doesn’t exactly follow the crowd. When asked by Frock Me with TK Maxx to describe her look in three words, “vintage, cheerleader and cartoon” was her answer – and with her ever-growing collection of vintage cheer jackets, this description seems to fit.
There’s no doubting Marina’s style oozes with that very kooky, eccentric and..well yes, a cartoonized pop-arty feel. This sense of style is shown through her choice of quirky designers and labels, with her often seen wearing Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Laura Mackness, Beyond Retro, Motel Rocks, Jervoise Jackets and being a self-confessed big fan of designer Ashish. Marina has expressed that she likes to dazzle, but feel comfortable in her clothes. She admires designers like Vivienne Westwood who are iconic and eccentric, not just through their designing but as people too – those who are uncompromising and don’t follow any rules or fads of fashion.
Hailing singer Gwen Stefani as her “definite style icon” and with celebrity pals such as Paloma Faith and Katy Perry who share this sense of eccentricity – it’s evident that Diamandis is drawn to those who have an individual style, who steer away from the norm of mainstream fashion and use their clothes as a form of expression.
As someone passionate about fashion, Diamandis has shown a keen interest in getting involved in the industry. She told WalesOnline that she’d “like to do something in fashion, not designing, not one of those skanky celebrity lines, but being involved behind the scenes”.
It’s no surprise then, that the creative and thrifty singer has been known to make her own stage outfits from clothes she finds in charity and vintage shops – this was shown when Marina participated in the popular ‘Today I’m Wearing..’ feature last year on VOGUE.CO.UK, in which she blogged and shared her daily style choices.
“I don’t want to be a typical pop star” she told BBC News, and Diamandis is truly anything but ‘typical’. The individuality of her music and powerfully strong voice is complemented by her bizarre, off-the-wall and sometimes very brave wardrobe choices. She stands out in the crowd and her wacky, but endearing personality shines through. I’m a big fan of her music, and I don’t know about you, but I’d love to get my hands on her wardrobe!
Here are a few of my favourite looks (CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE)…
Marina and The Diamonds’ new single Radioactive is released on iTunes on 30th September.
Images courtesy of www.glamourmagazine.co.uk, getty images, www.vogue.co.uk, www.mtv.co.uk