Miley Cyrus Will Not Tone Down Her Wardrobe for 'The Voice'
Stylist Simone Harouche opens up about dressing the show's newest coach: "Miley is always going to be true to herself, regardless of the event or show."
Subtlety is not exactly Miley Cyrus' style.
Since her post-Hannah Montana reinvention in 2011, the 23-year-old has pushed the envelope with her wardrobe, often using her clothing as a means of communication — whether she's making a statement about gender stereotypes by rocking androgynous looks or flaunting her sexuality in pieces that skirt the line between lingerie and ready-to-wear.
Her most risque (televised) statement to date was at the 2015 VMAs, when she shocked the audience in barely-there looks. But for Cyrus' new gig as The Voice's latest coach, will she tone down her look?
VA-VA-VMAs: Cyrus as the host of the 2015 VMAs. (Photos: Getty Images)
According to her longtime stylist, Simone Harouche, the singer will be just as flashy as always. Previews for NBC's hit competition show, which premieres Sunday evening, seemed to indicate that she'd be a little more covered up, but the Miley flair is still clearly intact (see Cyrus dressed as Mugatu from Zoolander).
Pret-a-Reporter caught up with Harouche to find out what we can look forward to from the fashion wildcard.
Miley’s been known to wear revealing looks — how do you maintain her flashy style while taking into account her younger audience?
I think a large portion of Miley's audience has always been a younger demographic. If any age group would relate to her fashion sense, it would be her peers. Miley is always going to be true to herself, regardless of the event or show.
Where do you find her clothing?
I love vintage and literally searched the vintage shops in L.A. and everywhere online, including What Goes Around Comes Around, Resurrection, The Way We Wore and Rachel Zabar. Her wardrobe is a mix of vintage, custom pieces from designers we work with, as well as the pieces I make for her.
Any specific designers you can mention?
For this project, Miley wanted custom pieces made that were personal to her, so we chose themes that were important to her. A big one was her pets. We worked with some young amazing designers such as Hayley Elsaesser (from Toronto), Dyspnea (from Perth, Australia), as well as cult '90s designer, Rachel London (who dressed Madonna, Sandra Bernhard and Cyndi Lauper back in the day). We are still at the beginning of the season, so there's going to be a lot more to come
Any custom looks you can describe the process of creating? (There’s a video of Miley on the show wearing a jacket covered in fake flowers, for example — is that custom?)
That denim floral look is by Rachel London. She was famous in the '90s for using those flowers on just about everything. We were able to track her down and recreate some of those iconic pieces. When I work with Miley, we always make a lot of custom pieces. She’s such an expressive and individual artist, sometimes the clothes we want don’t exist in shops.
Is picking out the ensembles a collaborative process with Miley?
Absolutely. Miley is very true to herself and she knows what she wants. A lot of times, we bounce off ideas to come up with a new look. It's always fun and I get to be creative and really go there.