The Shoot: Christine & The Queens' Heloise Letissier Borrows From the Boys

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The Parisian "It" girl pairs slinky electro-pop with masculine looks.

After signing with Neon Gold Records (the label that first backed Charli XCX and Tove Lo) and Because Music (in France), and releasing her debut bilingual EP Saint Claude in April, France’s Heloise Letissier is exporting her bold, Katharine Hepburn-inspired style to the United States. Better known by her stage name, Christine & The Queens, Letissier has a voice that is “exactly the sort I like: gravelly and [with] texture,” Mark Ronson has said, while Madonna loves how “she doesn’t seem to care” when it comes to presentation.

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And with a sartorial approach rooted in chic menswear silhouettes, the 26-year-old has already landed on the cover of French Elle and in the front row of Paris Fashion Week. In fact, she met another of her fans, Lorde, at the Chloe show last March. “It doesn’t quite feel real,” Letissier, who is currently touring the United States, says of the A-list praise. “It’s like the teenage posters in your room are talking to you, and you’re just like, ‘What?’ ”

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Well-Suited (seen above): “Dior Homme designer Kris Van Assche said, ‘I know you like men’s suits, so we will adapt [ours] for you.’ I’m wearing it with my stage shoes, which are from [British brand] & Other Stories. I have five pairs!” 

New Heights:Stella McCartney sent me these amazing Elyse shoes,” says the high heel-eschewing singer of the platform Oxfords. “I thought it would be really awkward to walk in them, but they’re surprisingly comfortable.”

Girl Power: “Both the jacket and shirt are Stella McCartney — I like that her pieces are feminine but never too girly. Suits feel natural to me. They’re about breaking free from the worry of looking ‘pretty.’ ”

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This story first appeared in the June 13 issue of Billboard magazine.