Step One: Watch this haunting video for Karen Elson's first single, "The Ghost Who Walks." Step Two: Maybe get the chills. Step Three: Wonder how the Independent could even speculate that the flame-haired model might end up in the large pile of models who've dated rock stars and then flopped when they attempted a musical career themselves.
Sure, Elson fits the bill of what so often goes wrong: She's married to the musical god Jack White (of groups including The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather), she has the pretty face and plenty of fashion credentials, and now she's reaching for more. As the newspaper points out about this type of situation, "It's not surprising that the pop star in the partnership might want to flatter/patronise their trophy girlfriend by suggesting she pick up a microphone."
How could we forget the...interesting performance Kate Moss gave with then-boyfriend Pete Doherty on "La Belle et la Bete" - and rumour now is that she'll join her current man, Jamie Hince, with his group The Kills. In other hyped but stilted attempts, Agyness Deyn's musical career never took off after her gigs with Five O'Clock Heroes. And let's not even talk about Naomi Campbell's '90s album, Babywoman.
If you, like us, are stuck on Karen Elson's haunting, husky-voiced track "The Ghost Who Walks," then you'll be pleased to hear that the model-turned-singer has a concert coming up. Elson and her band will hit New York's Le Poisson Rouge on Bleecker Street on March 22 at 7.30 p.m. The Bleecker Street venue is selling tickets on its website for $15.
Elson's 12-song debut album, The Ghost Who Walks, is set to drop this summer and has been produced by Elson's husband, Jack White. This isn't the flame-haired beauty's first foray into music. In 2003, she added backing vocals to a Robert Plant song, and she's previously sung with Cat Power; Zooey Deschanel's group, She & Him; and her own political cabaret troupe, The Citizens Band. She's experienced, she's nailing the bluesy-pop vibe, and she has the expertise of White at her hands. Elson can't release the rest of her album soon enough.
If we ever had any doubt that Karen Elson and Jack White were a perfect match, then Spin's report that Elson is coming out with her own 12-song album this summer should put those questions to rest. Elson - who has been married to White for four years and given birth to two children, Scarlett and Henry Lee - has just released her first solo track, 'The Ghost Who Walks.' White produced the haunting acoustic LP at his Nashville studio and will release Elson's album on his label, Third Man Records.
We couldn't embed the video for Elson's song, but trust us, it's good - and you can watch it on the model's official site. If you, like us, hear the song once and have to start playing it on repeat, do yourself a favour and download the track there for free by joining Elson's mailing list. Seems like Elson's time singing with Cat Power and the Citizens Band (which also considers Maggie Gyllenhaal a member) paid off, and we can't wait to hear her full efforts in a few months.
Welcome to our next round of Spring/Summer 2010 Milan menswear week coverage, where we bring you the latest designs from Giorgio Armani, Burberry Prorsum, Missoni, John Richmond, Frankie Morello, Gucci and Bottega Veneta.
This time, we have an appearance from Luke Worrell and a suit that should make Jack White very, very happy. (Know which one we're talking about?)
Want to see some of the most fashionable ladies who keep us fashionable? Check our selection of top female fashion designers from last night's CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. From Vera Wang to Anna Sui (who received her Lifetime Achievement Award from Jack White of the White Stripes - heck yes), we're impressed overall with their wardrobes.
Let us know what you think about Laura Mulleavy from Rodarte.
Karen Elson, the supermodel mother-of-two and wife of Jack White of the White Stripes, has something newish to do in Nashville: sell vintage clothing. At Venus and Mars: The Showroom, the boutique Elson opened with stylist Amy Patterson, the '30s dresses are overflowing and the pieces come recommended by the likes of Anna Sui. The shop opened in October, and with Elson's fashion-industry connections, someone's always telling her where to find her next wardrobe addition.
The bonus of having a cache of quirky vintage? Elson tells BlackBook that she already knows which dress she'd wear if she and White renewed their vows.