Karen Elson: Life Lessons
Supermodel, singer, songwriter, guitarist, Save the Children ambassador and now the star of the 13th mytheresa.com women series, Karen Elson is a woman who never fails to inspire.
The Manchester-born multitalented personality – who used to be married to fellow rock star Jack White – was an obvious choice to be the star of the new campaign that profiles significant women whose personality and style influences others.
Fellow front models have included Elson’s buddies including Alexa Chung and Liv Tyler – “They are all very strong. They have got their own direction, all of them are very interesting. All of them have very interesting things going on. So obviously it is a good crowd to be a part of,” said the British star.
Despite running after her two children and finishing off her latest album, Elson managed to have time to work on the 13th mytheresa.com women series. In the campaign she is exclusively dressed by Marni, with the collection now available online.
But before you head off and start adding the items to your shopping baskets, be inspired by Karen Elson’s impressive life lessons:
Failure teaches you how strong you are without the comparison, without having something to fight for, without having something to prove, even, or something to aspire towards. It always keeps you hungry for something.
Don’t ever think you’re so good. Don’t ever act better than anybody else because you’re guaranteed to get knocked off your pedestal one day.
Just be yourself. It’s so easy in fashion to have something like a persona and to act like the others, but just be yourself. Nothing can go that horribly wrong, unless you’re rude. Life’s too short to conceal who you really are.
Have a positive outlook. My dad always had a positive outlook – “the wind can knock you down, but get up again. Don’t ever give up.”
Charity lets you see humanity at its best and worst. Save The Children has been a life changer without a shadow of a doubt. It opened my eyes, I love working with them. I absolutely love it and eventually that’s all I want to work on next to music.
Style icons aren’t always models. Mine are Helena Bonham Carter and Grace Coddington. I think Helena is fabulous and has the best style because she really doesn’t care what she is wearing. Her approach and style is wacky, yet so individual. Grace has her sort of uniform that is all black but she wears it like in a very unique way. I like women who dress authentically.
My style absolutely has changed over the years. When I was younger I had an anything-goes approach, I mean who cares if you are wearing leopard print, crazy fishnet stockings and a wacky vintage outfit matched with a cardigan? Now, as a mum, I just don’t have the time. My style has become a lot more mellow. But I still am a big fan of vintage dresses.