Shirley Manson Gets Covered In Lace And Latex

Shirley Manson for “V” magazine.
Photo: Daniele + Iango/Courtesy of “V” magazine

Since we seem to be about all things ’90s right now—seriously, there’s a retro cultural shift going on harkening the days of flannel and baby doll dresses—we were beyond excited to see Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson in the latest issue of V magazine. Arguably the female touchstone of 1990s alternative rock, Ms. Manson was all about en fuego hair, mega attitude, shrunken tees, blood lips, and a set of pipes that could out-snarl the most sinewy of wolves. She’s remained an inspiration to legions of female musicians—from Katy Perry to Karen O—and she and the members of Garbage are returning with their first batch of new music since 2005. While on music hiatus, Shirley began acting and had a recurring role on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and all throughout her multifaceted career, she has maintained a fiercely original sense of style. It’s hard to believe, especially from these photos, that she’s *gasp* 45 years old and rocking designer lace ’n’ latex like nobody’s biz. Ahem, waiter? We’ll have what Shirley’s having!

We’re particularly taken with the shot above showcasing a stunning black and white lace Dolce & Gabbana cocktail dress. How can we get our hair to do this slicked crown Grace Coddington cartoon volume thing? ZHAMAZE. Also, are these facial leaves of the painted or affixed variety? Who knows, but they’re weird and lovely. It’s an arresting look that seems fitting for Shirley’s innate style. As she tells V magazine, “Anyone can wear an amazing designer’s outfit, but it doesn’t make you stylish. Style is about who you are and how you live your life.”

Shirley Manson for “V” magazine.
Photo: Daniele + Iango/Courtesy of “V” magazine

OK, this hair goodness is KILLING US. Look at the insane volume of these gigantic, brushed out curls? L.O.V.E. Also, the exaggerated cat eye and invisible brow and lip action is interesting, especially when paired with this alien disco diva ensemble that includes a Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci black coin mini dress with Bondinage thigh-high latex stockings and Ohne Titel cuffs. It’s a look that is retro, evocative, and slightly dangerous. Shirley took style cues from her mother when growing up and would borrow things from her closet. “She had lots of stuff from the ’60s, so I was rocking a pretty cool wardrobe, but only by default,” Manson tells the magazine. We’ll take this ’70s-inspired look any day but probably wouldn’t wear it to work.

Shirley Manson for “V” magazine.
Photo: Daniele + Iango/Courtesy of “V” magazine

Hello, Alexander McQueen FROCKTASIA. This lace dress and attached face mask is pure dramz, with a gentle nod to legendary performance artist Leigh Bowery. Again, Shirley’s hair is an exploding carnation of wonderment that appears to be crimped and teased to perplexing proportions. This photo shows that Manson is snarly and ferocious even when she isn’t singing. And, really, how insane is this photo shoot?!

Shirley Manson for “V” magazine.
Photo: Daniele + Iango/Courtesy of “V” magazine

This particular bohemian wood nymph ensemble is another fave of the bunch and a look we’d love to see Shirley wear onstage. The John Galliano dress and blouse is fairy-dainty but edged out with a Zana Bayne harness, and those Bondinage stockings that look like macabre molasses. Also, the Tableaux Vivants gloves have us thinking we might start adapting gloves, in general, into our going-out regime. Ditto on the Flying Nun hair and leaf tears. We’ll also be adopting a new mantra inspired by Shirley. One of our favorite parts of the V magazine spread was the actual interview, and in it, she says, “It doesn’t matter how beautiful you are, if you don’t have anything interesting to say, then you’re still boring.” We couldn’t agree more. Throughout the years, Shirley has demonstrated this very statement both through her music and personal style. If you’re not familiar with it already, we suggest watching some videos to acquaint yourself…annnnnd to totally steal her eye makeup game.

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