“Pauline Black, the “defiantly chic” frontwoman of the Selecter, a politicized two-tone ska revival band formed in the late ’70 that is still making people dance, is no stranger to fashion. She famously played with androgyny by adapting the tailored, mod-ish Rude Boy style to her own stylish purposes while performing music that was a pointed response to Thatcherism in ’80s Britain. It’s safe to say that pussy-cat bows and big handbags have never been her thing—nor frocks for that matter. “Effortless” is how [Nigerian fashion designer] Duro Olowu, who named Black a muse of his fall collection, has described her style; she calls it sharp. Certainly, there’s nothing ad hoc about this musician-actress-author’s look.”
Now that British Vogue has a black editor, which I think is a very good thing, there is generally more discussion about black fashion ideas. I can only assume that I popped up on Duro’s radar [through old photos],” muses Black on the phone from the U.K. “The one thing I never did really was wear dresses, and Duro’s quite strong on dresses. The things I like from his shows,” Black notes, “are the longer coats where he mixes fabric and also patterns. He’s quite partial, I think, to a bit of black-and-white check here, there, and everywhere—and similarly, other color checks as well, taking a clean [silhouette] and mixing it with more African styling [and] fabrics.” While we stand by to see if she’ll wear any of them when The Selecter cohead a tour with the English Beat and Ranking Roger this Fall, Black takes us through the inception and evolution of her inimitable Rude Girl look…
Check out the entire VOGUE Magazine article here.
2 Tone pioneers The Selecter and The English Beat Feat. Ranking Roger are preparing for the North American leg of their co-headline World tour, hitting the West Coast this Fall. Both bands will play full sets each night, followed by a joint encore. Last year, the legendary acts teamed-up to play nearly 40 dates together, including SOLD OUT shows at London’s iconic Roundhouse and Amsterdam’s Melkweg, selling nearly 40k tickets. Life-long friends, they are two of the main bands to come out of 2 Tone – a crucial musical and cultural movement as relevant today as it was over 30 years ago. Shortly after the North American tour went on sale, the San Diego show sold out within hours, forcing the bands to add a 2nd date at the end of the tour.
Confirmed Tour Dates:
October 31st @ Regent Theater in Los Angeles, CA
November 1st @ The Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ
November 2nd @ The Casbah in San Diego, CA
November 3rd @ The Glass House in Pomona, CA
November 6th @ Aladdin Theater in Portland, OR
November 7th @ Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC
November 8th @ Neptune Theatre in Seattle, WA
November 10th @ Mezzanine in San Francisco, CA
November 11th @ The Majestic Theater in Ventura, CA
November 13th @ House of Blues in Anaheim, CA
November 14th @ The Casbah in San Diego, CA