She’s one of our favourite women. Lauren Laverne answers ten burning questions about life, love and elevator fantasies
We’re seriously chuffed to introduce Lauren Laverne as our first Boden Big 10 interviewee. Born in Sunderland in 1978 Lauren first found fame aged just 16 as lead singer and guitarist in indie punk band Kenickie before carving out a stellar career as a TV presenter, DJ and writer. She lives in London with her husband and two children. We’re obsessed with her BBC Radio 6 Music show, and when we’re not listening to that, we’re generally admiring her style, wit and genuine warmth. Be prepared to be inspired: Plus, make sure you check out ten of the pieces from our current collection that Lauren’s bagged for her own wardrobe. Shop her must-haves below.
What does the word style mean to you?
Style is the expression of an idea or attitude without using words. When it comes to fashion, for me style is about dressing from the inside out – expressing something about yourself rather than following trends or worrying about what you ‘should’ be wearing.
Whose wardrobe would you like to borrow for a day?
I’m really into mannish style at the moment, so it would have to be the incomparable Katharine Hepburn. A true trailblazer and style icon. Remember when stars actually wore clothes? Sometimes I miss those days.
Which one childhood outfit will you always remember and why?
This is easy. One of my Auntie Sharon’s disco-dancing outfits. She was a competition winner in it and used to let me wear it when I was about three. An ombre sequin boob tube, Boney M-style crochet Lurex skullcap, white feather boa and fringed skirt. I still remember sitting in my gran’s front room in it and, quite frankly, I’ve worn posher frocks since but have yet to feel more glamorous.
What does success look like to you?
Happy, healthy, well-adjusted kids (mine, obviously!). Family, friends and colleagues who don’t roll their eyes when they see my name come up on their mobiles. And having the freedom to appreciate ordinary things as little miracles afforded to everybody on the average wet Wednesday.
“For me style is about dressing from the inside out – expressing something about yourself…”
When was the last time you cried?
God, I’m terrible for crying. I need to find out if there is an equivalent of Kegel exercises for your tear ducts… I went to see Kate Bush perform last week and bawled my way through the entire gig! The music was just so beautiful, I couldn’t help it. The last time I cried was in fact yesterday. I signed off on a project I’ve been working on for a long time, and my mam told me how proud she was. In floods.
Who would play you in a film about your life?
It’s difficult to imagine such a project getting funding, to be honest. So it would have to be someone good. Perhaps if we attach Meryl Streep to the project it could be a goer. Plus Nora Ephron highly recommended having Meryl play you, and she knew a thing or two, so that’s good enough for me.
Which saying do you live by?
“The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death” – Oscar Wilde. Anyone who thinks otherwise is looking at life through the wrong end of the telescope.
“If everyone danced for half an hour a day world peace would be achieved in the space of a weekend.”
What is there simply not enough of in this world?
Pre-watershed dancing. If everyone danced for half an hour a day world peace would be achieved in the space of a weekend. We’d have to take turns by country, obviously, so as not to cause an earthquake.
Who would you most like to get stuck in an elevator with?
I would say Ryan Gosling, but I’ve seen Drive, which makes me feel like that scenario could go either way. So I’m going to opt for Coolest Man In The World™ – George Clooney. I’m keen to talk to him in private about his humanitarian work. Anybody who would suggest otherwise is just being vulgar.
Which children’s book character would you be?
As my feminist rage frequently reaches telekinetic levels these days, it would have to be Roald Dahl’s Matilda.
Check out Lauren’s radio show on BBC Radio 6 Music from Monday to Friday, 10am-1pm.