But to her credit, she wears it way, way better than Ke$ha ever could.
I get that Florence’s thing is retro, kitschy-cool, and what better way to show that you’re totally dedicated to your thing than to wear even retro, kitschy-cool swimwear in a place that you’re not apt to be photographed (sorry, girl), but I just do not like that high-waisted look when it comes to pants, panties, or now, at the very top of my list, bikini bottoms. Even if you’re a skinny-Minnie with a perfectly normal, pert bum like Florence is, and has, it makes your butt look WEIRD. I’m talking strange, oblong bum cheeks that look just a tad on the saggy side, and how can anyone appreciate that? I’m sure Florence didn’t head into her closet that morning to choose the bathing suit that she hoped’d please everyone, and that’s cool, but I just do not get the fashion sense that others have when picking out the highest-waisted garments.
Anyway, I figured since I ripped Florence for her swimwear that it might be a nice thing to do in filling you in on what else is going on in her life (aside from, you know, the all-important bikini decision), and word has it that she was hip to getting drunk with Beyonce (but that was way before Blue Ivy was conceived, mind you). From GQ:
GQ.com: Who’s better at holding their drink – you or Beyoncé?
Florence Welch: I think Beyoncé might be. I was so drunk that night. Apparently we had a really long conversation, but I can’t remember any of it. We met her again at an event just before the VMAs, my sister was with me and Beyoncé said “Hi Grace! I’ve heard so much about you!” So I must have been talking about my sister, but God knows what I said.
GQ: There’s rumours that you’re headlining an Amy Winehouse tribute gig this summer – have you confirmed it yet?
FW: People have been asking about that but I haven’t been approached by anyone as far as I know. I’ve got tours booked in for the next foreseeable future but if I was available, of course I’d do it. My favourite song? “Back to Black.”
GQ: What is your hangover cure?
FW: I’ve got a little bit of a hangover today so I’ve decided to conduct meetings in my pyjamas. So a pyjama day is a good hangover cure – just start again the next day.
GQ: When was the last time you got in a fight?
FW: I get in fights with my sister all the time. She comes on the road with me and we fight – like sisters do.
GQ: Have you ever had a near death experience?
FW: Not really but when I was a kid I thought I could breathe underwater – I think it was a dream, but when you’re a kid it’s hard to separate dreams from reality. I kept nearly drowning. I’m a really good swimmer now though. I’m a freak, I can hold my breath for so long. We timed me – we did it in the pub the other day – and I held my breath for about two and a half minutes. I’m a freak.
GQ: Describe the way you dance.
FW: With wild abandon!
So, OK. I’m willing to let the whole odd-bathing-suit-thing go on the grounds that Florence Welch is one kick-ass lady whose wacky fashion sense maybe shouldn’t be subjected to the scrutiny of a lowly blogger. I apologize, Ms. Welch, and I kiss the ground you walk upon, alright?