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    For our ongoing Fashion Nation series, we talk to people about their personal style.

    Emily Nokes
    Singer for the band Tacocat and Music Editor for BUST
    Seattle, WA

    Tell us about your outfit. 

    This dress is a Tinkerbell costume dress. The boots are really amazing, but they’re almost falling apart. The tights are handmade sparkle tights by Sequin Designs (@sequindesigns), an awesome woman from Texas who I met on Instagram. The sparkle kimono was a gift from my boyfriend. 

    How would you describe your style?

    More is more, for sure. Pattern clashing is one of my favorites. I kind of have a sci-fi interest, but with a Lisa Frank influence as well. Alien meets Lisa Frank meets Blade Runner.

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    Being a performer, how do you draw the line between what you’ll wear for a casual everyday look and what you’ll wear on stage? 

    When I’m on stage, the things that I choose are a heightened version of what I’d normally wear, sort of like doing drag of myself. ’Cause [when] you’re performing, you want it to be special or different, and a lot of the pieces I wear on stage are ones that, for practical reasons, you can’t really go around in during the day. 

    You’ve dyed your hair all sorts of colors. What role does that play in your style? 

    I have a whole spectrum of colors [in my closet] that are for when I have warmer hair, like pink, orange, or red. There’s a whole different makeup approach, colors that I like to wear with each other, or colors that don’t look as good together. Sometimes I’ll say, “Oh, my hair is a dark, dark blue, so now I’m gonna find everything in my closet that’s orange.” 

    Do you have any go-to places to shop in Seattle? Or when you’re on tour?

    Indian Summer in Seattle is the shit. As far as shopping on tour, we’ll stop at any costume shop we see! The Tucson Thrift Shop [in Arizona] is amazing. We will go out of our way to make time for that. Another store we always try to hit when we’re in North Carolina is Chapel Hill’s Rumors.



    Get your sci-fi shine on with some of Emily’s greatest hits

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    1. Plum Floral Sequin Tights, $150, sequinflowerdesigns.etsy.com

    2. Susan Alexandra Parfait Bag, $265, shopbop.com

    3. Opening Ceremony Stripe Belted Shirt Dress, $128, openingceremony.com

    4. Lasula Sequin Flared Pants in Silver, $53, asos.com

    5. Long Red Fishnet Gloves Deluxe, $4.99, partycity.com

    6. Lala Mermaid Platform Sneaker, $100, yru.life

    By Emma Davey
    Photographed by Kelly O
    This article originally appeared in the May/June 2019 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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    As we settle firmly into spring, it’s the perfect time to sit outside with a great new book (maybe by Rebecca Solnit, or Ayesha Harruna Attah?) or a peppy, catchy-as-hell song on repeat. Here are some of our recommendations this week.


    Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact 

    Hosted by Soledad O’Brien, Lifetime will be setting aside two hours this Saturday for reactions to January’s Surviving R. Kelly. As per the media release, this special will investigate “the impact the documentary has had on our culture globally, how it has elevated the conversation on sexual violence, and what it means to be a survivor.” Airing May 4. 

    Ask Dr. Ruth


    This new documentary, out May 3 on Hulu, celebrates the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, known lovingly as America’s sex therapist. Stay tuned for our review on BUST.com.

    Tell It To The Bees

    Set in England in the 1950s, this queer love story stars Anna Paquin as a beekeeper who forms a bond with a troubled young boy—and his mother (Holliday Grainger). Out May 3.


    Scatter the Ratsby L7


    Scatter the Ratsis grunge band L7’s first record in 20 years! Out May 3, and keep checking BUST.com for further coverage.

    This Mess Is A Placeby Tacocat 

    Feminist pop punk band Tacocat is back with new tunes! This Mess Is A Placeis out May 3, and you can check out our interview with frontwoman—and BUST editor!—Emily Nokes in our May/June print issue.

    Kash Doll on “What You Wanna Do” by Anthony Flammia

    On May 2, Complex premiered a new collaboration between Anthony Flammia and rapper Kash Doll, complete with a lyric video. Out now. 


    The Hundred Wells of Salagaby Ayesha Harruna Attah

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    Attah’s book centers around two women in pre-colonial Ghana, Aminah and Wurche, living intertwined lives. Out February 5, and you can find our review here.

    Cinderella Liberatorby Rebecca Solnit

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    Calling all family and friends of younger feminists! Rebecca Solnit’s debut children’s book is a retelling of Cinderella with an empowering and Prince Charming-less twist. Out May 7.

    Revenge of the She-Punksby Vivien Goldman

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    Goldman’s feminist music history is one we’ve waited awhile for—a refreshingly female-focused look into punk music, from the ’70s up ’til today. Out May 7, and stay tuned for our review on BUST.com.

    Top photo via L7's website

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