In April, experimental arts and fashion collective Vaquera hosted “Vaqueraoke” at the MoMA PS1 in New York. Rising R&B star Zsela Thompson took the stage in a tartan dress with cut aways that revealed an homage to Madonna’s iconic cone bra. The moment she set her dark, brooding vocals loose over an acapella cover of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer,” a new darling of the NYC fashion scene was born.
In September, she followed up her first single, “Noise,” with “Earlier Days,” a heart wrenching, time-stopping ballad steeped in nostalgia and lost love. This fall, Thompson will join Cat Power and Angel Olsen on tour.
And on the eve of releasing a five-song EP, Thompson is devoted to allowing her art to live and breath in multiple disciplines while planting her feet firmly in music and fashion.
“I’m inspired by the space, or venue of the moment and how I’m physically feeling,” she explains.
Equally as comfortable in a Comme des Garçons leather jacket and John Fluevog shoes or a pair of jeans with a baggy hoodie and a bandana, Thompson describes her style as temporal and fleeting. “I’m super scrappy when it comes to pulling together looks too. An archive or vintage piece can be the inspiration that a whole look surrounds.”
Zsela performs with Cat Power on Monday, Oct. 28 at the Commodore Ballroom (Vancouver).
Photographer: Annie Forrest Art Director: Jacob Park Makeup Artist: Cristy Burton Photo Assistant: Bruna Moreira