This past weekend, my hometown Winnipeg, hosted Canada’s answer to the Grammys, the 43rd Juno Awards and I had the pleasure of catching up with one of the nominees Brandi Disterheft. As a Canadian Jazz musician, composer and vocalist, Brandi is considered one of the fastest rising stars in the jazz world. Since we all know the worlds of music and fashion are all about expression and creativity, I was curious to know how Brandi’s music influences her style and vice versa.
Me: Brandi, how would you describe your style in a few words?
BD: Classic and classy with a juxtaposition of an element that is outside the box and radical.
Me: Does your music influence your sense of style?
BD: Absolutely. My music is straight ahead jazz with elements of be-bop as this is the music I listen to on a daily basis. I like to throw in a curve ball and play a Quentin Terantino inspired original song or a surf beat original pop song to allow the listener to escape in the music. So my sense of style is classic with a curve ball whether it be a bright color on a classic outfit, an out of the box hair style, or a pair of my sequin flat knee high boots I picked up when touring in Beijing.
Me: What do you like to wear when you are preforming?
BD: Pencil dresses that lie just below the knees and leotard-like fitted tops so I do not have to worry about any unwanted skin exposure. I have a weakness for sequin dress particularly the vintage stage dresses my mother has passed down to me.
Me: You had me at vintage! Favorite go to style?
BD: Classic and anything grey.
Me: Oh you’re a girl after my own heart, I love grey too. What’s one item you can’t live without?
BD: My brown, knee high rider, boots from spain. I’ve had them for 7 years, replacing the sole every year and I still get complemented on them all the time. On stage, it would be my coral lipstick.
Me: Those boots sound amazing. Riding boots never go out of style. What was your first big fashion purchase and why?
BD: My first big purchase was a $450 coat from Aritzia that was a black and white tweed winter coat, fitted with extended up the neck that would even cover my nose. I felt I could take over the world with this gorgeous coat and it complemented by 100-year-old upright bass.
Photo Credit: The Canadian Press/John Woods
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