I managed to not only get into the sold-out Yeah Yeah Yeahs show last night at First Avenue, but to be practically front-row for the entire thing. All the better to see Karen O's amazing outfits! Despite the all ages nature of the show (you could only buy drinks upstairs, where it was overly packed, and the crowd of teenagers turned into a venerable mosh pit), it was a truly inspiring show that will go down in the annals of my memory. Karen O is truly a modern-day rock - and style - icon.
They kicked off the show with their latest, "Heads Will Roll." Karen came onstage wearing a scary-good mask that lit up in neon swirls, as well as a swirl-print, studded black one-armed leotard, a fringed fabric arm band, a studded fingerless glove, and hot pink tights.
Later on she put on this amazing neckpiece made out of large silver palettes. Seems like it'd be easy to make. There aren't any photos up from the Mpls show but she debuted the piece at Coachella 2009:
For "Zero" at the close of the set, she donned the studded leather jacket she wears in the video for the song.
For the two-part encore, Karen O put on this kimono-like outfit. It had an interesting drape that went between the legs - a new silhouette that's been popping up lately.
All the costumes were designed for the 2009 tour by Karen O's longtime designer, Christian Joy (an Iowa native and current NYC resident).