A CRASH Course On Personal Style

“I have a small obsession with Courtney Love,” says Philly-based singer-songwriter Patty Crash, whose fashion sense shows a perfect marriage between the sweetheart and the badass of a 1993...

“I have a small obsession with Courtney Love,” says Philly-based singer-songwriter Patty Crash, whose fashion sense shows a perfect marriage between the sweetheart and the badass of a 1993 teen drama. She shows me a golf-tee with Nirvana’s trademark happy-faces embroidered onto it, “It’s such a small world. Courtney’s under the same management as my BFF Nikki (Nikki Jean). One day, she came into the office like a hurricane and left this shirt. Nikki just gave it to me afterwards…It still kind of smells like her.” With her biker-chic, blonde locks, combined with perfectly trimmed bangs and plethora of Salvation Army found lace-trimmed, floral-print, and acid-washed bottoms and tops, Crash’s homage style to Love certainly looks far beyond a Mudhoney after-party. Mixed with her indie-pop/hip-hop style, she creates a modern East Coast look of her own.

The Icelandic-born pop-singer–who is mostly known for her collaborations, performances, along with her long-lasting friendships, with the likes of many artists such as Tyga, Travis McCoy, Nikki Jean, and The Roots–took the time out of her busy, songwriting, schedule to share with  me a more personal side of her: her wardrobe, her My Little Pony dolls, and her admiration for Courtney. For the record, the sky was made of amethyst that day.


Philthy Blog: Describe your personal style.

Patty Crash: trashy chic! Wait.. pause not in a I’m-wearing-trashbags-Ke$ha kind of way. Just in, like, a I-don’t-give-a-fuck kinda way–like a mix of Molly Ringwald and Courtney Love: sweet and trashy.

PB: Do you have any special novelty accessories from home that you wear out?

PC: Ha! Other than green eyes, pale skin, and viking hat with horns…I’m not too big on accessories. LESS is MORE! Occasionally, I like to tie a string around my neck or, if im going somewhere nice, maybe a bow-tie.

PB: What type of materials do you search for when shopping? I’m in love with your signature acid wash jackets, where did u find them?

PC:  I love thrifting not just because it’s cheap…wait no, I do love it because its cheap, but mostly because you can find some amazing shit if you know where to look. I got one (acid wash jacket) at Retrospect for a Halloween costume I never took off. The other one is from a sneaker swap at Arts Garage.














PB: Best purchase of the year:

PC: A Vintage wedding dress–I like to collect them and where them on stage!

PB: Favorite Do-it-yourself projects with your clothes:

PC: I love chopping bridal and bridesmaids gowns from the early 90’s

PB: Favorite decade and style icon:

PC: Ha! Definitely the 90’s because I got my first walkman then. I think the 90’s is the decade before it all changed–before Youtube. I had a PAGER and Bill Clinton was president! Also, in 1995 when Courtney Love threw her shoe at Madonna at the VMA’s, that’s when I fell in love with music!

PB: So the cat’s out of the bag, Courtney is your style icon. In what way do you identify with her?

PC: She just goes hard and I respect that. To get any kind of respect, she had to fight hard. She’s not what is considered the “best” guitar player or singer, but an artist and a renagade like myself. .. She taught herself how to play the guitar, and currently I’m teaching myself too.

PB: Have you ever performed any Courtney-esque songs?

PC: After I drop my album I plan on putting out a grunge or accoustc live versions of the album. I really think that if a song is well written, it should translate to any genre. I recently signed a development deal wit Mercury/Island Def Jam. Courtney is also signed to Island Def Jam so the possibility of doing a collabo on that grunge mix-tape would be gangsta.










PB: What would you sell in your dream “Patty Crash merch table?”

PC: One of a kind vintage dresses in all colors in sizes that I could pick up along the way at Salvation Armies across the country!


Elizabeth is the Lifestyle Editor of PHILTHY MAG. When she isn't writing about her musings of the world, she enjoys soap-making, researching foodie spots, and singing 80's New Wave to her cats Junebug, PJ and Monkey.