Lorde is Calvin Klein’s latest millennial queen


“The hard thing was when people would ask me: ‘Do you feel 16?’ and I’m like: ‘I don’t know, I’ve never been 40.’ It was really confusing,” Lorde, the megastar from down-under tells Vogue.

Photographed in Sydney by Nicole Bentley and styled by senior fashion editor Kate Darvill, Lorde is the latest in a series of celebrities dressed in Calvin Klein 205W39NYC collection -enter Paris Jackson, Millie Bobby Brown, Kate Moss and numerous others.

As she prepares for the Australian leg of her Melodrama World Tour, the now 20-year-old chats to Vogue’s Alice Birrell about exiting her teenage years, coping with soaring success and the goal of making music that stands the test of time.

“I basically turned 19 and the world was like: ‘Alright, we’re going to toss everything up in the air and it’s all going to come down in a really crazy way.’ All of a sudden I moved out of home, I went through a break- up,” she says of splitting with her boyfriend of three years, photographer James Lowe. “It felt like every day and every night I was totally having my mind blown by all these new things. I really felt like a young adult for the first time, kind of socially … That period was so creative I just was like: ‘Oh, my God.’ I just couldn’t write it all down fast enough. So that’s very much what the record centered around” tells New Zealand-born global superstar.

“People decided that I was the teenage perspective. They’d be like: ‘Oh, well, it’s not really, because it’s not covering this sort of thing’ and I was like: ‘Ah, I’m just one kid! I can’t be everybody’s voice, you know,’” she says, speaking more out of respect to the gravitas of such a title. S

“It was an interesting thing, and especially because I felt like my writing was so specific and so personal, and people did really take it to be this much wider thing, which is super- flattering.”

Images via Vogue Australia