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Florence Welch: I want to feel free!

Florence Welch likes the idea of breaking down the boundaries between her real self and stage self.

The flame-haired star is known for her eccentric and eclectic mix of clothes, rocking anything from boho styles to more tailored, masculine looks.

However, Florence says she's paring it back and wants to integrate her on stage and off stage personas.

"Right now, it's been about simplifying. I think if you wear something, it kind of dictates how you perform. And so I think I wanted to make sure I felt as free as possible in the moment," she told Rolling Stone.

"I looked at Nick Cave, how he would just walk onstage in a suit. We've been looking at moving away from costumes. I like the idea of breaking down the boundaries between my real self and my stage self - to be as raw as possible."

Florence has spoken about her admiration for Australian musician Nick before, revealing she became obsessed with him while writing new album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

David Bowie is another huge influence on her wardrobe choices, as is Chloë Sevigny.

The 28-year-old has countless fashion friends in high places, and has worked with Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld and Gucci's former creative director Frida Giannini on numerous occasions.

“I love Temperley – I wore her designs for [Ceremonials'] album launch. And I was really lucky that Gucci made all my clothes for the [2011] tour. Everything that Valentino designs is amazing and I love Erdem. And, of course, Chanel,” Florence previously told British magazine Look, adding she's also a big Topshop fan.

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