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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Lily Collins: I’d be a punky queen

Lily Collins

Lily Collins would be a punk-clad queen in an ideal world.

The 24-year-old British actress doesn't see anything wrong with royalty being punk-clad.

Lily stars in upcoming adventure drama The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and as a mark of her Hollywood success, was invited to this year's prestigious fashion event the Met Ball.

"If I was queen I'd wear something ridiculously opulent to my coronation," Lily laughed to UK magazine Stylist. "It'd be really fun just to go for it. I recently went to the Met Ball and it was punk-themed, so why not go all out and wear Alexander McQueen or Vivienne Westwood."

Lily is the daughter of UK rocker Phil Collins and already enjoyed a career as a journalist as a teenager. She's been interested in fashion from a young age, and had aspirations of making a career in the industry before breaking into acting.

However nowadays, Lily prefers vintage finds over couture.

"I wanted to be a lawyer, ballerina, fashion designer and work at the supermarket," she explained. "[You'll find me shopping] at the flea market. One person's trash is another person's treasure."

Lily has spoken before about her style inspiration being her mother. She wishes she could be more like her mom, who was a trendsetter during her youth.

"I'm so not rebellious; I never went through that stage. As a teenager in LA, my mum was the cool one that all the kids wanted to hang out with; she went along with me to get all my tattoos and exposed us to things that other parents wouldn't," Lily laughed.

Earlier this month Lily told US Glamour magazine more about her mom's style.

"My mom," she grinned when asked who her mentor was.

"She guides me through my personal life, telling me to experiment. She lets me borrow her vintage. She has Chanel and ‘80s stuff from Yohji Yamamoto and Vivienne Westwood that she got when vintage wasn’t cool. She’d wear them to events with my dad, and everyone would ask what she had on; when she said 'vintage,' they’d go, 'Oh, that’s nice,' and, you know, turn the corner."

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