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Florence Welch was blown away by Gucci designs

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Florence Welch was blown away by Gucci designs

Florence Welch was "blown away" by Alessandro Michele's collection.

The 29-year-old singer - who selected the Gucci designer to create the wardrobe for her How Beautiful 30-date tour, after learning she was his muse for his last collection and played her entire album on repeat during the process - admitted that she was amazed by his ethereal designs intermixed with an edge of "darkness".

Speaking exclusively to Grazia magazine, the red-headed beauty said: "I was completely blown away by what he'd done. As soon as I put on Alessandro's creations it was kind of amazing.

"What really appeals to me about Alessandro is he makes very beautiful things but there's always an edge there and an element of darkness. That's something I always try to bring into my songs. Nothing can be too pretty. There always has to be something slightly unsettling. That sort of stuff really appeals to me."

The 'Dog Days Are Over' artist - who is recognised for her eccentric bohemian style - revealed that the creations were entirely a collaborative procedure.

She said: "We looked through previous collections and picked out shapes and colours that I thought would work on stage, studying outlines and altering them."

Florence - who has battled with stage fright, which led to her sipping alcohol for courage prior to her shows - has admitted that the exclusive luxury garments give her the confidence to brace the stage, and endure her energetic performances.

She said: "Your stage clothes are your armour. You have to feel good in them.

"It was really important that I could move, especially with this record, so that always comes first. It has to be a mix between comfortable and powerful. It's almost as if the part of me that I perhaps keep restrained in daily life is actually free to do whatever it wants when I'm performing. It's the side of me that wants to be jumping on tables and chairs and climbing trees and running around, which I try to hold down in everyday life. The clothes have to reflect that."