Lily Allen taking 1-2 year break from music, creating a clothing rental shop


Lily Allen is a quitter. Except not really, she’s just taking a break for a few years, and her idea of a break is just not recording or performing. She’s going to take some time to set up her own record company and to set a up a shop. For “renting” clothes. Because she thinks fashion should be more “democratic”. She told the BBC: “It’s about getting really nice clothes but letting people rent them for affordable prices so they can go out and feel like a million dollars and it won’t cost them a million dollars.” Lily also pointed out that she’s stopped with all of her media stuff, no more tweets or Facebook or even e-mails. Well… I think this is called progress. This is called growing up. Hopefully.

Lily Allen has confirmed she’ll take “one or two years off from recording and performing music” from March 2010. It follows rumours of her quitting music to pursue a career in acting.

The singer said she would use the time off to start her own record label, set up a fashion shop with her sister and “spend some time in the home I’ve built for myself”.

Speaking to Radio 1’s Sara Cox she said: “My last gig is my Dizzee Rascal concert at the O2 (London) in March. That’s the last thing I’ve got planned. I’m just going to concentrate on doing some behind the scenes sort of stuff.”

Allen, who earlier this year became embroiled in public discussion surrounding illegal downloading, also spoke about why she had reduced her presence on the internet.

“I’ve stopped everything, I haven’t got a computer and I haven’t got a blackberry. I don’t do emails or anything now,” she added. “I’ve decided to stop being so hypocritical and consume things and pay for them. I buy music in vinyl and buy newspapers. I support the industry I’m in. I’m a neo-luddite, that’s how I describe myself.”

Whilst she takes a break from music she said she would set up a rental fashion store with her sister called Lucy In Disguise.

“It’s about making fashion democratic,” she said. “That’s the idea behind it. It’s about getting really nice clothes but letting people rent them for affordable prices so they can go out and feel like a million dollars and it won’t cost them a million dollars.”

The London singer says she’ll also use her time off to set up a record company.

“I’m going to get into signing new bands but at a really early level,” she explained. “I don’t want to compete with other record companies but I want to support new artists.”

[From BBC]

I really hope Lily hasn’t announced that she’ll take a break just so people will pay attention to her and start telling her “Oh, no, you can’t go, what would we ever do without you?” I say that because Lily seems like the type who would do something like that, and I wonder if she’s really as mature as this interview would indicate. I also say that because I think it would be a great idea for Lily to get away for a while and let people forget her for two seconds.

Lily Allen in London on December 2 (in the pink coat) and December 1 at the Morgan Awards (in the red dress, with Charlie Condou). Credit: WENN

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  1. Firestarter says:

    Hasn’t she ALWAYS been on a break from music?

  2. snowball says:

    She could take a 40 or 50-year break. That would be good for me.

  3. Alarmjaguar says:

    I’ve always wondered how musicians find the time to come up with songs for a second album (assuming they write their own songs) what with all the touring, performing, etc. they have to do and all the pressure to do it quickly and have it be as good as the first one. Esp considering it probably took them years to write the songs for the first album. It might be a good idea to step out of the spotlight (assuming she will) for a little while to get some inspiration and have time to really focus on the music.

  4. Ally says:

    Ditto alarmjaguar. It’s a bummer, and tedious, when they’ve got nothing left to write about but the downside of fame by the second or third album.

    However, with the way the Brits party down (mucho beer and then the consequences), I hope they’re able to turn a profit on the dress rental after dry cleaning and replacement costs.

  5. Miss Wanderlust says:

    OMG !!! I had the same idea for years(rent to wear) just don’t have the money to do it……not a big Lily fan but i wish her & her sister the best trying to set up this shop ! That is the first thing i going to do when i win the lottery, everybody deserves to wear something special once in a while !

  6. Beck says:

    I think Lily is serious about her proposed business venture. She’s been talking about quitting music for a while now, and it’s great that there’s an entrepreneurial aspect to her.

  7. diva says:

    I have never thought much of Lily Allen as an artist and certainly think Chanel was out of their mind to hire her as a model, that aside this is a huge mistake. Lily in the scheme of things is not an established artist who can afford to take time off. She is still trying to establish herself and she will be quickly forgotten if she takes a break. Kind of goes along with my theory that Lily is totally out of it..

  8. hairball says:

    She looks like Posh in that pic with the nose and lips.

  9. asiont says:

    that’s a shame, her songs are quite good

  10. Bete says:

    It’s no huge loss to the music industry. The bulk of these new ‘stars’ are here today/gone tomorrow types or Idol graduates who are slaves to the record company for at least the first few years of their careers.

  11. Ana says:

    There is already a store online where you can rent designer dresses. Just in case anyone was interested and didnt want to wait for lily’s. Wish I could remember the name.

  12. Kaboom says:

    I rather like her but she’s quite the flake.

  13. tuatara says:

    There is a place doing exactly this in Dublin and I believe it is really popular. I think it’s a great idea.

    And obviously I am in a minority, but I like her music. It’s different from the usual manufactured Idol crap. I also like to look at pics of her falling out of clubs. I, for one, will miss Lily.

  14. Emily says:

    This is the bigest upset. I dont want her to quit for 2 years! and no she isnt going to get forgotton in 2 seconds you bitch.