This weekend I had the tremendous honor of attending & photographing Charli XCX during the Dallas stop of her North American Tour. I’m a firm believer in the coalition of music and fashion. I’m very passionate about music and hope to continue to grow C.A.F. to support that! That being said, when I got the opportunity from Atlantic Records to attend the sold out show, I jumped! Charli XCX has come onto the mainstream music scene adding her lyrical talents and vocals to top radio hits such as “I Love It” made famous by Icona Pop, “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea and recently her own single “Boom Clap” which sky rocketed to the top of the Hot 100 chart this summer. I arrived at one of my favorite Dallas venues TREES located in Deep Ellum to an excited, eclectic audience. It was vastly clear Charli has a fan base of Dallas’s coolest cool kids. Tattoo chokers, red lip stick and punk rock attitudes were uniform. Charli brought along british pop new comer FEMME’ and Swedish sensation Elliphant, both girls brought their own dash of unique flavor to the show. Charli took the stage around 10:30 to a sold out 600+ venue of excited fans. It was clear die hard fans were emotional as it was a mutual feeling that this may be the last time we see Charli XCX in such a small intimate venue. She opened the show with the new album title track “SUCKER”, then rocked into the crowd favorite “I LOVE IT”. Very early on its clear Charli XCX is natural on stage. Rocking a sassy attitude with a fun 90’s flair she’s bringing back clever pop music “I wanted to make some dumb hooky song that is so bad its good. Like “I want candy” is one of the dumbest songs in the world, but thats why its genius.” She said in a recent interview. “I’m a big fan of sleep wear as day wear, little nighties and feather boas are my favorite” she says with laughter. She carried that love into her stage performance, with her bad ass all girl band wearing silky jammies and Charli with a matching set, rhinestone shirt that says Angel and tiara to top it off. It was like a huge sleep over dance party, which made for just another reason we feel so connected to the pop songstress. Charli shows an amazing vocal range as she uses her brassy unique voice in different ways to change the tone of each song. I enjoyed hearing tracks off her highly anticipated album which includes titles like “Famous”, “Gold Coins” and a highlight of the concert “Brake The Rules” which boasts lyrics like “I don’t wanna go to school, I just wanna break the rules. Boys and Girls across the world putting on our dancing shoes” A song I defiantly identify with and have had on replay for the last two months! The most charming part about Charli’s show was when she played a deep cut off her first album “True Romance” titled “You (Ha, Ha, Ha)”. The crowd sang every word which seemed to surprise Charli as she burst into laughter, smiling ear to ear. You could feel the joy radiate in the room as she felt humbled to hear her lyrics sung back and not just the songs on the radio. As the 18 song set list came to close Charli surprised fans with a “Fancy” remix in which she rapped and sang the whole song while dancing like no one was watching (A video will come later in the year with an exciting announcement). The night ended with the bitter sweet “Boom Clap” a song you can’t turn on the radio without hearing (and I’m so fine with that). I’m extremely proud of Charli XCX and the success she has had this year. This sassy superstar is on track for world domination with her fresh sense of style and sound. She will end the year on Iheartradio’s Jingle Ball tour, a song featured in the new Hunger Games film, an album release and a packed schedule with Katy Perry in 2015. I look forward to seeing more of Charli XCX and can’t wait to get my hands on “SUCKER” when it’s released Dec 16th!