Before the models hit the catwalk at the Marchesa fall-winter 2012 show at New York’s Fashion Week last month, heads were turning: Who was the dignified young blonde in a posh black lace evening dress, there at the invite of designer Georgina Chapman and hanging with Stacy Keibler, Bar Refaeli and Petra Nemcova?
It was 18-year-old rocker and ex-“Gossip Girl” actress Taylor Momsen, more typically seen in Gothic attire: black leather jackets, microminis, thigh-high fishnets and 5-inch platform heels.
The blogosphere went wild over how The Pretty Reckless front-vixen cleaned up.
Momsen — who is visiting The City with her band today, backing their new EP “Hit Me Like a Man” — doesn’t understand the fuss.
“I’m a giant Marchesa fan, and Georgina is one of the sweetest people on the planet, and so talented,” she says. “I missed her show last year because I was on tour, but I was actually in New York this year and finally able to make it. And as we speak, I’m trying on clothes for a taping of the TV show ‘Fashion Police’ tomorrow. I’m getting interviewed by Joan f------ Rivers, so I’m really excited!”
Momsen, known for her charming childhood role as Cindy Lou Who in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” is growing up fast.
Her raccoon-mascaraed visage already has been the face of U.K. chain New Look, plus Madonna and her daughter Lourdes’ new Material Girl clothing line.
“That was definitely a shocking phone call to get — I mean, it’s Madonna!” she says of the unexpected offer. “She’s an icon, and one of the originators of controversy, so I have the utmost respect for her. And Lourdes has a great sense of fashion and style, so we put the looks together ourselves for those shoots.”
The thespian says she’s finished with stage and screen, though. She left “Gossip Girl” and gave up acting entirely.
“I’ve been doing it since I was 2, and it wasn’t something that I chose,” Momsen says. “So it was a great ride, but writing and touring and music are my world now.” The performer, who will head out as an apt opening act for Marilyn Manson this year, is courting controversy with “Hit Me Like a Man,” and the line “Hit me like a man/ Love me like a woman.”
She says, “I like the music to speak for itself and let people interpret it however they want. And I tend not to speak of my personal life, so what it means to me is no one’s f------ business!”
IF YOU GO
Where: Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. today
Contact: (415) 621-4455, www.bottomofthehill.com