Mike Hadreas a.k.a. Perfume Genius. Photograph by Luke Gilford.
Mike Hadreas a.k.a. Perfume Genius. Photograph by Luke Gilford.

Though he has been around since 2008, composing achingly emotional piano ballads, Mike Hadreas, the Seattle-based musician with the fittingly captivating nom de star Perfume Genius, Grace Jones, and Patti Smith, and facilitated by the stylist Sean Knight, Hadreas’s look consists of vintage suits, stilettos, slinky metallic tops, and sturdy leather harnesses. “I want to be provocative and exude power. But I also can’t help wanting to look pretty.” As such, he often sports lipstick, and is rarely seen without a bright red manicure. “I always have my nails done. That way, I can’t hide.”