Courtney Love At Least A Fashionable Mess

The New York Times has a great new profile on Courtney Love in their Fashion & Style section. Writer Eric Wilson details Love’s image rehabilitation, which began with her drug rehabilitation, and continues with her album, Nobody’s Daughter, her move to New York, and her frequent appearances at fashion shows and red carpets. It opens with one scene of old-fashioned Courtney Love trainwreck-ness, but otherwise portrays her as mostly sane, smart, and just slightly crazy. And still ambitious and calculating (as anyone on their third or fourth image makeover would be). Some of the more interesting reveals:

She loves designer clothes, but still loves being naked. The profile opens with Wilson waiting for Love in her hotel room: “Shortly after 8 p.m., Ms. Love burst into the room with the Marchesa dress slung on one arm and the noted German Neo-Expressionist artist Anselm Kiefer on the other. She was entirely naked and leaning on Mr. Kiefer for support.” (See also: Her Twitpic account).

Love is a self-help junkie. She’s got the books Talking the Winner’s Way, 100 Words Every Word Lover Should Know, Getting Even, How to Instantly Connect With Anyone, and What to Say to Get Your Way in her hotel room.

Love started the website, whatcourtneyworetoday.com, to combat all the unsavory photos of her on the internet, like this one.

She’s still a Buddhist. And she spends several hours a day chanting.

She sends text messages to nearly everyone she meets, including the writer. He closes with her messages, which are meant to explain (and maybe convince him to exclude), the opening scene of the piece. Her last message: “I trust you understand that our hearts can take us all to dark and ill timed places. Warmly, Courtney. xx.” What To Say To Get Your Way, indeed.