Sing Swan Song
This post here is to take note of a few Urban Graduettes that I think deserve some “fashionable attention.” These sirens have styles all their own and continue to appease, displease, and even raise eyebrows in indifference with their clothing choices. In many ways, their music reflects their own individual style…listen to them and you’ll see what I mean.
Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes
Ms. Khan’s style is usually very tribal, complete with eye makeup and adornments. Her style is what the clave and conga sounds from an 808 drum machine would look like if they were made into an outfit. Something about the whole “native woman” thing is kind of hot to me.
Ms. A is adventurous. She seems to have a good idea of how to transition from B-girl to sexy hip hop artist and back. I like how she is not afraid to show some skin and be feminine in a male-dominated musical genre (this usually hurts any female rapper’s career).
Chan Marshall of Cat Power
Ms. Marshall’s style is definitely the tamer of the group. She fits more of the contemporary, all-American mold. Not so much Ralph Lauren, but more so like Banana Republic. She has already signed on as a spokesperson for a Chanel line of jewelry. She appears comfortable and very laid back in her stylistic approach.
Ms. Gold’s style is uhhh…lots of patterned tights, leotards, and a pair of doorknockers. I don’t really know how I feel about her style. Let’s just say I don’t mind the 80s, but I’m not a big fan of the pseudo-80s movement that’s going on.
Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley
Ms. Lewis’ style is very reminiscent of something you would find in an Urban Outfitter’s catalog…not the cheap stuff, but more like the Lark & Wolff stuff at the front of the store. She likes printed dresses that add to an offbeat, vintage look.
Lovefoxxx of CSS (Cansei de Ser Sexy)
Shout out to Ladebelle for this one. We all know this is MRS. Jones, but her style is very much her own. Kelis has always been a wildchild; a mare that cannot be broken. That first picture looks like she’s getting ready for her Uniqlo photo shoot…and is that an obi wrapped around her waist? What I like about her style is that it is very diverse, but she doesn’t resort to the bright patterns and spandex of the Eighties as if it were some costume (that decade should not be venerated people). I feel like she actually has her own style and isn’t just being gimmicky.
Alison Mosshart of The Kills
Ms. Mosshart, Ms. Mosshart. It’s kind of hard to put a finger on her style, but I think that’s the way she wants it. In the first picture she looks kind of grunge and then her appearance is more contemporary and urbane…both of which I like. That last picture, I don’t know. It reminds of my father’s friend Lucy who has an apartment in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Something about that outfit makes me think, Jazzfest attendee. Oh yeah, big up to Lauren for this recommendation.
Please feel free to comment and let me know who else should be added to this list.