1. Janelle Monáe, www.jmonae.com
The Sound: Outkast meets Ella Fitzgerald, futuristic cool girl soul. Latest album was Metropolis: The Chase Suite released in 2008.
The Style: Sort of the chick version of André 3000, elegant but quirky bowties and suits, sleek and high pompadour, saddle shoes.
The Goods: Above, clockwise from left: Stella McCartney Wool Cape, $1541, available at My Theresa; Ralph Lauren Hudson Classic Suede Jodhpurs, $916.50, available at My Theresa; Satore Riding Boots, $394, available at Barneys New York; D&G Silk Chiffon Bow Blouse, $155, available at FarFetch; Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye, $20, available at Sephora; Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Shine Lipstick in Natural Pink, $30, available at Bloomingdale's.
Portraits, from left: Photo by Mr. Newton for R29; photo via The Insider; promotional shots via www.jmonae.com.
2. Lykke Li, www.lykkeli.com
The Sound: Baby-soft and somber Swedish pop. Debut album Youth Novels was released in 2008.
The Style: Turbans, oversized blazers and T-shirts, lots of black and white (but never boring), layered on silver necklaces, rings, and stacked bracelets.
The Goods: Above, clockwise from left: Bess Vintage Leather Biker Jacket, $1,195, available at Net-A-Porter; Silence & Noise Silk Lace Frock, $78, available at Urban Outfitters; Jeffrey Campbell Mary-Roks Perforated Booties, $138, available at Oak; Rika Zadie Purse, $675, available at La Garçonne; Bad Gal Eyeliner Pencil, $20, available at Benefit; Bing Bang By Anna Sheffield Silver Vivienne Studs, $52, available at Oak.
Portraits, from left: Photo by Mr. Newton for R29; photo by Zana Bayne for R29; promotional photo by Daniel Jackson via www.lykkeli.com/photos.
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