Diane at her favorite Williamsburg cafe, Bakeri, wearing a brown felt fedora from James Lock & Co., and her boyfriend's sweater from high school.
What are the five key pieces you find yourself wearing constantly?
1. "I love hats and always keep one stuffed in my bag even if I'm not in a hat mood."
2. "I love Native American jewelry and have a handmade beaded bracelet by Djare that I never take off."
3. "I have this raggedy old KMFDM T-shirt that i wear to bed, and can't bear to take it off sometimes, so I just leave it on during the day too!"
4. "My Raquel Allegra leather leggings."
5. "My No. 6 shearling boots have been my best friends this winter."
The silk caftan is from Torso. A collection of Diane's everyday jewelry.
What's your secret style weapon—the thing you turn to to pull your look together in a pinch?
"That would have to be red lipstick."
Diane wears a black chiffon velvet floral dress from Gypsy Nation.
Tell us your soundtrack for:
A lazy day at home: "Serge Gainsbourg, 'Histoire de Melodie Nelson.'"
Singing in the shower: "David Bowie/Gorgio Moroder, 'Cat People'."
Getting ready to go out: "Azari & III, 'Into the Night (Prince Language Remix)'."
A roadtrip: "Zaza, 'Cameo'."
"This is a collection of little oddities like my grandma's pill box, vintage engraved compact from my best friend, and a Cire Trudon candle that apparently smells like the moon." On the right, Diane wears a Raquel Allegra chiffon tank dress, a Queen of Hearts braided leather minktail scarf from Gyspy Nation, Opening Ceremony fringe knit skirt, and vintage moccasins.
You grew up all over the world as a child. Did that influence you as an artist? And how did it influence your style? You do seem to love a good caftan...
"It had a major impact on me. After making friends and then saying goodbye over and over again, I started to become more reliant on myself and my imagination for company since those were constants. As a result, I created my own world, which has had the biggest influence on me as an artist. Also, being a preacher's kid and being dragged around from place to place makes you rebel against everything. Ultimately I'm so grateful for those experiences. Growing up in Africa, I have a real weak spot for bright colors and tribal fashions."
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