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SxSW's Most Stylish Stars

On March 13th, hundreds of bands will come from all over the world to Austin, Texas for the 16th annual South by Southwest music festival. Started as "a way for Austin's eclectic music scene to reach out to the rest of the world" according to its website, SxSW now seems like it's more of a way for the rest of the world to reach into Austin...all while kicking back with a beer and filling up on excellent BBQ and great bands, alongside throngs of hipsters showing off their rock 'n' roll style. With acts from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, and even Taiwan (and that's just within our lineup), Austin turns into a global playground for music and style.

In honor of the festival's 16th anniversary, we wanted to make a list of our 16 favorite style stars performing in SxSW but we just liked too many. So, we interviewed 19 ladies that know how to rock out in style. Click the slideshow to read more.

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Lissy Trullie

What inspires your music?

"It's really just a synthesis of many musings."

How would you describe your style?
 
"I'm a little bit of a tomboy, but I do enjoy wearing a dress or a skirt now and then... Most importantly, when I'm on stage—dress or jeans or skirt or whatever I end up wearing—I have to have a healthy level of comfort."

Photography by Collier Schorr

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Lissy Trullie

What piece do you always take on the road with you?
 
"I always take this Phillip Lim studded button down shirt which he personally made for me. Not only is it amazing looking, but I believe it brings some luck along with it, too."

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Grace Woodroofe

What inspires your music?

"Being alone in my head and walking everywhere."

How would you describe your style?

"I'm all about textures and creating different silhouettes. I love to always incorporate something ironic in my outfits - for example, if I wear a feminine silk dress, I'll add a beanie or wool scarf to throw off the seriousness. Lately I've been inspired by slouchy menswear pieces and I have an ongoing love affair with all things leather."

Photography by Jody Pachniuk

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Grace Woodroofe

What piece do you always take on the road with you?

"An electric blue corseted mini dress by Australian designer Tina Kalivas."

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Kreayshawn

What inspires your music?

"Weed, life and love of music. I just wanna make music that will make you have fun and replay it!"

How would you describe your style?

"I would say my style is very lazy and carefree. I get a lot of inspiration from the '90s and just from little things around me like Kawaii and Japanese things."

Photography by Natalia Brutalia

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Kreayshawn

What piece  do you always take on the road with you?

"I always take my gold bamboo earrings. I also always take some platform sneakers."

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Arleigh Kincheloe of Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds

What inspires your music?

"My insanely musical (and loving) family, and all the crazy adventures I've had while touring across the country, and living in the greatest city on Earth: New York!"

How would you describe your style?

"'70s retro punk-glam–it's an extension of my personality. I like to decorate myself with a combination of shiny and gritty things. I'll rock tight black jeans or leather pants with a vintage shimmery top. As far as I'm concerned, you can still be a seriously tough broad while wearing sequins."

Courtesy of Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds (Not Pictured: the rest of the Dirty Birds)

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Arleigh Kincheloe of Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds

What piece  do you always take on the road with you?

"I never leave for tour without my personalized gold-plated necklace (you know, the classic Brooklyn-fab must-have) that reads 'Sparrow.' It gives me special powers"

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Grimes

What inspires your music?

"All things that are beautiful."

How would you describe your style?

"Tank girl, futuristic, slightly punk (in real life only)... slightly military."


Photography by Raphaël Ouellet

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Grimes

What piece do you always take on the road with you?

"Cool shorts, cool jewelery, and cool sunglasses are pretty key. The most important thing is to just have a good haircut because it justifies all outfits."

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Tegan Thorogood of the Voltaire Twins

What inspires your music?

"The wilderness, the change of the seasons, make-believe stories and memories of when we were younger."

How would you describe your style?

"Lots of woolly things, shiny things, lace, flowers, boots and big hair."

Photography by Jarrad Seng

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Tegan Thorogood of the Voltaire Twins

What piece do you always take on the road with you?

"I have a pretty cool hooded black sequined jacket. That thing's been
around the block a few times."

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Wonfu

What inspires your music?

"We play all kinds of music and try to make every song sound happy and joyful. The most important part of music is dancing. We want to make every kind of groove to get people dancing."

How would you describe your style?

"We love '60s and '70s fashion–like a one-piece dress with colorful tights and crazy false eyelashes. Sometimes we become more Bohemian–like a big long dress and cute poncho. I'll say 'happy' and 'brilliant' is our style."

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Wonfu

What piece do you always take on the road with you?

"Hats for sure! Especially berets and bowlers. When we're traveling we usually don't have much time to style our hair, and the best way to look chic in a short amount of time is by adding a nice hat to an outfit!"

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Dana Falconberry

What inspires your music?

"Objects (feathers, shells, stones, pinecones, etc.) and landscapes in the natural world have been provoking me to write lately."

How would you describe your style?

"I love vintage dresses and interesting old trinkets. I like to surround myself with things that have histories of their own!"

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Dana Falconberry

What piece do you always take on the road with you?

"These boots have been on every tour with me since I got them. Thank God for them! And this little box necklace made of silver and some kind of shell. What do I keep inside? A tiny snail shell from the tide pools of a small island off the coast of Maine, of course!"

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Eliza Lam of Oh Mercy

What inspires your music?

"My bandmate Alexander writes most of the music, and if I were to put myself in his shoes and describe Oh Mercy's inspiration I would probably say 'good looking women' and I'm cool with that."

How would you describe your style?

"My dress sense is fairly conservative, often schoolgirlish. I often pair collared shirts with mid-waisted skirts. So basically I insist on a modest neckline but don't mind a cheeky bit of leg."

Photography b Nicole Reed

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Eliza Lam of Oh Mercy

What piece do you always take on the road with you?

"I can deal with not having a perfect wardrobe on the road, but I can become a princess nightmare if I dont have my hair-straightener, or somewhere to plug it in. I'm one of those undercover sea urchins."

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Jenny O.

What inspires your music?

"This month I'm inspired by what little we know about deep sea life,
and the desperation in Roger Miller's song 'Got 2 Again.'"

How would you describe your style?

"Dreamy and rugged. I like playful clothes. I like to lurk around like
a '70s film character but I need to be able to hop a fence."

Photography by Shelby Duncan

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Jenny O.

What piece do you always take on the road with you?

"Moccasins… I like to feel the ground under me."

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Marlana from Milo Greene

What inspires your music?

"Everything–other artists I admire, the boys in Milo Greene always inspire me, a great sunset, a photo, a good night kiss..."

How would you describe your style?

"I would describe my style as comfortable or maybe California chic. I'm definitely a t-shirt and jeans kind of a gal. I can get ready in five minutes. I can also take three hours, depending on my mood."

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Marlana from Milo Greene

What piece do you always take on the road with you?


"I always have a good pair of boots. They look good, they go with almost everything, they keep your feet dry, they are practical with the constant loading and unloading of gear, and they give me a little height. Can't go wrong. Also, I'm very attached to my black floppy hat at the moment."

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Gemma Ray

What inspires your music?"

"I strive to find a depth and beauty in music, an uncontrived place where people can just lose themselves and escape day to day life."

How would you describe your style?

"I think my style reflects my music: it has to feel original, timeless but not too pastiche or easy to pinpoint. I can't stand modern reproductions of vintage clothes, although I often find '60s curtains in junk shops which my mum makes dresses out of from vintage patterns."

 

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Gemma Ray

What piece do you always take on the road with you?

"On the road, I tend to wear one of six dresses, like a uniform. I can only wear dresses which I can imagine singing each of my songs in-–which is a hard thing to do given the eclectic nature of my live shows."


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Rosanne Machado of Rosie and Me

What inspires your music?

"Both my lyrics and sound are very influenced by old western movies and TV series."

How would you describe your style?

"I think my style is a bit western and vintage. I really like leather boots, belts and handmade shirts. Vintage items are made with a lot of care and attention to details, so it’s almost impossible not to fall in love with them."

Photography by Nina Vilas Boas

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Rosanne Machado of Rosie and Me

What piece do you always take on the road with you?

"I have a collection of leather boots I always take with me when touring. They're extremely comfortable and match very well with almost everything."

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Chelsea Wolfe

What inspires your music?

"Right now, I'm very interested in the connection between ancient and modern: how our ancestral lands affect our current personalities."

How would you describe your style?

"A combination of soft and tough. I like pieces that stand alone in function and detail, and I love jewelry that doubles as a weapon. I have a strong affinity for late '90s runway: Margiela & Comme des Garçons."




Photography by Angel Ceballos

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Chelsea Wolfe

What piece do you always take on the road with you?

"I have to wear heels or platforms onstage. I'm tall and I like to be taller! I also usually have a Zana Bayne harness or Mordekai spike cuff with me. For me it's all about shoes and accessories and minimal, comfortable clothes. Whatever I'm wearing has to allow me to move around and play my guitar!"

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Sydney Wayser

What inspires your music?

"A fictional doubles tennis match between Marie Antoinette, Cleopatra, Annie Hall and Athena."

How would you describe your style?

"I love to mix textures and patterns both vintage and new to create an overall eclectic look. My fashion tastes change depending on my mood for the day, but it's all about mixing, matching and mis-matching the pieces to bring them together in the end."

Photography by Jennifer Painter

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Sydney Wayser

What piece do you always take on the road with you?

"My mom has tons of vintage hats that one by one I have been taking back with me to Brooklyn.  I'll add one to any outfit and call it a day. It's the perfect touring (no showering) secret!"

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Jessi Darlin of Those Darlins


What inspires your music?

"Being a pirate who's afraid of the sea."

How would you describe your style?

"Judy Garland meets the Fabulous Moolah."


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Jessi Darlin of Those Darlins

What piece do you always take on the road with you?

"I've got a necklace made of found objects from all my travels. I'm constantly adding to it, but it currently has two buffalo teeth, a porcupine claw, a bottle cap, a piece of jade, and a good luck token from an arcade."

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Sea of Bees

What inspires your music?

"Experiences."

How would you describe your style?

"I wake up and usually put on my favorite pants that are old washed out eighties Levi's that my mum tailored for me (I am very proud of them and of her). I feel comfortable in thin shirts, that are usually from the '70s , '80s, '90s. I do like to dress up for fun on certain occasions, a nice old tie from the sixties–fresh blue or black. Keep it sleek. I like the androgynous look, with the mod, tight look of old fashion... does that make sense?"

Photography by Gabriella Clavel

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Sea of Bees

What piece do you always bring on the road with you?

"I used to bring my old pins and rings, but now I think just my gold chains and simple pieces—like a collared shirt and a long sleeve. A flannel, a tie, a good solid handsome jacket and a beanie."

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Patricia Vanneste of Balthazar

What inspires your music?

"Most of my musical inspiration arises after long and solitary walks: nature or chaotic cities, it doesn't really matter."

How would you describe your style?

"I am in love with dresses and skirts that accentuate the waist. I like to combine them with short vests and belts of contrasting colors. On tour, I like to sneak out to visit the secondhand shops in the neighborhood and find some hidden treasures."
 

Photography by Athos Burez

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Patricia Vanneste of Balthazar

What piece do you always take on the road with you?

"I can't leave on a tour without a pair of vintage boots in my luggage. They just fit on any outfit and they are so comfy. Honestly, I just wouldn't feel complete without them."

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Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds

What inspires your music?

"Our new album is inspired by revolutions large and small, struggles on a worldwide scale that make the headlines, and internal struggles (and victories!) that are hidden in people's private lives."

How would you describe your style?
 
"An eclectic mix of new and old, high and low, earthy and edgy. I'm usually wearing a mix of thrift, vintage, new standards, and some designer pieces I hold near and dear."

Photography by Shervin Lainez

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Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds


What piece do you always take on the road with you?
 
"Too many pairs of boots, a big bag of jewelry (lots of turquoise, including my favorite turquoise and crystal earrings), high-waisted shorts (they're a staple), and blouses."

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