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Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes
Natasha Khan released her critically acclaimed third studio album, The Haunted Man, in October 2012. The tracks were inspired by The Enchantment of Art, a book recommendation from her former art teacher. “I’d felt quite disenchanted myself and needed to find the magic again,” says Khan about how the story influenced her music. “I was trying to navigate fresh waters and find something new to say with the third record, and a lot of the book talks about getting back to nature's sacred spaces and about communal, collaborative activities.” We can hear this inspiration translated into songs like “Lilies” and “Deep Sea River”—her eerie, howling vocals give us the chills.
Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes
Khan's flower hair accessory is totally appropriate, considering that nature was her album's primary inspiration. We're used to seeing the artist with bright eyeshadows, face paint and decorative hair bands, but she proves her style versatility with the soft, minimalistic look pictured above. A simple white blazer and an oversized hair accessory with matching lip color are all you need to get this English singer/songwriter's sleek style.
Kaylie Church of Guards
This New York-based band invites you into their world of modernized '60s pop with the release of their debut album, In Guards We Trust. The band, made up of members Richie James Follin, Loren Humphrey and Kaylie Church, provides listeners with toe-tapping, drum-heavy beats. We may have found our favorite top-down summer soundtrack.
Kaylie Church of Guards
It's no surprise that Los Angeles native Church often opts for a beachy look. Casual, girly dresses worn with denim jackets and simple accessories seem to be staples for the brunette. This midriff-baring top and leopard skirt are a surefire way to turn some heads without going over the top. Spray in some wave-enhancing spray to complete the effortlessly chic look.
Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe's beats makes you want to bob your head and snap your fingers. Her funky, soulful tracks have garnered her nearly two dozen awards and nominations, including a 2013 Grammy for Song of the Year for her pop anthem with Fun., “We Are Young.” The Kansas native released her studio album, The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III), in 2010. “We were up dancing on couches, jumping around, having jam sessions for hours and hours, just really enjoying ourselves,” says Monáe on recording the album. We can't wait for her to take the stage at Coachella.
Janelle Monáe
Monáe is the master of tuxedos. Her suit at the Grammys, complete with gold-embroidered lapels and coattails, gave every man (and woman, for that matter) on the red carpet a run for his money. The 27-year-old’s black and white ensembles are sexy, sleek and smart. Plus, the girl’s got glowing skin and looks amazing in bright red lipstick. It's no wonder she’s one of CoverGirl’s latest celebrity spokeswomen.
Ioanna Gika of Io Echo
It’s hard to describe Io Echo in a single word because their music, self-produced by members Ioanna Gika and Leopold Ross, is like nothing we’ve ever heard before. In fact, the world hasn’t heard much from Io Echo, who are still working on their debut album—unless you’ve watched them open for bands like The Big Pink, Florence + The Machine or Nine Inch Nails. The music duo uses a combination of synthesized beats and Far East instruments like the Japanese koto harp and Chinese violin to create a truly trippy auditory experience.
Ioanna Gika of Io Echo
Ioanna Gika knows how to rock a kimono. Seriously, how many people do you know who can pull off a crane-adorned robe with biker boots? We're sure the long legs help. For those of us who want to take baby steps towards Gika's Far-East-meets-punk style, we suggest the above look. Pull the silky pink button-down over the romper and leave it unbuttoned. Dramatic eyeliner is a definite do for added edge.
Grimes
We can’t get enough of Claire Boucher's (aka Grimes') synth-pop sounds and angelic vocals. Luckily for us, it seems that the 25-year-old isn’t slowing down her music-making any time soon. Visions, Grimes’ third studio album, hit stores back in January and marks her fourth release in less than two years. Her melodies are a sound to behold, transporting listeners into a fantastical, futuristic world. And if you want to set your eyes on something more tangible, watch one of her awesome music videos and see the real reason why we’re fascinated by her daring style.
Grimes
Getting Grimes' look may be a challenge for most of us—ultra-short bangs and facial gems, anyone? She likes Korean designer Lie Sang Bong's head-turning designs (Lady Gaga is also a fan) and even wore an old prom dress in her music video for "Vanessa." Short of that, however, the Canadian singer famously shuns most high-profile designer looks.
Jessie Ware
This London-born pop artist combines electronic and R&B influences with her own smooth, seductive vocals to create modern, mellow melodies. But Ware didn’t always think music was in the cards for her—she almost became a football reporter! A gig singing backup vocals for an old friend kickstarted her career, and Ware's 2012 debut album Devotion has received notable nods, including two nominations at the 2013 BRIT Awards (for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough).
Jessie Ware
Ware tends to keep her outfits simple with solids, dark colors and a pair of oversized earrings (she’s a big fan of hoops). Her jet-black hair—whether worn in an oversized bun atop her head, cascading down her shoulders, or in a textured pony—always looks polished and complements her flawless winged eyeliner. Ware looked stunning at the 2013 BRIT Awards in a daring midriff-baring cropped shirt with gold embellishments and a floor-length black skirt—paired with her signature silver hoops, of course. We're loving her sexy, sophisticated look.
Natalie Bergman of Wild Belle
Natalie Bergman is the beautiful face of Wild Belle, along with her brother Elliot. The Chicago-raised siblings released their debut album, Isles, last month and appeared on Conan back in November. The reggae/electronic/soul duo are newcomers, but it's already clear that they're a welcome addition to the indie music scene.
Natalie Bergman of Wild Belle
It's evident that fashion sense runs deep in this family. Not only does Bergman have a contemporary approach to '70s style that we love, but her own sister, Elise, is a fashion designer. Bergman's got an admirable ability to pull off bellbottoms and ultra-flowing maxi skirts—and it's probably the long blonde hair talking, but we can't help but see a striking resemblence between the singer and Marcia Brady.
Megan James of Purity Ring
Megan James and Corin Roddick are the brains behind Purity Ring, the Canadian-based band that started in 2010. Their music integrates synth pop, dubstep and witch house (a genre that does apparently exist). The result? A mesmerizing mix of synthetic beats and James’ girlish, auto-tuned voice. The duo released their debut album in July 2012 to great acclaim. Not bad for a freshman effort!
Megan James of Purity Ring
James is a no-frills kind of girl—shabby chic, if you will. High-waisted shorts with a tee or a casual dress with layers of novelty necklaces are the 24-year-old’s style staples. And we’re totally digging her tame take on '80s hair—talk about curl envy!
Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards of Deep Vally
Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards are the girls behind California-based rock outfit Deep Vally. Troy, who handles guitar and vocals, and drummer Edwards first met at a needlework class and started making music together in 2011. Their sound combines various rock genres—alternative, blues, garage, rock 'n’ roll—so be prepared to break a sweat during all that inevitable air-guitar-playing.
Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards of Deep Vally
You can't begin to examine Valley Girl style without considering the '90s mega-hit Clueless. These valley girls combine Cher’s smart style sense with Tai’s love of denim and flannel, but they totally amp it up. To get the girls’ style, you’ll need high-waisted shorts, a barely-there top, a leather jacket and a pair of cowboy boots. And, of course, every rock star needs a supersized pair of statement shades.
Romy Madley-Croft of The xx
Romy Madley-Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie Smith are The xx. The band formed in 2005 in London and has since released two studio albums. Their latest, Coexist, dropped in September 2012 and earned the group a nomination at the 2013 BRIT Awards for Best British Band. Vocalist and lead guitarist Madley-Croft has a smooth voice that floats across clean, electronic beats. It's impossible not to relax while listening to The xx's irresistable indie pop.
Romy Madley-Croft of The xx
It's hard to go wrong in an all-black ensemble, a fact Madley-Croft knows better than most. The singer's refined punk style makes her a major source of inspiration for British fashion designer Hannah Marshall, who is renowned for her takes on the classic LBD. Take a page out of Madley-Croft's style book and make a monochrome outfit more interesting with layers upon layers of necklaces.
Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs hardly needs an introduction. This Grammy- and MTV VMA-nominated band has released three studio albums and is set to release their fourth, Mosquito, this month. Formed in New York City in 2000, this punk rock group made it onto Rolling Stone's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time for their track "Maps," a single from their 2003 studio debut album. And their video for "Heads Will Roll," which features a decapitated Karen O bleeding red glitter, earned a nod for Breakthrough Video at the 2009 VMAs.
Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Oh, what we'd do to take a peek in O's closet. The South Korean-born vocalist loves colorful fishnet tights, leotards, loud prints, metallics and gloves—worn only on one hand, of course. You might even spot her in a neon headdress by costume designer Christian Joy, who has designed pieces for O including a pair of multicolored fringe moccasins. For those of us hesitant to wear headdresses to the office, we suggest a swipe of O's signature red lipstick.