Style Icon: Lorde

Design*Sponge / Style Icon: Lorde
Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg

It’s hard to believe that less than a year ago, hardly anybody had heard of Ella Yelich-O’Connor, the sixteen year-old New Zealander otherwise known as Lorde. Today, you can hardly go two steps without hearing her chart-topping Royals or seeing her visage on some music blog or magazine (just last week, she graced the cover of Rolling Stone—no small accomplishment!). While Lorde’s whiplash ascent from unknown newcomer to untouchable superstar has been remarkably swift, it’s no surprise why. Although just a teenager, this songstress writes and performs like an old pro—tossing around sharp social observation and poetic imagery with deep, breathy vocals and utterly hypnotic beats. Lorde has been touted as the underdog’s darling, but such categorization seems blind to the fact that her music speaks to just about everybody. Indeed, Lorde’s music seems to defy genre. Some have called it alternative. Some have called it pop.  David Bowie called it “the future.” I have been known to, without a shred of irony, refer to her music as “transcendent.” Just like her music, Lorde’s personal style seems to come from a place that is at once deeply individual and heavily influenced. A little bit punk, a little bit grunge, and a little bit architectural, Lorde’s look, like her music, takes something familiar and makes it entirely, shockingly new. Check out our picks for designs inspired by Lorde’s style after the jump! —Max

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1. Acne Studios Major Jacket | 2. Snake Zardozi Pillow Cover | 3. Jeffrey Campbell Biafra Platforms | 4. Doce & Gabbana Purple Lipstick | 5. Raymond Carver: Collected Stories | 6. Teeth Print Tote

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1. Stitch Cigarette Trousers | 2. Eric Therner Diamond Lightbulb | 3. O-ring Choker | 4. Triple Turquoise Ring

  1. Asia says:

    I ♥ Lorde.

  2. rebecca m. says:

    Oh my gosh, you included a collection of Raymond Carver stories! He’s my favorite writer.

  3. John says:

    A 16 year-old is a style icon? Of course you won’t publish this, but seriously DS you guys are slipping.

    1. Grace Bonney says:

      john

      i don’t think age has anything to do with being inspirational.

      grace

  4. Ra says:

    John, what’s age got to do with style?

  5. Carolyn L. says:

    Very compelling young individual! Wondering about her black finger tips at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Were they dipped in paint or wax? Also, the Weeping Angels during her performance. Any thoughts?

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