Fashion and music have always been inextricably intertwined. But there are 10 women we’ve particularly had both eyes and ears on in 2013, from teen goth Kiwi Lorde, to New York rap scene sweethearts Angel Haze and Kilo Kish. ’cause while we’ll always have a soft spot for the Madonnas and Courtney Loves of ballsy stage fashions, there’s nothing like a former corporate lawyer who now drums in a band called Vomitface to remind you that living in the now — the right now — is pretty damn awesome.
1. Angel Haze
22-year-old New York-via-Detroit rapper Angel Haze is the unexpected darling of the fashion industry. While name-dropping designers in songs is undoubtedly so hot right now, Haze’s hat-tip to Helmut Lang and Philip Lim in her track “Echelon (It’s My Way)”, in which she raps “Fashion Week/I’m out here slayin’/Dressed in, like, all the latest” reads more like a celebration of the street-level intersection of her music and style.
2. Brooke Candy
You probably know her as the dancing girl from Grimes‘ 2012 “Genesis” video, or perhaps as Miss January 2014. But it was 2013 that Los Angeles rapper Brooke Candy went from being famous on Tumblr to being famous in Fashion — with a capital F. She landed a campaign for Diesel alongside our future husband, and has amassed almost as many Instagram followers as Eva Chen. Granted her feed has more skin than Chen’s, but whether you love her or can’t stand her, you can’t deny her ability to fuse sci-fi bondage chic with flawless finger waves. And yes, that’s the name her parents gave her.
We might be getting sick of “Royals” (ha, as if) but we’ll never get sick of Lorde’s sick teen goth steez. The 17-year-old is probably the first person to ever simultaneously wear Demonia creepers and be friends with Taylor Swift, and is responsible for helping bring vampire chic to the masses. Her hair is nothing short of a miracle.
4. Kilo Kish
New York’s other rap scene sweetheart, 23-year-old Kilo Kish, has a great voice, magnificent hair, and an It Girl tag she seems somewhat uncomfortable with — making her that much more alluring. If it seems like she dropped out of nowhere, that’s because she kind of did. A former FIT student who fell into the music scene thanks to a rapper roommate and a chance encounter with Matt [Martians] from Odd Future, her first EP, “Homeschool” was recorded on somewhat of a whim. But while making music and wearing bright-colored denim comes easily to Kilo, her hair care routine is a bit more complicated.
5. Lauren Mayberry
Lead singer of Chvrches, exquisite human, and penner of compelling op-eds on the issue of online sexism, it’s little wonder there are appreciation societies dedicated to Lauren Mayberry. She probably hates those as much as she’d hate being featured in this list, but while it’s her music we love first and foremost, we cannot ignore how incredible she looks in knife-sharp cat eye liner and a beat-up leather jacket.
6. Adeline Michele of Escort
The lead singer of Brooklyn’s finest neo-disco orchestra was born in Paris, listens to Donna Summer, and spends her downtime modeling. Considering the band has 17 members, you can’t blame her for wanting to stand out a little when she’s on stage — which she does in printed denim, designer polka dots and plenty of bling for good measure. She can also work bright orange hair like you thought only Mila Jovovich could.
Aluna Francis won the heart of her musical partner George Reid with her MySpace-published vocals, but is seducing us with a mix of vocal skill and indisputable style. Sure, when you have the body of a supermodel, you look great in anything — but she’s you have to commend her for transitioning so effortlessly between harness crop tops to boxy shirts and full-length sequin dresses. With a wardrobe as enchanting as her music, a left-field strain of R&B seeped with electronica, it’s only natural that she’d be picked up by Vogue, Elle, and Vanity Fair.
8. Say Lou Lou
Not since B*Witched or the All Saint have we been so sartorially charmed by a pair of twin sister singers — though Say Lou come with less Canadian tuxedos and more Euro-chic separates. Based out of both Stockholm and Sydney, there style is an apt mix of cozy Scandinavian knits and silky shirting perfect for a beachfront bar in Bondi.
10. Preetma Singh
Not many fashion market editors can say they used to be corporate lawyers, But Preetma Singh is a rare breed. After throwing the towel in on law she covered fashion week for Refinery 29, where she was immediately noticed for her innate and perfectly insane sense of style. She’s now the market editor at Wall Street Journal and — here’s the cincher — plays drums in a band called Vomitface. We think we’re in love.