by Devon Scott
Unless you've been snuggling under a rock with a Burberry blanket, you're probably at least semi-aware of how Lady Gaga became a fashion icon (including claims of channeling designer Alexander McQueen after his passing last year). Her style and hair color changes as often as she releases new singles.
The time for the rock n' roll fashionista is definitely here -- they're in ad campaigns for Gucci and runway shows for Jean Paul Gaultier.
Some new faces to watch/music to download...
1. Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine) - The reigning queen of British alt-rock and a rising voice in popular music. Welch takes risks with her outfit choices when she walks on-stage, while channeling a more earthy, boho chic look when out and about.
For example, this Tory Burch printed mini-dress would definitely fit into a Florence-inspired look ($294 - Nordstrom). Don't forget some flowers for your hair!
Download: Florence and the Machine "Blinding"
2. Karen O (The Yeah Yeah Yeahs): A staple of the New York art scene, Karen O takes no prisoners in her style. It's edgy, it's punk, it's goth, it's new wave, it's blue eye make-up and fingerless gloves. Karen O puts together things that you wouldn't think would match (suspenders and hot pants). She channels female punk icons from Patti Smith to Wendy O Williams often.
Karen O often sports a biker jacket like this one from Elizabeth and James ($595 - Nordstrom). Add some safety pins and ripped up fingerless gloves (or go chic punk - Burberry makes a pair of studded gloves) and prepare for a riot!
Download: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Kiss Kiss Kiss"
3. Beth Ditto (the Gossip): Ditto went supernova into the fashion world when her vocal stylings could be heard over a Jean Paul Gaultier runway show. Ditto herself then walked down the same runway. Ditto has never been shy about flaunting her curves and being a mix of neo-punk and chic.
Ditto is also the face of Evans Clothing, a plus-size store in the UK. For your curves, we suggest this rockabilly-style number from Torrid (similar to Evans and available in the US) ($68 - Torrid.com).
Download: Beth Ditto "Open Heart Surgery"
4. Oh Land: The electro-pop rebirth is coming in waves out of Europe, with Denmark's Oh Land near the forefront. Oh Land's music began playing in clubs in the United Kingdom last year and suddenly she developed a following in the US.
Oh Land often sports bright, printed dresses and icy jewelry. Roberto Cavalli, one of the masters of print, gives us this one-shouldered, leopard-print number ($1495 - Neiman Marcus).
Download: Oh Land "Sun of a Gun"
5. Little Boots: Britain's answer to Lady Gaga in poppy dance tunes and outrageous style, Little Boots burst on the scene a couple falls ago with the track "Stuck on Repeat." Since then, she's graced dozens of magazines worldwide and released a stunning debut album (including a duet with Phil Oakey of 80s New Wave staples the Human League).
Little Boots is not shy about channeling a bit of Studio 54 in her fashion choices (see picture of gold hot pants). The sparklier, the better, including this Stella McCartney camel-knit top ($755- Neiman Marcus). Gold eyeshadow is a requirement!
Download: Little Boots "Remedy"
Now, you have the start of a groovy new playlist and some new looks to covet!