In the music industry, like in the fashion world, dressing for the role is essential. Performing in front of thousands of fans doesn’t require just confidence and a beautiful voice, but also impeccable taste and the ability to surprise, charm and catch the attention.
This is why we are seeing so many stylish and sartorially aware singers. Vanity Fair selected the top 10 best dressed female musicians of the moment.
1. Charlotte Gainsbourg
Her mother is one of the most referenced style icons of all time and the inspiration for Hermès’s iconic “Birkin” bag; her father is probably the most notorious French pop singer of all times. With parents like that Charlotte was bound to have an incredible sense of fashion.
A self-proclaimed feminist, Beyoncé celebrates her “grown woman”-hood in provocative form-fitting pieces that accentuate her well-toned body, maintaining sophistication and elegance.
3. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy
In her role as First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy opted for flats, knee-length skirts and silhouettes reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Onassis. Since she resumed her music career, she’s been seen performing in casual trousers, deconstructed blazers, and loose-fitting button-downs.
4. Lou Doillon
The “Devil or Angel” singer epitomizes the Parisian cool. Muse for French fashion house Givenchy, the young singer likes tailored, structured silhouettes, minimal color-palettes and mixing high and low fashion.
5. Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey gained overnight fame with the viral success of her self-made video for her debut single “Video Games.” She mixes 1960s Americana, Hollywood glamour and old-school hip hop, pulling it off with charm.
6. Ceryl Cole
Named a “national treasure” by Vogue and best-dressed woman by Glamour magazine, Ceryl Cole gravitates toward form-fitting, feminine designs. She likes Versace, Zuhair Murad and Victoria Beckham.
Her style includes retro eye make up, a beehive hairdo and figure-flattering dresses often custom-designed by Burberry. For the most recent Grammy Awards ceremony Adele wore a red-floral Valentino frock. Loving it!
8. Florence Welch
With a penchant for dramatic dresses, paired with her red hair and ivory skin, Florence has been named the “perfect Gucci girl” and is the muse to multiple fashion houses like Valentino, Chanel and Mulberry. The singer wears flowing goddess gowns, platform heels and vintage.
9. Alicia Keys
Known for writing instant anthems, Alicia Keys’s style is as powerful as her music: form-fitting dresses with leather detailing, dramatic red lips and a sleek bob.
10. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is waist-deep in the fashion world, stunning so regularly that blogs have taken note when she steps outside in something “normal.” This year, the singer has taken on a new-found minimalism, like with the simple black Prabal Gurung dress she wore to the 2013 V.M.A.’s.
Which one is your style icon from the music industry? Let us know!