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Fashion Meets Music: Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monáe, the Grammy nominated singer has been on our style radar for awhile now. The Bad Boy/Wondaland Arts Society artist comes to us via Kansas, New York City, Atlanta, and now she is in the land of Metropolis (year 2719) championing the neo-rockabilly look with an unforgettable mega pompadour. Although she regards her style as “Just Monae,” “minimalist and classic,” her tailored signature style compliments her avant garde R&B sound beautifully. There has definitely been a revival of the rockabilly (1950’s Americana) look on the runways. Sonia Rykiel and Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony both showed Fall 09 collections paired with creepers shoes, a rockabilly staple. I’m into the androgyny of this look. Monae makes it her own with the grandiose pompadour and feminine details, like bow ties and mod-style earrings.

Star on the rise

Star on the rise - Androgyny meets Preppy Classic

Check out this interview where she talks about her “big brothers in the industry” Big Boi and Andre 3000, challenging creativity, inspirations, and her life long commitment to art.

Style Hunter

Style Hunter

Shop the Retro look!
– Marc Jacobs Knitted Wool Cape available at
– Stella McCartney Knitted Paillette Pants also available at
– Lahaie black and white flats over at Aldo Shoes
– Super matte black basic wayfarers available over at OAK NYC
– Tuxedo pants by MCQ can be found at
– Jeffrey Campbell’s Winkle Studded Creepers in Blue Suede at one of my favorite sites
– Splice Neck Tie by Cheap Monday at
– Ribbon-trim textured-stripe shirt from The Gap

If I could grow my hair, this is what it would look like

If I could grow my hair, this is what it would look like

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4 Responses to “Fashion Meets Music: Janelle Monáe”

  1. artiffact artiffact says:

    This woman’s got it all: the lyrics, the sounds, the message, the VOICE, the performance, and yes….the STYLE. Diggin’ the saddle shoes too! She’s bringing classic to the future.

  2. A. Riggs says:

    Janelle Monae is amazing! I love her! she has the complete package: style, class, beauty, smooth moves, and a great voice!

  3. Elle says:

    I absolutely adore JM’s image…mostly because it is effortless. She’s being exactly who she is and it emanates from her music to her clothes. In a word or two, she’s wondaful!

  4. Elle says:

    This interview is interesting too! I hope JM does come out w/ a graphic novel…I would love to see Cindi’s story and the world of Metropolis visually displayed w/ a more an in-depth storyline. Sounds awesome^_^


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