Lorde arriving at the premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 in London in a monochrome ensemble characteristic of her early days in fashion. Lorde arriving at the premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 in London in a monochrome ensemble characteristic of her early days in fashion.

After years of near silence, Lorde is releasing her new album Melodrama into the world, a follow-up to the mainstream smashing, prodigal debut she released in 2013.

When Lorde was first introduced to the world, her wardrobe was a heart of darkness, comprised of monochromatic, black, richly textured uniforms that she’d wear onstage and on red carpets. She even name checked David Bowie and Grace Jones as her style icons, references that successfully came across in her dramatic ensembles.

Her look became complementary to her acclaimed music, an eccentric combination of gothic and grunge, which not unlike her music, brought in a refreshing contrast to the mainstream in comparison to her pop star peers. Lorde’s distinctive fashion choices ended up leading to a collaboration with MAC Cosmetics on a lipstick and eyeliner kit, a front row seat at Kanye West’s Yeezy season two show, and an invitation to the Met Gala.

Now that Lorde is re-entering the stratosphere of popular music, her alien looks are reigniting the excitement we felt when we first laid eyes on her. While she’s maintained some of the sleek blackness, Lorde’s been introducing colors and items we could have never imagined her in. She’s recently claimed her boldest new styles on the pages of iconic magazines. On the cover of Rolling Stone, she wears a sequin-encrusted Gucci suit and in her ELLE spread she’s styled in daisy dukes and ripped denim shorts.

It’s a startling new beginning in Lorde’s fashion language but a highly welcome one. Her style development seems to be in absolute sympathy with the growth of her songwriting, as she’s displaying a maturation in her aesthetic that communicates a special kind of confidence that comes with early adulthood. — jpw