2.02.2012

i heart lana del rey


I have loved Lana Del Rey since the first time I heard "Video Games" on Sirius XMU. Compared to a "gangster Nancy Sinatra," her voice is entrancing, her music addictive. She has generated plenty of controversy in the blogosphere, most of it focusing on her "authenticity," but all I ever cared about was whether I liked her music, which I most definitely do. Like I said, the girl's voice is entrancing.

The girl also has serious style. Her retro pinup/Lolita/street style vibe is refreshingly unique, and it perfectly represents her sound. With her debut album, Born to Die, now available (if you haven't already, get it), it's the perfect time to get inspired by LDR's lovely look. Let's start with the song/video that launched it all, "Video Games."


The key piece to take away from this is the off-the-shoulder sweater. LDR's is all about the yellow color and most likely vintage. If digging through the bins at your local vintage emporium isn't your thing, snag this gorgeous sweater by Jean Paul Gaultier.

Jean Paul Gaultier sweater, $525

"Blue Jeans," the second single off LDR's Video Games EP, brought an even better glimpse into the singer's signature style.



There are so many great things to take away from this video: the multi-knuckle ring, the white rosette top, the vintage silk racing jacket, the American flag tee. But my favorite look is the circle skirt and silk blouse. Get it yourself with Equipment's signature blouse and J.Crew's pleated skirt in a cheeky, surely LDR approved heart print.

Equipment blouse, $208, and J.Crew skirt, $128

The video for "Born to Die," the title track on LDR's debut album, took the fashion to a completely new, totally haute level.



Seriously, that white gown is to die for. And it doesn't hurt that she has tigers. The cut outs on the dress immediately bring to mind the Cushnie et Ochs spring/summer 2012 collection. To cop LDR's look, slip into one of the designer's architectural white dresses, make a wreath of silk roses, and give yourself a red-tipped French manicure.

Cushnie et Ochs Spring 2012

For more LDR inspiration, visit www.LanaDelRey.com, follow her on Facebook and Twitter, and get the album on iTunes, Amazon or your local record store.

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