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Lorde on the cover of 'Teen Vogue.'
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There’s something different about Lorde’s Teen Vogue cover. *Squints eyes, cocks head* Oh right! Lorde is wearing a whole lot of color. The 17-year-old alt-pop wunderkind is glowing on her latest magazine cover, where she’s styled in an orange-and-red plaid top from Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2014 collection—a pivot from her typically goth, mostly monotone M.O. Lorde’s softer makeup—a light smoky eye finished with silver shadow and a natural lip (not her signature purple shade)—is another departure that we can get behind.

Lorde opens up in her profile about the unrealistic beauty ideals placed on pop stars—and, she hopes, their eventual disappearance. "There are a lot of expectations in this industry about looking a certain way and having a certain kind of appeal," she says. "I am feminine, but I really love dressing in boys' clothes too. I guess that's why I get labeled as 'the grumpy girl,' because I don't play into that."

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Lorde performing at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony.
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There were two remarkable things about Lorde singing with Nirvana at the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night. First of all, the 17-year-old singer was born two years AFTER Kurt Cobain's death (also, literal teen spirit). Secondly, she ditched her typically all-black attire for a curveball colorful ensemble—and it all worked perfectly. Going with her familiar wardrobe of dark, grungy pieces would have been a little bit too on-the-nose for her performance of 1993's "All Apologies." And as for the bubblegum-pink choice, it helped highlight Nirvana's very, very awesome decision to invite only female stars (Joan Jett, St. Vincent, and Kim Gordon) to sing in Cobain's stead. Feminist and unexpected? Yep, sounds like Lorde fit right in with Nirvana's iconic image.

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Lorde is teaming up with MAC.
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If you’ve ever wanted Lorde’s vampy beauty look, here’s your chance: Our favorite teen goth singer is collaborating with MAC Cosmetics on a limited-edition makeup line that drops this summer (#summergoth). Speaking about the collaboration, Lorde told The Cut, “I have loved MAC Cosmetics since I was a little kid. I remember saving up to buy my very first MAC lipstick [Snob] at 14, and it was used by about 20 of my friends! MAC has a very clear aesthetic, that has always felt fashion forward to me. So I was really excited to work with them on these products, which I use pretty much every day and night. I hope you will too.”

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Taylor Swift at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party and Lorde performing at the 2014 Brit Awards.
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You know how when you hang out with someone a lot, you pick up their mannerisms and sayings? It happens to celebrities too! It looks like all the shopping trips/fun girl hang time between Taylor Swift and Lorde have resulted in the exchange of style secrets. Last night, Taylor attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in a Julien Macdonald long-sleeved, sequined gown that was reminiscent of the Tom Ford gown her new BFF Lorde wore to perform at the Brits a few weeks ago. While Lorde went for a "red carpet goth" look, Taylor and her new bob went for vampy old Hollywood glamour.

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Lorde in 'Vogue.'
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Lorde's goth-leaning style is more than just a fleeting trend. From the sensible pantsuit she chose for her performance at the Grammys to the glittering, glamorous Tom Ford gown she wore last night at the Brit Awards, her typically dark palette is decidedly not a reflection of doom and gloom and teenage angst. In fact, her onstage outfits indicate an incredibly mature sense of self.

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Lorde performs at the 2014 BRIT Awards.
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Rihanna may be the leading advocate for "red carpet goth,” but her peer Lorde is hot on her heels, owning it all awards season long. Remember her dip-dyed fingers at the Grammys? Well, Lorde's look was even darker today at the Brit Awards where she wore a vampy broken disco ball of a floor-length Tom Ford gown. Ella took the black sparkly creation up one notch on the goth scale with the addition of the trusty brick-soled platform boots she’s stepped out wearing many times before and her signature deep purple lipstick. With the exception of her pout, her beauty look was all about her hair—much like her V cover and, you know, always.

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Lorde on the cover of 'V' magazine.
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When it comes to covers, V magazine can do no wrong. The publication has a killer streak of taking the artists we love to see and transforming them into eye-popping cover stars. Remember Lady Gaga’s semi-nude recent run? Or when Miley tried out a pink faux-hawk and men's briefs? This time around, for their March music issue, V tapped four of our favorite artists to emerge in 2013: Lorde, Haim, Banks, and Say Lou Lou for a set of decidedly demure alternate covers.

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Lorde at the Grammys and models from Creatures of Comfort and Adam Selman's NYFW runway shows.
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When Lorde hit the stage at this year's Grammy Awards, instead of grabbing our attention with a glittery thong or an elaborate set, the 17-year-old New Zealand export appealed to our digital tastes with her dark, dripping, dip-dyed finger art. We'd spotted similar styles on Michele Lamy, the eclectic wife, muse, and creative mind behind Rick Owens, and at Mara Hoffman's F/W 2011 presentation, but now it seems like this alternative form of nail art is turning into a full-blown trend.

It's only the second day of New York Fashion Week, but we've already caught painted fingers on the runways of designers like Creatures of Comfort and Adam Selman. CofC mirrored Lorde's Grammy nails by bronzing their models' fingers from tip to joint. Selman went with a cleaner, more graphic style, adding tattooed black bands on all five fingers, like a string of permanent midi-rings. But, lest you be deceived (and as is usually the case with almost any trend), in fashion, everything old is new again—and finger art is no exception.

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Lorde performing at the 2014 Grammys.
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Attention teenage boys of the world: Lorde is officially the kind of girl you can take home to your parents. Sure, she may be a little eccentric and they'll probably want to know why she wears dark purple lipstick ("GAH, Mom. It's called goth, OK?"), but the 17-year-old singer (who just nabbed the award for Best Pop Solo Performance) decided against glitz, glamour, and pantless leotards for her debut Grammys performance, and instead opted for A SENSIBLE PANTSUIT! One part Prada, one part Céline. NBD. The singer teased some pretty terrifying outfit inspirations last week, but she showed up in a crisp, sleeveless white top tucked into wide-leg black pants with a super-lengthy nylon belt. SO SENSIBLE.

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Lorde on the covering of 'Rolling Stone.'
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In case you couldn't tell, this is Lorde on the cover of Rolling Stone. With Lorde's glorious mane covering five of the letters from the magazine's name, it could easily pass as "Roll One," which would be, like, a magazine about good bread or something, IDK. It's definitely Rolling Stone, though, because Lorde is very, very excited about it. She's given the announcement an all-caps tweet, so you know she's excited. She doesn't throw caps around frequently.

This isn't Lorde's first magazine cover, but it is the first of 2014 and also—hello—Rolling Stone is huge. The singer is, as usual, channeling "goth vibes" on the cover, with her dark plum lips and familiar all-black uniform.

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