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.
For all you diehard Lorde fans out there, have no fear. Even though she changed up her color palette, her other style stapes were all there—dark lipstick, black sports bra/crop top, and a powerful head of hair. She’s even appeared in a white version of this tailored suit on her tour, identical in every way except for the shade. (Hmmm….did Lorde accidentally leave a red sock in her load of white laundry? Don’t worry, girl, we’ve all been there.) Even her spot-on wardrobe choice aside, Lorde totally nailed it. With her unique, “that’s so ’90s” blend of emotion and ennui, it’s almost a shame she wasn’t born 20 years earlier.