Ground-breaking performances and styling, here are today’s most daring female singers

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For years, 90s female rockers changed the direction of the industry with their grunge looks, readily voicing their protests. And with the entry of the new millennium, extravagance became an essential for all music divas (both at their concerts and in the way they interpret fashion).

With the passing of time, the visual universe of these artists has turned much more complex and enigmatic. Female singers from new (and not so new) generations are taking music and fashion to the next level. A good example of this is Lady Gaga, who has wisely blurred the borders separating the arts of music and fashion like no-one else. Many other women have followed in her footsteps, making their personalities their hottest talent for captivating their extensive armies of fans. We’d like to present some of these ladies who are revolutionizing today’s scene.

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FKA Twigs

Londoner FKA Twigs is bold, both in her singing style and how she dances and dresses. She was one of the first to revive the baby hairstyle so characteristic of Cholas and now the best brands are fighting for her to don their designs. On the stage—with choreographies reminiscent of classical ballet—she opts for a sporty look. When she steps down from the stage, however, she dazzles photographers, like she did with her Alexander McQueen haute couture gown festooned with feathers.

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Charli XCX

The 90s brought great joy to fashion lovers, with teenagers mixing up fluorescent furry jackets and platform shoes, chignons and cyber-style glasses. Now Charli XCX has decided to jumble together all these trends and make them the mainstay of her style (with no complexities). Furthermore, since she moved to the PC Music label, her music has just grown even bolder, a true woman of the times.

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Soko

French Soko often threatens to leave the music industry, but it must be hard to deny her zest for singing, especially when it’s a true passion. Now, more focused on her career as an actress, she is making more appearances on the red carpet and she’s showed us that there’s absolutely nothing she doesn’t dare to try: from dresses off an antiquarian’s racks to shoes that look like museum pieces, she showcases garments as unique as she is.

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St. Vincent

Annie Clark—also known as St. Vincent—has made her huge eyes into her best weapon for seduction. The guitarist has a no-holds-barred attitude when taking to the stage, but leaves almost nothing to chance. With her svelte long legs, she flaunts mini-dresses bedecked with shine, adapts her guitars so they rub against her chest and has even worn a prosthetic to distort her jaw (and with none less than David Byrne at her side). Naturally, St. Vincent belongs to this generation of female musicians who carve out their niches and play up their power.

PJ Harvey

The English virtuoso of music from the late 90s continues launching songs nonstop and touring the world. This woman, one of the pioneers to take to the stage alone with a single instrument, has also risked the most radical looks. And coming up on 50 years old is not stopping her from carrying on. With a maturity that absolutely fits her, she showcases tiaras, headdresses and outfits that march to the beat of her music. Few artists can boast of having reinvented themselves with so much style and, for this, we applaud her.

These women have taken the ideas of the most avant-garde designers onto the stage behind their microphones with great success. Far from conforming to the prefabricated image that is often dully repeated among other pop stars—almost like it were a formula—these women have known how to claim and craft their own identities, above and beyond any standard established in the music industry.

Values like individuality, charisma and creativity are some of the words that best define them, and also what you’ll find in the designs of our Be Unic line. If you deeply value the importance of being true to yourself and are searching for something to finish your look in the most striking way possible, at UNOde50 we can help you get it, with this collection replete with handcrafted artistry and bohemian spirit.

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