Liana Banks is an artist — a musician, specifically — and a born-and-bred New Yorker. She cites Queens, Nicki Minaj, the Caribbean and Harlem among her influences. It’s not hard to see how her taste translates to her style as much as it does her music, which is a quirky mixture of melodic and electronic R&B. That’s just my description of it — I’ve been listening to her album on Spotify for 30 minutes and I’m kind of obsessed. Is that creepy? Anyway: It all tells the same satisfying story, which is, essentially, that Liana is fucking cool and full of a infectious energy.
Above, she documented everything she wore in the week leading up to the release of her debut mixtape (which you should absolutely listen to). She was dressing for release parties, performances, music video filming…you know, the kind of stuff we pretend we’re dressing for in front of our mirrors but totally aren’t. And she kills it across the board. Click through for a lesson in how to gather together a bunch of contradictory elements and say one consistent thing.