New York Magazine Q&A

The star of last night’s InStyle Fashion Week kickoff party at Bar Nana was Alice Smith — a statuesque woman in a skintight green-sequined dress who looked like a gorgeous human disco ball. Smith is the fashion world’s latest musical darling, having appeared in Vogue, Elle, and, most recently, InStyle. The Grammy-nominated songwriter says she’s been influenced by the likes of Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, and Björk — but, with the recent release of her 2013 album, She, Smith has gained attention for her unique personal style, a blend of 1930s chanteuse and modern-day hipster. Before the show, Smith talked to the Cut about her music, her love of fashion, and her feelings about diversity on the runways.

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