In House With Lianne La Havas: British Songstress on 'Annie Hall' Style, New York Love and Hanging With Stevie Wonder
There are few people that I have been more immediately impressed with than Lianne La Havas. She greets everyone in the room with a kiss on each cheek, in the French fashion, but with more heart behind it. Besides being beautiful, she's also casual, graceful and has killer style.
"Have you seen the movie 'Annie Hall'?" Lianne asks. "I love the way Diane Keaton looks in that and generally her '70s looks in those movies, so I kind of loosely based my style on that, mixing tomboy style with feminine style. I like to dress for my shape, so I love a lot of high–waisted stuff and covering up when I can."
On the day of our interview, La Havas is certainly channeling Hall, as you can see in our exclusive photo gallery below. The singer and her retinue are walking on air today thanks to the recent news that she'll be the main support for John Legend's upcoming North American tour, which will certainly call for stylish stage outfits.
"Sometimes on stage I prefer to feel more glamorous, so I'll go all out when it's a stage outfit like sparkly, colorful, and have a certain shape. If someone is watching it from far away they can maybe remember the shape or the color," the singer-songwriter says,
This sense of glamor is certainly exemplified in her video for "Forget," one of the powerhouse tracks off her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough, featuring a solitary La Havas, fierce in glittery red and her signature side bun.
La Havas readily expresses her love for New York, admitting that the title track of her album was written as an ode to the city itself. After working with Matt Hales (aka Aqualung) in London, she came to New York to