The New Cool

Female “forces of nature” claim the creative high ground

What do Soko, Zoë Kravitz, Delfina Delettrez and FKA Twigs have in common? On the surface, not a lot. Each carries herself in a style and fashion that’s entirely singular, but it’s that fierce originality that links them and puts them into a class we’ll call ‘The New Cool’. These young ladies are forces of nature. They control their image while churning out artwork at a breakneck pace. Musicians Soko and FKA Twigs direct their own music videos, looking through the lens at themselves, fearlessly feminist in their desire to show their work from a female perspective. Delfina Delettrez boldly models her own jewelry creations herself, blurring the line between designer and model, photography and ornamentation, jewelry and art. Actress and musician Zoë Kravitz, although entertainment royalty, has no interest in resting on her father’s laurels—she’s far too busy throwing herself into physically demanding roles ranging from sci-fi blockbusters to emotionally complex art-house films. Who said youth is wasted on the young?
Tahliah Debrett Barnett, aka FKA Twigs, has a voice that has keeps the world spellbound. She emerged by dropping beautifully constructed music videos of her songs—Papi Pacify, Water Me and Two Weeks—that caught on like wildfire. No sooner had she released her first album than she began touring. Having set a high standard with her videos, her performances fulfilled the promise of her skills as a dancer and an utterly unique vocalist. Now engaged to Robert Pattinson, her visibility has sky-rocketed, yet she has kept her head and her cool, staying true to her roots of complex, idiosyncratic harmonies and the haunting emotion of her lyrics. 
Photo by Dominic Sheldon.
Delfina Delettrez
Describing her signature style as “ultra-modern classic”, Delfina Delettrez’s whimsical creations epitomize the notion that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Working in the realm of the surreal and the sculptural, she is notyour mother’s jewelry designer. Although she hails from the unofficial first family of fashion, Delettrez has always done things her own way and never in the shadow of her mother, Silvia Venturini Fendi, or her uncle, Karl Lagerfeld. Yet, as a young mother herself, family has always been a cornerstone. So much so that before she began designing, she had never bought a piece of jewelry herself. Hand-me-downs from her grandmother imbued with a delicious mix of old Italian superstition, love and stories meant more to her. And with a name like Fendi, it’s hard to imagine the family heirlooms being anything less than classic.
Soko — Alice BaxleySOKO 
Gaining notoriety the true rocker way—through relentless touring, with shows ranging from packed, sweaty dives to super-slick homes in the Hollywood Hills, all with equal youthful intensity, Soko packs a punch. Channeling Eighties gutter-punk glam with her bleached blonde look and her driving vocals, this French-born belle of the scene takes no prisoners. But she does promise to deliver. Writing all her own songs, she plumbs the depths of raw emotion and experience and goes through it all again with a mic in hand in front of boisterous audiences. If she doesn’t feel it, she won’t sing it. And that’s the kind of honesty that translates easily to the screen. Not one to go halfway, Soko’s acting has gained her accolades on both sides of the ocean. Visit Sokos Homepage
Photo by Alice Baxley.
Zoë Kravitz has been very busy of late. With Mad Max: Fury Road taking summer audiences for a ride on the wild side, her star is most certainly on the ascendant. Equally comfortable on big budget productions like Divergent and small indie projects like Dope, Kravitz is clearly at home in front of the screen. That said, the music gene didn’t pass her by either: this 26-year-old sings and writes songs as front woman of her band, which goes by the name of Elevator Fight.