Karen Oh for Barneys

Meet our January Influencer: Karen O

“Holy smokes” is right. These were the first words to come out of Karen O’s mouth upon learning of her Oscar nomination for Moon Song, the catchy tune from Spike Jonze’s much-lauded movie Her. While Karen was surprised, we can’t say we were.

We’ve been huge fans of Karen’s music even before her epic anthem Maps, well, put her on the map. And as much as we arrive at a Yeah Yeah Yeahs concert eager to hear the setlist, one tiny confession: we also can’t wait to see the leading lady’s on-stage ensemble. From trendsetting tribal eye makeup to to-die-for leotards, this awe-inspiring performer has never shied away from making a major statement. As our January influencer, Karen inspires us to take some fashion risks in 2014—with a little help from some of her favorite pieces from Barneys below.

And—spoiler alert!—Karen is one of 15 influential creative women that teamed up with Maria Cornejo to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Zero + Maria Cornejo. Each selected their favorite Zero + Maria Cornejo getup to be updated into an exclusive capsule collection. Even better, from January 25th to February 2nd, 10 percent of the profits from sales will go to the Malala Fund, which sets out to provide educational opportunities for adolescent girls. Making a style statement and making difference in the world—sounds like a winning combo to us!

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