While we may still be mourning the loss of our local Ace Hotel (goodnight, sweet Shoreditch prince), eternally-lucky LA folk are still blessed with their own branch. Neo-soul singer Niia has shown her love for the perennial hangout spot with her latest tune, released today and backed with a self-directed video. Named after (and set in) its plush surroundings, it references everything from its gorgeous Thai food to its impeccable rosé, recalling a downtown dalliance betwixt its art-deco walls.
If you’ve not heard of Niia before, she’s gaining a lot of buzz for her deep, rich vocals and hypnotic, pared-back instrumentals. She’s collaborated with tmrw favourites Jorja Smith and Gallant and earned millions of streams across the board. Since we’re such fans of her music – and classic, retro-inspired style – we asked her to submit a few looks for our WERKIN’ FROM HOME series, snapping herself in nostalgic football tops, floaty kimonos and a sandwich-shop sweat – dig in…
“I went to the New SCHOOL jazz conservatory for college, but got stuck in the Parson dorms. I was so lucky all my best friends were in fashion. They taught everything I know! For me fashion is truly about expressing myself, feeling comfortable, or making a statement when I want. I use fashion as armor sometimes to feel safer when my introverted side comes out. It becomes an extension of myself. When I’m creating I like to be really comfortable or in black usually. I do love to dress up and go for it when I get on stage. I like to say my style is classic with a dark twist.” – Niia
“I love my Italia futbol kit! Fan for life. Makes me feel like a winner.”
“My favorite oversized NIIA Merch shirt. I screen printed all my shirts on upcycled vintage Ts inside out. They’re extra cozy since they are so old, I live in mine. Most of the originals had other graphics & old band names. I kept this one because it had a graphic of Marlon Brando from The Godfather. My LDN slides & vintage bucket hat we’re the go to when I had to walk outside.”
“A full grey sweatsuit is always a classic go-to for me. I love my Uncle Paulie’s Sweatshirt, it’s my favorite place to eat Italian subs in LA. I liked to pair it with DOE tie dye socks for a pop of color and my cheap teal slides It’s giving me Sopranos chic.”
“My kimono was my elegant lounge look. Especially when my bathrobe needed to be washed. It made me feel more dressed up and dramatic when I couldn’t leave the house. I loved to sit and play my piano for hours.”