Sunday, February 21, 2010

Music and Fashion- Old School Punk

There are so many different facets of culture: literature, film, music, politics, fashion, scientific discovery and so much more. They are all intertwined and shape each other in varying degrees. Music and fashion are probably the ones I know best besides maybe literature. Music and fashion are the two biggest things that define different subcultures. In light of this, I think I'm going to write a series on different types of music and their effects on fashion starting with my personal favorite: old school punk rock.

The punk movement was about a lot of things- standing out, fighting for a cause, subversion, refusal to grow up, chaos and anarchy, realism, simplicity, etc., etc. The one unifying concept of the movement was rebellion. Whether it be against pretentiousness, hygiene, idealism, government, the notion that you have to be talented to make music or what have you, the founders of punk were motivated by rebellion. Obviously, this was reflected through their clothing choices. The same things that motivated their simplistic, thrashing, light on talent, heavy on passion musical style motivated their shocking, conspicuous, edgy clothing style.

My idol Debbie Harry.

Vivienne Westwood in her younger days. Love her!

The Clash: Joe Strummer, Topper Headon, Paul Simonon (hot!), Mick Jones.

The infamous Nancy Spungen and Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious.

Ramones frontman Joey.

Punk essentials: tattered denim, leather, structured jackets, metal studs, bondage gear, safety pins, band tees, converse, combat gear, fishnet stockings, sunglasses, holes/rips/tears.

Currently listening to: "White Riot" The Clash (What else?)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Spring Trends - Part One

Okay, I know it's kind of cliche to write about Spring trends and all, but I think I'm going to do a little series on my favorites. I'm really excited about Spring fashion... too bad it's 25 degrees here on a good day. Also, I'd apologize for not posting in so long, but I doubt anyone really cares.

In today's post I will be covering the first two spring trends on my list

1. Chambray
Chambray looks a lot like denim, but is lighter and easier to wear. Chambray is so versatile. It's being used in dresses, shirts, skirts, shorts, rompers... basically everything. And I'm excited. I can't wait to rock some chambray pieces in my wardrobe. I'm a denim addict, so naturally I'm glad a more spring-appropriate version is hitting the runways.

Chambray dress from the Lacoste spring collection

2. Colorblock
Colorblock is a fun and bold trend. Graphic and futuristic designs have been gaining popularity. However, it is perfectly possible to do colorblock subtly. Some examples of this are pieces with different shades of the same color. You can also take the bolder path and do it with contrasting colors. I enjoy statement-making pieces, so I'll most likely be taking the bold route with this trend.
Colorblock from the Mabille spring collection

And, as always, here are some more everyday manifestations of this trend that you can rock. (And my current musical obsession)