Debbie Harry: As the lead singer of Blondie, Debbie Harry was known for her peroxide hair and killer cheekbones. She was cool to perfection in t-shirt dresses, studded belts and leather thigh-high boots.
As fashionistas slip thankfully into sweatpants and run out of catwalk photos to obsessively peruse online as another hectic show season ends, our attention turns to the stage. Festival season is about to kick off with Coachella and some of the year’s most exciting fashion watching is about to begin.
And while we’ll soon feast our eyes on endless photographs of ticket holders on street style blogs across the Internet, let’s have a look at the artists who inspire it all.
Historically we’ve looked to our musical stars to point us in the right sartorial direction. From the New Romantics in gender-blurring make up to plaid-wearing and disheveled indie band boys; from The Beatles in skinny ties to Grace Jones in a category all her own, music has been responsible for some of our all-time snappist dressers and uber-cool style icons.
So who will be channeling Blondie or filling Stevie Nicks’s shoes on the festival stages this year? Here we’ve matched some our favorite sartorial icons from the past with their intrepid modern equivalents.
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Becka Diamond: As a DJ and NYC It girl of the moment, Becka Diamond might just scrape by as a musician. But she’s definitely making a name for herself when it comes to her threads. With Blondie-esque cheekbones and iced hair, she favors a punk edge and plenty of black.
Stevie Nicks: Stevie Nicks became the style icon we know today thanks to a crippling case of stage fright in the 70s while touring with Fleetwood Mac. To overcome her phobia, she created a character to hide behind: a heroine in floaty chiffon dresses and black velvet boots. Check the fall 2011 collections and you’ll see her stamp all over them.
Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine shares a penchant with Nicks for floor-sweeping slips and nightgown chic. She’s played a huge role in once again popularizing bohemian, pre-Raphaelite dressing. She’s also hopped on the stage in leather playsuits and festooned in feathers, but it’s her red carpet choices that mark her out as one to watch, her Oscars Valentino Couture gown being the latest example.
Patti Smith: The story goes that while living with Robert Mapplethorpe in New York City’s Chelsea Hotel, Patti Smith would borrow his shirts and blazers. The look became famous when he shot her now-iconic Horses album cover. No one does borrowing from the boyfriend quite like her.
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Coco Sumner: Sting is a tough legacy to live up to. But his daughter with Trudie Styler, Coco Sumner, is fast hurtling towards stardom herself with her band I Blame Coco. Her personal style channels the same androgynous beauty as Smith. Look for Coco’s mix of model limbs and tomboyish looks in her uniform of brogues and socks with men’s shirts and suspenders.
Marianne Faithfull: Marianne Faithful was Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, overcame severe drug addiction (several times) and recorded numerous notable albums over a period of five decades — all the while wearing some incredible outfits.
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Lykke Li Lykke Li and Marianne Faithfull share a fashion forward approach to dressing. When the Swedish singer appeared in 2008 with her debut album “Youth Novels” it wasn’t just the music that sparked a love affair with Lykke. You can thank her for the prominence of layered necklaces and pendants, buttoned up silk shirts and high buns.
Björk: Björk has never been shy when it comes to expressing her style and heading her own way. With feather headdresses and giant pom pom hats, her manner of dress is as eclectic as her music.
Natasha Khan: Kahn might not show up to the Oscars dressed as a swan, but her red carpet choices make it clear that like Björk, she prefers to forge her own style. She champions the festival trend for headbands worn round the forehead and bold statement makeup.
Francoise Hardy: With her boho sex appeal, pared-down mod style and a closet full of Andre Courréges and Paco Rabanne it’s easy to see why Francoise Hardy earned style icon status. In the early 60s her single “Tous les Garçons et les Filles” was a huge hit, selling two million copies. She became the poster girl for the beat generation and Chelsea set. Every guy (including Dylan and Bowie) wanted her and every girl was trying to emulate her.
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Josephine de la Baume: French beauty Josephine de la Baume is engaged to DJ Mark Ronson, was recently unveiled as the face of Agent Provocateur and sings in the band SingTank with her bother Alexander. Like Hardy before her, her boho rocker style alternates between sheer vintage maxis, mixing prints and lots of black. She also has perfect Francoise-esque bangs.