As the summer hotly simmers on, what I never dreamed possible, is now coming true:
Rivets and rhinestones // Studs and sequins // Leather and lace
All living harmoniously? At last, a girl can rock out in full force! Fitted shapes and expert tailoring ensure you still look like a woman, hell not just any woman, more like an electric sophisticate… with amps.
Enough to make your older brother’s friends look at you a little differently, all over again 😉
*Also worth noting, a whole other, semi-related, movement I really love: sumptuously shaped shoulders on mini-dresses and jackets, a must see: Balmain, Fall 2009, Ready-to-Wear collection.
For me the inspiration comes from all the music I’ve been exploring. Mostly “indie rock”, but I’ve been falling hard for just about any tune that rests on the curvy hips of a guitar. (I’ve always assumed the guitar to be a masculine object, but I dare to question that theory now: The noun in French is actually feminine, food for thought!)
One of the best bits of attending outdoor concerts is people-watching whilst waiting for your charming-genius-thinker crush…(*blush!)…or friend. One specific drool moment: a delicate mini skirt made of layered panels of ivory chiffon, held together by sinuous black stitching at the center of main panels. The hem was uneven, like she just wrapped it on. Wonder if she made it? I regret not asking. Whoever the girl, whatever made the skirt, it was definitely timeless. Here’s how:
Today: Black tank top, neon pink leggings and white converse sneakers.
Tomorrow: Edwardian ruffled blouse, black tights and patent Mary Jane heels, circa Audrey Hepburn.
I get the sense that rock-inspired fashion was never considered glamorous or classic, too rebellious! But that’s just my point. The idea of pushing limits is nothing new, that is classic. The reinvention of ideas and sound while staying true to a core honesty about what’s right to you, is not unlike creating a new kind of leather jacket, while adhering to true shapes and proportions.
And we are definitely seeing lines that are cut to flatter a woman. I do believe that some of what you’re seeing on the racks right now could stay with you for years to come. A more powerful facet of femininity! I know I definitely want to tap into this facet, less Goldilocks and more…Glammy Rox.
Anyway, this post is really a tribute to the whole genre of rock, an edgy attitude and to the feminine beauty of the electric guitar itself. (Have you ever paused to really look at one? They certainly have some unspoken charisma.) With the loss of legend Les Paul last Thursday (Aug 13), scores of rockers and rockettes, new and old must be looking back at their own musical experiences and how it’s made them who they are. Perhaps stylistically as well as musically!
Maybe fashion is music – a melody we can wear all day long. Maybe music is fashion – that dresses you in a feeling, like clothing. Rock re-arrives more refined, softer shapes with still-sharp edges. Aspects I fully intend to emulate this fall.
Long-bewitching and allure-laden,
all hail the Iron Maiden.
All images courtesy of Elle.com. Please click each image for detail.
(Clockwise from top left):
Runway trousers and top, Balmain, Fall 2009 RTW
Embroidered Stingray Jacket, julienmacdonald.com
Runway dress, Balmain, Fall 2009 RTW
Leather and PVC platform shoe boot, Rupert Sanderson for Karl Lagerfeld, rupertsanderson.co.uk