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This might overlap with the Style Icon thread... I think it's somewhat telling that the music thread keeps popping up in the Entertainment and Culture forum. Also interesting that several professional musicians (a rare breed) are frequent posters on the forum in general. There is undoubtedly a connection between style and music. Whether it's a fine artist donning immaculate formal clothing for a concert hall performance, or a rockstar spreading the gospel of leather pants in CBGB, musicians and music seem very connected with fashions/style. (Not that these are parallel cultures; also visual artists are arguably more connected with fashion, etc. but...) The thread assignment is: name a musician/genre/band/performer whose style you consider great, influential, derivative, watered down, awful etc. and explain. Just thought I'd ask.  
post #2 of 31
I would say that Lenny Kravitz has incredible style. Sometimes he can be outrageous, but the man knows how to take a fairly conservative suit and make it look incredibly cool.
post #3 of 31
David Bowie, and his numerous metamorphoses per se. Elvis created an icon with that jumpsuit although the aesthetic merit is dubious. Sting can be well dressed at times. And I have noticed that Rod Stewart has been donning sartorial garments lately.
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a question i have is: what was the first 'marriage' of pop star and fashion designer? it's been going on a long time, i'm just wondering when and how it started.
post #5 of 31
Franz Liszt and tails. He was the creator of the modern piano recital, after all. Jon.
post #6 of 31
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a question i have is: what was the first 'marriage' of pop star and fashion designer? it's been going on a long time, i'm just wondering when and how it started.
If my memory serves me correctly.... Bryan Ferry and Antony Price.
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If my memory serves me correctly....
hahaha. I'm glad the chairman could add to this discussion... I totally agree on Bowie. Saw an awful video for "Space Oddity" last night on vh1 classic, and he looked wonderfully weird. Why do people shave off their eyebrows? What do people think of Interpol? I was a little annoyed when they were featured in some fashion spreads a few years back, after their debut album came out. They're dressed well, but I wouldn't say they have a ton of style. Also, while I admire the quirkiness they display (Carlos D., the bassist, gets quirkier - he rocks a holster now), I recently saw a picture of them in their slim black suits, and all were wearing shitkicker boots. I like this in theory, but it looks stupid. Also, Franz Ferdinand? I saw em over the summer live, and they were pretty great, and very effective - the crowd was really into it. They seem to share the reputation of stylishness, but I really don't see it. They're skinny guys, they wear tight-ish clothes, but I don't think they're stylish, per se.
post #8 of 31
Robert Palmer, R.I.P.
post #9 of 31
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Also, Franz Ferdinand? I saw em over the summer live, and they were pretty great, and very effective - the crowd was really into it. They seem to share the reputation of stylishness, but I really don't see it. They're skinny guys, they wear tight-ish clothes, but I don't think they're stylish, per se.
Franz Ferdinand wear a lot of Dior Homme. Not that I'm trying to reopen that discussion...
post #10 of 31
Perhaps Frank Sinatra. Or Josephine Baker if she counts as a pop star per se when she was attired by Parisian couturiers.
post #11 of 31
Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis... very nice style at times. I loved the way George Harrison dressed in the white album days.
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The Stones, definitely. Murder City Devils, Weezer and At The Drive-In all had a big effect on "indie" fashion in the mid to late 90s.
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And oh Jesus, I can't believe I forgot the Ramones and the Clash. SO important.
post #14 of 31
Devo, as well, for the new wavers.
post #15 of 31
Jim Morrison or Jimi Hendrix
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