He was a man of extreme confidence in his art, but in terms of style, he approached it with a hung-over nonchalance that only a true rock star could pull off. Laid back, body conscious and a little rough and tumble, this rocker was a style icon that reinvented the rock aesthetic to a poetic and spiritual high.
Johnny Cash was a stylish man, keeping it simple, and tailored to perfection. Cash didn’t need ripped jeans, or beat up leather jackets to communicate his rebel style. Instead, he highlighted his presence with a simplicity and refinement that could only come from a man who knew who he was.
Cash communicated his emotions freely and deeply from his heart, allowing the subtleties of his refinement to elevate his enigmatic persona.
Ironically, the last thing Cobain had on his mind was becoming a trendsetter, since the grunge movement really began as retaliation against the main stream in support of uniqueness and defying convention. In the world of rock ‘n’ roll today, Grunge is the convention. Today Hipsters everywhere sport torn jeans, t-shirts, flannel, and nerd glasses in an attempt to solidify their cool.
He may not have had the life he imagined, but in making the outcast king, he gave new life to the millions of youth his music would influence.
Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley were enraptured by the escapism and showmanship of the Glam scene, but aimed for something a step above it all. Donning Kabuki style makeup, and a series of exuberant costumes, their rock star persona’s were born. While the critics were not so impressed by their outlandish looks, Kiss’ captivating costumes and makeup brought rock ‘n’ roll to a whole new level of fantasy that played off every parent’s notion of rock n’ roll: sex, drugs, and of course, the devil.
Today we can have a laugh at the virtuosity of some of these get ups, but one has to admire the courage it takes to make your mark on the scene with your face painted like that.
Baker would help pioneer the t-shirt as a viable option in an everyday ensemble. More casual and relaxed than a button-up, his perfectly coiffed hair and pretty boy image would go a long way to pull off the look with moxie and style.
Despite this laid-back, clean-cut image, Baker’s personal life would be characterized by lengthy periods of drug abuse. Think of his simple, clean looks as truly putting yourself out there for who you are. Nothing more, nothing less.
Everyone likes to tease, but before he was subject to all the harsh criticism of the media, there probably weren’t that many people who didn’t want to be even a fraction of what Michael Jackson was. Never an imitator, Jackson always went for the drama and sexy cool that being the biggest Pop star in the world affords.
Love him, or hate him, Michael Jackson will forever be remembered for his music, and the weird and wonderful world he created with his style.
Bringing the underground to the surface, Run DMC not only reinvented popular music, but gave the style of the streets a new voice in the market, and established sportswear as a solid foundation for any wardrobe.
Rather, his style was a sharp and glamorous elaboration of bohemian style. There’s the leather jackets, fringe details, popped collars, ruffled shirts, chunky jewelery, and his unforgettable collection of military inspired jackets.
Hendrix was a free spirit in his style, as much as he was in life, and proved that with the right attitude you can pull of just about anything.
We embrace the skinny blazers, stovepipe jeans, striped shirts, fitted pea coats, striped scarves, and mod boots to mimic that Dylan cool, but will we ever achieve his iconic effortless edge? It never hurts to try.
Credit the music guru as a true style pioneer, searching the fringes of fashion for elements that he eventually popularized for the mass market. It was a clever juxtaposition of Southern good boy and rock ‘n’ roll misfit that quickly thrust him into the role of American heartthrob. Pioneering sharp suits, pegged pants, and high collars, Elvis popularized rockabilly style, and added some much needed edge to conservative white America.
So before jumping to the Army looks, the black leather, and the Western gear, remember the legend for his fusion of the clean cut American Dream with the soul and flavor of the deep South, and that signature hip grinding rock ‘n’ roll edge he gave to men’s fashion.
While it might all be a little out of this world, definitely give the man credit for knowing the importance of a well fitted blazer. Year after year, spot at least one fantastically fitted blazer that, no matter the outlandish color or out of control embellishment, always manages to fit the man like a dream. Prince knows no matter what you’re wearing, if the fit is good, you’re in the money.
There’s a bit of ghetto fabulousness in the mix: lime green, pink, violet, electric blue are just some of the colors in his clothing palate, not to mention a huge array of chunky gold jewelery, and insane eyewear. Thank the icon for adding some much needed punch to classic luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, for whom the artist has done several collaborations.
“Dress like you’re coming from somewhere, and you’ve got some place to go” preaches the style guru, and it might just be us, but we’ll definitely be stealing a tip or two from this ultra-unique cultural visionary.
Dapper and refined with some signature funk, his styling was sleek and dignified. Throughout the 70′s and 80′s, Marvin transitioned to a much more casual approach to dress; always staying stylish, elegant, and masculine through sporting toques, denim shirts, and plain T’s.
What’s the secret to their longevity? The band never managed to crack into the Billboard Top 100, and their highest charting album peaked at No. 44 in the U.S., so it’s somewhat remarkable that these punk rockers have made such an impact.
The looks were All-American but dirty, roughed up by the street, ready to rock. Their music was as simple as their style, but the Ramones knew all they needed was the right attitude to pull it off.
As Oscar Wilde, the definitive Dandy once said, “One should either be a work of Art, or wear a work of Art”, and no question Andre 3000 consistently achieves both; giving us his gift for music, and his unique passion for fashion.
Count on a hat being thrown into the mix almost always. Whether a fedora, panama hat, derby, newsboy, trilby, safari, or bailey, nobody has mastered the art of headwear in quite the same way.
Find him relaxed in a hoody, graphic T, and jeans, with a unique flash only Pharrell could bring, never falling into the mold of the prototypical rap star uniform. Dressing up, find him polished in a velvet blazer, bow tie, and horn rimmed glasses. Pharrell creates an allure, never adhering rigidly to a single influence, consistently changing it up, and always keeping it individual.
Take a style tip: stay unique to yourself, and embrace a sense of style that gives you the freedom to be yourself in all your forms. Clean and polished, intriguing and evolved, this is why Pharell turns so many heads.
Doherty definitely has some fashion street cred, with multiple collections by Hedi Slimane for Dior Homme inspired by the infamous rock star, and not to mention shacking up with Kate Moss. If that doesn’t do it for you, look for Doherty on the street in some genius fusions of style that give a new attitude to accessories like derby hats, scarves, and beads.
Sadly, Doherty’s reputation as a junkie might forever eclipse his place in the style hall of fame, no matter how much he knew about putting together a great look.
Their shaggy hair and smart styling created a revolutionary new look that took the world by storm. The Beatles would became the staple of minimalist Mod London in the sixties, but like their music, the band’s style went on to influence countless artists and everymen.
The Beatles remain classic with their timeless music, and the riff-raff rock edge they brought to classic British styles and tailoring.
As a stylistic innovator in Jazz, his ever changing styles in music were consistent with his wardrobe. Whether playing it conservative in a Brooks Brothers suit or exuding European refinement with slim cut French silhouettes, Davis always gave his distinct spin, playing up a sophistication in tune with his own signature funk.
By the 70’s both his music and style had reached an eclectic avant-garde edge. Like a true artist, Davis always strived for innovation, evolution, and relevance in everything he did.