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Monday, October 15, 2007

Blonde Ambition

 

So we all love Audrey and Kate, but who else do we consider to be an actual style inspiration? One of my personal inspirations is the bold, Debbie Harry circa late 70's/early 80's, for her quintessential rock - chick style. Debbie, was bold in both her striking appearance and style as well as her music and attitude. Her two tone peroxide blonde hair, wide sculpted face, Monroe pout and endless cheekbones, meant Debbie had one of the most spectacular faces the industry had seen. Indeed it was easy for Debbie to quickly rise to iconic status, as she shamelessly blurred the boundaries between music and fashion.

What I love about Debbie's style is how effortless it is yet it's the up most in cool. Debbie was certainly a trend setter with her avant garde wardrobe; edgy, punk clothes, with a touch of the urban princess, of course. Lots of 70's night time spangle, slogan t- shirts, skinny jeans, tuxedo jackets, berets, ripped tanked tops, slinky diaphanous dresses, one shoulder pieces, leotards, leggings, super short shorts; the look screamed 'Look at me'. Attitude is the key in pulling off Debbie Harry style. Her success with her band Blondie, where Debbie had a string of hits including - Rapture, Call Me and Heart of Glass combined with her unique but startling good looks along with her daring, vivacious style meant that both music and fashion enthusiasts alike were captivated.

Picture this - Debbie's audacious even brazen style has made her an enduring style icon

Make up wise Debbie was a red lipped vixen, but heavy eyeliner, bright, glossy eye shadow and and a generous sweep of blusher complete the look, which mean a dazzling concoction of drama and playfulness. Hair bleached blonde, of course, and messed up for extra attitude.

Although Debbie has been a style icon of mine with quite a while now, I was inspired to do this post after spending a couple of days poring over the simply gorgeous shoot of Sophie Dahl in the November issue of UK Vogue (below). Sophie certainly did Debbie justice with her remarkable visual likeness, as did the wardrobe which was just sensational or maybe even atomic, if you pardon the pun.


 
Check out Blondie's Rapture here, I especially love Debbie's outfit in this video
Debbie Harry Images courtesy of rip-her-to-shreds.com

27 comments:

Allure said...

Her style is too 80's for my taste.

Ana said...

hmmmm a tad too over the top, 80's for me but still inspring in a way.

Rollergirl said...

She is so heartbreakingly beautiful. And the best bit is she was about 30 in those days. Not sure how I feel about the Desperately Seeking Susan musical set to Blondie music though...

penelope said...

one look at debbie and i'm reminded so so much of gwen stefani!!! and i totally agree wif wht u've gta say abt her and i love love her personality!!!

haha!! anyhow glad u loved the post! i love yr answers!! and su's part is on it's way! lol!

love.

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Jennifer said...

You did such a grat job with this post, all the pictures are amazing!

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Jennifer said...

Soo sorry about that, my computer was shitting itself!

discothequechic said...

great blondie-esque wardrobe pics.

Arghhh, I'm having another Vogue dilemna, because that fabulous cover is persuading me to buy it. Sophie D looks so hot, no?

S xx

cotton candy said...

ooh. im so glad you've introduced her to me.

la petite fashionista said...

i love debbie harry! i grew up listening to blondie and she has always been one to break out of the traditional fashion . your outfit pics are perfect too
xoxo

Romeika said...

She's stunningly gorgeous! Loved how you compared Sophie Dahl's style and make-up on that cover shot with Debbie's style. It's true, everyone talks of Audrey and so many others, but Debbie is sure iconic as well. Though it's not my kind of style, i admire her and would definetely admire on girls who worn this glam rock style boldly and beautifully.

Great post, Kat!

riz said...

Wow the similarities are remarkable!

coco said...

i love debbies style but i would never dress like her
i think you need a certain personality too

jayne said...

wow! awesome post! definitely well researched! you're right, debbie harry is way overlooked yet is a total style icon in her own right, and a total bombshell if i might add!

did you know kirsten dunst is playing her in a biopic? debbie picked kiki herself!

muze1990 said...

That face looks so haute couture, and then she dresses like a rock chick! Suuuuper!

And in some pics she looks a little like Kim Catrall..

discothequechic said...

Thats a fair point actually, I think it was just the cover pursuading me to buy it.

Hmmm. You don't say! Thats probably the idea, ha..

Also, I've put you on my October top reads list, just because!
S xx

Bojana said...

Great pictures!!!

riz said...

hey does anyone know what happened to Sophie Dahl...I mean why did she decide to phase out of the plus size modelling??

Avenue George said...

Great pictures. I love those razor cheekbones. There is a picture I saw of Blondie years ago wearing a fitted buttoned up denim jacket, she looked amazing in something so simple.

A good edition of Vogue this month.
Your blog is great- atomic!

Sorry! Cheap gag! ;)

Avenue George said...

As Jayne said, there is a film about Blondie in the pipelines. It is rumoured to be directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine and Science of Sleep), so it should be good! ;)

satin pump said...

great pictures and great post!!
kiss

Diana @ So Fash'on said...

debbie is such an icon!

FT said...

Hey! I just wanted to let you know that I've tagged you in my "favorite blogs section". I love your posts, keep it up!

xoxo,
FT

discothequechic said...

are you thereee?

Missing your posts!

xx

LML said...

she is gorgeous! and even now! i think shes like in her 60's and she is still making music. awesome post!
oooh! and i heard kirsten dusnst will play her in an upcomming biopic - should be good :)