Monday, November 2, 2009

Fashion Icon Debbie Harry and Mod

The band Blondie was at the height of their stardom in the 70s and early 80s, a time where fashion was reinventing itself between disco, the mod revival, platforms and micro minis. The mod look, favored by beatniks, on occasion Deborah Harry, as well as fashion icon Twiggy, was also reinventing itself. It seems like the early mod crowd's penchant for berets has been an inspiration for NYC hipsters the past 10 years. It's interesting to compare the two actually, since mod sprung from London's youth as a rebellion against stuffy British customs and a new leaning towards all things 'cool, smart, and neat.' Sounds sorta familiar doesn't it? Not to mention all the Vespas you see zipping around Manhattan as of late.

Personally I am a big fan of mod, the flat shoes are a blessing, the cute scarves and berets affect my soft spot for French stereotypes. I am, however, a much bigger fan of Debbie Harry's personal style. She has a face and the cheekbones not many people are lucky enough to be born with. Her style that is simple but not boring and just a bit funky. Her signature eye makeup and red lips are something I replicate only if there is a special occasion, but really I just want to wear it everyday. Maybe I will more often.

This year for Halloween I took advantage of my new platinum blond wig and I dressed up on two occasions as pop icon Debbie Harry and later more recent pop icon Lady Gaga. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it allows you to be creative, but most of all, live out your fantasies of being whatever. In my case, I guess I have some latent desire to be a pop star. Well I can at least aspire to dress like one.

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