This is a post I’ve been meaning to finish off for AGES. Here it finally is!
This was prompted by an article in the guardian (where else?)about music stars as fashion role models. the article asked: which singers of yesteryear exerted a sartorial influence on you?
The only time I have ever explicitly dressed a certain way because of musicians was when I was 14, circa 1995. I was a massive indie kid (still am really), I read Vox (does anyone remember? It was the monthly from the NME – you couldn’t get the NME proper in Luxembourg) religiously and I thought everyone in it was the coolest ever.
The britpop uniform was pretty easy to copy: adidas trainers or doc martens, tight t shirts (preferably band t shirts)and low waist flared cords or jeans. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to look like the people in the bands, it was more to publicly identify myself as an indie kid and attract other people who knew obscure bands and could quote the lyrics to suede b-sides (it didn’t work of course – this was Luxembourg after all). It really confuses me that ‘indie’ has become just a style and that nowadays most teenagers dress like indie kids, reardless of whether they are actually interested in music or not – but that’s a different story.
I still have a soft spot for all this in my heart though, and I still find myself fancying skinny boys in flared cords. And I still think the britpop girls of back then are the coolest people ever. So here’s some pictures of my past:
Elastica. They were my favourite of the female fronted britpop bands and I still love their first album. All three girls were reat, but i was most obsessed with Justine, I loved all the Brett Anderson – Damon Albarn mythology surrounding her. It all ended on a bit of a low with Elastica for me after I saw them at Reading festival in 2000 though. I was so excited and they were crap!
Lush. They weren’t really Britpop as such, but I was obsessed with their album Lovelife and how amazing does Miki (the one with the red hair) look?
Kenickie. I loved their cheap glamour look and how they look like they’ve been let loose in the makeup aisle in Boots. I still have a thing for Lauren Laverne now.
Garbage. Shirley Manson looked kind of like an alien, but in a good way, and I loved how she wore little dresses with big boots and tons of makeup. Plus, she’s from Edinburgh.
Bis. They were fun! I so wanted them to be really successful, sadly that never happened. When I was in first year at uni, I ordered some merchandise off their website, and I actually had to make the cheque out to Manda Rin (well, Amanda MacKinnon). I love the thought that they were this kind of DIY enterprise. Manda Rin is now a DJ in glasgow and has a blog I just discovered. She looks just has young now as she did then!
Sleeper. I never really liked them that much, but Louise Wener personified the tiny tshirt, low trousers, trainers look of the time.
Echobelly. I don’t particularly remember being aware of what Sonya looked or was like at the time, but I liked their music and she looks great in this photo.
And finally, Hole. This doesn’t fit with the Britpop theme obviously, but I was quite obsessed with the babydoll dresses and big boots look of Courtney Love, so she gets an honorary mention here.