By Sam Mulder, Buffalo Exchange Tucson (Eastside)
Here in Tucson, we’ve been having an unusually cold and dreary winter. This time of year, many of us get so wrapped up in the pursuit of warmth that we forget how to have fun with our wardrobes! As a music lover, one of my favorite ways to bring some excitement back into my winter wardrobe is to reference some of the greatest style icons of all time: rock stars—particularly those of the late 60s and 70s. In the past year, throwbacks to these iconic decades have been popping up on the runway in collections from Saint Laurent, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Prada just to name a few. To demonstrate how you can put together your own rock star looks, I spent the day playing dress-up in homage to some of the greats.
To channel the raw power of the 1970s, I was inspired by punk pioneers like Patti Smith, The Clash, Debbie Harry, and the Ramones. Some sartorial staples among these game-changing artists included flight suits, leather jackets, bandanas, and sailor caps. This proletariat look was accessible and gender-neutral, making it easy to emulate.
For my 1960s inspired looks, I looked to the impeccable style of the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and the psychedelic Beatles. Faux fur coats and vests, bold colorful prints, bell bottoms, and platform shoes decorated many of the musical sensations of this era. The look was exuberant, excessive, and a whole lot of fun.
Styled, modeled, and photographed by Sam Mulder (that’s me!).
Outfit 1: Kenzo reversible faux fur coat, Ray Ban sunglasses, Zara blouse and tie, Nu Label jersey bell bottoms, and Dolce Vita boots.
Outfit 2: Nu Label jersey bell bottoms, Dolce Vita boots, Zara long sleeve blouse, and an Angie faux fur vest.
Outfit 3: Cotton On button-down shirt, BDG high-waist jeans, Zara leather boots, and vintage double-breasted blazer.
Outfit 4: Michael Stars t-shirt, YSL silk scarf, Gap paper-bag waist pants, Dolce Vita boots, Wilson’s leather jacket, and Ray Ban sunglasses.
Outfit 5: LOFT jumpsuit, Helmut Lang turtleneck sweater, H&M coat, and Dolce Vita boots.