“Be classy. Anything but trashy”
Once, a very wise woman said “Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.”
When I started this project, I was convinced that glam rock and metal were not that far from glamour. I truly believed that it was possible to ditch the stereotype of the trashy rockchick to turn it into an exquisite mixture between Joan Jett and Kate Moss. Yes, animal print, leather, lace, stilettos and bands tees … NOT all of them together!!!
But I went to this concert a couple of weeks ago and it made me open my eyes. I felt like an outsider and it was weird because these people listened to the same music than me… Nevertheless, it felt like I was watching the scene from a window. It was like a horror film by David Lynch: decadent, corrupt and tainted.
Every virtue I have seen in the bright runways of the fashion world seemed to be slaughtered and ripped to shreds at this place. Colored hair, purple, orange, red, it’s inn… but not when it’s dry and poorly bleached. Corsets are sexy and beautiful … but certainly not when it’s over a band t-shirt and you have the shoulders of a rugby player!. A red dress is a statement… as long as you know how to handle it. A black dress should embrace your silhouette, not make you look like a tent and highlight all the pasta you ate during the last two months – it’s perfectly ok to have a belly, it’s perfectly ok to have wide shoulders, just don’t make it notorious, the idea is to remark the best of you!-
Girls looked all the same, with this dry, doll red hair, excess of mascara and eyeliner. The corsets were so tight that it seemed they were going to explode leaving everyone covered in cheap perfume. Most of them give you attitude. Yes, they looked at you head to toes, like they owned the place, swearing they were Nordic Walkirias. That was the root of the problem: They wanted to look like Chucky’s girlfriend and were proud of it. And that’s ok too. Trying to make them see what should really fit them would be a waste of time – cause it may not include studs, latex or lace- … Wait! That’s what I’ve been trying to do for a bit more than a year…
Starring at these teenagers –and analyzing them – I realized that there are things that can’t be learned. Yes, rock and roll look might be careless and effortless, NEVER TRASHY. It is possible to be a rockchick or a rockstar without looking disguised, but it requires practice, good taste and a little bit of common sense. Those things you can’t really teach.
I understand that when you’re a teenager you’re looking for an identity but suddenly, I felt like the mom of those kids and wanted to slap them: If you’re going to dye your hair, you should know that’s high maintenance.
If you’re going to wear a corset, and don’t wanna look like a dark and sad version of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding , it should be THE statement piece and not compete with any other element in the outfit. If you’re gonna put on a dress, you should know which cut is better for your body type. Those are not ridiculous fashion rules like “if you are going to wear black, you can’t mix it with brown”. It is common sense, esthetic sense, basic concepts of visual perspective or as Chanel would describe it : “ Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions”.
And as a very old friend of mine used to say “I couldn’t help but wonder”… Is it a lost cause? Am I wasting my time? Can the blind man appreciate a Picasso or a Dali? Can he distinguish between them?…
I started to look behind. I remembered Blackie Lawless, Bret Michaels, Vince Neil, Pretty Boy Floyd and other aberrances. I got depressed. Regardless I love their music, within fashion world, 80s glam rock look is a crime, something that should never be repeated.
So I found myself on a cross road. Fashion or music? Aside some exceptions, the essence of glam rock is actually to have an horrible taste. There is certainly nothing glam about glam rock.
I still believe rock chicks can have poise and good taste but, contrary to Chucky’s girlfriend, these girls have a common characteristic that I’m sure many of you have too: they are eclectic, open minded and have a free spirit, far from being territorial. They don’t get stuck in leather, lace and bands tees, they watch and own diferent influences and aren’t afraid to be criticized for not looking tough.
So, here’s my announce: This blog was a beautiful project but I think it’s time for it to take a new shape. I don’t mean to leave this path in any way to become a hipster or something like that. I’ll always write about rock and roll cause it is the engine of my life. But rock and roll can be a lot of things. It’s not reduced to listen to AC/DC all day and act like you were Courtney Love 24/7. It’s a lifestyle, it’s about being brave and follow your heart more than your head. It’s passion, intuition, breaking free, it’s love, it’s hate, it’s showing everyone who you are. It’s about being honest with yourself. All those are my prerogatives and were the foundation of this project.
Going back to the beginning and speaking about wise people, once a man sang “It’s better to burn out than to fade away”. That’s one of my favorite phrases ever and also my motto. I can’t write about glam rock anymore and pretend there is glamour about it. Thank you all for your support!!!!