1978 style icons – Kate Bush and Debbie Harry

Hurray! The ‘Top of the Pops’ 1970s reruns are back, and this year the focus is on 1978. The introductory series ‘The Story of 1978’ was shown on BBC4 last night and got my very excited about this years focus, as it was the year that two of my absolute, all time style icons really found fame. I’m talking of course about Blondie’s Debbie Harry and the inimitable, unique Kate Bush.

These two ladies helped change the perception of female singers. Not mere puppets or sex objects, they were woman in control, talented females whose music and personal style have stood the test of time. Kate was just 18 when she rocketed to number one with the incredible ‘Wuthering Heights’, her strange, ethereal singing style so different from anything that had come before. She combined this with a look that was decidedly boho, almost gypsyish, with acres of scarves and floaty materials, along with pieces that looked forward to the early 1980s dance obsession. Kate was an otherworldly beauty, sort of girl next door, but only if you were lucky enough to live next door to one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her look and temperamental talent has influenced a generation of singers, notably Natasha Khan of Bats for Lashes, and also singers like PJ Harvey.

Debbie Harry found fame when she was in her 30s, after years of playing in venues like CBGB’S in New York. Her music was a melodic version of punk/New Wave, and Debbie’s eye-catching looks soon caught the attention of the music buying public. Rumours swirled that she was the illegitimate daughter of Marilyn Monroe, with her blue eyes, peroxide blonde hair and bee stung lips. I loved Debbie’s style as a young girl because she decided not to conform to any set image, at home in a gorgeous white cocktail dress a la Parallel Lines album cover as she was in a beaten up leather jacket. Never just the pretty front (Blondie is a group was one of their slogans), Debbie was a strong role model for me growing up, one who showed that being beautiful and feminine could be used in a powerful way.

I salute my 70s icons of style and beauty.

Debbie Harry

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Black slim leg jeans Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue ruffle drawstring top Price: £26.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Lace collar dress Price: £30.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Lace Insert Drop Back Tunic Price: £35.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Rose Jacquard Skater Skirt Price: £29.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

 

Kate Bush

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Embroidered Hem Midi Skirt Price: £35.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Embroided Western Yoke Shirt Price: £37.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Victorianna Midi Dress Price: £49.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Cream Spot Mesh Maxi Dress Price: £49.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

 

 

Barbara Hulanicki’s New collection for George – Exclusively online

Legendary designer Barbara Hulanicki has launched her latest collaboration with Asda George, this time it’s a fantastic capsule collection of must-have dresses.

The capsule collection is made up of just four dresses, two wrap style, one tunic style with a very 60s shape and a cowl neckline, and one which brings to mind the flirty tulip shapes of early Victoria Beckham dresses. Each dress has a very Biba-esque print and comes in at the amazing price of just £20 or less – a total bargain as these are classic, wear forever shapes. The colours are also beautiful, deep magenta’s, rich blues and black and teal prints.

£20.00 Barbara Hulanicki – Printed Wrap Dress 

£20.00 Barbara Hulanicki – Heart Print Dress 

My personal favourite is the pink wrap dress, I just love the colour and that paisley brocade style print. This dress also contains elastane for an ultra flattering fit.  I’m also impressed that the dresses have details that make them worth double the price, concealed zips, puff sleeves, intricate prints and floaty viscose. The dresses are an online exclusive, and are sure to sell out extremely quickly.

£20.00 Barbara Hulanicki – Printed Wrap Dress 

£18.00 Barbara Hulanicki – Printed Cowl Neck Dress 

 

Fabulous Florence opens the Harrods Sale

I am slightly obsessed with Florence Welch. I often find myself musing on whether she came to us through some time travelling portal.

Did she slip in via some 1970s Ossie Clark/Thea Porter time travel wardrobe, swathed in hippy goddess threads and long Titian hair? Maybe. Or maybe she was a long lost star of the 1930s, an Art Deco goddess in the style of almost forgotten actresses  like Kay Francis and Eleanor Powell,waltzing around in swathes of bias cut silk and furs, emoting elegant suffering at the hands of Cary Grant and Ronald Coleman.

After seeing the glamorous star opening the Harrods sale today, I’m inclined to think the laster. Florence appeared in a vintage routemaster bus dressed head to toe in Chanel. I tweeted that I was hoping she would opt for something a bit Snow Queen in fitting with Christmas, but that she appeared looking more Scottish Widow, although looking glorious all the same.

Every outfit worn by Florence is an event, and I make no apologies in saying I can see her featuring heavily on Fashion-Mommy in 2012. Her sheer elegance induces awe from me and I believe she is one of the best dressed of 2012.

What did Florence buy? My guess.

CHLOÉ Python Chiffon Dress Harrods

ANTONIO BERARDI Long Sleeve Beaded Gown 

ETRO Silk Maxi Skirt Now: 

 

JOVANI Knot Waist Gown