Harry Styles, or a Harry with Style?

By: Leah Phillips

These days the term ‘Style Icon’ gets thrown around like candy at a parade, but there is no truer example of the term than Deborah Harry, the lead singer from the 1970s and 80s-era hit punk and new wave band, Blondie.

Without Harry, the New York punk scene would have looked completely different, and it may have taken years longer for punk to be accepted into the public dance world. Without Blondie’s song, Rapture, rap wouldn’t have reached the public eye near as quickly, as it was the first rap-infused song to top the charts and be featured on MTV.Picture4 Blondie was far ahead of the game as they helped pioneer the new wave music sound and brought gay rights into the music spotlight by playing at some of NYC’s first-ever Gay Pride events. Harry was among the first female musical stars to commission clothing, mostly from her neighbor, the legendary Stephen Sprouse, who went on to be known as the punk glamour god of design largely in part to his ties with Harry.

Not only in music, but also in fashion, Harry has been a leader in the trend world since humming her first tune, and she hasn’t stopped since. She was the voice, the face and the clothing model of the late 70s.

Her tramp-beauty cloaked in a Monroe aura created timeless tunes that continue to get remade, covered and reused. Picture2The iconic punk diva created a look that’s been reimagined, re-done, watered down and re-sold time and time again because everyone wants to look like the mother of American punk. With her bed-hair, sharp cheekbones and cupid bow lips, she put the blonde in Blondie.

Though the 70s ended long ago, Harry’s influence has never waivered. Age can’t stop this woman, at 69 she is still dropping records, reinventing songs, singing shows and being featured in fashion publications, TV shows, moviePicture3s and media outlets across the globe. She not only was a legend but also continues to live as one, breaking new bounds and conquering new ideas, continuing to inspire change and trends.

As the styles from the 70s return, and hints of 90s grunge creep back onto our trend radar, we are clamoring for Harry’s style once more. The two toned hair, the denim-onPicture1-denim, the monochromatic outfits and neutrals from head-to-toe, all are Harry signature styles that are back with a vengeance. She will be sure to be lead the pack with her iconic quirky style of downtown Barbie with a vixen twist as she rocks short blonde hair and fabrics and combinations that pop.

In this age of fashion as a means of personal expression and clothes as a form of communication about ourselves and our beliefs, who better to lead us than someone who has been expressing herself and touching lives for decades? In choosing whom our icons are, our muses for how we dress and what we wear, would you rather have Harry Styles or a Harry with true style?

References:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. (n.d.). Retrieved March 30, 2015, from https://rockhall.com/inductees/blondie/bio/

Bio – Blondie. (n.d.). Retrieved March 30, 2015, from http://www.blondie.net/bio/

Gargiulo, A. (2014, June 27). 13 style lessons from Blondie’s Debbie Harry. Retrieved March 30, 2015, from http://www.swide.com/celebrities/blondie-debbie-harry-13-fashion-tips-from-the-style-icon-outfits/2014/06/27

Deborah Harry. (n.d.). Retrieved March 30, 2015, from http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001323/

Images Gathered From:

Happy 69th Birthday, Debbie Harry! (n.d.). Retrieved March 30, 2015, from http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/g2289/debbie-harry-style/?slide=2

Gargiulo, A. (2014, June 27). 13 style lessons from Blondie’s Debbie Harry. Retrieved March 30, 2015, from http://www.swide.com/celebrities/blondie-debbie-harry-13-fashion-tips-from-the-style-icon-outfits/2014/06/27

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