We All Scream for Ice Cream…Or Just Debbie Harry

By: Alicia Drever

When people think of punk singers and their sense of style, most probably envision only 2 colors: black white. On the contrary, Blondie’s lead singer Debbie Harry’s clothing color wheel is so much more than that. She wears dark, rich cranberry reds, charcoal greys, dark blues, gold and even cream! Even though Debbie Harry has worn her fair share of prints and textures, she has created quite a variety of colors amongst her wardrobe.Picture3

“If your love was as sweet as mine” sets the vibe with a bold and edgy cranberry red hue representing the depth of her love. Charcoal grey gives off a cooler tone, which corresponds, to Harry singing about going out without her guy. Of course the dark blue gives off a more sad yet dominant shade. She is “blue” about her guy being seen with another girl…even Debbie is only human, right?! The gold and cream colors are great neutrals, which perfectly complement the three main colors. They represent softness and how she is the ultimate “Sunday girl”. These colors embody Debbie’s daring and confident side, as well as her soft, gentle side.Picture2

Cranberry red can be used in a variety of ways throughout your life whether it’s in shoes, apparel or even housewares. Picture1Harry loves to sport red lips, too. It’s such a bold color that brings attention to itself. In terms of color, it is the Queen Bey of hues. I don’t know about you, but when I think of charcoal grey, I think of a cool, ‘IDGAF’ attitude. From a grey top to a smoky eye, this color is all about being urban, like Harry’s punk roots. In fact, the smoky eye is one of the things that make her face pop. It draws the attention away from her hair and draws the eye to her face. One of the main colors in Debbie Harry’s wardrobe is blue. Not only does she wear all different shades of blue, she sings about the color as well. She has even been spotted wearing bright blue eye Picture4shadow! The darker blues make her look more intense and really makes her platinum blonde hair stick out. I think it’s safe to say that blue is one of her favorite colors. As punk as Debbie Harry was and is, she paired cream with many of her outfits. She would casually throw on a cream blazer, spaghetti strap dress or even cream-colored shoes to soften up a look. Another great neutral she sporPicture5ted was gold. From gold jewelry and belts to her straight locks, she wore it well. I mean, those gold locks and bangs are her signature look. She would not be Debbie Harry without them.

Now I think we can all rest assured and agree that this color story makes it so simple for us to channel our inner Debbie Harry at any given time. Whether we want to bold and spontaneous or have a simpler look paired with neutrals, it can be done! So next time you are thinking about putting together an edgy yet soft look, think to yourself WWDHD…What would Debbie Harry Do?

References:

Cranberry shoes: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/91620173642690415/

Charcoal grey look: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/119767671313280199/

Debbie Harry pic: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/90494273732949465/

Gold necklace: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/180214422565075837/

Cream blazer: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/476889048015933273/

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Call on Sunday

By: Rebecca Beskow

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘Sunday’? Do you think about the day of the week that we use to get ready for a grueling work week ahead? Or of an ice cream sundae? What do both of these have in common you may ask. Well my friends, it is Debbie Harry, lead singer of Blondie.Picture5

The punk scene in New York was drastically changed by the group Blondie and their lead singer Debbie Harry. Her style and catchy voice created a dark yet playful mood that fascinated people. With songs like “Heart of Glass” and “Call me”, Blondie has shown their versatility of upbeat and girly to sultry and tough.

The lyrics “cold as ice cream but still as sweet” Picture2from the Blondie song, “Sunday Girl”, speak of a girl that is sweet, but with an edge. She is fierce but gentle, with an effortless, feminine flare. With her wild blonde hair, smoky eyes, and accents of color and patterns, Debbie Harry is this girl. Along with the cool girl chic look, her two toned hair throws a wild twist on the Sunday girl — there is a sense of danger on bottom and angelic platinum blonde flowing on top. And for the past 40 years Harry has rocked the signature style that she started in the 1970s. Blondie has influenced generations of people and inspired them to embrace their own punk, new wave rocker style.

A modern day Sunday girl that embodies the juxtaposition of glamour and punk is the model-turned college student Cara Delevingne. Picture4Her quirky girly style embodies the sweet Sunday girl mood through her flirty skirts and smorgasbord of prints. Cara incorporates Harry’s style with her smoky eyes, bold eyebrows, and effortlessly cool ensembles. When Cara is rocking a casual fitted tee, ripped denim, and a sprinkle of pink on her lips, it is a homage to our muse, Debbie Harry. Another woman who epitomizes the cool girl chic style of the Sunday girl is singer Rita Ora. She uses prints and colors to show her fun feminine mood. Ora also channels her inner Harry when she teases her hair, splashes on a little plum lipstick, and a simple black top.Picture3

The Sunday girl also has major versatility. She can mix and match stripes and polka dots just like Harry. Also she doesn’t care what people think, and goes with what styles she loves and then makes it her own. From colorful jumpsuits to a leather trench coach with matching hatPicture1, Harry rocked anything that was in-your-face and expressed who she was at the time.

So, with leopard print pants, leather top , and your smoky eye kit in hand you can become the sweet and sultry Sunday Girl. Style your hair into a carless tousle and add an edgy daring color hidden away or for all the world to see. Be that sweet sugary girl with an ice cold twist. Be a Sunday Girl.

References:

Rita Ora:  http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/30400000/Rita-Ora-Wallpaper-rita-ora-30402295-1024-768.jpg: Rita Ora

Orange Debbie Harry: http://www.blondie.net/bio/http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/30400000/Rita-Ora-Wallpaper-rita-ora-30402295-1024-768

Animal print:http://pics.wikifeet.com/Deborah-Harry-Feet-828900.jpg

Cara Delevingne: http://www.wallpapers-photos.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Cara-Delevingne-images.jpg

Black and white Debbie harry: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-B06t1FRL-Rc/TfpCd0FMNhI/AAAAAAAAAlk/rWBbAuE6kHs/s640/Debbie-Harry.jpg

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