Our top five styles inspired by British fashion and music legends.
From the Gallagher brothers to high tea and Topshop, itâ€™s clear that the Brits have enriched our lives in every imaginable wayâ€”and the current absence of Downton Abbey only makes our hearts grow fonder. So as the world turns its attention to London this month for the 2012 Olympics games, weâ€™re shining a spotlight on why their distinct tasteâ€”British fashion trends and the musical icons who popularized themâ€”continues to influence culture here across the pond. Here are our top five picks for all-time British fashion icons and their avant-garde styles we still love and wear today.
Fashion trend #1: Punk chic
The inspired: Vivienne Westwood
The inspiration: Childhood friends Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols.
The look: S&M-inspired getup: underwear as outerwear, the revival of the corset, and Westwoodâ€™s own creation, the mini-crini skirt.
Why you wear it: The de facto leader of the punk subculture that emerged from economic instability in 1970s England, Westwood rallied (and dressed) disenfranchised youth with the opening of
A runway look from Vivienne Westwood's Spring/Summer 2012 show.
her SEX clothing shop along with her partner, Malcolm McClaren, who managed The Sex Pistols.
Stylish take: â€śFashion is about eventually becoming naked,â€ť Vivienne Westwood.
Fashion trend #2: Glam rock
The inspired: Jonathan Saunders, Daphne Guinness, Kate Moss
The inspiration: David Bowie
The look: The clean silhouettes and bold prints from his late-seventies Thin White Duke phase were most recently channeled in in Jonathan Saundersâ€™s Menâ€™s RTW Spring 2013 runway show. Bowieâ€™s bejeweled satin jumpsuits, pointy-shouldered jackets, and whimsical hats have influenced menâ€™s and womenâ€™s fashion trends and been continuously refashioned in collections by everyone from Prada and Givenchy to Dries Van Noten over the years.
Why you wear it: Bowieâ€™s Thin White Duke persona was one of many for the iconic fashion chameleon â€“ including his glam rock Ziggy Stardust look of orange hair and women's clothingâ€” that coincided with the release of his Young Americans album in 1975.
Stylish take: â€śI've always felt bemused at being called the chameleon of rock. Doesn't a chameleon exert tremendous energy to become indistinguishable from its environment?,â€ť David Bowie.
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