26.1.10

she is like a cat in the dark, and then she is the darkness


















I had the great fortune of seeing Fleetwood Mac in concert last month, and finally witnessing live miss Nicks at her dreamy, heavy-lidded finest. 61 years old and still a mysterious, sensual enigma. Her unique gypsy/bohemian style is well documented (and rightly so), and is a look I have always loved. Not that I necessarily do - or even want to - dress just like her, but I deeply admire the way she completely owns her look, and wears the $&%*# out of the clothes rather than letting them wear her. Hell, I don't even think that would be possible. The style she has molded since the 1970s (above) is now so ingrained in our cultural psyche that it is almost as much a part of the persona that is 'Stevie Nicks' as her songs and voice are.

This image always reminded me of Stevie and the dress completely enchanted me as a girl, likely due to its fairy/angel/maiden/Sparkle Barbie qualities that are guaranteed to snatch any young wannabe fairy's heart:


(1980s Jill Fitzsimon dress)

Looking at it now I am taken back to chilled hippie parties I went to as a child, playing with the other kids while the parents wafted about in a haze of.... patchouli? Jagged-hem Stevie skirts, long dangly earrings, and soft leather lace up boots for the laaadies, and... actually, I paid no attention to what the men wore. Sure, technically it was the 80s but they weren't quite ready to give up the 70s yet thank you very much. If I had experienced it I probably wouldn't have wanted to either. And (cue neat wrap up) they always played The Mac. Love this clip from '76, back when they were still a bit raw:



5 comments:

  1. Totally agree!!..I saw them in 03 and Stevie amazed me!!she's so effortlessly cool,even down to the beautiful scarves she ties around her microphone.I love her&her style.

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  2. she's for real! I love it cuz so many nowadays are just copycats of other free spirits that they think look cool...Stevie was real.
    thanks for sharing!

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  3. Agreed Kate. I search for people to inspire me these days, and often am disappointed. Loving the singer Sia though - very unique and inspiring, and what a voice! do you know her?

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