By: Alexis Schroeder
A few years ago everyone could be seen wearing a fedora and even now, most of us can say we still rock it from time to time. Where did this trend come from? The music industry inspired much of the public’s intrigue, along with many of our fashion must-haves. The marriage between fashion and music have become so unified it is becoming increasingly harder to separate the two. Teens and young adults derive much of their fashion sense from the music scene, gratitude to its stylists.
Music industry stylists take the artist’s songs to the next level. They bring it to life. They give us something to visualize and form a concrete opinion about. However, stylists must corroborate what the music is meant to convey. Sometimes its meaning can be lost in the dramatics of the accompanying fashion, but that’s also half the fun, right? Music is supposed to make us feel, move, dance, and sing along, if we can relate to it beyond lyrics, then stylists need to be applauded.
We all know that the one artist who’s infatuated with pushing the limits of fashion, Lady Gaga may sometimes take it over the top. Anyone remember the meat dress? Isn’t that one of the reasons we love her, though? Her stylists grab our attention and keep it focused. Another star, Steven Tyler, introduced us to the feathers in his hair, which has started a teen craze. Stylists push fashion limits by creating an identifiable personality for each artist and not allowing for fashion homogeneity.
A new fashion/stylist sector is being created in the music industry – artists are now constructing and endorsing their own clothing lines. Gwen Stefani, one musician who always made a buzz in the fashion world, launched her clothing line, L.A.M.B. in 2004 with great success. Stefani draws upon many elements for inspiration, which summates to an eclectic collection.
Will.i.am also unveiled his clothing line, which consists of assorted suits. I like that stylists have created such an identity for artists that it has created a need for them to start their own labels. Now, we don’t have to endlessly search for that style we saw Beyoncé, Madonna, or Fergie wear; it is made available through their own collections.