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Independent.ie - Wednesday 27th June 2007

Punk Blondes have more fun

By DEMELZA DE BURCA

If you think those Ray-Ban Wayfarers, waistcoat and hot pants you are sporting this summer are a completely original style, then just take a look at this picture of Debbie Harry - shot in 1977

With her trademark white-blonde hair and razor-sharp cheekbones, the pouting Blondie singer launched a unique brand of sex appeal when she first burst onto the music scene in the late 1970s. 

Debbie Harry merged the raw, dirty heyday of punk with the clean angles of emerging New Wave pop and became an icon. 

So it's no surprise that a modern day fashionista such as Kate Moss was keen to resurrect the look. Copy-Kate has been going into overdrive since Mossy modelled the waistcoat and hot pants combo at the Glastonbury music festival in 2005. Thanks to the high street and Kate’s own Top-shop line, her ‘festival-chic’ style has trickled down to the masses with thousands of Glasto-goers adopting the Blondie look at last weekend’s event. 

New clotheshorse-on-the-block Agyness Deyn and stylish starlets Lindsay Lohan and Chloe Sevigny have also picked up on it and definitely owe a great deal to the original maven of cool. 

Going out with Razorlight’s Johnny Borrell has obviously had an influence on actress Kirsten Dunst, who’s recently been spotted sporting the Blondie look and was even chosen by the singer to play her on the big screen. 

Sarah Jane Wai O'Flynn, who fronts Irish band Dirty Epics, is also a fan of Debbie Harry's original style. The singer, who will be rocking the New Band stage at the Oxegen music festival on Saturday, July 7, says: “Debbie Harry has been a huge influence on my style. She was a true original who perfectly balanced a punkrock image with glamorous beauty.” 

These stylish girls borrow their best looks from the glory days of the Miami-born singer who turns 63 next month. Harry is the fashion icon of summer 2007. 

The singer has always created her own fashion rules. She was dyeing her hair blue as a teenager while others were wearing flares and parted their hair in the centre. 

“Most of the things I came up with were out of expedience – I was limited by what I could get my hands on. It wasn't a time when stylists were a dime a dozen; it was more hit and miss,” says Harry. 

This resourcefulness led to her becoming a style icon of the 1970s and 1980s. 

Micro mini-skirts, shredded tops, leather, skinny jeans, thigh-high boots and slinky jersey dresses flaunted her sexuality, while sunglasses and accessories added a hard-edged glam. 

A mix of punk, mod, disco and her own instincts, her style became a much imitated look through the decades. 

This look can be recreated on a budget. Look to trendy high street shops such as Urban Outfitters, Topshop, Warehouse and All Saints. 

To break hearts (of glass) this summer simply bring a modern twist to Debbie's style: try a pair of hot pants with skyscraper stilettos or a baggy t-shirt or vest with skinny jeans.

Wayfarers, denim hot pants, high-waisted jeans, white plim-soles and stripy tees are essential to attain this rock-chic look. 

- DEMELZA DE BURCA

Link: Independent.ie - Wednesday 27th June 2007


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