Of late, there have been many bands and solo artists influencing what is shown on the runways. Designers are emulating not only what the artists are wearing, but also the lifestyle and stage presence of said artist.A whole heap of rock music is comprised of love songs. There is romance. There is longing. There is passion. Rock music seems to be one giant love affair that we all want to get in on, especially the fashion designers.So what are a few of the trends that have been borrowed from the stages of sweaty, overcrowded concert venues and placed on to the glamorous runway?
To start, there is the leather trend. Leather jackets were popular after WWII, but they did not really become “cool” until the outbreak of rock in the late 1960s and early 1970s. One band in particular, The Ramones, really helped this trend along.
Leather jackets make any wearer look tough and women often associate a man in a leather jacket with danger. At this year’s fashion shows we saw countless leather garments on the catwalks. Saint Laurent captured the of-the-moment way to wear leather by dressing models in sleek leather jackets and more feminine items, such as voluminous dresses.
In rock-n-roll leather has never been exclusively worn just in jacket form. Leather pants were first worn by bikers as protective clothing, then later by Jim Morrison of the band The Doors in the 1960s onward. Today they have made a major comeback; both Kanye West and Lenny Kravitz have been seen rocking them on and off stage. They are also a major street style trend. Designers such as Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang and Valentino have all incorporated this design into their recent runway shows.
While there is a hardness to rock music, there is also often some form of love message. The romance of the rock genre also translates into the clothing. This can be seen in lines from Saint Laurent and Tommy Hilfiger. Both have pieces that have an edge, but are also focused around romance. Likewise, dresses from Alexander McQueen’s fall 2015 collection have very feminine flowers, but are also surrounded by black features and rough edges. This adds a real sense of wildness to the looks, just as romance seems to do in the hard rock-n-roll.
Rockers are notorious for taking their shirts off onstage. We completely understand why and fans never seem to have any complaints. The musicians are hot – from all the lights of course! Matty Healy of The 1975 once announced to his crowd that he was going to take his shirt off due to it being “too (explicit-ing) hot” and asked the fans not to freak out. Of course they then proceeded to freak out.
Men have been showing up on the runways shirtless recently too. Saint Laurent had male models wearing ensembles that did not include shirts in his latest collection, and Versace also had many looks that included blazers but no shirt.
The oversized statement coat also seems to be a favorite of those in the music industry. Mick Jagger has always been a fan and Harry Styles is also starting to mirror that whole style with his long hair, tight pants, fashionably beat-up boots and overcoats.
Tattoos, which been part of the rocker look for a long time, have also been seen on the runways lately. There was a time when models were discouraged from having tattoos, mainly because it was distracting from the clothes. But in recent years there have been more and more designers using tattoos to add to the image they want to present. This past fashion week, facial tattoos were seen in all four cities.
Fashion shows are a way for designers to create at completely hedonic experience for show goers. The music played rounds out the overall feel of a show and leaves viewers with additional knowledge about the message the designer was trying to convey. By incorporating the genre of rock-n-roll into their lines, designers have definitely captured the spirit of fun and adventure that we all absolutely crave!