Thursday, December 23, 2010

Revisiting the Rolling Stones

Sick of fierceness, I, together with many other creatives in the fashion industry, am currently harboring a fascination with the effortlessness and softness of the 60s and 70s. So when Harper-Collins came to me and asked if I wanted to review their new book "The Lost Rolling Stones Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive, 1964-1966", I didn't think twice about having them send a copy over.

a copy of "The Lost Rolling Stones Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive, 1964-1966" atop my "inspiration stack", comprised of magazines of mostly British and Japanese origin, art books, design books, and the like

This collection of never-before-seen photographs is a time capsule of an era when both music and fashion were undergoing revolutionary change.

On a pedestal, smack in the center of all that change, was a band of young men: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Ian Stewart, and Bill Wyman.

They were merely starting out as rock stars, communicating through their sartorial choices what they envision the relatively new concept of a rock star should look like. And the results were phenomenal: experimental and free-spirited unlike anything the Hollywood machine turns out these days. The photos of these baby-faced startups show an honesty and integrity in their style that many in today's entertainment industry lack.

The footwear, naturally, stood out for me:

Mick Jagger wore ankle boots and too-short trousers with such deftness.

Keith Richards dabbled in crushed velvet boots... and succeeded.

The eyewear was noteworthy too:

Keith in a pair of dandy (and most likely women's) sunglasses

sharp sunnies and a contrast-trim top

Perhaps it's time to revisit colored lenses?

book courtesy of Harper-Collins


John said...

I just bought a pair of blue tinted shades too!

Matthew Spade said...

i never really got into the stones, in england i'm sure you're meant to like either them or the beatles and i'm a massive super beatles fan. though i do like lots of their stuff, earlier stuff mostly

Eizel Nocon said...

OMG I want this book!

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