Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I'm not sure if I could totally consider Iggy to be a style influence, though he's my hero and inspires me beyond words. I've always taken notice of his tight jeans, metallic leathers and studded collars, as he's a man of little clothing. A glam rock vision, he's the quintessential pretty boy gone bad, not to mention he sported black lipstick and eyeliner like nobody's business. He is, in a word, superhuman and his music literally is 'Raw Power'. It never gets old and is always haunting in it's vulnerable, gritty but sexy sound. His days of being a hot mess may be over, but his acting endeavors (Pete & Pete, Coffee & Cigarettes, Cry Baby and more) prove he's well spoken and able to take whatever is thrown at him with finesse. My mega crush for Mr. Pop will never die and he reminds me to thrash forever, even when I feel like giving up, because everyone is capable of more than they know.
Most people who were alive in the 90's remember a little tune called, 'Groove Is In The Heart', whether you liked it or not. It's a catchy song and features Bootsy Collins as well as Q-Tip, while creating an acid funk meets underground rave vibe. As a youngster, I see the video on VH1 for the first time and went completely nuts over this group's image as I'm watching this catsuit-clad girl shake it in the most funkadelic of ways. Lady Miss Kier, the redheaded vixen and main vocalist, is like a harlequin go-go girl on acid, who to this day continues to reinvent herself and DJ, as she's got her own loyal following. Super DJ Dmitri, Towa Tei and DJ Ani make up the instrumentals, spinning and beats, bringing a fresh dynamic to the NYC club scene at the time. They put out three albums in all, 'World Clique' being the most successful, along with, 'Infinity Within' and 'Dewdrops In The Garden', but nothing could quite compare to the song they're known for. Call them a bit of a one-hit-wonder, but Dee-Lite spread an air of having fun at all times through experimentation, while their incorporation of far out fashion continues to inspire, blurring the line between costume and normal attire.
Back to Lady Kier: I have an ever growing obsession with her. The multicolor faux fur and plaforms, not to mention vinyl and catsuits, she is my childhood dream in human form. I always commend those who reinvent, like Cher, Madonna, Gaga (ehhh), but Lady Kier owns the psychedelic aesthetic of mismatched prints, loud colors and flashy materials. Her tripped out attire even got the attention of Thierry Mugler, who she walked the runway for in the early 90's, making a perfect fit for the designer's low brow looks. Dee-Lite was very much a DIY group, as Lady Kier created her own looks, holding true to the club kid ideals of individualism through costume (though 'costume' is a very subjective term, in my opinion). It was hard not to go crazy with photos, but how could I not when their look is so unpredictable? I can only dream of what Lady Kier's closet looks like and I'd die happily just to get a glimpse, but I continue to wonder what her version of dressing down might be and whether it involves vinyl at all.