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This is part 2 of 10 part mini-series dedicated to fashion icons who not only defined their fashion era but whose sense of style has stood the test of time. You can see more of this series by clicking on the ‘Ultimate fashion icons’ tag.
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In the 70’s Debbie Harry was the epitome of ‘Cool’, rocking platinum hair, killer cheekbones and a sexy rock’ n’ roll attitude. Raised in New Jersey, she moved to New York in the mid 60’s where she worked as a waitress, dancer, and even Playboy Bunny. She eventually formed the band ‘Blondie’ with Chris Stein in 1974, picking its name as a reference to what truck drivers used to call her when she walked past with her bleached blonde hair.
Debbie Harry’s edgy look combined many influences from 60’s Mod to Punk, Rock and Downtown Glam. In her early punk career she was known for her black minis, distressed jeans and statements tees. As her band heralded the New Wave sound she then transitioned into more of a punk glam look with brighter clothes and one shoulder dresses. She was never afraid to think outside the box and often mixed prints, patterns and fabrics in her outfits. Many of her signature items are still very much on trend today.
Although she always looked amazing, Debbie actually had a very nonchalant approach to fashion often crediting her stylist friend Stephen Sprouse for creating her original ‘Blondie’ look. Ultimately though it wasn’t so much about what she wore but how she wore it. Her amazing voice and bad ass attitude are what really made her an icon and that’s why she still remains the ultimate punk girl to this day.
Signature items: Distressed denim, over the knee boots, hot pants, statement tees, one shoulder dresses.
Make up essentials: strong smokey eyes, nude or red lips, highlighted cheekbones.