*New feature klaxon* Say hello Throwback Thursdays, a little glimpse back in time to take a look at some fashion inspiration from the past. First up a longstanding favourite of mine, the eternally stylish Stevie Nicks.
The 70s style icon made her name as one of the lead singer-songwriters in Fleetwood Mac before embarking on a illustrious solo career garnering 8 Grammy Awards and she’s still kicking-ass over 30 years later. Long-hailed as the original ‘boho style Queen’ her now famous look was crafted alongside designer and stylist Margi Kent – the two have continued to work together, most recently for Fleetwood Mac’s recent tour. The looks that Nicks and Margi created back in Fleetwood Mac’s heyday and throughout Nicks’ solo career have since become the template for every flower child for generations to come.
Nicks’ laid-back wardrobe consisting of flowing gypsy dresses, layered skirts, fringed shawls, killer platform boots and unconventional headgear (of the feathered, lace and tulle variety), became staples both in her on-stage performances and off-stage. At the time she was a pioneer. A female rock n roll star playing with the big boys of the 70s, Nicks seem to use her style as a form empowerment. She may have been dressed like a the fairy queen of California cool, but she definitely carried darker and more gothic undertones in many of her ensembles.
At 66, Stevie Nicks can still rock boho-chic – albeit she’s a lot more streamlined, sticking to all blacks and petticoats, though her knee-high boots are still ever-present in her world.
From Florence Welch to Sienna Miller to the Olsen twins, her signature style has been copied and translated across the decades in various iterations. Her style legacy also lives on on the high street thanks to the recent 70s revival and her unique brand of free-spirited flair is a now ‘the’ look attempted by many at festivals around the world – Coachella in particular is full of mini-Stevies draped in shawls, embroidered prairie dresses and strings of beaded necklaces.
But despite the plethora of copycats there is only on Bella Donna, one Nightbird and one style icon Stevie Nicks.