Couturesque "Music Week" is a week-long series investigating the reciprocal relationship between fashion and the music industry, looking back on how the two disciplines have influenced one another and thinking about the connection between the modern music and fashion industries.
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Ask anyone who their style icons are (or visit their Pinterest boards) and the list is pretty much guaranteed to be populated by musical legends of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, whose epic fashion sensibilities have continued to inspire nostalgia and awe well into the 21st century; David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Diana Ross, and the Rolling Stones are just a few obvious examples that come to mind.
Today, the fusion of fashion and music is more evident than ever, with musicians using style to brand themselves and act as a visual extension of their musical storytelling, as well as the continued synthesis of musical subcultures and the mainstream.
Through some crafty styling, these modern musical innovators have cemented their identities as gamechangers in their fields and have done it all in style. Here are the most epically dressed musicians of the moment:
Willow & Jaden Smith
The Smith siblings may have first gained attention for their famous lineage, but in recent years the duo have reinvented themselves as seriously innovative dressers and musicians. Their unconventional musical styles are mirrored by their habit for experimenting with interesting designers and styling techniques. The latter has clearly paid off, as Willow is currently an ambassador for Chanel and Jaden's campaign for Louis Vuitton Spring 2016 drew attention for its problematization of gendered dressing.
The multimedia Canadian artist, songwriter, and singer has a sense of fashion that matches her musical tastes - unexpected, unruly, and deeply intentional. From her ever-changing hair colour, to her tattoos, and reinterpretation of grunge, everything about Grimes' style is wholly original. Recently, we loved her custom Proenza Schouler look for the 2017 Met Gala, in which she paid homage to Comme des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo with a blunt cut black wig, matched only by her even more avant-garde afterparty look (see above).
Can one talk about music and fashion and not mention Solange? Beyoncé's sister has carved out a well deserved spot in the limelight for herself with last year's moving album, "A Seat at the Table," which was lauded by critics for not only its sonic excellence, but the ultra-stylish looks that went along with the music videos. Working with her friend and stylist Shiona Turini to hunt down garments by Central Saint Martins students and always embracing what is different, Solange is a modern fashion vanguard.
Tyler, the Creator
Can Tyler, the Creator do it all? The proof may be in his famous monacher as the rapper, producer, and director can also add designer to his resumé. Tyler's new fashion line "Golf Wang" riffs on his colourful, skater style and reimagines the bucket hats, Vans, graphic tees, knee socks, and a skateboard persistently associated with his image.
Still new to life as a solo artist since the dissolution of One Direction, the 23 year old has become the poster boy for men's fashion in the last year or so. Kicking gendered expectations aside, his love of pink (exhibit A: the dusty rose suit he wore on The Today Show), florals, and Gucci are particularly noteworthy as is his admiration for rock stars of the 1970s (exhibit B: plaid suits, silk shirts, and flared trousers).
Truly the most experimental of any modern celebrity, FKA twigs is just as well-known for her extraterrestrial, DIY, avant-garde fashion. Inspired by her mother who made all of her own clothes growing up, twigs approaches fashion with a highly experimental point of view and pulls references from vogueing, feminist icons, punks, and beyond. Her stylist Karen Clarkson admires her client's close attention to detail and precise vision for her notorious look.
New York-based rapper and up and coming music star Princess Nokia provided the soundtrack to Alexander Wang's Spring 2017 fashion show and just a few scrolls through her Instagram page proves that she has looks for daaaaays. Juxtaposing sneakers with colourful dresses onstage, or rocking sportswear/early 2000s-inspired styles, she takes the girl-next-door look and makes it her own, haute creation.
This super suave rapper has been the face of Dior Homme and designed a collection for GUESS. He's also played muse to Lana Del Rey and played the role of J.F.K. in her National Anthem music video, proving the versatility and spectrum of his style arsenal. A$AP always looks put together and can make anything look seriously cool.
Of course, we can't forget Rihanna - the queen of pop and undoubtably, the best dressed celebrity alive. Whether it's an unforgettable going out look (examples include head to toe camo, t-shirt dresses, fur coats, and bras), or a red carpet (her Guo Pei cape for the 2015 Met Gala will go down in fashion history), the songstress consistently plays to win, and does. We love you, Bad Gal.