#FLASHBACKFRIDAY – Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks has got to be the ultimate style inspiration – neatly packaged in a diminutive 5ft 1in frame she used clothes to give her extra on-stage presence with Fleetwood Mac and this lead to the creation of some of the most amazingly ethereal looks the 70’s had to offer.  But instead of dwindling into the background Stevie continues to inspire music lovers and fashion obsessives alike (myself included) thanks to her continued musical genius and appearances on everything from TV cameos to music vids – did you know that Destiny’s Child sampled the riff from Stevie’s Edge of Seventeen on Bootylicious? Have a listen!  A look through Stevie Nicks wardrobe must be like a trip to style Disney Land with embellished shawls, swirling sleeves, platform boots and, of course, the iconic top hat.  The Fleetwood Mac story would need several blogs to cover the complete rock’n’roller coaster but there are definitely Stevie Nicks style inspirations to be had this season for all you witchy women. Key elements that you can grab today are fringing details, lace, sheers, embellishments and of course some rock-star sunnies – Stevie wears her Aviators to perfect effect here in some off-duty shots from the 70’s – and check the enviable pendants and rings, still as effortlessly amazing now as they were then. “I love leather and I love lace, but not necessarily together.  I’m probably happiest in a long black velvet dress, black suede boots, and some kind of really beautiful wrap than I am in anything else.  I don’t even own a pair of jeans.”     Stevie is the undisputed Queen of Boho Land, whether it’s an antique shawl, an embellished sheer top or a maxi skirt her eclectic mix of gypsy chic and 70’s hippy has produced a long list of style-emulators including Nicole Richie, Sienna Miller, and The Olsen twins – but no-one has quite got that magical Stevie touch.  Interestingly, she took her own style cues from Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix and you can see that theatrical flamboyance in her seventies performances – “I’ve always liked long, flowing clothes,…I used to rummage around in my grandmother’s trunks trying to find them.  I love the feeling of chiffon and lace.”  Even off duty she’s always retained a sense of drama.   As it happens, Boho is having yet another revival this summer so it’s easy to get your hands on a Nicks fix – a good starting place is this embellished kimono top from Lipsy, wear with layered necklaces and some denim shorts for festi vibes.  Or try wearing a corded lace top with Love Label velvet shorts  – strictly speaking Stevie wasn’t one for getting her legs out, but hey – it’s nearly summer, right?     A true Stevie style staple is the cape – she often wore these to dramatic effect while belting out classics like Rhiannon and Gold Dust Woman and doing her legendary Stevie twirl.  Rumours have it that Stevie has all her stage costumes lovingly preserved in storage (what i wouldn’t give!),  and each song had it’s own unique character and outfit.  Her stylist Margi Kent was responsible for most of the epic stage looks from that era and knew how to add volume to her looks that could ebb and flow with the songs she was singing at the time (to see this is full effect see this performance of Rhiannon ) and Stevie has always wore boots with 3- or 4-inch heels to give her extra height onstage. There are plenty of pieces around this summer that’ll give you a nod to this look – a great starting point is this cape from Ted Baker is an amazing summer cover up – we think SN would approve!   http://youtu.be/MtPyk8_onO8     The best part about trying to pull together a look based on Stevie Nicks is that there are no rules – she has always been completely and utterly true to herself, and hasn’t given her fashionability a second thought, so throw out the rule book this summer (or at least indulge in a little California boho action) – I’ll leave the last word to Stevie herself … “I think they all went too far. Their jeans got too low, their tops got too see-through. Personally, I think that sexy is keeping yourself mysterious. I’m really an old-fashioned girl, and I think I’m totally sexy.” Take note all you Miley C’s! See you soon x Much thanks to Hayley Oldfield for the graphic design

9th May 2014
Written by Very_Lisa