Gwen Stefani is, without a doubt, one of the biggest fashion icons in the rock/pop music scene. Way before the days of the outrageous fashion sense of Lady Gaga, she was already taking the pop culture by storm with her incredible singing and unique fashion style. Fans were clamouring to get a hold of her designs, so when Stefani decided to start her own fashion line L.A.M.B. and later Harajuku lovers, fans rushed to grab a piece of her genius. Her show at the Mercedes-Benz fashion week in February was one of the best, beating out many designers that have been in the trade.
Many people may not think of music and fashion being intertwined. The truth is that for many genres of music, a distinct fashion style comes into mind. For rock it’s leather and big hair, classical music it’s gowns and suits, rap with baggy pants and gold chains, so on and so forth. For punk, the style is often credited to Vivienne Westwood—one of the top and most influential designers of the United Kingdom. Her name has become so in-sync with the punk style that often you cannot think of one without the other.
I remember when I was preparing for my grad recital, I was so stressed about the performance I didn’t think or really cared too much about my hair–I figured I’ll just pull it out of my way and get it over with. Thankfully I had a wonderful friend who just would not stand for it and did my hair for me instead. And I was so thankful that my hair was done up because it tied my whole look together and made all the photo sessions afterwards turn out so much better! I didn’t know until that day that doing an elegant up-do really isn’t as difficult as I thought. So this time, instead of just writing about the styles that you can do, I thought I’d give a step by step for a couple of simple hair-styles for all of you to see.
What should one wear for a performance? Not as an audience member, but as a performer?
I know when concert time comes around, that question is always on the very bottom of the list. But still, we don’t want to wear something that is over the top and/or sparkly; that might be too distracting and people might change their focus from your performance to your attire. Nor do we want to go up on stage being under-dressed, sending a bad image to the audience that we as performers are not taking the concert seriously. But when the day of the performance or recital draws near, we suddenly realize that we’ve spent all our time preparing our pieces for the big day, but not how we should present ourselves.
One of the greatest parts of going to see the opera or a concert while I was in Vienna, on top of seeing a world-class production, was the way the Viennese showed their respect to the performers by their attire. They show up polished and refined, with grace and elegance; could there be a more beautiful sight? Continue Reading
Now when preparing for an upcoming performance, most musicians often overlook their attire. This is not true for all musicians, but most don’t believe that fashion holds strong value in the Classical music scene. I, however, am a strong believer in not only sounding good, but also looking good. When you put on that extraordinary outfit, you get into character, you gain confidence, and every performer knows that every little bit of confidence is imperative when going on stage. If an amazing dress or a dapper suit can do that, I’d say that’s pretty impressive.