Patti Smith is on Bullet Blues Rock Star Radar today. Few women of rock know how to rock a pair of blue jeans like the 70s queen of punk rock and poetry, Patti Smith. Smith not only revolutionized the music world in 1975 when she recorded her genre-bending breakout album, Horses, but she took the fashion world by storm with her iconic sexy and androgynous look. Smith is the perfect Bullet Blues girl – stylish, creative, independent and unapologetically in-your-face.
Patti Smith, a visual artist, poet, singer, and performance artist, was part of the vibrant art and music scene in New York City in the late 1960s and early 1970s, living in the Chelsea hotel with artist Robert Mappelthorpe and frequenting iconic rock and roll landmarks like Max’s Kansas City and CBGB. The prolific Smith has released 9 albums and has published nearly 16 books of poetry, fiction, and memoir, including Just Kids, a memoir of her relationship with Mappelthorpe, which won several awards, including the National Book Award.
Read on to learn how to steal Smith’s iconic style using your favorite American-made denim from Bullet Blues!
Androgynous Black Jeans
Patti Smith is an explosive and dynamic performer who was well known for her passionate and inspired performances. Smith’s early performance uniform of jeans, sneakers, and thrift store t-shirts allowed for impassioned movement and rock-and-roll bravado, which allowed for signature moves such as the one in the photograph above, and cemented her image as an androgynous style icon and dynamic performer.
For comfy but iconic rock star style, you’ll need a pair of skin-tight black jeans that are comfy enough to allow you to move. Look no further than the Chic Parisien Skinny Cigarette jean made in USA from Bullet Blues for that perfect second-skin fit with lots of stretch, to move with you no matter where the performance of your life takes you.
Punk-Rock Boyfriend Jeans
Patti Smith lived with visual artist Robert Mappelthorpe from the time she moved to New York City in 1968 to 1974. Though they began their partnership as romantic lovers, they remained very close after Mappelthorpe came out of the closet as a homosexual, and remained close their entire life until Mappelthorpe’s death in 1989. Smith considered Mappelthorpe her muse, calling him “the artist of my life” in Just Kids, and Smith was the frequent subject of Mappelthorpe’s photography; Mappelthorpe even took family photos of Smith and her children after she married Fred Sonic Smith in 1980.
For a look worthy of a lifelong love like Smith and Mappelthorpe’s, nothing will do except a pair of perfectly worn-in of American made boyfriend jeans. The Le Copain Reverie Boyfriend jean fits the bill perfectly, with it’s relaxed but stylish fit, perfectly distressed denim, and vintage wash for maximum rocker style and of course 100% made in USA. Pair these with a simple white ripped tee for a look like Smith’s in the photo above, or a structured white blouse for an extra androgynous look.
Romantic White Maxi Dress
Though well-known for her powerful, husky voice and her androgynous style, Smith also embraced the feminine and romantic fashions of the 70s. She was often photographed in slip dresses, guazy maxi-dresses, and full length skirts – especially on the iconic cover of her most recognizable single, Because the Night, co-written with rock legend Bruce Springsteen.
For a look similar to Patti Smith’s, look no further than the Clothilde Designer Maxi Dress made in Los Angeles from Bullet Blues! With it’s gauzy texture, lace detailing, and bohemian silhouette, this white maxi dress is the romantic hippie frock of your dreams, perfect for the poet or romantic in any Bullet Blues girl!
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