Tag: House Music

What is the influence of house music on British fashion?

Posted on 5th April, by Colin Chapman in menswear. No Comments

As tributes to the late Frankie Knuckles, godfather of house, continue to pour in from across the music world following his death this week, its clear that the musical genre has had a huge influence, but what impact has this massively-popular music subculture had on British fashion, if at all?

The arrival of house and the later onset of the rave era in Britain has often been derided by the likes of sartorial commentators like Robert Elms as marking the end of club dandyism and triggering an era of pastel tracksuits.

In fact, many of the influential dandies and club kids from the Blitz club era embraced house because the music came from a newly-emerged urban, black gay subculture and therefore appealed to the free spirits and mavericks within the club scene here (as evidence, Boy George is still a house music … Read More »

Inspiring sounds from across the Atlantic (again)

Posted on 28th February, by Colin Chapman in Alexander McQueen, House Music. No Comments

Probably my last post of today. A rare (from me) posting of YouTube items.

First of all, in the week that the late, great Lee Alexander McQueen was buried, lest we forget, here is another icon, Ms Patti Smith no-less dedicating her final song to him at a performance during New York Fashion Week

And on to a current obsession. House Music saviors Azari & Ill (even the name is genius) are here to remind us what good, jacking house should sound like. Reckless with your love is already one of my tracks of 2010 and since it was spotlighted in their recent Warm mix, Hungry for the power is too. Genius, genius, genius. If you really want to believe in a 1990s revival then these Toronto guys wrote the book.

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