She is a singer, songwriter, a poet and artist, and with her album “Horses” she undoubtedly won the title “the Godmother of punk”… You already guess, her name is Patti Smith, and she is our ultimate style crush. Her powerful voice, her amazing literary creations and the memorable masculine look give her an iconic status and she certainly left her mark in literature, fashion, music history and American culture forever.
At a first sight, It seems that Patti Smith does not give a second thought to her fashion sense; when asked about her style in an interview for the The New York Times she would say: “My style says ‘Look at me, don’t look at me’…’It’s, I don’t care what you think.’”. Yet, her androgyny, masculine inspired, effortless look is so striking and memorable. And she does have many ties to the fashion world, not only she loves to wear Ann Demeulemeester’s designs, but she even walked down her Parisian catwalk for the AW’06 collection. Patti has also been inspirational for many other designers including Balmain, Yohji Yamamoto and Saint Laurent.
As a longtime friend of Patti, Ann would say that “She is very aware of her style and she controls it,” referencing to Patti’s style she also added “It’s about being conscious of who you are and using all the strength you have to communicate that.”
That Patti is super conscious of what she wants proves her saying : “Even as a child, I knew what I didn’t want,” she recalled. “I didn’t want to wear red lipstick. When my mother would say, ‘You should shave your legs,’ I would ask, ‘Why?’ I didn’t understand why we had to present a different picture of ourselves to the outside world.”
What makes her unique and special is the constancy in style she kept for years and yet, the ability to change and evolve around it , always making it look fresh and modern. Her look revolves around some staple masculine pieces, from denim jeans to her signature mannish blazer. Smith has a brilliant collection of boots. Combat styles lace-ups, worn untied with the tongues splayed out and Doc Martens with laces wrapped around the ankle. She will be always remembered for the simple white shirts, specifically the one she wore on the cover of her 1975 Horses album shot by Mapplethorpe that is a landmark look in her career.
She gives her looks a nonchalant edge by adding Fedoras, oversized-berets, straw styles, bandana hats and multiple rings, crosses and talismans that Smith layered to perfection.