12 Nov LYRIC CULTURE BY DIANE GILMAN
I remember when I was 17, driving my Volks Wagon Beetle on Sunset Boulevard, and the radio started playing The Rolling Stones, I went berserk! I’d stop the car, hop out, and start dancing. That was the spirit of the time, which so radically differed from the 1950s of my very early youth when repressively conservative fashion and behavior codes stifled the expression of my very essence.
The Rolling Stones filled the new decade with lyrics that talked back and style that touted outrageous individualism. Both in song and in dress, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards arrived with an air of dark glamour and an incredibly naughty attitude, shaking the hyper traditional notions of both men’s and women’s fashion by wearing makeup, Victorian pirate shirts, and long, parading chiffon. They showed off romantic ingenuity with looks that couldn’t simply be bought and replicated. It was like these insane people just came in, and freed me! I’d finally felt I’d been granted the permission to create who I wanted to be, which so greatly impacted my youth, my energy, and how I expressed that with clothing.
Fifty years later, and they still have that bad boy spirit. They’ve defied all odds, remained relevant decade after decade, and in their seventies, continue to perform sold out shows at the world’s most supreme venues. The Rolling Stones had such a liberating impact on my life, and I am only too excited to present my homage to the ultimate icons of rock n’ roll in the exclusive collection, Lyric Culture by Diane Gilman. Tune in Thursday November 13th, 2014 at 9PM for a two hour celebration of music through fashion.