Kristin Booker • July 21, 2009

Daily Style Icon: Debbie Harry

This week’s FSB style icons are the fabulous women of rock whose individual style has influenced not only music but fashion as well. Today’s style icon is Debbie Harry.

Best known as the lead singer of the New Wave-era sensation, Blondie, this former Playboy bunny with the two-tone blonde hair was known as much for her cool sex appeal and streetwise style as she was for her musical ability. Blondie was a smash success in the late 70’s and early 80’s and many a teenager tried to copy Harry’s mix of vintage glam and street-smart punk rock.

Ever the non-conformist, she entered the Guinness Book of World Records when the reunited Blondie singer became the “Oldest Female Singer to Reach No. 1 in the UK Chart” when the reunited band’s song “Maria” hit #1 in the UK on February 13, 1999. She was 53 years old then and is still kicking the asses of rockers a quarter of her age today.

We salute the original Bad Girl of New Wave with a look from the eponymous Blondie album, “Parallel Lines.” This Jones New York “Let’s Elope” Linen Dress ($104).99 is a perfectly pretty update on the look. You can’t forget to pair it with the ultimate 80’s accessory, though: these black Ray-Ban Wayfarers ($145) are key to the look.

Thanks to Debbie for proving we can all throw as much attitude as we want and still be pretty in punk. Please do enjoy one of Blondie’s most successful singles: “One Way Or Another.”


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