We’re still in full musical swing here on farfetch.com, what with Coachella at the weekend and the Playlist just updated to include our exclusive video with London up and comers S.C.U.M (watch it here
). Music and fashion are so intrinsically linked that without their influence on each other, we’d be looking at a very different sartorial landscape.
In the past few years, the geek-chic hipster look popularised in Brooklyn and London’s East End has been inescapable, and one of that style’s most recognisable features is down largely, if not entirely, to Buddy Holly. Look at a picture of the young American singer in his late Fifties heyday and he could easily be posing for a current shoot in Fantastic Man
or Another Magazine
, with his pin-sharp suits, or his simple but perfectly cut sweatshirts. But it’s his thick framed black glasses that really catch the attention, and the thick black glasses that are now de riguer for anyone wanting to sport some intellectual looking but fashion-aware eyewear.
Now, like Don McClean in his signature hit American Pie
, most people like to go on about the day the music died (the day Holly met an untimely end in a plane crash - February 2nd 1959 if you’re interested), but we’re going to take a different tack and instead celebrate the day it began, which was today, 16th April, in 1956 when he released his first single Blue Days, Black Nights
As a musician, Holly was a far more influential figure than his short career span would suggest. He had huge hits with songs like That’ll Be The Day
and True Love Ways
, but more than that, he inspired some of the biggest bands and artists ever (the Beatles so named themselves as a nod to Holly’s band The Crickets). What no-one ever could have predicted though, would be that now, even after the turn of the Millennium, there would be millions of people walking around imitating his look.
Thick, black framed glasses by L.G.R