Sitting in the theater and watching Rock of ages, I was deeply touched by the carefree spirit of rock ‘n’ roll and the beauty of 80s fashion. Grow up in a traditional family, I used to misunderstand rock musicians–as other no-fans–to a sub-stream group who were as quaintly naive at best, childish and irrelevant at worst.
But the more I learn about rock ‘n’ roll, about its great impact on not only music and fashion world, but also the whole society and individual’s daily life, the more I appreciate it. Now for me, the symbols of rock ‘n’ roll are already way beyond my words can express.
But David N. Townsend encapsulated the meanings of rock ‘n’ roll perfectly in his book Rock ‘n’ Roll Culture and Ideology–“Rock ‘n’ roll has never been just a music. It’s a movement, a lifestyle, a culture, and possibly an ideology. It is a tradition, in some ways a folklore, in many ways a belief system.” I think these are also what Rock of ages wants to convey to its audience, like a line in the movie said “Rock ‘n’ roll never dies”.
As the ideas, feelings and beliefs expressed and reflected in rock songs, they are also what fashion designers want to express. Rock music and fashion have been inextricably linked. For me, there are two timeless fashion elements can prove this link: leather and denim, especially those with hippie-influenced details.
These two elements are also what we saw on the stunning actress Julianne Hough. From denim mini, shorts to denim top and jacket, from leather belt, stacked bangles to stud booties, she truly rocked leather and denim.
Combined with another signature look of her from Footloose, I featured four outfits (above) and how we can recreate them (below):
Details of Julianne Hough’s first “denim look”
Recreate Julianne’s look No.1:
Bag: Deena & Ozzy
Details of Julianne Hough’s second “denim look”:
Recreate Julianne’s look No.2:
Details of Julianne Hough’s third “denim look”:
Recreate Julianne’s look No.3:
Details of Julianne Hough’s fourth “denim look”:
Recreate Julianne’s look No.4:
Of course, besides the edgy and classic, sexy yet sweet looks from Julianne Hough, Rock of ages also impressed us by lots of memorable 80s trends, like the jumpsuit, bouffant hairstyle, shoulder pad, head band… Which one is your favorite? What touched you most about that movie? Share with me!