Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The Retro Style of Amy Winehouse
On July 23, 2011 one of the greatest soul voices of all time died. Amy Winehouse just didn't have a beautiful voice from another time and era, she had the style of an era of beehives, polka dots, with people dancing to the latest hits songs from the jukebox. The 60s. Amy seemed to have stepped out of a time machine. Her cat eye eyeliner extending to her eyebrows, the side bangs, Marilyn Monroe mole substituted with a piercing. And then of course...the bouffant hairdo, the beehive of all beehives. Which I'm sure is a work of art and took a lot of time to do. Her style has been copied and inspired by fashionistas, wannabes, and fans. The best thing about her is that it was her own style, her tattoos were mostly that of pinup models. She took the 60s look and mixed it with her vision of she would've looked in that time. Amazing. She knew her voice, and knew where it came from and what it sounded like and she made music to fit her style of singing. As well as write some of the most tragic but beautiful love songs. Her songs were her diary. You could feel the pain in "Love is a Losing Game" and "Wake Up Alone". She gutted you without holding notes and screaming and wailing. She was honest in her songs like "Rehab" and "You Know I'm No Good". She is what real artists used to be about, what artists today should be, unfortunately we only get very few that can gut you and rip your heart out. She was one of the few that could do that she was like our generation's Janis Joplin, both young and troubled, but their voices could give you chills and make your hair stand on end. Both died at 27. But their music is legendary. Rest in Peace Amy.