For all the kids out there who are looking to widen their music and fashion palettes, AXS would recommend using Blondie’s Debby Harry has any future inspiration you may need. Back in the eighties, Harry was the it girl in music and pop culture, mixing her incredible talent as a songwriter and singer in the punk-pop and new wave scene coming out of New York City with a sexual charisma and style that hasn’t been repeated since.
The “Call Me” singer will be hard at work in the coming year, working on something else she knows a lot about, fashion. The veteran rocker will reportedly be launching a women’s-infused line of clothes alongside fellow artist Shepard Fairey under his Obey clothing label.
“I’ve been a Blondie fan my whole life and have collaborated with them in the past, which has been a dream come true. But working with Debbie on this project has been totally inspiring,” Fairey said about the upcoming project. “She’s been very involved and hands-on for the whole process, just another display of her incredible talent.”
Fairey is equally as famous in the world of street and visual art, having been responsible for designing then Presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s famous “Hope” poster back in 2008. The designer even put out a few pieces of apparel on his line over the past few years which feature the Blondie singer, and sold off the shelves rather quickly.
Harry’s mix of retro rock gives off a feeling of cool, confidence and swagger that she still embodies and it certainly makes her a style icon even decades after coming onto the scene. According to Fairey, Debby is still “an amazing vocalist, lyricist, style icon, beauty and embodiment of NYC cool.” Can’t argue with him on that one.
If you think the singer is trying to focus on a post-music career, think again. Last we saw from Debby she was seen working in the studio alongside Blood Orange and Nile Rodgers of CHIC for a mysterious upcoming project from the disco star in the coming year.
If it’s not through music, Harry can hopefully set the tone for what’s cool in the cutthroat world of professional fashion… One way or another.