Grace Jones is hands down the originator of the new-school “different” that has taken over the pop scene.
Lately the biggest pop stars have been attaching an Avant garde flair to their look in attempts to be different, distinctive, or perhaps just more attention grabbing. Experimentation in fashion is the new black, with our favorite entertainers opting to go to stylistic extremes both on stage and in their own personal lives. Now that we have entered the era of Paparazzi, the streets have become appropriate territory for runway worthy couture looks a la Lady Gaga and her 2 foot tall horned headgear. Sure, it all feels new and exciting. But for the true high fashion aficionados, there is an air of familiarity to this trend. Ponder it enough, and your mind is sure to find itself at the root of daringly fashionable frocks and the F-you persona: a fearsome thing by the name of Grace Jones.
They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. If that maxim is at all true then Jones should be highly flattered in light of the countless upstarts riding her outrageously haute couture coattails.
The brazen beauty recently did an interview with the Guardian in which she discussed Gaga as one of the many new artists referencing her iconic, distinctive style for their own benefit. Check out an excerpt from the interview below:
Any number of artists have asked to collaborate with her. Was Lady Gaga one of them?
“I just don’t play with other acts as a rule,” she says, with rare discretion.
What does she think of her? “I really don’t think of her at all. I go about my business.”
Has she copied her? “Well, you know, I’ve seen some things she’s worn that I’ve worn, and that does kind of piss me off.”
Is she talented? “I wouldn’t go to see her.”
So, did she ask to play with her? “Yes, she did, but I said no. I’d just prefer to work with someone who is more original and someone who is not copying me, actually.”
In a world full of fakes, real always recognizes real, and GIANT recognizes Grace Jones as the originator of a style legacy that is still alive and well even in today’s mercilessly forgetful pop culture machine. Jones is a force to be reckoned with, and a hub for cheesy maxims. Nonetheless in her stylish honor, we leave you with this final one…often imitated but never duplicated. Grace, we think you’re the realist.
Take a look at your favorite pop star jockin’ Grace Jones.