Fashion Central: Stripes

In the first of a breakthrough four-part multiple-cross-category “story arc”, I bring you striped clothing, specifically black and white horizontal striped clothing — the sort Lindsey Lohan or Paris Hilton would recognize. Part two is about being behind bars, and part three is all about bar-codes as art. Anyone with a plethora of covers featuring zebras, please drop Noah’s Ark a line.

Jacqueline – Good Life (2010)

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Jacqueline Govaert, previously lead singer of Dutch band Krezip, released her debut solo album in 2010. I happen to have this album and the cover really suits it. It’s carefree, laid back, whimsical, catchy and dance worthy in a sort of slow, twirly, barefoot and stripey way. Here she is performing Dare to Lose at Paradiso a few months ago.

Holly Williams – Here With Me (2009)
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Now I’m sure you’ve heard of Hank Williams, Jr.. Well, his daughter, singer-songwriter Holly Williams, has two studio albums under her belt, the second being featured here. Anyway, we know how much of a sucker I am for a girl in boots with a guitar. El Perro del Mar is the musical project of sole member Sarah Assbring. Her music is best described as melancholic lo-fi indie pop. Most of her album covers are very colorless if not indeed black and white.

The B-52s – Funplex (2008)

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I’ve previously covered The B-52s before. If you’d read that article, you’ll know they dropped the apostrophe in 2008. I really like the cover of their seventh studio album. We’ve got Cindy Wilson sporting a zebra inspired outfit, Fred Schneider in striped pants, and Kate Pierson wearing a vertically striped top whilst Keith Strickland wants to be a pirate. And just to mix it all up a bit further, their shadows create a zebra crossing. I’m also digging the way that Kate’s hair stands out.

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Scottish guitar-rockin’ bluesy country singer-songwriter Kate Victoria “KT” Tunstall is probably best known for her debut album, Eye to the Telescope and it’s biggest hit Suddenly I See. Another single from that album, Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, was performed by Casey Weston in the quarter finals on NBC’s The Voice. On the cover of her fourth studio album, Tiger Suit, KT is appropriated striped out. Her single Fade Like a Shadow is always on my playlist. Keri Hilson has also gone for the pirate look on her second studio album cover, whilst using her lipstick to pretend to smoke. Not cool! Lipstick is bad for you :). And excessive use of police barricade tape can be dangerous to the environment.

Tegan & Sara – Sainthood (2009)


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Indie poppers, indie rockers, and indie folk’sters, Canadian identical twins Tegan and Sarah Keirsten‘s sixth, and latest, studio album has both Tegan (or Sarah) and a manikin decked out in matching swashbuckler attire. I’ll also assume that both girls are on the cover, but you never know — identical twins do love to get up to pranks. Reminds me of the time…

Sick of Sarah – 2205 (2010)


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Minneapolis punky-rock girl group Sick of Sarah (Abisha, Jamie, Jessie, Jessica and Katie, in no particular order – see, NO Sarah) are often compared to Tegan & Sara. And here they are in their special penitentiary pajamas perhaps anticipating a sleepover stateside. In case you were wondering, Sarah was a former roommate of Abisha’s who used to complain about her own name.

On an interesting side note, people who wear striped clothing look slimmer if the stripes are horizontal, not vertical, as many people think. Thanks to the research of Dr. Peter Thompson of the University of York. Here’s an article about it. In reality, being fat makes you look fat, and being thin makes you look thin!

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Fashion Central: Sunglasses

Shades, blinds, spectacles, call ’em what you will, sunglasses are the epitome of cool. Some artists are synonymous with sunnies (think of The Blues Brothers, Ray Charles, John Lennon, Bono and Ozzy Osbourne) while others use them from time to time with great effect (think of Taio Cruz and Lady GaGa).

There are so many album covers with sunglasses, that trying to narrow them down to any criteria was nigh on impossible. After decimating my 50 or so favorites, here, in no particular order, are ten covers I consider iconic, well designed, or just plain different and interesting.

Jackson Browne – Time the Conqueror (2008)

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  John Lennon – Walls and Bridges (1974)

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Gwen Stefani – The Sweet Escape (2006)

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  Calvin Harris – Ready for the Weekend (2009)

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Yoko Ono – Yes, I’m a Witch (2007)

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  Silver Rocket – Unhappy Songs (2007)

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Alanis Morissette
Now Is the Time (1992)


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  Ringo Starr – Photograph:
The Very Best of Ringo Starr (2007)


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Diddy – Press Play (2006)

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  Goldfrapp – Ride a White Horse (2006)

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Fashion Central: Checkerboard Vans

Rick Nielsen, lead guitarist, backing vocalist and primary songwriter of Cheap Trick, is well known for many things. He likes and has many custom-made guitars from Hamer Guitars. He wears a flipped up old style ball cap. And he uses a black and white checkerboard motif on his clothing.

This checkerboard pattern has permeated pop culture. Take a look at Cheap Trick’s website (link above) and check out (pun intended) the site background as well as images of live performances. Those patterns are everywhere. And they’re on shoes, called Checkerboard Vans, inspiring many artists and covers and especially made famous in the 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Below are some examples.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Music from the Motion Picture (1982)

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Weird Al Yankovic and Wendy Carlos – Peter & the Wolf (1988)

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Fashion Central: Chucks

The Chuck Taylor All-Stars or Converse All-Stars, also referred to as Chucks or Cons, were first produced in 1917 as the “All-Star”. Kelis Jones is wearing a pristine pair of these canvas and rubber shoes on her second studio album cover.

Kelis – Wanderland (2001)

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All-Stars regained popularity in the ’90s as fans of Nirvana emulated Kurt Cobain. Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello was (and still is) also known for commonly wearing Chucks. U2 guitarist The Edge has been seen wearing All-Stars onstage in recent years. Snoop Dogg has also been known for regularly wearing Chuck Taylors, as well as his associated rapper/friend Wiz Khalifa. Yup. They sure are popular. They’re everywhere!

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