Writer, artist, and musician (to some, the High Priestess of Punk), Patti Smith gifts the literary world and a whole new generation of fans with another look into her singular mind, piquant curiosities, and otherworldly experiences in the recently released memoir, M Train. But as we’re lining up at the bookstore to buy our own copies, let’s take careful notes from Smith’s sartorial expression—always relevant, but especially pertinent this fall.
A longtime muse, un peu jolie laide, to designers from Ann Demeulemeester to Nicolas Ghesquière, who practically re-created her likeness for his Spring 2012 Balenciaga campaign, today Smith mostly adheres to a wardrobe steeped in an insouciant yet exacting androgyny. Still, her 2010 memoir, Just Kids, about her deep friendship with the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, reveals Smith to be a true fashion student and experimenter. She writes of an early aversion to skirts and “red slashes of lipstick,” and of plastering a photograph of Edie Sedgwick from the pages of Vogue on her wall as a teenager. Later, she dressed “like an extra preparing for a shot in a French New Wave film” to the famed club Max’s Kansas City. At other times, she channeled Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face or donned all-black clothes with white Keds to a fancy dress ball, a look she called “tennis player in mourning.”
As the temperatures cool, iconic photographs of Smith awaken and inform autumnal attire goals. Denim takes shape in a perfectly fitted boyfriend cut suited for figure-drawing class, your local dive bar, or a lazy Sunday afternoon. Is there anything chicer than Smith’s trademark rock ’n’ roll black blazer—the stuff of Hedi Slimane’s dreams—paired with protest pins, a crisp men’s shirt, and antique-y cross necklace? And for outdoors, a shrunken bomber, a silk trench, or an au courant suede blazer covered Smith’s lithe figure. Above are eight iconic retro photographs inspiring us this season.
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