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The sound of style

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When it comes to style, it’s no question that much of the world is influenced by the portraits that music paints. It’s almost impossible to have one without the other. I mean, think about it, if certain brand names weren’t continually validated (or endorsed, to be p.c.) by some of our favorite musicians, would we ever rock them?

It’s a no-brainer. The answer is no — like it or not! Who knew that record labels would become the most impacting fashion stylists ever? It’s like they have the fashion industry on strings like puppets. Now, that’s not to say that without music, there would be no iconic style anywhere.

When I think of music, be it from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis to Duke Ellington, Andre 3000 or Gwen Stefani, Cab Calloway, Bob Marley to Lil’ Wayne or Madonna to the now, music and fashion moguls Sean “Diddy” Combs and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, over the years these chart-toppers have been the biggest influence to trends both past and present. Almost gives me the eerie feeling that one day music will predict the weather!

Over the years, leadership in its most unelected form, volunteered by passionate poets and lyricists, has carved a permanent idea of panache as we know if. As energy is neither created nor destroyed but simply transferred, songs of our most revered artists are stamped in the minds of its beloved enthusiasts. Style takes a similar pattern. Fads come and go, trends arise and go into dormant states all the time.

It’s safe to say that music practically prescribes to us the “who, what and when to wear” fashion details. It’s so scientific that you have to take this analogy test to see the correlation: Peanut butter and jelly, brick and mortar, and then music and fashion. Think of the way that the ambitious male of the 21st century dons a suit. Or women in heels are all about portraying their confidence when the take them up from three to six inches. Their favorite songs inspire such behavior.

Music and fashion are made for each other. Once stated by the bloggers of WHOWHATWEAR.com, “would the Sex Pistols be as memorable without their punk rock style, which were so eloquently exhibited by Vivienne Westwood’s visionary creations? Unthinkable! Could you image Madonna’s iconic Blonde Ambition without her Jean Paul Gaultier-designed cone-bra corset? Again, No! And where would the fashion world be if Marc Jacobs had never created his grunge-influenced collection for Perry Ellis”? (We don’t even want to know). Needless to say, it’s impossible to imagine how music would function without fashion, and vice versa too. Obviously, this duo plays a major role in our lives, as we’ve always got our eyes peeled for the latest fashion trends and our ears open for the next new artist to add to our office play lists, which leads me to the union betwixt the two.

As Encyclopedia Britannica denotes it, music is an art form whose medium is sound, whose inner workings simultaneously intertwine pitch, which governs melody and harmony. Its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation, dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. For many cultures, music is an important part of their way of life. Fashion, a general term for a currently popular style or practice, especially in clothing, foot wear or accessories.

Fashion refers to anything that is the current trend in look and dress up of a person. In fashion, tone relates to the boldness or dullness of colors as well as textures. Music is dependent on internal consumption as an audible expression, sends our mind on a thrill ride for miles of rhyme schemes. Fashion, which is generally topical displayed visually, communicates non-verbally our moods, feelings and personality. Contrasting the two can be as continuous as the revolving of earth around the sun.

To anyone who dreams of emerging as pop culture’s next big hit, it will be from these to elements of eclecticism that will thrust your dreams into a reality. Mark(et) my words. I’m a connoisseur of both, and like my friend Crystal, “I need my music” to live, and that just helps amplify the declarative anthem of Fonzworth Bentley, that I’m a “Cool Outrageous Lover of Uniquely Raw Style”.

Brandon A. Hosley is a wardrobe consultant and stylist in Albany. He can reached at bhstyle1@gmail.com.

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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