I've been hooked on what the projectionist at the Balboa Theater would call "the N word", Netflix. Having been brought over to the dark side of movie rentals, I recently indulged in putting a Style Council music video collection in my queue. When it arrived I immediately popped it into the DVD player, having never before seen any of these music videos. While some of the Style Council's music was admittedly mediocre, the fashion statements of their fearless leader Paul Weller never were.
Hipster boys everywhere have used Weller as a sartorial crib sheet whether they know it or not. Take one look at him in any footage during his days as frontman of The Jam and The Style Council, and you don't need me to tell you. Of course he borrowed heavily from the mod aesthetic, but whatever he wore, he clearly made it his own: super-fitted pants, sport coats, neat man scarves, skinny ties, brightly colored sweaters, cardigans, pastel button downs--and the Modfather even got away with making white trousers look good. And white trousers don't often look very good. Well, the near-emaciated body frame must've helped. I think Hedi Slimane
In honor of Paul Weller's incredible style, (and let's face it, if you name your band The Style Council you had better live up to it) I am linking you to 3 music videos that feature his taste in clothes and his ever-changing hair moods:When You're Young
--The Jam: Check out the kick ass jacket! And cohorts Buckler and Foxton have admirable clothing choices as well.The Lodgers
--The Style Council: An example of the white trousers. And the striped top with blazer makes it look as if he was poised to school future fashion imitators even back then. Oh yeah, and Dee C. Lee is wearing such a cute dress!How She Threw it All Away
--The Style Council: First of all, I love that there's a flute solo in this song. Follicle-wise this is a pretty good example of the semi-scary bleach blonde phase, and it's intercut with an example the slick back brunette look. And Weller is unbeatable in his interpretation of suit and pocket handkerchief. To drive the point home, this also features another instance of white trouser genius.
Labels: Britpop, Paul Weller, The Jam