Rockins Heroes Part 3: Groupies
‘It is written that the time must come for a girl to move forward and up from the ranks of the shy, blushing Teenybopper, and to express herself as a brave new woman in a brave new world.” (Star Magazine, 1973)
Bolan, Jagger, Stewart; their pouting lips, skin-tight bell-bottoms and shirts cut to the navel left hoards of young girls in a state of lust. Provocative lyrics purred from their mouths as their leather boots pounded on the floor. While young teens stared longingly at the posters on their wall, a new breed of woman took this lust into her own hands. It was the Seventies and anything was possible. This was the birth of the Groupie; an icon in her own right.
Leading this teenage tribe was the inimitable Sable Starr and her confidante Lori Maddox. Regularly seen in the bars of West Hollywood, they made a striking pair. Their style was messy and unabashed; slightly scuffed platforms, hot pants and skinny scarves wrapped around their necks. ‘Queen of the Groupie scene’ Sable Starr believed it was her clothes that made her so popular with the likes of Johnny Thunders, Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper, to name but a few.
These young girls lacked the money to replicate the look of their rock heroes; instead they pulled together tattered vintage pieces with contemporary pieces, for a look that was entirely unique. Strutting around in perilously high heels and ripped fishnets, it felt like a case of throwing on what was left in the dressing-up box; a style so relevant to the theatricality and decadence of the scene, all worn with a confidence that belied their years.
While Starr and Maddox lived their lives as career groupies, two notable women took their status to a new level. Bebe Buell, singer, model and Playboy bunny, was the woman on everyrockstar’s lips. She contrasted her girl-next-door looks with shrunken band tees and bed-head locks; an alluring combination that is still replicated today.
Anita Pallenberg, partner of both Brian Jones and later Keith Richards, became an honorary member of the Rolling Stones and constantly inspired and directed her lovers during the Seventies. Her fascination with gender play in dress was invaluable to their wardrobes and the success of the film Performance (1970), which studied this new androgynous aesthetic. Fur coats and cheesecloth shirts were passed between couples, mimicking each other’s style and sexual allure. As Marianne Faithfull said in her biography;
“All roles and gender would evaporate in these narcissistic performances where Anita would turn Brian into the Sun King, Francoise Hardy of the mirror image of herself” (Faithfull, 1995).
At Rockins, these girls are at the heart of our inspiration process; illustrating that iconic style isn’t always about polished looks, traditional glamour and typically feminine ideals. All our designs are unisex; rock it like Anita & Keith with our selection of hand crafted, vintage-inspired skinny scarves.