Rod Stewart, style icon? Certainly

Sex and Costumes— the title of fashion scholar Anne Hollander’s seminal book on fashion and gender — is a neat summary of what’s happening in menswear on the eve of the spring 2023 collections. It also works as a description from Sir Rod Stewart’s style catalogue. Although Rihanna once declared herself a fan of the singer’s look, it has been less dissected than that of her peers David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Elton John. Now seems like a good time to correct that, and not just because Stewart traveled to Milan last season with his son Alistair and was spied backstage at Palm Angels. If you pair the vintage Stewart style with menswear trends from the Fall 2022 collections, that’s about half of them.

The “Handbags and Gladrags” singer has always been fashion-conscious. Although “Rod the Mod” was replaced by his other alter egos, his sense of color, penchant for scarves, and of course that rooster remained constant. Stewart began performing in bands in 1962. He joined the Jeff Beck band, which also included Ronnie Woods, later of the Rolling Stones in 1967. He and Woods, often outfitted by London outlet Granny Takes a Trip, are became part of The Faces two. years later. He went solo in 1975.

Stewart wasn’t afraid of gender-specific looks, including chiffon blouses and marabou-trimmed tops. Belly and torso were part of his repertoire in the 70s. Of Scottish descent, he made tartan a regular part of his repertoire, and scarves were a signature. In the 80s, Stewart’s use of makeup increased, while his pants shrank to second-skin proportions until a journalist could write about the “Rod Stewart style of sprayed leopard skins and lycra tops, cowboy boots and leather pants”. Later in the decade, he shifted to broad-shouldered suits, sometimes in pink, a favorite hue. This singer’s style is anything but subtle, but it’s unmistakably his, and it resonates with this era of individuality.

Rod the Mod

Rod Stewart and Long John Baldry with Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger, circa 1965.Photo: Dezo Hoffman/Shutterstock

“Hot Legs”

1978Photo: CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

With Elton John, 1973.Photo: Michael Putland/Getty Images

1978Photo: Ron Galella/Getty Images

“Camouflage”

Behind the scenes with The Faces, 1978.Photo: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Playing with The Faces, 1971.Photo: Michael Putland/Getty Images

1980Photo: Pete Still/Redferns

1980Photo: Dick Barnatt / Referents

“You think I’m sexy? »

Playing with The Faces, 1974.Photo: Ellen Poppinga – K&K/Redferns

Playing with The Faces, 1973.Photo: Jeffrey Mayer/Getty Images

With Olivia Newton John, 1979.Photo: Ron Galella/Getty Images

1976Photo: Central Press/Getty Images

Playing with The Faces, 1972.Photo: Steve Morley/Referns

“Foot Loose & Fancy Free”

1974Photo: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Playing with The Faces, 1970s.Photo: Chris Walter

1989Photo: Jim Steinfeldt/Getty Images

1976Photo: Ian Dickson/Redferns

1984Photo: Ebet Roberts/Getty Images

“You wear it well”

1976Photo: GAB Archives / Redferns

Rod Stewart and Britt Ekland, 1975.Photo: Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo

With Britt Eklund, 1984.Photo: LJ Van Houten/Shutterstock

Around 1973Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images

1974Photo: Michael Putland/Getty Images

With Rachel Hunter, 1990.Photo: Ron Galella/Getty Images

With Kelly Emberg and her daughter Ruby, 1988.Photo: Dennis Stone/Shutterstock

With Rachel Hunter, around 1991.Photo: Dave Benet/Getty Images

“Passion”

With Mia, 1973.Photo: Evening Standard/Getty Images

1975Photo: Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

1974Photo: Mark and Colleen Hayward/Getty Images

1982Photo: Richard Young/Shutterstock

Showing Scottish Pride, 1978.Photo: PhotoTalk/Shutterstock

“Handbags and Gladrags”

1976Photo: RB/Redferns

1973Photo: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Playing with The Faces, 1975.Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images

1973Photo: Arthur Sidey/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

Playing with The Faces, 1973.Photo: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

1973Photo: Ron Pownall/Getty Images

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