December 2nd, 2015

Channeling Janis Joplin

When I think about female singers throughout history, none evoke a multi sensory reaction quite like Janis Joplin. That’s likely because no one ever was or ever will be quite like Janis. She was an enigma on so many levels. I picture her as this walking conundrum, full of contradictions and extremes. There was no gray with Janis. It was all or nothing. Loud mouthed and brassy, yet sensitive and spiritual. Childlike and naïve while overtly sexual at the same time.   Powerful and assertive on the outside, but incredibly insecure and oh so vulnerable, always wearing her heart on her sleeve.

All of these qualities were apparent in Janis Joplin’s raw music style and daring fashion sense. Her vocals shoot like a jolt of electricity through your veins and take you on an emotional roller coaster, surprisingly leaving you completely satisfied and utterly calm once the song is over.

The same paradox was visible in Janis’s approach to fashion which was multi dimensional just like her music. Her effortless ‘toss it on’ style was anything but elevated; however, when she put it together it came off as flamboyant and luxurious.   Her timeless faux fur hat/jacket combo look and flowing lightweight tops paired with rich colored velvet flares and layered accessories laid the foundation for what we call “boho chic” today.   Janis invented it and her bohemian style has infiltrated the runways like never before.

Channeling Janis Joplin for Lyric Culture’s HSN collection was an experience of a lifetime.   Like Janis, I lived in Beaumont, Texas and still have many friends and a soul connection to the town. Because of this association I wanted badly to identify with Janis and was drawn to understand her on a deeper level. I am grateful for the journey and the opportunity bestowed upon me to bring the songs and spirit of one of the greatest musical icons to life through the canvas of fashion.