A History Of The Most Stylish Couples In Rock 'n' Roll

5 Feb 2016
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To celebrate Valentines Day we take a look at the most stylish couples in rock and roll history and how to get the look:

Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful

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Marianne Faithful’s impact on the Rolling Stones was enormous: she co-wrote their hit “Sister Morphine”, introduced Mick Jagger to the Russian book (‘The Master and the Margarita’) that inspired “Sympathy for the Devil”, and had a hand in countless other Rolling Stones anthems. This expression bled into her and Jagger’s style as a couple. They were sweethearts of the 60s, and became emblematic of London chic, always donning statement scarfs, big coats and audacious eyewear.


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John Lennon and Yoko Ono

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono were lovers in constant collaboration. They staged protests, wrote music, painted lithographs depicting their honeymoon and even accompanied each other to interviews, constantly consulting one another on their answers. In fashion, they near mirrored each other, and popularised an arty and understated trend for simple monochrome pieces.


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Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen

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Love kills – so read the tagline on the 1986 biopic of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen’s relationship. It was appropriate for a couple who were known for their volatile ‘Romeo and Juliet’ style relationship, which ended with both of their premature deaths. Like many of the rock stars who left us too soon, their lives have been analysed and dissected endlessly, and one of the most enduring parts of their legacy has been style. They donned leather jackets, graphic tees and heavy chain jewellery, and created looks that perfectly encapsulated the fearless nature of the punk scene.


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Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love

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The era of Kurt and Courtney is almost three decades away now, but their aesthetic lives on everywhere you look. Their laid back, grunge style has gone from being a hallmark of the rock scene to infiltrating the most unlikely spaces, like the hip-hop world, where you can see it in the oversized plaid shirts and washed jeans of artists like A$AP Rocky and Kanye West.


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Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg

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Anita Pallenberg was initially in a relationship with the Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones, but she soon fell in love with the inimitable fellow band member, Keith Richards. Her influence of style over the band was profound, with Keith stating that his way of getting dressed was to put on Anita’s trousers, an androgynous look which would soon become a style that was synonymous with the couple.


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