Debbie Harry, the infamous blonde new wave rocker frontwoman for band, Blondie, has donated 30 pieces of vintage clothing to benefit Riverkeeper, a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River, its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. Being offered through 1STDIBS.com, the collection of items spans Ms. Harry’s entire music career.
Riverkeeper says this 30-piece collection of vintage clothing spans Harry’s entire musical career and includes vintage ’40s day dresses that she often wore with cowboy boots early in her career, ’30s sheer lace dresses, a Patrik Kelly leopard stretch velvet dress, a bubble gum pink leather jacket, a two-piece chartreuse suit deigned by Steven Sprouse, 1990’s suit from Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs dresses, along with many other custom made dresses. All items in the collection will be sold with pink hang tags that are signed by Debbie Harry. Prices range from $500 to $5500.
Blondie’s ‘Panic of Girls’ Studio Album
Blondie has just released a studio album Panic Of Girls with original members Chris Stein and Clem Burke contributing along with additional new band members. The tracks include disco, reggae and Latin sounds; songs in French and Spanish; a collaboration with Zach Condon of Beirut; and an ode to the long-defunct glam-grunge club Mother according to NYTimes reporter Melena Ryzik. The official video release of single ‘Mother’ is shown below.
Now on a short tour in the US and granting interviews to promote the new album, Debbie Harry is candidly talking about music, her age, drug abuse and being an icon.
She tells Ryzik, “I love a lot of the music that’s out. I love Rihanna and I love Gaga and I love LMFAO. I’ve always been a person who pays attention to the charts as well as the counterculture and sort of the underground stuff.”
In a radio interview she was asked if she had a problem with aging and the 66-year-young Harry responded:
“Oh yes, sure, it’s hard. Regardless of what I say about trying to be better at what I do, I rely on looks a lot. Women’s calling cards, unfortunately, are based on their looks. As far as aging goes, it’s rough. I’m trying my best now. I’m healthy and I exercise like a fiend and do all that stuff that recovered drug addicts do.”
Regrets? None that Ms. Harry claims: “I’m glad I’ve had all the radical experiences in life. Am I still imbibing? No, I’ve run the gamut. For me it turned into not so much fun, it just wears thin. I was one of those idiots who thought they were going to live forever.”
Speaking of living forever, on being an icon Harry confides:
“Iconic? I guess so. But the word ‘iconic’ is used too frequently – an icon is a statue carved in wood. It was shocking at first, when I got that reference. It was a responsibility, and it’s impossible to live up to – you’re supposed to be dead, for one thing. I’m still sort of a cult figure. I’m not J-Lo, I’m not in the gossip mags and USA Today. Sometimes I’m in the New York Post.”
A woman who paved the way in the music industry using sex appeal, style and imagery to showcase her artistry Debbie Harry set the stage for performers like Madonna and Gaga. Debbie Harry is still smoking hot as she edges closer to the end of decade sixty. We’ll print ICON on her calling cards any day. Lisa