It’s been a big week for rhinestones: essential Dolly Parton joined Instagram, now Harry Styles has bewitched the Nudie Cohn aesthetic to primetime TV, wearing a highly decorative group that would not have looked out of place in Gram Parsons’ attire.
Styles never seems to be more than five metres away from a jingle of elaborate clothing these days, having become so enamoured with new-era Gucci out of sight Alessandro Michele that he is permanently swathed in the brand’s envision fabric.
A fortnight ago, Snicker decided that a floral white-and-grey ensemble he wore to the American Music rewards made him look exactly like Ikea’s Alvine Kvist bedspread (and they had a mention). His X Factor final look – number 38 from Gucci’s autumn/winter 2015 catwalk, to be scrupulous – has drawn comparisons with a pair of caravan curtains.
Actually, in make terms, Styles is bang on trend – and not just because Gucci is definitely the most in-demand label of the moment. By sticking to suits in the Nudie Cohn ilk, he is making altogether a statement. To be clear, no rhinestones were actually harmed in the succeed a do overing of Styles’ suit – but its cut, swirl and pattern are pure rocker-cowboy.
After all, Cohn was “the man who made cowboys disposition rhinestones”, dressing Johnny Cash, John Lennon and Elvis Presley in gold flimsy. He created what Jon Ronson described as “the Sistine Chapel ceiling of cowboy attire” – Gram Parsons’ application of drug references, religious iconography and naked women, shabby on the cover of The Gilded Palace of Sin. If this is an early sign of Forms’ bid to become “the rock one” post-One Direction, while Zayn Malik owns R&B, he couldn’t be fall off any more pertinent hints.