This week, I’m going to talk about a band that is cutting edge in music and fashion. Empire of the Sun is a group that is taking the world by storm, with its tantric rhythms, and soothing beats. I would like to share a brief story of how I came across their music. I happen to be shopping in a boutique, and heard their chart topping song “Walking on a Dream”. Well, I stood there, enjoying the song “frozen” in place. I had about 30 seconds of the song left, and made a mad dash to the register and asked “who sings this song”? To my disappointment, she said “Sorry Ma’am I forgot”, and this was 2 weeks ago. Since then I have been scouring the internet asking questions, and I finally found them. Empire of the Sun creates music that lifts your spirits, and keeps you wanting more, and so does there fashion.
Empire of the Sun is an Australian band, consisting of two members Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore. I already mentioned their hit song Walking on a Dream, it went to #10 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, and made it to # 64 on the U.K hot singles. That single was released in 2008 and certified platinum, it created rave reviews. They progressed even further and made another single We are the People, that topped the charts at # 25, and gained a forth position at the BBC annual sound of music poll in 2009. They are climbing the charts every year, and getting some well deserved attention in the U.S. They have toured all over the U.K and even made stops in the U.S. Their sound is futuristic and bold, so of course their fashion is too.
Empire of the Sun has a wild style composed of spandex, feathers, and military jackets. Their style is creative, but couture in design. I feel as entertainers, their stage presence is shocking, and gains attention. Fashion is so important in music, and creates icons every year. It’s because the artist wants to draw you into their world with music. Musicians like Lady Gaga utilize designers who aren’t afraid of being eccentric, such as Alexander McQueen, Come Des Garcon, and even Suno. As far as an everyday look, you do have options. You would have to calm the look down and put your own twist to it. With the right accessories, you can create an exotic look that won’t be too “show biz”. There are plenty of stores that carry quirky styles that will give you the same edge as Empire of the Sun. You can shop at Betsey Johnson for a tri-colored sweater, or even go to Banana Republic for a bright yellow rain coat. Whatever you choose to wear, make sure you are comfortable.
Artist who push the envelope are use to criticism. People have a hard time expressing their personal style, because of harsh judgment. When someone dresses differently, people don’t know how to receive it. Well, the good news is, they don’t have to understand or approve how you choose to express yourself. Empire of the Sun is futuristic in sound and image, the only advice I can recommend is to embrace color and be you. Oh, and don’t forget to have fun with it.