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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Should Liam Gallagher Stick To Music ?
Would you let the Oasis singer, turned fashion designer, dress you, asks Joe O'Shea.
As an unlikely career change, Liam Gallagher, fashion designer must rank up there with Brian Cowen, pro snowboarder.
It's not just that the Oasis frontman has previously displayed a fashion sense as uninspiring and blokey as his dreary lad rock music.
We must also wonder how the serial snapper-basher, who has rarely met a cameraman he hasn't punched, would deal with all of those high-fashion photographers crowding around the runway of his first show.
But undeterred by his own long record of crimes against fashion (the parkas, the trainers, the Burberry check-shirts worn outside his jeans), Liam has now announced plans to launch his own designer label.
Details are, as yet, sketchy on the direction Gallagher's Pretty Green label will be taking.
But from what little Manchester's answer to Yves Saint Laurent has told us so far, we can guess that winkle pickers will not be featuring in his first collection.
Speaking about his new label, Liam said: "You know them shoes that just come at you like a fookin' snooker cue? It's like, 'leave it out man. You got a licence for them bastards or what?'"
Wise words indeed and seasoned fashionistas will probably spot the influence of Manolo Blahnik in Liam's musings on footwear. As to his motivation, the Oasis front man was forthright about the reasons why he is poised to unleash his creations on a waiting world. "Clothes and music are my passion," said Liam.
"I'm not here to rip anyone off and I'm not doing it for the money either. I'm doing it cuz there's a lack of stuff out there of the things I would wear."
Liam's style anguish might surprise those who had thought there was nothing out there that he wouldn't wear, as long as John Lennon, Paul Weller or his local bin man had worn it first.
The signature Gallagher style has always leaned heavily on blokey, laddish gear with the occasional nod to the Mod movement.
Jeans, trainers, Fred Perry shirts, shapeless cagoules and the odd Tootal paisley scarf (if they are feeling particularly wild), Liam and brother Noel are nothing if not predicable.
But with their best days long behind him, in music terms at least, Liam is only following in the long, dishonourable tradition of pop stars making a dramatic career change after the hits dried up.
Whether it's fashion, acting, creative writing, wine-making or wind-farming, fading celebs will turn their hands to anything in a bid to cling to fame and fortune. It usually starts with the singer/actress /model declaring "fashion/writing/ trout farming has always been my passion" and ends in bankruptcy and lawsuits..........
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