Lady Gaga may have cornered the meat dress market and Rihanna may have a patent on her whips and chains costumes but when it comes to creating an on-stage persona, these girls take a backseat to the original fashion forward performer -- Stevie Nicks.
“It was very conscious to have a look,” Nicks tells me. “I went out in 1973 with Fleetwood Mac and just went out and packed a suitcase with my street clothes. We stayed at very nice hotels and I immediately gained 10 lbs. I was horrified every single day trying to put together some kind of an acceptable outfit to wear on stage. So when I got home from that tour I met with a designer and said I need a uniform, I need something that is fantastic that I can wear. I need two skirts, two leotards, two pairs of fantastic boots, a little English riding jacket [and] a long black chiffon scarf. I need like the Donna Karen’s seven pieces. And she made it.”
Soon Nicks' style wasn't only making its appearance onstage but on the streets across the country -- fans and non-fans alike wanted a piece of her gothic Bohemian look.
“I loved seeing people dressed like me because I thought this is just like creating a song,” Nicks laughs. “Creating this outfit is like creating a song. Yesterday I spent all day at the very same designer designing 17 new outfits. I’m still, to this day, putting together really great little things. I’m single handedly bringing back the Victorian ball gown.”
Earlier this month Nicks celebrated her seventh solo album, "In Your Dreams," and is planning on a Fall tour. "In Your Dreams" has debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 52,000 copies in its first week.
“When I write in my journal, as opposed to going back and reading what I wrote last night or a week ago, I tend to say better to just keep going than spend your time reading what you already wrote,” Nicks tells me. “I don’t want to be inspired by what I already wrote. I don’t want to rewrite "Edge Of Seventeen" and I also don’t listen to other music either especially when I’m getting ready to do a record. I don’t want to subconsciously take something from someone else. I want it to be totally from me. So I pretty much live in an instrumental world. If I’m listening to music when I’m not working I’m listening to instrumental music.”
And not looking back seems to be working for the singer -- according to the 63-year-old, she only gets better with age.
“I think this is really my best album and I say that as humbly as possible," Nicks says. "But I believe that."
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Stevie Nicks performs live on stage during the third day of the 'Hard Rock Calling' music festival at Hyde Park on June 26, 2011 in central London, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Stevie Nicks performs at Madison Square Garden on March 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Cory Schwartz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 19: Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs at Madison Square Garden March 19, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 01: Former Fleetwood Mac Singer Stevie Nicks attends a press conference at The Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse November 1, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Singer Stevie Nicks performs on theToday Show for 'Make a Difference Today' at Humanity Plaza on September 28, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Stevie Nicks on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios in Burbank, Ca. 8/20/01. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Stevie Nicks performing at a private show to introduce her upcoming May 2001 release 'Trouble in Shangri-la', her first solo collection since 1994, at SIR Studios in Los Angeles, California, March 31, 2001. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.