Club culture has been influencing the way we dress since the 60s. As much about the clothes as the music, donning a uniform that says you understand the scene can be as important as what happens on the dancefloor. As more and more iconic venues close and the lights go down on the London club scene, we celebrate the style legacy of some of the world’s best-loved nightspots with four looks inspired by clubbers gone by.
LOOKS FROM CLUBS
By Kasia Hastings, 21 October 2016
Nightclubs have always been a hotbed of sartorial excellence and there was perhaps no greater place to peacock than Studio 54. The epicentre of the 70s party scene, the New York club defined the disco era with famous faces like Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and David Bowie regularly turning up to cut a rug in their sharpest tailoring. Think flashes of flares, printed shirts and suits made for men who knew how to move. Give your partywear a slick 70s vibe with some retro shirt-over-rollneck layering and a pair of printed trousers.
Everyone from the Polish pensioners to mayor Sadiq Khan has enjoyed the hedonistic delights of London’s long-standing electronic music Mecca. First opening up its famous three rooms in 1999, delve into the club’s DNA and you’ll find a rich tapestry of logo-heavy tees, 00s sportswear and sunrise-ready sunglasses. This year, despite a huge public outcry, Islington Council closed Fabric’s doors forever, but you can still pay homage to Britain’s best club with this camo-infused update.
In the late 80s acid house and rave erupted onto the clubbing scene and there was no better place to go for a big night out than the Hacienda. The brainchild of New Order manager Rob Gretton, the club was largely financed by the band and Factory Records boss, Tony Wilson. Clubbers gave the terrace style aesthetic a Madchester makeover with bucket hats, vivid colours, and super-baggy tees. Relive the 90s sportswear glory days with a healthy serving of old school brands and some blue denim.
If you were bold enough to brave the infamously awful loos at New York club CBGB, then you’d have the chance of catching legends like the Ramones, Patti Smith, and Talking Heads. The birthplace of the 70s punk scene was essentially a dive bar that became a place for new bands to develop their sound and established acts to let loose. Distressed denim, tight-fit jeans, leather jackets and Converse were all ubiquitous at the Bowery institution over the years. Go for a layered, grungy take on punk-rocker staples in skinny stripes, distressed check and DMs.