So in every store in any mall across America it's easy to find clothes festooned with skulls and rhinestones. This is true of clothes for both men and women. Anything with the word "rock" is hot. Add "rock" and rhinestones and suddenly the shirt costs an astronomical hundred bucks and people have to have it! Stores like Metropark cater to rock fans with the tag line "Fashion. Music. Art."
I don't remember seeing skull belts in Macy's five years ago. Granted, maybe I wasn't as aware but I swear - within the last year or so - anything rock related is hot, hot, hot.
Why is this? Is metal finally mainstream again - but only in concept? By this I mean the idea of black leather clothes and studs are hot but the music is largely secondary? Sure, our favorite Glam bands have enjoyed a renaissance the last few years thanks to nonstop touring by Bon Jovi, Motley Crue and Def Leppard. But most new bands are having a hard time gaining a massive following and I highly doubt if random people on the street know anything about Opeth or Soilwork let alone a band as niche as Hardcore Superstar. So what gives? Are designers really showing their love of metal through their clothes - or is metal more trendy than I thought? While I'd rather see 50,000 people at a Sevendust show versus Celine Dion I'm realistic to the popularity of certain genres of music. That said, I've never seen a random person in a Celine Dion T-shirt. I see people in metal band tees every day. Odd.
Maybe music and fashion really do coexist and metal just happens to rule when it comes to the hot style of the day? I still refuse to pay a hundred bucks for a T-shirt - even if a skull is involved.