Our newest feature here at Well Dressed Wes is profiling a male and female fashion icon each week. We will try to pick people whose personal styles are original and could function as inspiration for someone working with a college budget. Our first male icon is the legendary guitarist of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards.
Keith has been the fashion face of rock & roll since the 1960s and continues to be a constant source of inspiration for the fashion world. It is Keith, not Kate Moss, who we really have to thank for drainpipe trousers. And of course, the pirate character Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) borrows Keith's kohl-rimmed eyes, skull rings, trinket-strewn hair and general swagger.
Keith has had one form or another of a distinct highwayman-cum-gypsy core style over the decades, but our personal favorite incarnation was Keith during the late 60s-early 70s, particularly during the Stones' "exile" to Villa Nellcôte in the South of France. The photos of Keith from this time, taken by Dominique Tarlé, are especially fabulous.
More images of Keith from the late 60s-early 70s:
With John Lennon at the Rock and Roll Circus:
For more on Keith Richards, check out the Maysles' documentary "Gimme Shelter" about the 1969 concert at Altamont gone wrong. In this film you will see Keith wearing the most ridiculous pair of python skin boots.