A Style Tribute

Nico and The Velvet Underground

By Mallory Passuite

The Sound:

Andy Warhol introduced Nico to The Velvet Underground in 1966, and a year later they released their famous collaboration album, Nico & The Velvet Underground, memorable for the banana cover. Listen to “femme fatale” in the video below, featuring an image of Lou Reed and Nico.


The Look:

It’s fate, fixed in the letters of her name, that Nico would become a musical and fashion icon, the foreign femme fatale. (Though the German, model-turned-singer’s real name is Christa Päffgen.).

Nico Fashion

She’s had short hair and brown hair, but long, blonde, straight hair with blunt bangs remains the classic Nico style. To get the rest of her look, draw on a thick line of black eyeliner, add two layers of black mascara and a matte, nude lipstick. As for clothes -- all black.

NARS lipstick in Honolulu Honey, Forever21 blazer, Citizens of Humanity skinny jeans, Benefit Cosmetics BADgal liner, Shu Uemura Fiber Xtension Lengthening Mascara

Lou Reed

Lou Reed

Lou deserves a special place in the hearts of SU students (and our iTunes collections); He attended SU. His style has evolved over the years, but here are the staples: square, oversized sunglasses (even indoors, even at night) and double denim.

Lou fashion

Dragon Optical sunglasses, Built by Wendy denim button down, A.P.C. dry denim jeans,

Images courtesy of blog.melaniecrete.com, bp.blogspot.com, rocktalkrecords.com, frankpicturesgallery.com

Mallory Passuite is a regular contributor to Jerk Wear.