What is Stevie Nick's style
How Stevie Nicks became the high priestess of the TikTok style
Stevie Nicks is more than an ordinary existence. At least that's what many would like to believe. After all, the brooding singer, best known from the 1970s, is more of a spiritual mentor than a normal person. With her magical texts she is able to accompany even the most violent palpitations. Popular with baby boomers and millennials alike, 72-year-old Nicks has crossed the generations and walks through time like a fairy queen with a Gothic twist.
Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performing live at the Oakland Coliseum in 1977
© Richard McCaffrey
Now it is the TikTok generation who have adopted the singer's spirit and imitated her special style by wrapping herself in meters of chiffon, black velvet and lace. "A style that has nothing to do with how your body looks, just how your soul feels," as Mariah, a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania describes it. Between all the Charli D'Amelios and Addison Raes, Nicks has become a kind of high priestess of the TikTok style, who transforms the Gen-Z app into a coven of bell sleeves, embroidered scarves and dreamcatcher earrings with every beat of her tambourine. How could that happen?
"Glee" reminded us of the power of Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac
It all began in 2011 when the episode "Rumors" was broadcast in the series "Glee" - a tribute to Fleetwood Mac, who initiated viewers into Stevie Nick's magic through melodramatic, three-part song collages. Three years later, Nicks took on a recurring role in "American Horror Story", another Ryan Murphy production in which she plays herself: a black-clad white witch in costumes that seem to come from Nick's own wardrobe. 18-year-old Mazie, from Kent, UK, recalls the show as a catalyst for "really dressing like Stevie".
Since then, there have been a few pop culture moments that brought Nicks and Generation Z even closer to eye level. That was in 2017 Beautiful People Beautiful Problems, a duet on Lana Del Rey's fifth album Lust for Life. Then there's the friendship (and live duets) with Harry Styles, who inducted Nicks into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. And now, last year, the collaboration with Miley Cyrus on Midnight Sky. Not to mention the proliferation of viral memes and TikToks featuring Fleetwood Mac's music, such as the TikTok video of the skateboarder rolling through Los Angeles in September. There are now "entire sections of TikTok dedicated to Stevie," says Mariah. Regardless of whether it's beauty tutorials, fashion series or dance challenges, "there is always more with Stevie."
And then came The Crown
The catalyst for Nick's popularity, after all, was season four of the popular Netflix saga The Crown and the linking of Princess Diana's coming of age to Stevie Nick's peppy song Edge of Seventeen. The hit from 1981 has since appeared on Tiktok in new contexts - as an accompaniment to thousands of videos dedicated to the princess, who died in 1997. Bringing Nicks and Diana together in this way was a stroke of genius, the similarities between the two moved the TikTok community deeply. While Diana is known to have been reduced to her image as a consumer-oriented blonde, critics have often portrayed Nicks as some kind of dumbass who was just a little lucky. But they obviously had no idea what the two "Lilith" women (as rock critic Lester Bangs called Nicks in 1981) were actually capable of.
Both represent a refusal to be defined by the men around them, and both have become successful examples of women who have managed to "succeed without conforming," says Mariah. For Nicks, this was also expressed in cultivating an ultra-feminine, somewhat mystical look that contrasted the harsh and quick aesthetics of her male counterparts. "Stevie Nicks taught me to be brave, strong and independent," says Sophia, a 20-year-old from the Bay Area, California. And this attitude can now be seen again among Stevie Nicks fans of Generation Z - as a symbol of independence and resistance.
Stevie Nicks: The High Priestess of the WitchTok
At the same time, Nicks develops into a figure of supernatural spirituality. Kind of a blueprint for Lana Del Rey and FKA twigs. However, in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in 2001, Nicks confessed: "I'm not a witch - I just like Halloween." Her fans will probably tell something different, given her effect as a very modern sorceress in long capes, crescent moon necklaces and pointed skirts. The 24-year-old Tierney from New York believes that this stands for "female strength and emancipation", and so it is obvious that Nicks will become the figurehead of WitchTok (yes, Generation Z is inclined to spirituality). Think astrology, tarot cards, and healing crystals. It's about "reconnecting with nature and finding security in a life dominated by patriarchy," says Mazie.
For Nicks' fan base, however, this is not necessarily something new. The biographer Stephen Davis once described them as "initiates of a sect, Sisters of the Moon". TikTok just made all of this a little more accessible. Here young people show their newly discovered practices to the music of Rhiannon (a song by Nicks about an old Welsh witch). The outfits they wear are homemade, inherited or from second-hand stores. That means that even in the clothes the ancestors and the feelings are reflected - a nice consolation for all those who wish to make themselves comfortable under Stevie Nicks ponchos, capes and velvets.
Stevie Nicks: A spiritual connection
"Stevie stands for the magic of the world that so many of us have lost," said 19-year-old drag queen Shawty Nix. What bridges the gap is Nick's musical oeuvre - balm against a large part of the current music, which often vacillates between paint-by-numbers hits that were created for TikTok challenges, and tough pop songs that preach independence and go it alone. In contrast, Nicks "exposes every horrific fact about love and life." Under her handkerchiefs she reaches out and leads us through the entwined, echoing vaults of the suffering hearts and begs us all the way not to give up. "There is so much beauty in vulnerability and it is often overlooked these days," says Mazie.
Just before the crescendo of Silver Springs, the B-side of the hit "Go Your Own Way" from 1976, Nicks sings the line "time cast a spell on you, but you won't forget me", which means: "time has bewitched you, but you will me do not forget." That sounds very haunting, sometimes even tormented, an ode to unfulfilled love. But 45 years later, it seems to have become a prophecy of its undying pull.
In 2021, Stevie Nicks' bewitching style embodies the values of a deeply spiritual generation that grew up connected online but otherwise disconnected. Therefore, as Tierney puts it, her style has become more relevant than ever, a "talisman for living and following the path that is destined for you and that you have created yourself."
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