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Pair Motley Crue’s co-founder Nikki Sixx with St. John’s creative director and sometime model Kelly Gray and what do you get? No, not a random sighting at a karaoke bar — though that we’d love to see — but a clothing collaboration called Royal Underground that’s not just a bunch of printed rock and roll tees. And guess what? It’s not a mess of splattered acid prints and cut-off, body tight crop tops, either!
In fact, Blabbermouth revealed the collaboration is a pleasant surprise. With the help and vision of Gray, whose work has given St. John’s a high position luxury sportswear, the pair sent an array of day and night pieces down the runway with attentive details of fur trims, metallic leather, dangling chains, and strategically shredded and acid washed jeans that’s more ’80s hair metal banger gone mature than a bar hopping has-been looking to relive the good ‘ol days.
The marriage of headbangers and fashion is not an unfamiliar one, and Sixx is certainly not the only one to send his love for the art down the runway. Heavy metal icon and Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford released his line of t-shirts called Metal God Apparel, which combined the artwork of classic metal albums with the tacky graphic formatting of Affliction tees — a disappointment to his fans who expected bike chains and leather from the man who made it chic. Another unlikelyrocker-turned-designer is Gorgoroth’s Gaahl, frontman of the Norwegian black metal band, who is set to release a women’s line called Wynjo.
With the latter’s release being indefinite, and with Halford’s products looking, well, not so good, we’ll have to give the award to Sixx. Watch the video below to see his winning collection of casual wear:
image via Royal Underground