Holiday Gift Guide Part II — For The Pat Benatar-Loving Rocker
As you know from last week’s Janelle Monae-inspired gift round-up, we’re rolling out this year’s Holiday Gift Guide in installments, each themed after a trendsetting female musician.This week, we’re traveling back to the ’80s and offering an array of gift ideas for women who adore the tough-but-sometimes-tender, strong-but-sexy, rebellious-but-relatable aesthetic of rock icon Pat Benatar.
From animal prints to chunky mixed chain necklaces, smoky eye shadow palettes, volumizing hair styling products, fitted jean jackets, studded belts and sneakers, and moody, layering-ready tanks and blouses, these finds will leave all rebel rockers feeling like they’re ready to hit ’em with their best shots.
Make Up For Ever Rock For Ever Aqua Eyes, $36. Available at Sephora.com
Cutting-edge cosmetics brand Make Up For Ever practically designed its holiday collection for those running with the “shadows of the night.” The Rock For Ever Aqua Eyes set includes five mini eyeliners, all packaged in a travel-friendly, snap-on, matte black tin case decorated with gold, silver and gunmetal studs in pyramid, domed, and nail head shapes. The shades in the kit are: Aqua Eyes #0L, a matte black color like the one Benatar wore on her lower lids in the “We Belong” video; Aqua Eyes #8L, a light silver shade; Aqua Eyes #9L, a molten gold color; Aqua Eyes #10L, an earthy copper; and Aqua Eyes #21L, a dark, almost asphalt-like gray that would be ideal for recreating Benatar’s dark, glossy-eyed looks or the winged look of her “You Better Run” video.
Dolce & Gabbana Leopard Print Bustier Dress, $1702.41. Available at MyTheresa.com
Few female rock stars can resist the seductive purr of an exotic leopard print, and Benatar was among the first to turn that purr into a roar with her distinctive, feminine but tough style. This Dolce & Gabbana bustier dress takes that style to cocktail party territory with its exquisite draping.
Jean Paul Gaultier Medieval Chic Long Necklace Made With Swarovski Elements, $480. Available at Swarovski-Crystallized.com
Way before Rihanna was singing about runnin’ this town with Jay-Z and Kanye, Benatar was preparing her troops for battle with her “Invincible” cut, beckoning them to stand up and face the enemy with the courage of their convictions. This long necklace features rungs of interlinked metal loops that recall the hauberk shirts of chain mail armor worn in Medieval times, as well as round Swarovski crystals along the upper sides of the piece.
213 Industry Top, $120. Available at DiamondsAndPearl.com
Benatar always struck the right balance between hellion and honey, sweetheart and sinner, rocking leather, lace and animal prints, but styling them to accentuate her feminine assets and pairing them with softer pieces for the perfect mix of sugar and spice. This top strikes the desired balance — its stark black color instantly reads rock-n-roll, but the shimmering paillettes in punchy fuchsia, turquoise, gold, and silver add a coquettish touch.
Reiss Carlotta Leopard Print Metal Heel, £139. Available at ReissOnline.com
When you walk on the wild side, you’re bound to encounter some savage felines, so it makes perfect sense that danger junkies like rock stars would flock to these safari-esque motifs. Whether it was a skin-tight, purple-and-black Spandex jumpsuit with tiger stripes or a leopard print top with cut-outs along the shoulders, Benatar couldn’t resist a fun animal print. Fans of her style, then, will love these leopard print heels, which feature a metal strip along the bottom half of the spiked heel for even more of a rockstar edge.
Rachel Rachel Roy Two-Finger Snake Ring, $48. Available at RachelRoy.com
In ancient Celtic cultures, the snake was considered a symbol of rebirth and transmutation due to how it could shed its skin to expose a sleeker, newer one. Any rocker with a romantic heart knows about destruction and renewal, about the glory of love, the depth of heartache, and the battle to recoil from amorous disappointment. This two-finger snake ring, then, is perfect for the woman who is constantly reinventing herself and her image.
Studded Trixie Faux Suede Decorative Pillows, $23.49 each. Available at Overstock.com
Think a rock-loving diva would want her home to look like something out of a Country Living
editorial spread? Not so much. Help her infuse her living room with a bit of edge with these faux suede pillows, which feature silver-colored studs.
3.1 Phillip Lim Cheetah Needle Punch Dress, $595. Available at LaGarconne.com
How does a rock star keep her edge in the winter time? She opts for cozy knits in edgy prints, like this charcoal gray 3.1 Phillip Lim merino wool sweater dress with its inky black cheetah spots.
Lena Gilded Weave Cuff in Black/Silver, $43. Available at RevolveClothing.com
What would an ’80s rock-inspired look be without a combination of leather and metal jewelry? This cuff covers all the bases, with slices of distressed black leather adorned with silver-toned ball beads arranged so as to resemble a stack of thinner bracelets.
Tarte Cosmetics The Jewelry Box, $52. Available at Sephora.com
Benatar’s heavy eye makeup was as key to her overall look as her spiky hair. At times, she opted for glossy or smoky eyes (like the gray and plum tones seen in her “You Better Run” video), while, other times, she experimented with smoldering colors (like the dark greens she toyed with in the choreographed sequence of the “Love Is A Battlefield” video), or opted for warmer but still mysterious looks using earthy peach, copper, and coral shades (like the ones she swept across lids for the “Invincible” video).
Tarte’s The Jewelry Box kit packs all the shades necessary for a dramatic ’80s eye look. The gold, quilted top lid, which is adorned with a detachable necklace made of four staggered chain strands (one with a black ribbon woven between its links), flips up to reveal sixteen shimmering shades ranging from a freshwater pearl white to a Jem-ready bright pink, a blackened green, and a ripened plum. These shades are divided into two trays that swivel outward, revealing the next tier in the “jewelry box”: 16 matte shadows with a duskier, powdery finish. Beneath this level, there’s a drawer that pulls out to reveal 8 lip colors (perfect for that pouty mouth that became part of Benatar’s signature), a shimmering translucent powder, and a chestnut-y bronze. The last drawer, meanwhile, pulls out to reveal five miniature liners in black, eggplant purple, metallic violet, metallic olive, and a dark gray with silvery glitter. With so many keepsakes, no wonder they call it a jewelry box!
Samantha Thavasa Tinsley Mortimer Collection Roses ‘N Guns Clutch, $325. Visit SamanthaThavasaUSA.com for store info.
The corseted motif along the front of these Samantha Thavasa clutches add a burlesque-meets-mosh-pit flair to the otherwise perfectly prim silhouettes, making them an ideal gift for good girls gone bad.
Nation LTD Barcelona Slip Dress, $53.99. Available at Bluefly.com
This slinky number, with its snakeskin print, will slither along a woman’s curves ever so seductively, much like the sexy black tank with spaghetti straps that Benatar wore on the cover of her In The Heat Of The Night
LORAC Box Office Hit Full Face Palette, $35. Available at Ulta.com
When snapped shut, this palette looks like an elegant journal thanks to its glossy, wine-colored, faux croc exterior. Once you open the palette, you’ll find: twelve shimmering eyeshadow hues, all with moody, grayish undertones; two eyeliners (one black and one brown); and two cheek colors, one perky bubblegum pink (perfect for Benatar-inspired looks) and one apricot-tinged bronze. On the other side of the palette, you’ll find a sizable mirror and, beneath it, eight gloss shades raging from a shimmering champagne rose to a peachy pink, mauve-ish brown pink, a juicy raspberry color, and more.
Jimmy Choo Suzanna Printed Wool-Blend Scarf, $395. Available at /a>
Though Benatar wore her fair share of leather pants and animal prints, she also sometimes gravitated towards a more eclectic, gypsy-esque aesthetic, with full, tiered skirts and colorful tiled scarves such as the one pictured above worn around the neck or as head accessories.
Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Amazon Body Building Hairspray, $19, and Soft Flocker, $26. Available at NickChavezBeverlyHills.com
How can one possibly pull off an ’80s rock look without big hair? These Nick Chavez products will help you build volume and add texture. The Amazon Body Building Hairspray pumps up the volume on your tresses, making it look as if you were standing in front of three industrial-sized fans — perfect for recreating the sorts of looks Benatar experimented with in her “Anxiety (Get Nervous)” video. The Soft Flocker, meanwhile, is ideal for spikier ‘dos, like the type Benatar sported in the early ’80s, “You Better Run” era. This lightweight paste allows you to create more piece-y and gives the looks greater hold without leaving behind any tacky, filmy or flaky residue.
Cubannie Links La Habana Strand Earrings, $26. Available at CubannieLinks.com
A rocker without a fondness for chain link jewelry is like a chef without an apron. These gold plated, 6″ long Cuban link chain earrings look much like the ones Benatar donned on the September 1985 cover of SPIN magazine. You can even twist them upward and attach them to an ear cuff like Benatar did for the ultimate homage via jewelry.
McQ Studded Leather Belt, $148. Available at TheOutnet.com
During a particularly memorable performance of “Heartbreaker,” Benatar rocked a scoopneck red T-shirt with fringe along the waistline and sleeves with skintight black leather pants, accentuating her tiny waist with a studded belt. To give the look a contemporary feel, you can opt for this leather McQ belt, which features an interesting placement of black and red studs reminiscent of an old-school checkerboard.
Linea Pelle Rounded Pyramid Stud Bracelets, $35 each. Available at LineaPelle.com
These pyramid stud bracelets look best when stacked atop each other, a look much like the one Benatar sported in the club scene of “Love Is A Battlefield.”
Royal Elastics Queen Hi Big Fat Studs, $84. Available at RoyalElastics.com
Whether she’s jamming along to a guitar riff or running away from a potential “crime of passion,” this rebel is always on the move and, while she may love her spiked boots and heels, she sometimes needs to give her feet a rest — without sacrificing her look. These lace-less, slip-on Royal Elastics feature a panel of silicone studs for an instant rocker ‘tude.
American Eagle Denim Jacket, $49.50. Available at AE.com
A worn-in, fitted denim jacket was essential to any ’80s wardrobe — even those of defiant, tough-as-nails rockers. A timeless piece, the jean jacket can be styled a million ways, such as with rolled-up sleeves revealing chunky metal bracelets like Benatar did on her Seven the Hard Way album cover.
Shameless Jewelry Bad Girl Cuff, $95. Available at ShamelessJewelry.com
Benatar famously said that “love is a battlefield” and, with this 2″ long gunmetal-colored cuff with a silver plate with the words “Bad Girl” emblazoned across it, a gal will feel as ready to take on the world as Wonder Woman herself.
Chan Luu Zebra Print Scarf, $235. Available at RonHerman.com
Not only does this scarf feature a funky zebra print, but it boasts frayed edges for a slightly disheveled look that’s just the right type of grunge-y.
Chaser LA Off Shoulder Burnout Raglan, $55. Available at Singer22.com
With its worn-in, burnout effect, this off-the-shoulder raglan top is the perfect layering pieces for those punk-y looks. Just add some studded jewelry, a biker jacket, or some fingerless gloves, and watch the transformation ensue.