Mar 07, 2012 12:00AM

Street Style Before Street Style: Debbie Harry

We look back at the New Wave icon's fashion sense in a time before blogs.

Debbie Harry is the sexy and streetwise female style icon of 1970s punk and New Wave. Back in her heyday, before she was being mistaken for Lindsay Lohan, she was the fearless frontwoman of Blondie. Debbie was a fixture at Studio 54 in its golden age and kept the company of the likes of Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Jerry Hall and Paloma Picasso. Her peroxide blonde hair, impossibly high cheek bones, detached gaze and cool sexuality most iconically captured in Blondie videos for hits like 'Call Me', 'Heart of Glass' and 'The Tide is High' reflected a new, tougher version of femininity that has had an everlasting impact.

In an interview with Style, Debbie said that her status as a fashion icon was accidental. She said of her working relationship with designer friend Stephen Sprouse: "He would make drawings and say 'okay? Wear this with this with this'. I would just get dressed like a blind fool and somehow I guess that's how people started thinking that I was fashionable and that I really knew what I was doing. I really don't, you know." It was this devil-may-care attitude that made Debbie so appealing in the first place and why she's gone on to become an icon today.

In the age of the internet, where everyone's an 'it' girl (or at least thinks they are), it's refreshing to look back at original icons like Debbie Harry and Fran