Stars make coun­try fash­ion ac­ces­si­ble

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in Nashville, Ten­nessee

A new gen­er­a­tion of coun­try mu­si­cians — mostly young and fe­male — is chang­ing the look of fash­ion in Mu­sic City with cloth­ing lines de­signed with fans in mind.

Fash­ion has tended to be ex­ag­ger­ated and de­signed for the screen or the stage. Con­sider Dolly Par­ton’s body-hug­ging denim and rhine­stones, Loretta Lynn’s sparkly ball gowns, or Sha­nia Twain’s midriff-bear­ing leop­ard out­fit.

“I think coun­try artists, mainly women, have al­ways re­ally dressed well,” says Karen Fairchild of the Grammy-win­ning vo­cal group Lit­tle Big Town. “It’s been overthe-top and full of fabulous se­quins and rhine­stones, but it also was at­trac­tive and en­dear­ing. And that’s why if you came to the Grand Ole Opry, you didn’t want to see Dolly walk out in some­thing that wasn’t sparkly. You want her to be Dolly.”

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