Any thought of Stevie Nicks' image brings to mind her soft, layered style featuring shawls, scarves, layers of lace and delicate, airy dresses.
The iconic look for one of the lead singers of the rock band Fleetwood Mac owes as much to her own personal taste as to the work and creativity of Los Angeles-based fashion designer and celebrity stylist Margi Kent.
Nicks, 61, will wear clothes styled by Kent when she takes the stage Saturday at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.
"She always wears little-beaded jackets or a bolero-shaped jacket for the summer," said Kent, who added Nicks also will dress in a four-ply silk jacket. "Mostly, she wears blondy, beigy, creamy and mahogany colors. ... Black is a main thing, but we pop it with other things."
In 1977, Kent, a trained designer, had been on her own for two years with a rock 'n' roll costumes business before she started working with Nicks.
Kent designed clothes for the opening band on one of Fleetwood Mac's tours. The group, Jiva, had its 1975 debut album released by the late George Harrison's Dark Horse label.
"I should have something special for me," said Kent about Nicks' reaction to seeing Jiva's clothes.
Nicks wore clothes that were soft and silky, and she sometimes put on jeans, Kent said about Nicks' stage attire before they met. She didn't have a look prior to the release of her band's 19 million-selling classic album "Rumours" in 1977, Kent said.
"She noticed that I was putting her feelings into three-dimensional images," said Kent about what happened once they started talking.
They were really young when they started working together and developed mutual respect because they listened to each other, Kent said. Nicks and Kent teamed up from 1977 to the late 1980s and started again for the 1997 reunion and have continued to the present. Nicks has a house in Los Angeles. She will come to Kent's Los Angeles studio, but they also talk on the phone a great deal.
"The person, (Nicks) who was born from us collaborating, is the person you see," Kent said. Kent will be re-entering the high-end retail market this year. Her fall 2009 collection was first unveiled at an exclusive preview.
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for select fashion editors, buyers and stylists earlier this spring at the Hosfelt Gallery in New York City. Her work can be viewed at her Web site www.margikent.com.
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