With her scythe-like cheekbones, effortless exotic beauty and connections with the Rolling Stones, Andy Warhol and Studio 54, Nicaraguan model Bianca Jagger can be seen as the epitome of 70s rock'n'roll glamour, a position that was cemented the moment in 1977 when she entered her 30th birthday party at the iconic New York club astride a white horse. Married for eight years to arguably the most famous entertainer of the age, Jagger maintained an extraordinary level of iconic cool; one that still holds sway today as can be seen in the latest Most Loved post – this image of her white platform shoe adorned with a backstage pass to the Rolling Stones’ 1975 tour of the Americas – which won the vote for AnOther fashion editor Nell Kalonji.
Bianca Jagger, in all her fashion variations – one day a shimmering turban, the next a sumptuous fur coat, a wide brimmed hat and floor sweeping white two piece suit for her wedding day – was a seventies fashion icon, imitated and emulated the world over. Indeed the seventies themselves saw an extraordinary array of iconic style statements emerge onto the street, taking over from the incense scented kaftans that had prevailed the decade before. Woody Allen’s Annie Hall produced Diane Keaton, the New York woman marrying masculine and feminine to sensual effect; Marie Helvin and Jerry Hall held sway on catwalks, and John Travolta’s Cuban heeled, bellbottomed turn in Saturday Night Fever has left its mark on fancy dress parties to this day. Indeed the seventies, with their excess, eclectic music, glamour and rock and roll aesthetic, have never left the cultural consciousness, as reflected by Bianca’s platform shoe’s popularity today.
"Bianca Jagger, in all her fashion variations, was a seventies fashion icon, imitated and emulated the world over"
Here we speak to Kalonji about her love for Jagger, her epic experience at a Rolling Stones concert aged just ten, and ask the eternal question – Mick vs. Keith.
Why did you love this picture?
I love white shoes and I love Bianca Jagger.
Where would you wear these shoes, and where would you hang your band pass?
Why change something that's perfect? I would do it just like her – not sure it works as well with a Rihanna backstage pass though (not that I have one... yet!)
Bianca vs Jerry? Mick vs Keith? And why?
Bianca Bianca Bianca... how can you not love a woman who made an entrance into a club on a horse! And definitely Keith – I had a crush on him as a teenager. My mother was really worried about my taste in men for a while!
What's the best live performance you've ever seen?
My first concert ever was actually a Rolling Stones concert. There were thousands of people and the show was amazing, fire effects included. I must have been about 10 and went with my sister who was convinced she would marry Mick Jagger at some point in her life. We were stood next to this group of hardcore fans and they realised I couldn't see a thing so they took turns taking me on their shoulders for the rest of it ...pretty fun!
Bianca Jagger made her entrance into Studio 54 on a grey horse - how would you make a grand entrance?
Not sure how to top that. I would quite like to reinterpret Mrs Jagger's big entrance, maybe aboard a camel? Although it's just not as good as a horse.
"I would quite like to reinterpret Mrs Jagger's big entrance, maybe aboard a camel? Although it's just not as good as a horse"
What are your favourite dancing shoes?
I haven't found them yet. I should have bought the sparkly Miu Miu shoes from a couple of seasons ago – they were definitely dancing shoe material.
What are you looking forward to about February?
January being over and Spring not being far away.
What was the last thing you bought?
A black and white vintage Fendi clutch at Rellik.
Text by Tish Wrigley