Daft Punk’s Style Evolution

Daft Punk‘s music is out of this world and so is their fashion. And it’s not by mistake.

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter make up an eccentric French House music duo whose style has evolved over the years.

In 1997, Daft Punk released an album entitled “Homework.” They had the eccentric look down, but it was a bit misguided, but who doesn’t look back at photos of themselves from 1997 and think, “WTH was I thinking?”

Since this album, the duo has covered their faces with bags, masks, and event helmets with wigs “…to keep the focus on the music and not celebrity, never revealing their faces in concerts, TV interviews or even promo shots like this one (Spinner.com).” They weren’t wearing gloves at this point and weren’t in correlating “uniforms” as we know them to wear today.

Daft Punk, 1997 Source: Spinner.com

Then, in 2001 with the release of “Discovery,” they transitioned from masks to helmets. This was on purpose. It was paying homage to their personification of ‘robots from space’ in their music. (Yes, I just said robots. Non-Daft Punk fans, hang with me. I promise this isn’t as wacky as it sounds…) According to a Rolling Stone article from May 2013, “…no matter why the robo-dance Parisians wear them, their helmets are an inescapable part of why we can’t get enough of Daft Punk.”

Daft Punk, 2001, “Discovery” Source: The Guardian

In 2005 with the release of “Human After All,” Daft Punk traded their top-to-bottom metallic look for sleek black leather jackets and introduced us to similar helmets to those they wear today.

“Human After All,” 2005; Source: Papermag.com

Another image from 2005’s “Human After All” promo shoot; Source: Papermag.com

My main question about this shot is – how do they enjoy their cocktails with those helmets on?

Prior to the long wait for their latest album “Random Access Memories,” there were a few albums released, but they were special projects without many promotional shots. For a list of all Daft Punk digital downloads available, check out this Amazon listing.

As many fans counted down to the release, fashion magazines were also paying attention. Disco was once again alive and with the artists that Daft Punk pulled in for the album, there’s no doubt that the music would be played on many different formats across the world.

The release of Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” spent multiple weeks at number one on music charts around the world and broke the Spotify record for streaming in its first week.

But, for fashion, Italian Vogue specifically was interested. “Random Access Memories” reminded the public (which I’m not sure how we could ever forget) how much of a role music has in fashion. A translation of the Daft Punk interview in Italian Vogue can be read here, but here are a few of the photos from the shoot.

Source: Italian Vogue for Men (LUomo Vogue) via Castleawesome.com


Source: Italian Vogue for Men (LUomo Vogue) via Castleawesome.com

Source: Italian Vogue for Men (LUomo Vogue) via Castleawesome.com

That last two photos are very chic – maybe a bit Darth Vadar chic, but I mean that in a good way.

For more photos, check out the post on Castleawesome.com.

Read about Daft Punk’s Rolling Stone’s photoshoot. Watch a video promo of the Rolling Stone shoot.

Rolling Stone Cover featuring Daft Punk - May 2013

Rolling Stone Cover featuring Daft Punk May 2013; Source: rollingstone.com

Yves Saint Laurent launched a Daft Punk segment within their “Music Project” line along with lines for Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love, Beck, Christopher Owens, and Kim Gordon.

Daft Punk, Yves Saint Laurent Music Project Line photo; Source: highsnobsociety.com

See more Daft Punk fashion in the “Get Lucky” promo. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers get in on the glitzy sequin fun.

Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers with Daft Punk in “Get Lucky” Video grab image via high50.com

Final Thoughts: Their music and fashion are a bit haute couture. I don’t think everyone can pull off a “robot” helmet or gloves, but there are elements of these styles – the trench cape for one – that could really be worn mainstream. I think that artists – of all mediums – can be influencers for fashion. It’s fun to take their look and making it more feasible for everyday.

Can’t get enough of Daft Punk? Another current artist that is cashing in on the Daft Punk buzz is Kanye West. Daft Punk is credited as co-producers on four tracks from Kanye West’s new album, Yeezus. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter are also credited as writers on tracks 1, 2, 3, and 9.)

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