By  on June 29, 2006

PARIS — Who said rolling stones gather no moss?

One Kate Moss, a fixture on Europe's music festival scene, is among proponents of a vintage-inflected, rock-chick look making waves in Europe this summer.

"Kate [Moss], the whole Baby Shambles thing and the guitar revival have all contributed to the rock-chick look," said Topshop's brand director, Jane Shepherdson, referring to the current craze for pointy shoes, skinny jeans and stripy T-shirts.

According to Shepherdson, the recent sighting of Moss at the Isle of Wight Festival wearing HotPants and a vintage cape sent sales of the store's vintage lines — in particular its sunglasses collection, Jeepers Peepers — soaring. "We're adding a lot of authentic, vintage-inspired pieces to our collections," said Shepherdson, citing festival gear as an important new influencer of fashion trends.

The vintage and rock-chick trends were certainly in evidence last week as a citywide music festival swept Paris, showcasing a new wave of all-girl guitar, folk and pop groups. These include the pop-rock quartet Plastiscine, British Fifties-style trio The Pipettes and a rising tide of Swedish pop-folk acts, whose fans are mixing rock, vintage and retro high street looks with relish.

At Plastiscine's gig, a legion of mademoiselles turned out in wallet-friendly, fast-fashion looks in striped, polkadot and retro styles.

Put-together vintage looks were also key. "We like to shop vintage, as it's cheaper and more individual," said 18-year-old student Eleonore Guernard.

Plastiscine, meanwhile, who grew up listening to bands such as Blondie, the B-52s and The Smiths, were kitted out in Cheap Monday jeans mixed with high street pieces. Zazie Tavitian, 18, drummed away wearing a pair of oversize vintage sunglasses.

"All that counts is that clothes are low-budget, cool and comfortable," said Platiscine's 18-year-old singer, Katty Besnard — a Scarlett Johansson lookalike — who mixed a striped H&M top, scuffed canvas sneakers and a self-lopped denim miniskirt for the show.

Across town, a lineup of female Swedish acts proved that vintage rules in Scandinavia.

"We're going to play you a song with a sh---y synthesizer we just bought for five bucks," announced Maia Hirasawn, one half, with Annika Norlin, of rising Swedish pop group Hello Saferide, who are due to play a New York showcase at the Living Room next month. Wearing blue eye shadow and a prim emerald-green dress, Hirasawn resembled a Seventies housewife.

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