For me, there is no more obvious, more perfect collaboration than that of Joan Jett and Hot Topic–except for Shirley Manson and Hot Topic. Yes, the oft-maligned store is still around, even though it might quite not resonate with you any longer since you left junior high.
Considering Jett was involved in a lawsuit with the light goth retailer earlier this year, it is somewhat surprising that she would come out with a line for them. But, as the old saying goes, “Money talks.” And it’s certainly spoken to Jett, as the pieces from this collection sell for as high as $65 (outlandish by Hot Topic pricing standards).
Jett stated of the offerings,
We’ve got a black skinny jean with pleather insets and zippers, a couple of motorcycle jackets with lace-up sleeves—one in black, one in red—a black pleather fitted jacket with zippers. You know, that kind of stuff. I have an asymmetrical lace up tank top with pleather lace-up details and a really cool black and red destructed heart sweater, for two layers. And actually, I wear all that stuff, too.”
So basically a punk Renaissance look that suits Jett as well as selling herself to Hot Topic. But their union is all too perfect considering both parties know how to purvey a bastardized form of culture back to the masses. Next thing you know, Jett will have lingerie at Forever 21.