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D'arcy Wretzky
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D'arcy Wretzky

In 1995, for a certain part of the female population, there was no cooler aesthetic icon than Smashing Pumpkins bassist D'Arcy Wretsky. Sure, Billy Corgan had the freshly shaved head, silver pants and a snarl, but D'Arcy had the latter plus blue hair, raccoon eyes and immaculate space-age goth clothing, as witnessed in the "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" video. With her thin frame, slickly modern bobbed hair and inky beestung lips, she looked like an updated version of a sullen silent film star, an apocalyptic Brooksian figure. It wasn't an image for gleaming, healthy youths to mimic, but the most interesting expressions usually aren't. When she added a devil-horned headband to her look, the spell was fully complete. Alongside Shirley Manson, D'Arcy was the most glamorous outsider in the game.

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