It’s definitely no secret that we have an undying love for all things disco, but today we’re taking a trip out of the Studio 54 era and into the Eighties, where the dance-ready tracks were infused with a little bit of punk and grit. Brace yourself – this isn’t your mama’s disco.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Olivia Bee. The darling 18-year-old Portland photographer is living the teenage dream with snapshots to prove it, whether she’s on a road trip down the coast or dancing all night at house parties that you thought only existed in ’90s teen movies. Inspired by gritty candids from the likes of Terry Richardson and Robert Mapplethorpe, Olivia’s hazy, dreamlike images have been featured in campaigns for Converse and Nike along with editorials in Rookie, Vice and The New York Times Magazine. Take a glimpse through the lens of the girl everyone’s buzzing about.
Left: Ann Demeulemeester hat, Alexander Wang knit, COS leather pants; Right: Vintage tank, Yohji Yamamoto pants, Marni sandals, Blackout Circle Shades
It’s impossible not to stop and smile when we spot our glamorous Sample Coordinator running around the office in high-waist leather skinnies, stopping to chat with everyone he passes along the way. Houman’s minimal-meets-maximal style is a force to be reckoned with, and is endlessly inspiring to all the girls and guys at Nasty Gal HQ. Though he may look like the striking love child of Salvador Dali and Diana Vreeland, he’s most influenced by “the sleek, tailored look of the mod era, combined with the experimental looks and shapes of the ’80s and the simple, loose cuts of the early ’90s.” In short, prepare to be wowed.
There was never any doubt in our minds that Nasty Gals do it better, but you’ve taken it to another level! We’re totally blown away by all of the contest entries we’ve seen so far, and wanted to share a few of them for inspiration. If you haven’t joined in on the action, there’s still plenty of time to get started. In case you’re wondering, you can enter as many photos as your heart desires, so keep ’em coming!
You may recognize this Sudanese stunner from our July lookbook, and if you’re anything like us, you haven’t stopped thinking about her since. With flawless skin, an infectious smile, and legs for days (trust us, we saw them IRL), Ajak is one of those girls that is impossible to ignore and the fashion world seems to agree. After our shoot, her next stop was Paris Fashion Week to get decked out in Givenchy’s latest couture collection (so jealous). We can’t wait to see where our model crush pops up next.
Our next Chit Chat LIVE! is coming up this Friday from 2-4 p.m. PST with our Assistant Stylist, Nick! It’s your chance to ask about his styling secrets and the things every Nasty Gal should have in her closet. If you don’t already know Nick from his weekly Studio Soundtracks on the blog and mad vintage styling skills, here are five random facts about our music-obsessed Nasty Guy: