A Visit To M/MANIFESTATION

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When we heard that M/M Paris’ first West Coast exhibition was happening just over the hill from us at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, we were pumped! The hyper-creative and majorly lauded Parisian design duo, Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag, are most well known for their unique integration of hand-drawn illustrations with rich photographs, but they’ve also made serious waves in the fashion and music world as well, with their trippy and emotional video for “Hidden Place” by Bjork and as creative consultant and art director for Vogue Paris (we’re impressed, which is hard to do). The exhibition, M/MANIFESTATION, just wrapped up on April 28th (sorry L.A. locals!), but lucky for you all, we managed to get there in time to check it out and grab a few snaps! Click through to see what we saw—namely, another collection of visual images making a turn towards The New Aesthetic, while still integrating their more iconic use of hand drawn and printed techniques.

Meet Mila!

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It should take about .001 second to see why we couldn’t wait to have our favorite off-duty beauty, Mila De Wit, back in the studio. Not only is she a total blast to hang out with, she can transform from girl next door to smokin’ hot bombshell with a single bat of her lashes. We had a catch-up sesh with the Netherlands native and got the scoop on her Parisienne-inspired style and the one thing she would never wear.

Zoe Burnett – A Citizen of the Internet

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Our web designer Martine has braved James Franco in corn rows and watched rainbows melt, all in the name of enriching our Artsy Fartsy world here at Nasty Gal. This time, she clues us in on GIF artist (yes, it’s a thing) Zoe Burnett—and picks her brain on the important stuff, like screen names and Kid Pix. Plus, because Martine is extra-cool and persuasive, Zoe Burnett crafted two exclusive GIFs just for Nasty Gal (scroll to the bottom of this post to check ’em out).

She’s A Lady

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Nicole Wray and Terri Walker, the soulful songbirds behind Lady, aren’t exactly new to the scene—even if their group would be found squarely in the “emerging” category. But these two have been working—by which they mean exercising those pitch perfect vocal chords—in the industry for years with the likes of Missy Elliot, The Black Keys and Mos Def to name a few. With this new project, produced and released by Williamsburg’s Truth and Soul Records, Lady’s poised to make some major waves with their own style of completely fresh, dance floor-ready, soul R&B.

P.S. I Made This… For You

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We maintain a hard and fast rule when it comes to looking exactly like every other person at a party: Just say no. And while, yes, a pricey and perfect vintage number does get the job done, sometimes the best way to ensure you’re the biggest stunner in the room is to take matters into your own hands. That’s why we turned to the Internet’s veritable DIY czarina, PS I Made This‘ Erica Domesek, who worked her magic on our already awesome In The Cut Dress to create this perfectly out there look for prom—or any other occasion. Then, because we can’t let things alone, we put her through a lightning round of  This or That.

Achromatic Cool

Is there anything chicer than all white everything? We love the idea of a blank canvas making a louder statement than any color-injected or print-packed look ever could. And just because it’s minimalist doesn’t mean white on white (on white) isn’t interesting; think light-bending shapes, stark silhouettes and super cool textures that pack enough punch to give your bold pieces a breather. Anyone can pull it off and it’s the easiest way to look put together without trying too hard (something we’re definitely into). So whether you go for white hot separates or a full-blown, head-to-toe whiteout, these street style snaps will give you a glimpse at the endless possibilites of the ultimate shade of cool.

Ministry Of Love

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What’s better than watching your favorite band’s new music video and just one step closer to participating in their mad creative romp? We’re going to go with the following: A perfectly trippy, totally techy and utterly cool interactive video. And who could possibly be responsible for such a dream come true? Io Echo, of course. Of course.

Meet Ebonee!

We’re beyond lucky to get to hang out with some of the world’s coolest chicks in our studio, and this week was no different. Ebonee Davis showed up barefaced in a tank and ripped jeans, but was stoked to get a serious smear of coral lipstick and step into some mile-high platforms. See, she’s the kind of girl who’s just as down to glam it up as she is to hit the local dive, a.k.a. our new best friend. The super chill Seattle native (who’s already has ‘zines like Glamour South Africa under her belt) took a time out to chat with us about her childhood crush and how she keeps her bod in check.