Thursday, January 24, 2013 Nasty Guys: Eternal Flames
With all the love in the air this week, talk naturally turned to our ultimate crushes. After a heated debate here at Nasty Gal HQ, we dreamed up a list of heartthrobs we’ve been shamelessly obsessed with since junior high. From Johnny Depp circa “Winona Forever” to Dylan McKay and his denim overalls (and even an MMMBop bro…no judgement!), these babe magnets will have you swooning in no time. So don’t be shy, take a peek at the dudes we’ll love forever. Uhhh…boyz rule.
Saga, Merchandise Assistant: ”Leonardo DiCaprio. Why? Titanic, Romeo and Juliet, The Beach, annnnnd we’re birthday twins.”
Katie, Asst. Retoucher: ”Jack White! Not only is he super sexy but he can make a guitar out of a piece of wood, a coke bottle and a guitar string!”
Alex, Production Coordinator: “Bobby from Twin Peaks because and/or in spite of the fact that he is such an a**hole.”
Ashley, Sr. Fashion Stylist: ”My boyfriend. Wah wahhh, I’m so cheesy. But seriously. He’s hot.”
Jaclyn, Social Media Manager: “David Byrne in Stop Making Sense and Mick Jagger…well…any time.”
Val, PR Coordinator: ”Johnny Depp circa Kate Moss.”
Soozie, Asst. Designer: ”Johnny Depp circa Winona Ryder.”
Sabrina, Planning Analyst: ”Dylan McKay in Beverly Hills 90210, season one. I specify the season because he wears denim overalls. I mean…”
Courtney, Site Merchandiser: “I’m a little embarrassed to say…Andrew Keegan was my only childhood crush. I saw him out once in Santa Monica and wasn’t as impressed “
Jenny, Graphic Designer: ”Jordan Catalano, duh.”
Isabella, Social Media Associate: “Marc Bolan! A man who you can share jumpsuits with, can sing you to sleep and says things like, ‘I drive a Rolls Royce because it’s good for my voice.’”
Dee, Asst. Designer: ”Lemmy. Always & Forever. At any age.”
Liz, Sr. Copywriter: ”Back in the day, mine was definitely Bijou Phillips.”
Kaitlyn, Sr. PR Manager: ”Taylor Hanson since ’96, and still my #1 babe! I fell in love at Meadowlands Arena during a free 6am show put on by a local Jersey radio station. I caught a stuffed animal he threw out to audience and it got ripped from my hands except for the tag. I kept the tag.”
Nicki, Front Desk Coordinator: “Edward Furlong circa Terminator 2.”
Tammy, Marketing Manager: “Childhood? Christian Bale. Did you ever see Newsies? Come on.”
Nick, Asst. Fashion Stylist: “The beautiful Robert Mapplethorpe.”
Cherysse, Jr. Buyer: “Ultimate 90s crush? Ethan Hawke circa Reality Bites.”
Sarah, Art Director: “Um, mine was Fred Durst. Gross.”
Friday, January 4, 2013 Film: Harmony Korine
Happy Birthday to filmmaker Harmony Korine, the rebellious eccentric who continually delivers healthy doses of curious and surreal to the cinema, from the most recent Fourth Dimension and forthcoming Spring Breakers to iconic film Gummo. He’s not afraid to be disturbing by heading pretty far out there … yet he still somehow keeps it relatable, commenting on the human condition from the sideways squint of an intensely strange individual. Happy birthday to one of our favorite directors!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Nasty Guys: Todd Diederich
Always living it up to the fullest, photographer Todd Diederich has an eye for poetry and beauty in places you’d never expect it. All of his photos seem to have taken place in the midst of some weird party, even if the participants didn’t know they were attending. Based in Chicago, he feels the city deeply in his core. Most recently his work’s been featured in Oyster; he’s also worked with Grimes, shooting her during some of her travels, and notably (and extensively) documented Chicago’s Ballroom scene. Here, he tells us about his state of mind…
What is beauty?
Adventure or journey?
Adventuring is the only language I know. It’s the zenith of intuition. Hindsight will shape the journey. I obviously have no hindsight… ever. ;p
Dreams or dreamy?
My dreams have changed. Maybe it has for others as the center of our solar system is aligning with the center of the Milky Way. I rarely have people or story lines in my dreams anymore. Now it’s as if my mind’s eye is cloaked in full spectrums of geometric light and electro magnetic waves playing with my bio-circuitry. It has inspired me to see myself as a shape of my own creation.
Friendship or crew?
There are big ships and small ships but the best ships are friendships.
Favorites or all of it?
All of it. Have you ever eaten every flavor of Sour Patch Kids in one bite? It’s alchemy.
(all photographs ©Todd Diederich)
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Nasty Guys: Glam Rock ‘n’ Romance with Marion Belle
Fatal Jamz is the kind of band that stirs your inner delinquent—that part of you that wants to get your sequins dusty as you run wild into the kind of night that, despite all odds, ends up changing your life for the better. Front man Marion Belle says he, too, is only interested in these kinds of musicians, the ones you see onstage for one song, or hear for a second on the radio, and then that’s it—they’ve got you.
With a snow white Stratocaster bought at a pawn shop, he headed out to the Valley for some singing lessons from a woman in a pink wig. A couple bands later, he’s now got Fatal Jamz—and we’ve got an exclusive track to release after we pick his brain a little. The glam-pop songs on their new record, he says, “try to narrate the story of someone waking up at dawn, in the morning in Los Angeles, and their journey through a hazy and insanely fantastical world, until the end of night.” That’s exactly what we got from their “Scorpion Chain” video, directed by Abigail Bean, and how it felt when they played our Halloween party.
For me rock ‘n’ roll began at an arcade in the mall near my school when I was 13–something about being a teenager in America is insanely lonely and mythic and there are so many people out there in the wilderness, you want to sing them a song of great insane beauty. Because someone sang you a song that reached you, you know how it feels and you don’t want them to be alone, either. You can’t let them down–or yourself–and you’re being chased by that thought, so you dive into the heart-shaped pool, beneath the turquoise waves, and you drown in haunted melodies. While beneath the waves you commune with Gia Carangi and Sebastian Bach. You surface for air, emerging outside Versace’s South Beach estate. You fall sleep on a white sand beach while palm trees sway beneath candy neon lights…
Thursday, October 18, 2012 Nasty Guys: Ladies & Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones
As much as we debate the impossible question, “Mick or Keith?”, there’s no way we could ever choose our favorite Rolling Stone. In the ’60s, the bad boy Brits hit the scene and they’ve pretty much ruled the world since. The notorious frontmen have spanned the decades, basically writing the book on how to be rock & roll gods…partying with Warhol at Studio 54 and marrying supermodels like Jerry Hall, not to mention making some of the greatest rock records ever. Keith has the “I don’t give a shit” attitude we love and Mick’s lips (alright, and his moves) still have us swooning. This year marked their 50th anniversary and since they just seem to get better with age, they’re hitting the stage to celebrate with a few exclusive shows in the UK and US, alongside the release of a new documentary, Crossfire Hurricane. Essentially, The Stones are not only rock royalty but will forever be the kings of cool.