Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Right Now: Happy Birthday, Andy!
Pop art aficionados take some time out of your day to remember the greatest in the game. It’s Andy Warhol’s big 8-6 today and we think everyone needs to recognize it. Best known for reappropriating celebrity, culture and advertisement as art, Warhol is an icon to art lovers the world over. He was the founder of Interview and undoubtedly the reason we have the pop art effect on Photobooth. If you’re in LA, make your way over to MOCA in September to check out Andy Warhol: Shadows, an exhibition that presents one Warhol painting in 102 parts!
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Meet Cristina Black
When I got to Cristina Black’s Angelino Heights apartment, she is relieved to reveal the project she’s been working on in secret for months: Blake Lively’s lifestyle site, Preserve, which premiered via her Vogue cover story that morning. It doesn’t surprise me that Black was asked to work in editorial on the Gossip Girl star’s venture. Black made a name for herself as a writer in New York as the entertainment editor at Foam while freelancing regularly for Nylon, Dazed & Confused, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York, amongst others. She’s an accomplished woman.
But almost two years ago, she dropped her life in New York and migrated to Los Angeles “in pursuit of the songwriter’s dream,” says Black. “Los Angeles has a vibe. I don’t know if it’s the weather or what, but I’m like this super-ultra version of myself in California. It’s letting me be who I actually am and, for once, that doesn’t feel like a fight. It feels like love maybe should.”
Black is also a trained pianist and harpist who has released a string of EPs of ethereal, dark melodies. The Ditty Sessions was critically acclaimed while her latest EP Ides of March is just about to surface. We went over to Black’s place to shoot some photos and talk about style.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 Nasty Gals Do It Better: Kendall and Kylie Jenner Wear Nasty Gal and Shoe Cult
The Jenner girls have come a long way from just being known as Kim Kardashian’s little sisters. In the past few years, Kendall and Kylie have emerged as It-Girls in their own right. Kendall has even embarked on a quickly sky-rocketing modeling career, walking runways for Marc Jacobs of Chanel, appearing in a Givenchy campaign, and gracing the covers of magazines like Teen Vogue and Love. We love seeing the rising style icons sporting pieces from our Nasty Gal and Shoe Cult collections, like Kendall in the After Party Vintage Tumble Muscle Tee, and Kylie (pictured below) in the Shoe Cult Smooth Criminal Boot.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 Guest Edit: Yasi Salek @ Burger-A-Go-Go!
When it comes to music, the all-girl concept is great in theory, but can also easily go the way of Lilith Fair real fast if not executed properly. But in the case of this past weekend’s Burger-A-Go-Go, the female-centric festival put on by cult Southern California label Burger Records, awesomeness definitely prevailed. It helped that the line-up was robust and diverse, packed full of emerging acts like The Aquadolls, Death Valley Girls, and Feels (hands down my favorite new act, keep an eye on them), heavy-hitters like Bleached, Dum Dum Girls, and Best Coast (pictured above in her highly coveted Jagermeister t-shirt), and Burger sweethearts Colleen Green, Peach Kelli Pop, and Shannon and the Clams. Watching The Muffs play to the super psyched all-ages crowd, many of whom weren’t even born when the band put out their first album in 1993, was pretty special, but the most stand out performance of the night definitely came from Atlanta punk rock princesses The Coathangers. Their raucous, electrifying set almost certainly inspired the formation of dozens of new bands out of the adoring teens in the crowd, and even got this old lady to take a stage dive (I have life in me yet).
Here are some photos (special thanks to Blaque Chris):