Briony Smith breaks down each episode of the Netflix show chronicling Nasty Gal’s beginnings. Because we’re super old school that way.
Last week we shared the first Portrait
Let me be very clear that I live in a world where Kim Gordon needs no introduction, but for the 1% of you who were either born after 2005 or spent the entirety of the last 20 years camping in the bush in Western Australia, here is some background. (For the rest of you currently staring at your “I love Kim G” hand-collaged bedroom walls, my apologies). Born in Rochester, NY and bred in Los Angeles, CA, Gordon studied visual art at Otis before moving to New York City and becoming immersed in the underground/post-punk/noise music scene. It was there that she met Thurston Moore and Lee Ronaldo, and together they formed legendary no-wave band Sonic Youth in 1981. As guitarist, bassist, and vocalist for Sonic Youth, Gordon spent a few decades serving as the #1 girl crush of all the coolest girls in the world, someone how finding time in her busy shredding schedule to produce Hole’s first album Pretty On The Inside, co-direct The Breeders “Cannonball” video with pal Spike Jonze, and launch a (now defunct) cult clothing line called X-Girl (a favorite of the likes of Chloe Sevigny and Sofia Coppola), all the while continuing to create art in myriad forms.
Her latest endeavor is sort of the ideal marriage of music and art, an experimental noise band heavy on improvisation and deliberate visuals called Body/Head. At age 61, Kim Gordon is still a style icon and girl crush to the masses, and she is still creating her own world and playing by her own rules. She will always be a #GIRLBOSS in our books.
Dudes, #GIRLBOSS is (almost!) here. Nasty Gal Founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso’s new book is officially available for pre-order and will hit stores/the internet starting May 6. Here’s a little description of what to expect: “From the food bank to making bank, #GIRLBOSS is the story of how I tried to escape capitalism—and ended up a CEO. At age 17, I was a dumpster-diving, shoplifting anarchist, but by 29, I’d turned Nasty Gal into a $100+ million business. #GIRLBOSS shares all the lessons I learned along the way. I can’t wait for you to read it.” (Bonus: Check out Sophia’s killer video below.)
Dudes, we hate to break it to you, but our awesome Calendar Gals feature has officially come to an end! We had to go out with a bang, so we asked our own #GIRLBOSS/CEO Sophia Amoruso to share what she’s dying to get her hands on this season—oh, and wish you all a very merry Christmas!
For any of you that know me, (probably a grand total of two people—my best friend and my boss), you are aware that I love Leandra Medine. So much so, that I got a little fangirl-y last night at Leandra’s book signing event at Barney’s in Los Angeles. For the last nine months, I have been patiently awaiting the arrival of Seeking Love, Finding Overalls, Leandra’s debut book, which she describes as “…a love story sprinkled over different kinds of denim.” You can only imagine how thrilled I was when I found out that she would be holding a book signing at The Grove. Sophia (#GIRLBOSS) attended the event as well, since she and Leandra are pals, and as a Professional Dream-Fulfiller (which will be added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 2014 if any of you were wondering…jk) Sophia introduced me to Leandra, and then it got even better: I got to conduct a mini interview with her. Of course, I was way too indecisive in choosing what the heck to ask her in the one-and-a-half minute time slot I had, so I’m warning you the questions are a little, well, random. Regardless, I was so excited to chat with my idol about the Circus of Fashion, boogers, and Birkenstocks.
What about you? Who would bring the inner fangirl out in you? -Marissa