Wednesday, June 11, 2014

THREE DAYS WITH NIXON


When Refinery29 asked me if I wanted to take a few Nixon watches on a test-run, of course the answer was a big yes; I'm a huge watch-fan: new, antique, working or not. So I just added my three new watches in with my regular weekend clothing repertoire and shot the results - they fit right in. You can get your own at Nixon.com.

Friday, look one: Nixon Time Teller, Burberry sunglasses, American Apparel coat, J Crew shirt, Blk Dnm blazer, Mother Denim jeans, Saint Laurent Paris boots. 

Saturday, look two: Nixon Small Time Teller, Ray Ban sunglasses, vintage polka dot shirt, Mother Denim jeans, Saint Laurent Paris boots.

Sunday, look three: Nixon Small Time Teller, Illesteva sunglasses, Topman suit, Gap shirt, Birkenstock sandals.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

MADE FOR PEARL


Janis Joplin was a real artist; she lived her truth, and whether she was speaking or singing, she did so from her soul. She once said about her experience growing up in her hometown,"They laughed me out of class, out of town, and out of state, man..." which seems more often than not to be the case with a lot of the legends we love and remember forever; that they were always out of step with the rest of the masses one way or another. It was women like Janis that gave me, and all the other self-proclaimed misfits that proceeded her more of a leg to stand on in regards to growing up with those same out of step feelings, who didn't desire to be what society considered a "traditional woman", who didn't aspire to be the prom queen, or a cheerleader, who spoke their mind, and pushed the boundaries of normalcy and femininity, and did so boldly. I am so thankful for Janis, not just for her contributions to the music world, and pop culture, but also for the truth she lived and spoke of so freely. Watch any Janis Joplin interview, and you will soon realize that she is one of a kind, especially in the world of celebrity that is so rehearsed and contrived. Her honesty and candor is beyond refreshing; I don't think there is an artist around today that can come close to that kind of truthfulness in our modern world of manufactured celebrities, media training, managers, and publicists. She lets all the walls down and shows you true vulnerability, it's impossible to not love her.

Made for Pearl was created by Janis Joplin's family; specifically her niece Malyn Joplin, based around pieces that are inspired by her iconic bohemian style. Think tunics, high-waisted bell bottoms, jumpsuits, tie-dye, turquoise accents, fringe, sterling silver, loft leather, and velvet; all made in the the U.S.A. There have been countless brands that have tried to achieve the Joplin spirit through their designs that always fall short, but with Made for Pearl, you are getting pieces designed in collaboration with her estate, some are even recreations of things Janis actually wore, so you can really get into the spirit of what is was to be Janis, and have a real connection to her life.

When I was approached about shooting in Made for Pearl, my first thought was that I had to capture her boisterous spirit accurately, and do it justice. I, like so many others have loved Janis since I found rock and roll music when I was a kid, so I knew this was something I had to do correctly, and with a lot of heart to honor her and thank her for what she did for me, and all the other people out there who have heard and benefited from her message: "…to be true to myself, to be the person that was inside of me…that's what I'm trying to do mostly in the whole world is to not bullshit myself and not bullshit anybody else, to be righteous to to myself, to be real,  you know what I mean? And so far you know, I'm doin' that, I am! I'm not wearing cardboard eyelashes and girdles and playing Las Vegas, I'm still bein' Janis…" So when it came time to pay homage to her, my first thought was to shoot the Made for Pearl pieces near my hometown where her band legendarily performed at the fairgrounds in Monterey, California during the first and only Pop Festival in 1967. The Monterey Pop Festival was considered the kick-off to the Summer of Love, as well as the first big performance from Janis Joplin's band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and it has been said that Columbia Records signed them based on their performance at the festival. If you happened to have purchased tickets (at the whopping price of $3.00-$6.50), you would have had the chance to see Janis, as well as The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, and Otis Redding, to name just a few of the legends that played that summer weekend. Her performance at the Monterey Pop Festival was a breakthrough, and they played two days in a row; the second day was added because the first day was so well-received, but wasn't filmed, so the second set was added and shot for the D. A. Pennebaker documentary The Complete Monterey Pop Festival released by The Criterion Collection (I'd say it's a must see for any true music fan). So we returned to the site of the festival 47 years later to shoot some of the pictures at the fairgrounds, and the rest were taken around Monterey, including my friend Bob's record store The Vinyl Revolution on Forrest Avenue in Pacific Grove, which provided the perfect psychedelic backdrop for the Made for Pearl collection. This one's for you Janis!


Joplin Bells in tie-dye denim and velvet, Time fringe bag, and Sam tunic all from Made for Pearl.

Special thanks to Made for Pearl the Joplin family, and Bollare!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

7th Avenue



Juicy Couture coat, Bespoken New York x Gap shirt, jeans from Mother Denim, Saint Laurent bag, and chelsea boots thanks to Miista.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

WINGS

Winged crystal ear cuff thanks to Ashley Madekwe x Bauble Bar, Tuxedo Jacket 11 thanks to BLK DNM, and shirt thanks to American Apparel.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

STOPITRIGHTNOW AND SKATE

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From now on I only skate STOPITRIGHTNOW decks, but don't worry; you can get your own limited edition CĂ©line print skateboard deck HERE!

So many thank yous, and xos to Jayne, who between her job designing for The Hundreds, running STOPITRIGHTNOW.com, and collaborating on a highly-coveted jewelry collection with Jennifer Fisher, also had the time to do another set of gnarly-rad/fashion-approved skate decks.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

LEITH CLARK X WARBY PARKER

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Editor, and stylist Leith Clark has added designer to her long list of talents; she has teamed up with Warby Parker on a 1960's inspired collection of eye-wear, with a percentage from each sale going to the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up campaign that provides life-transforming opportunities and services to girls around the world. In other words: buy them all!

All eyewear courtesy of Leith Clark x Warby Parker.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

WILD.LIFE.

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My friends over at Wildfang recently launched The Wild.Life. Collection, for the tomboys, and tomboy enthusiasts out there; get it here!

Wearing a WILD.LIFE. Collection tee and hat thanks to Wildfang, denim jacket thanks to American Apparel, jeans thanks to Paige Denim, Vans, and Illesteva sunglasses.