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20 Years after Kurt Cobain…

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In all honesty this site wouldn’t exist without the grunge music of Seattle and it’s unintentional spokesperson, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. Like many other sites today we reflect on the past 20 years since his tragic death.

So much has changed in the realm of rock music since ’94. You could almost say it’s impact has been considerably softened when it comes to pop culture relevance. There was an attempted resurgence in the early 00’s but nothing has come close to what rock music did for the youth in the 90s. Before the world of social media there was just true human interaction with music. Most people my age long for a time when we become more physical and less digital much like the age of the 90s.

Kurt Cobain wasn’t just the lead singer of my favorite band. He represented all of us; the angst filled youth that would come to define most of my teen years. I remember sitting in my 5th grade class when we heard the news of his passing. A 7th grader ran into the room and even though we were all still so young we had all been listening to Nirvana for most of the school year. Even at 10 years old we knew all the words to “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. There was a wave of sadness that came over the classroom. And before we even knew what Nirvana really meant to us, we knew that something was changing. After that day, rock music was never the same.

So in looking back over the last 20 years since his death I’m not thinking somber thoughts today. Kurt touched and continues to impact my life and so many others and for that we wear our Nirvana t-shirts and continue to play their music loud and proud.

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Fashion Grunge Mixtape #41: Never Winning

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Things have been a little bit up and down, hence the dreaded lapse in posts lately. Sometimes the only thing I can do is put together a playlist that encompasses everything that I’m feeling at the present moment. It almost serves as a music photograph, a glimpse in time to remind me that it’s always darkest before the dawn.

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Throwback Thursday: Temple of the Dog

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Temple of the Dog is probably one of my favorite bands from the 90s. Aside from “Hunger Strike” being my go-to karaoke song in any situation,  they were such a great band that only had one album in the early 90s. It’s pretty much  a grunge supergroup with Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder with future members of Pearl Jam. The band formed after the tragic loss of Mother Love Bone frontman, Andrew Wood. What started out as a tribute band became one of the best treasures of the 90s and grunge world. Unfortunately they didn’t reach success until ’92 and by then Eddie and co. were well on their way with Pearl Jam. Oh yeah, Chris Cornell didn’t do too shabby either.

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A few years ago they joined together again on stage. I’m speechless.

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My Birthday! Another Decade…

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Welp! Today is my big 30th birthday. This is going to be a short post since I have some surprise birthday plans all day tomorrow. To me age really is nothing but a number and I couldn’t be more proud to have been born in 1983. All that I’ve experienced and lived through can’t ever be replaced. Looking forward to making new memories!

Oh yeah and just because, this is one of my favorite photos ever.

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Style From Your Closet Editorial #3: Jaimee

jaimee_5I first shot Jaimee for the “Kids in America” editorial about a year ago. We knew that we wanted to shoot her again for this project. So here she is in the third installment of the ‘Style From Your Closet” series. She is born and raised in Venice, CA and we took an afternoon and evening in dogtown to take some photos in and around Jaimee’s environment. Check out the video we shot that gives you a little bit more insight into her influences and inspirations.

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Model: Jaimee Kadish

Photography: Lauren M Brown

Style/ Video: Cody McCook

Production/ Animation: Jacob Valentin

 
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Shed a Tear…

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I really wish that I didn’t have to remember a sad day in rock history. Unfortunately in the 90s many of the icons and legends who made music possible were taken from this world too soon. I know today all over the web you’ll see an endless amount of posts and reminders about the deaths of Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley. In an attempt to just use this site as a glance into my own head I’ll leave you with two of my favorite songs from these iconic grunge frontmen. We can still remember them by the incredible music they have left behind. I’ll always remember the profound impact they have made on my life to this day. For without it, this site wouldn’t even exist.

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Model Files: Interview w/ Lauren Hastings @ Vision LA

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I have been following model Lauren Hastings for quite a while now. Last summer she modeled for the Planet Blue lookbook and I completely fell in love with her California rocker bohemian style. I was super excited to get the chance to ask her some questions and get a bit more insight to one of the raddest models around!

Check it out!

LB: How long have you been modeling? How did you get your start?

LH:  I started modeling at 12. I was walking threw the local mall in Fresno California and there was a contest called Facefinders. I asked my mom if I could enter in it and she said yes. So me and my lil sister took Polaroids. They invited us both back to do the Fashion Show and the winner of that would win an all expense payed trip to Palm Springs for the Big Modeling expo. So I won the fashion show and went to Palm Springs. Then won a couple of awards there and signed with Ford Models at 12. Can’t tell you how long cause then that would give away my age. ;)

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LB: What has been your favorite shoot to date?

LH: Oh man that’s so hard to choose. Damn. I’ve worked with so many cool interesting people. There’s a recent one for What Youth Magazine I did. Where the photographer Jason Lee Parry had me spitting fire. That was pretty challenging. It was my first time doing that. Having to blow fire with Bacardi 151 (tastes like fucking gasoline) but being conscious of how you look, if your eyes or closed or open, trying to not make an ugly face while drinking poison, trying not to light my hand on fire (which happened almost every time) It was fuckin nuts! But super fun tho. I would do it all over again!

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LB: Do you have any pre/post shoot rituals?

LH: It depends what the job is for. If its going to be a nude then yes! I work out a shit ton and eat really clean. But if its just a normal mellow lookbook I just go in with a good attitude and ask them how they envision the shoot. Look at there mood boards and what they want me to convey. What story can I then tell. 

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LB: What’s your favorite decade and why?

LH: Well style wise im going with 60’s and 70’s, Victorian from the 1800’s, and early 1900’s. You have Anna Karina, Jane Birkin,  and Lauren Hutton whom I am named after. 50’s and 60’s for music. Shit and 70’s and 90’s fuck, all music!  

LB: Tell us something people would be surprised to know. 

LH:  If I wasn’t modeling or acting I would want to be a Criminal Profiler. I also like to eat while taking a bath. 

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LB: Who are your biggest inspirations, past or present? 

LH: That’s also a tough question. I find inspiration in so many things and so many people. From actors to musicians to friends and family. I’d say my little sister is a huge inspiration to me. There isn’t one that sticks out more than the other. I take a little bit from everything and everyone. 

LB: Who have you been dying to work with that you haven’t yet? 

LH: Dead or Alive?! Haha. A lot of people. Clint Eastwood, Noah Baumbach, Bill Murray, Ryan McGinley,  Kate Moss, Annie Leibovitz, Bryan Duffy. Shit, I don’t know my list could be a novel. 

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LB: What’s next for you? 

LH:  I got something really cool in the works, but can’t announce it yet.

Thanks Lauren!

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We Want YOU! Looking for Contributors!

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4 years ago when I started this blog it was more of an outlet into my daily inspiration and a visual diary of sorts. Now it’s grown into more of a community reaching all corners of the world. Something that I am so grateful for each and every day. There are so many things that we are planning for 2013. One of the first will be moving into creating a print magazine. Yes, you heard it here first. In keeping with that theme I want YOUR input and talent to reach the same audiences I do on a daily basis.

Here are the details! I’m looking for contributors to write for fashiongrunge.com in these areas:

- Fashion 

- Beauty

-Culture / Arts

-Street Style / Local Interest 

- Music

I’m going to be selecting one contributor for each area. Ideally you will need to understand the tone and aesthetic of the site to create a seamless integration with the existing format. In your inquiry please include 2 of your favorite posts on the blog and pitch 2 stories in the area that you would write. I’m super excited to read what YOU can bring to the blog and how you can put your own personal spin on it!

Send all emails / questions to: contribute@fashiongrunge.com

Deadline: April 1, 2013 

I’m also accepting submissions and portfolios from photographers.  Whether it’s for a feature or the possibility of shooting an editorial for the blog so keep them comin!

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Happy Birthday Kurt Cobain!

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Here is a quick post for the morning to commemorate Kurt Cobain’s birthday today. Even though he has been gone for almost 19 years it seems like yesterday. Nirvana never stopped becoming an inspiration to me and it’s probably the reason that I’m sitting here writing this to you right now.

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Throwback Thursday: Swatch Watches!

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Sometimes I think my love for 80s/90s nostalgia can be a problem. Often I find myself daydreaming about the little things that I remember about my childhood. I guess it has to be fact that fashion really moves in 20 year cycles and now the 90s are up for discussion and memory recall.

There are few things that are still in tact when it comes to my current life and my life 15 + years ago.  However one of the things that I have still remained in love with is Swatch watches. In the 80s and 90s they were the “go-to” watches for the preteen and teen set. When they first opened a Swatch store near me  I lost my mind. Just the idea that there were that many designs all in one place that I had to choose was blowing my mind. I fell off the train for a while in my college years but just a few years ago Kid Robot announced a collaboration with the watch brand. I scooped one up by the artist Tilt. Let’s all remember how awesome Swatch’s are and check them out now cause they still rule!

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swatchwatchHere is my current collection: Corto Maltese from 2001 F/W, KidRobot w/ Tilt, Cabaret Voltaire (2004)

Enjoy!

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