Monday, February 25, 2013

"The Theme is '90's Grunge'"

"The theme is 90's grunge."

Brainstorm, brainstorm, shit. What the hell is 90's grunge? Think, what did you wear in the 90's?
Diapars, velcro shoes, girl/boy scout uniforms, overalls, floral hats, ankle socks.
We're not getting anywhere.

"The theme is 90's grunge."

What that REALLY means is what we see as 90's grunge... in 2013.

High waisted shorts, crop tops, flannels, Doc Martens, thigh highs, denim.. anything really, chunky platform shoes, floral, muscle tanks, band tees.

Ironically, I also just described a hipster.

Anyway, the theme was 90's grunge, and it was a blast!
Follow me as I explore some of these outfits from the latest shoot featuring my dance team, ACA Hip Hop. Photography by Charlie Chang.

ACA Hip Hop @ Venice Beach
Photography by Charlie Chang

Model: Christina Kim
Photography by Charlie Chang
A cropped top in army print? Talk about a double whammy!
Docs and Litas: two bold styles that people at first saw on tumblr or at Nordstroms and said, "These are stupid." Look at them now, being all fashion staples and whatnot.

Beanie: Urban Outfitters
Camo Crop: Brandy Melville
Flannel: Jamie's Rack
Shorts: UNIF
Shoes: Docs / Jeffrey Campbell Litas

Model: Cathy Liu
Photography by Charlie Chang
"I'm so glad oversized jean jackets are in again!" said no one... yet.

This is basically another darker version of the previous photo, but who has ever uttered, "That is too much grunge"?

Beanie: Tillys
Jacket: Forever 21
Flannel: Forever 21
Tank: Forever 21
Shorts: Flea Market
Tights: DIY. Literally. Right before the shoot, she cut herself.
Boots: Steve Madden

Model: Kevin Mathews
Photography by Charlie Chang
"If you could describe your outfit in 4words, what would it be?"
                                       "Grungier than my usual."

Hat: Urban Outfitters
Sweater: "Used to be my mom's, moths got to it."
Pants: "[They] were harem pants, didn't fit my Hawaiian calves so I cut them to shorts."
Flannel: "From my mom lol."
Boots: Steve Madden
Necklace: Catholic School

Model: Hannah Chu
Photography by Charlie Chang
Usually, being called 'nasty' is not a compliment, but nowadays, being a real life NastyGal is equivalent in fashion to being called a Beyonce.

Follow her blog @nativeflowers!

Bralette & Thigh Highs: Urban Outfitters
Shorts: American Vintage
Shoes: Holographic Creepers from Urban
Gold Chain: Forever21

Model: Emily Tokyo Yi
Photography by Charlie Chang
When she heard "90s grunge", I'm almost positive she went to her sculpture class, smoked a cigarette, looked off into the distance, and shrugged condescendingly as the smoke surrounded her in a very artsy manner.

The day of the photo shoot, I'm almost positive she looked in her closet and said, "Yolo."

Mesh Top: H&M x Lanvin
Shorts & Belt: Salvation Army
Tights: House of Holland
Bustier: "I don't remember.."
Flannel: Goodwill 

Model: James Pasalo
Photography by Charlie Chang

I think we have established that 90s grunge entails plaid, denim, and looking "kewl".

Jean Jacket: Kevin's Closet
Baseball Tee: Urban Outfitters
Button Up: Heritage Men
Pants: Levi's Super Skinny
Boots: Clarks Desert Boots
Beanie: Westwing



Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bringing Back the Anorak: Military Style.


An anorak or parka is a type of heavy jacket with a hood, often lined with fur or fake fur, so as to protect the face from a combination of freezing temperatures and wind.
As the seasons are changing and we’re falling into winter, street wear has yet again taken an ordinary item and tagged it with swag.

Although anoraks are defined basically as parkas (thank you wikipedia), fashion has decided to blend new textures and patterns with the convenience of something that has always been around.

Army green and camo? So in right now. On a deeper note, perhaps this is just fashion’s way of telling us that we are all just consumers, we are all blending in together, we will camouflage into the background with all the other hype beasts. 

Or maybe it’s just another trend passing by.

I’m not much of an outerwear kind of girl; I love being cold and I hate layers because I feel like the Michelin tire guy, but my cool army green anorak is the perfect thing to throw on with a pair of docs without trying too hard and resulting in a hip look. 
There’s definitely a price to pay in fa$hion, but I guess it depends on your demand, your budget, and your environment. You can find versions of these online, from Karmaloop to Runway Bandits to NastyGal to Agaci. You can literally find these bad boys anywhere.

Whether it’s a fashion statement, a convenient piece of outerwear, or an interpretation on consumerism, I’ve fallen for it. Add a light hoodie or a beanie and you’ll take on that Bay swag instantly, like me.

And if you’re in luck, you’ll find one for $18 at American Vintage, like I did.

Beanie & Sunglasses - Urban Outfitters
Anorak - American Vintage
Hoodie - Brandy Melville
Patterned Tank & Disco Pants - American Apparel
Boots - Doc Martens.
Purse - H&M