Tuesday, February 26, 2013

the girl with kaleidoscope eyes

[sweatshirt: Prabal Gurung x Target / jeans: American Apparel / boots: Steve Madden / earrings: Urban Outfitters] 

Sometimes comfort needs to come before fashion. Marathon study sessions at the library are those kinds of times. Since I am not the kind of person to go schlepping around in sweatpants and a t-shirt, I usually resign myself to jeans and some weirdly floaty shirt or oversized furry jacket (makes me feel like a stuffed animal!) I am SO excited that Prabal Gurung made this kaleidoscopically brilliant sweatshirt for his collaboration with Target. It is perfectly colorful and fashionable enough that my vanity is kept intact, but it's comfy enough that I can actually be productive while studying. Also, these brights are the perfect excuse for me to break out my Kate Spade Supercalifragilipstick in "Pop Art Pink"-- so really it's a winner all around. 

Title: from "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (The Beatles)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Then and Now: Marilyn Monroe and Jennifer Lawrence

Every girl's favorite every-girl, the stunning and talented Jennifer Lawrence, was named the new face of Dior a few months back, replacing Mila Kunis as the campaign star for the design house's Miss Dior handbag. Images from the new campaign were released today and I absolutely love it. What's not to love? -- from the sleek modern designs by house designer Raf Simons to the retro-glam touches like an elegant necklace or a veil, it is perfection. There are touches of Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor that I see throughout the shoot, but I think Jennifer looks most like another retro superstar. Even without her natural blonde locks, J. Law resembles fellow blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe in some of these shots, seeming to recreate the same veiled look at MM in her Last Sitting photo shoot with Bert Stern. What do you think of Jennifer's campaign? Does she remind you of Marilyn in these shots, or of some other Hollywood starlet of yesteryear?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

i wanna be your dog

I know that I have said this countless times before, but I'm telling you dear readers that Dolly Rocker Girl is soon to have a THRIVING personal style section! Finally I've got a camera, a tripod and of course an endless stream of outfits to wear, so there is no stopping me now! (Unless I actually dress horribly and everyone hates these posts). I am excited to start something that I have been itching to do for months, but since I come from the land of ice and snow, I cannot shoot outside quite yet. That is, unless anyone wants to know how to bundle up to the point that they resemble the Michelin Man, then I'm your gal! I'm excited to take Dolly Rocker Girl in this new direction -- I still intend to write about all   the retro goodness of the sixties and seventies, but these style posts will add a more modern and personal touch to the blog. Anyways, I'm boring you, so here is the first of what I hope to be many outfit posts.

[shirt: Romwe / blazer: J.Crew / pants: American Apparel / boots: Joie / handbag: Balenciaga / necklace: Joomi Lim / earrings: Fred Flare / rings: vintage]

Though I write a lot about flower children and gypsy bohemians, I personally adopt the punky-glam mode of fashion as worn by the likes of Patti Smith, a 70s-era Marianne Faithfull and groupie/girlfriend legends like Sable Starr and Maureen Starkey. I love this Givenchy-inspired sweater of an angry Rottweiler because it's an aggressive take on the very twee sweaters of various cartoon fauna that were popular last year. I paired it with a very Sid Vicious appropriate red plaid blazer and my favorite necklace, a double-spiked choker by Joomi Lim, finishing it all off with all black accessories and black Disco Pants by American Apparel. I still have some pink in my ends from my experiment with Davines Alchemic Red Conditioner and I think I want to do some more soon because I really loved the electric pink it gave me for a week. Please excuse the over-dramatic pout -- during the winter, my lips get really swollen for some reason. No intentional duckface posing here!

Title: from "I Wanna Be Your Dog" by The Stooges

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

"there's no face that can't be drawn like the face of a dream"

I watched La Chinoise last night for the first time in what feels like forever. I will admit that it's not my favorite Godard film, BUT my cinema crush Jean-Pierre Léaud stars in it so of course I am a fan. There are a lot of elements in this film that I really appreciate I like to think of it as the necessary link between Godard's work of the early 60s, films that revolved around youth, love and entertainment and consumer culture in France (in works such as À bout de souffle and Masculin Féminin) and his increasingly politicized fascinations in his work (like in the film Week End). La Chinoise is obvious in its political nature, leaning more toward social commentary than any traditional narrative. I appreciated Godard's over-stylized sets and tight framing of the mise-en-scène, his use of bright primary colors and the way that the actors interacted with one another rigidly but fascinatingly. This film belongs in the camp of Made in USA and 2 or 3 Things That I Know About Her. Really a phenomenal film -- it's one that is more difficult to watch than some other French New Wave films, but each time you view it it's a whole new experience. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Top 10: Songs About Crushes

For as arrogantly and unnecessarily jaded as I am about lots of things in life, I love love. Well, more accurately, I love romance. I love the moments before anything happens, I love the courting process, I love the feeling that someone could light your entire world on fire with passion and possibility. Basically, I'm a thirteen-year-old girl at heart because I LOVE CRUSHES. Seriously, what is as simultaneously wonderful and devastatingly annoying as a crush? That all-consuming attraction to someone that makes you suddenly want to doodle someone's name and wear their letterman jacket? (Okay, I might just be thinking of an Andy Hardy movie.)
I am a big proponent of what I call the twenty minute crush. Basically, I will get a crush on everyone I meet for approximately twenty minutes. After that, it's done. It makes life quite exciting. If there's a lucky someone I think about for longer than it takes Domino's to deliver a pizza, I know it's getting serious. At the moment, I have one of those kinds of attractions and have had one for a few weeks now. (I KNOW RIGHT? IT'S GETTING SERIOUS FOR ME!)
In honor of Valentine's Day, I've made a playlist of my top ten favorite songs about crushes for anyone out there who is feeling the same way:

I Want You (Bob Dylan)

If he would have me, I would like Bob Dylan to be my valentine. I just adore this song so much -- it's one of my favorites off of the beyond brilliant album Blonde on Blonde. The song is a blend best described as folksy-country-rock-amazingness. I love the contrast between the strange, quite obscure lyrics in the verses (very typical of Dylan, especially in the mid 1960s) and the directness of the chorus "I want you / yes, I want you so bad." So simple, but so honest.

Can't Take My Eyes Off of You (Lauryn Hill)
Lauryn Hill is the only human in the world who could take a Frankie Valli song and make it legitimately cool ... okay, maybe Heath Ledger as well. (Guys, I still REALLY miss Heath Ledger.) 

I'll Be Your Mirror (The Velvet Underground)
Never mind, I want Nico to be my valentine this year. Her vocals are perfection on this track. Can we all just agree that "I'll Be Your Mirror" is one of the most romantic songs of all time? It's so pure and lovely and makes me feel like butterflies are dancing under disco balls in my stomach (a very specific image, but it's exactly how I feel). It's all about seeing your beloved truer than they can, being their 'mirror' to show them who they really are. "I find it hard / to believe you don't know / the beauty you are." OH LOU! Lou Reed has a knack for writing the most unbelievably resounding lyrics of any musician I've encountered (another discussion for another post), and this may be one of my favorite sets of lyrics I've heard in any song this side of forever.

Shakin' All Over (The Guess Who)
You know that feeling when you're talking to your crush and every fiber of your being is being used in order to keep you from screaming "HI I LOVE YOU LET'S RAISE ENGLISH SHEEPDOGS TOGETHER IN THE REMOTE U.K. COUNTRYSIDE AND BUY A GUITAR AND I'LL BAKE YOU MY MOTHER'S BANANA BREAD." This song kinda describes that feeling.

Funny Little Frog (Belle & Sebastian)
I've always interpreted this song (and correct me if I'm wrong, fellow B&S fans!) that the narrator has a crush on a celebrity ("I don't dare to think of you / in a physical way / and I don't know how you smell / you are the cover of a magazine / you're my fashion tip, a living museum") or, at the very least, has a majorly unrequited crush ("you are my girl and you don't even know it"). And who hasn't been there? Sometimes unrequited loves are the best because they can be what real people cannot possibly be: anything you need at a particular moment.

Be My Baby (The Ronettes)
The Ronettes were fab with this subject matter ("I Can Hear Music" was another top contender for this list), but this is perhaps one of the ULTIMATE, universally beloved songs about crushes. Brian Wilson  has referred to "Be My Baby" as the best pop song ever, and who am I to argue with a Beach Boy?

Lover (Devendra Banhart)
So direct ("Well I-I-I wanna be your lover / I wanna be your man"), at times funny ("I'll give you my sweet grass / I'm gonna mesmerize your ass") and kinda brilliant ("I-I-I wanna be your cow"). Devendra ('cause we're on a first name basis) is THE BOMB DOT COM. And that's not a phrase I break out very often, so you know I mean it.

Don't Make Me Wait (Locksley)
An up-tempo pop-ish rock song about crushes and the torture the objects of our affection often cause us  ("It's something so surreal / the stupid way you make me feel"). It's so swingy and dance-y and fun that it makes crushes (and the agony they bring along with them) sound downright delightful.

Thirteen (Big Star)
The most heartbreakingly beautiful song, it reminds me of the way young love should be (aka the opposite of the idiocy of Romeo and Juliet) -- a type of innocence where all you do is talk about the Rolling Stones and your biggest concern is if you have a date for the dance. Big Star is an amazing band that I've only really gotten into in the last six months, but even if (for whatever reason) you're only interested in having one song by them, "Thirteen" is genius enough to outweigh the entire catalogues of other groups.

I Want To Hold Your Hand (The Beatles)

That's it -- John, George, Paul and Ringo are ALL going to be my valentines this year! The Beatles won over the entire world with this simple little ditty, but there's really no surprise why. The title kinda says it all. We don't need diamonds or flowers or displays of love in grand, Nicholas Sparks-style proportions. All we really want is to hold someone's hand.

Friday, February 8, 2013

rebel, rebel

Happy 82nd birthday to the original rebel, Mr. James Byron Dean. With three starring roles in three unparalleled films, the legacy of this great talent lives on for all of us to experience. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

put yo hood up

It's quite cold out these days (and nights, for that matter) so I have to bundle up in layers and, of course, put my hood up. I'm a strict no-fur vegetarian (do not fret, PETA!) so I am just going to pretend that everyone on this list is getting cozy in faux fur hoods. 

A 1965 portrait of Mick Jagger by David Bailey

Top row: Jean Shrimpton, Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, Brigitte Bardot
Bottom: Elsa Martinelli, Veruschka, France Gall, Marianne Faithfull

The lovely Jean Shrimpton

Some fellahs from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones

Mary-Kate Olsen, Sienna Miller and Kate Moss

Title: from "Put Yo Hood Up" (Lil Wayne and the East Side Boyz)