Photo via: Michael Young
I like my Fashion with a touch of rebellion, a dash of art, and a sense of depth. It seems that this sort of Editorial Spirit is a rarity in an American market over-saturated with celebrities and dating advice. Where a fashion spread can seem more like a commercial than a true testament to the gods of fierce. Just when I began to lose hope I stumbled into Astonish Magazine, or rather Astonish stumbled into me. It’s curious how the Universe works.
I am not easily impressed, I love fashion for reasons that get lost in a world of inhibitions. I dig its liberating power, kick ass energy, strong characters, and do or die attitude. Fortunately, the rookie publication and myself are on the same page. Based out of New York City and San Francisco, two major American cultural capitals, it’s no wonder that Astonish Magazine manages to bring artistic freedom to the forefront. This union of East and West coast style manifests with a distinctly European vibe. The creation of a visually driven publication with a penchant for poetry. Astonish is more than a trend bible, it’s a vision and a movement. Issue Zero “The Goddess Within” just launched. Don’t merely take my word for it, check the revolution for yourself.
I’ve been feeling very grunge, according to No. Magazine, I’m not the only one.
Cece Yoost channels unkempt and nonchalant for the quarterly’s recent rock inspired series. The oversized and eclectic wardrobe is paired with deep makeup and disheveled hair courtesy of Shirley Simpsons. Messy environment and pretty girl, all shot by the dynamic duo of Karen Inderbitzen-Waller and Delphine Avril Planqueel.
Perhaps it’s the weather? The new decade? Boredom with the status quo? Grunge translates beyond a period of time , genre of sound, heroin chic, even the flannel trend. It’s a timeless preference for stripping down the extraneous and rejecting traditional theatrics, a disenchantment with the Hype!
I recently discovered Jimi Hendrix spurs my inner rock star. I was shooting, grooving, and that revolutionary soul put me in a fashion haze. (I’m excited to see how this manifests in 2D!) 90’s MTV was rebellious and Daria was a television badass. I dig those glasses, her brains, and that attitude.
Or consider my current uniform; belted army jacket, black combat boots, and a big pair of headphones. The only other character I’ve seen with a style like that is La Femme Nikita (1990). However, this is more function than fashion statement. In the cold the over-ear sort double as muffs. Regardless, is there really a reason for subtlety when swaying to the beat of my own drum?
You could listen to Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, or Dirty Dirty Dub. You could read Samuel Beckett. No matter the generation, there is a recurring desire to drop the lights and cease the charade. A craving for humanity, authenticity, and raw energy.