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Fashion Meets Music: Karen O

From the stage to the street Karen O's look has been replicated by fashionistas everywhere

From the stage to the street Karen O's look has been replicated by fashionistas everywhere

Karen O, the frontwoman of the New York band Yeah Yeah Yeahs is this week’s muse, or mine all the time.  She gets her striking looks from her Polish father and Korean mother. Her flamboyant stage costumes come from friend, Christian Joy, she keeps an updated blog that I suggest checking out. Joy shares her inspirations for costumes and fashion musings. Could you imagine being a fly on the wall while they are doing a fitting? Soon you will have a chance, Moop Jaw Films just shot a documentary with Joy and her husband, Jason Grisell which will be released early next year. They also mentioned that Joy will be art directing some films based on the process of her costumes.

Performance shots

Performance shots

Recently I got the chance to see the YYYs live at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia. Hands down one of the best shows I’ve attended in 2009, everyone was talking about it the next day. I remember being entranced with the kimono style tops that she wore, and dancing a whole lot. Above are some of my favorite performance shots, store it in the visual inspiration bank. Graphic makeup, sublime costumes, a precision hair cut, and a beautiful voice? Karen O you are speaking to my punk heart!

Karen O channeled her youthful spirit into the production of the soundtrack to "Where The Wild Things Are"

Karen O channeled her youthful spirit into the production of the soundtrack to "Where The Wild Things Are"

It’s no secret that the team at M.I.S.S was really excited about the film Where The Wild Things Are, in fact, our own M.I.S.S Leilanie posted an amazing DIY of Max for the Halloween edition of the She’s Crafty segments. Christian Joy also got pretty crafty, check out her Where The Wild Things Are costumes. I was especially anticipating the release because of the soundtrack produced by Karen O in which she enlisted her YYYs bandmates Brian Chase and Nick Zinner along with Tristan Bechet (Services), Bradford Cox (Deerhunter), Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs), Aaron Hemphill (Liars), Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee), Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes), Oscar Michel (Gris Gris), Imaad Wasif (New Folk Implosion, Alaska). An untrained children’s choir contributes to the songs and soundscapes. Director Spike Jonze enlisted Karen because he felt that she was “very in touch with childhood, and that when she is creative she’s so just like a kid.” Check out the video of the making of the soundtrack with Spike and Karen. It’s pretty awesome if your interested in learning more about how they “built” the songs. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs recently released their, iTunes Originals session. They perform new acoustic recordings of “Hysteric”, “Dull Life”, “Runaway”, “Maps”, and “Our Time”, in between songs the band offers up some exclusive interview material about the development of the music and what certain songs meant to them. Even if you already have the singles, the interviews are worth it and it’s only $9.99.

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3 Responses to “Fashion Meets Music: Karen O”

  1. heather says:

    She has a very porcelain look but, I hate the hair style.

  2. Gee Gee says:

    No matter how much time passes and how “un-hip” the YYY’s sound gets, I will ALWAYS love Karen O! She’s the originator and innovator of so many styles, I love how she can seamlessly pull of a variety of looks that are always so different from each other, yet have a very KAREN O sensibility. Plus, she has dated all the cool kids :) She’s the OG when it comes to fashionista art-rock goddesses! On point w/this one Jenessa.

  3. Queen of Bows Stella says:

    Karen O. is SO my muse!!!! She did a genius job with the whole WTWTA soundtrack, is an awesome performer, and always amazes me with what she dons next. LOVE this nod to her!


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