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Fashion Meets Music End Of Year Wrap Up

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Fashion Meets Music End Of Year Wrap Up


Michael Jackson's influence will live on for generations

Michael Jackson's influence will live on for generations

The Fashion Meets Music column is a new addition to the M.I.S.S website. We compile a list of style icons; Modernists, Eccentrics, Classics, It Girls, Rebels, etc., who impress us with their panache and decide on a weekly feature. The collision of fashion and music has always enamored me because the complete package of sound and style can elevate a live experience and inspire you to dazzle in an outfit. We even included two of the most desirable men alive; David Bowie and Pharrell Williams. However, I think its safe to say that 2009 was undeniably the year of the Avant Garde with Lady GaGa serving as its commander-in-chief. Thankfully, her stylist, Nicola Formichetti kept us faithful followers up-to-date with her performances and the genius designers behind the daring stage/everyday combinations that have caught the international fashion press abuzz as well as notable designers. The woman met  Queen Elizabeth!

Lady GaGa in Alexander McQueen

Lady GaGa in Alexander McQueen

Pants were left behind and exaggerated shapes pushed forward. Especially in the sharp angular tailoring in the shoulders of jackets courtesy of Christophe Decarnin at Balmain, whose muse was 80’s luminary; the late Michael Jackson. Fashion in the Pop star world definitely became more tough and quite glittery. Accessories mirrored the look of body armor or came studded. Sparkly biker jackets and shiny micro-minis were all over red carpets and fashion editorials. Pink known for her edgy approach to, well, everything, and earthy Colombian songstress, Shakira both arrived at the MTV Video Music Awards in the same diamond chain embellished Balmain leather dress! Even the ladylike and mild mannered Beyonce transformed into Sasha Fierce dripping in Thierry Mugler and Alexander McQueen. Rihanna definitely stepped up her Pop star status with her daring outfits mixing well known designers pieces like Rodarte’s leather diamond laser cut leggings with independent designers like A-Morir by Kerin Rose‘s Barracuda sunglasses in the “Run This Town” video. What do you think of her new video? I was feelin’ it until she jumped on a hot pink tank and straddled the cannon in a Mickey Mouse helmet. Oh RiRi.

Pink and Shakira in the same Balmain dress! Who wore it better?

Pink and Shakira in the same Balmain dress! Who wore it better?

Rihanna in her new video, "Hard"

Rihanna in her new video, "Hard"

I was raised by a SoCal mother who would escape to Mexico on the weekends, listened to Led Zepplin, and has the backstage passes in our photo albums to prove it. I’m a rocker at heart. I don’t think I was more excited than the mega return of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Karen O. Hands down the best show I attended this year; opened by Philly’s darling with the dirty mouth and M.I.S.S favorite, Amanda Blank. Karen O’s costume designer, Christian Joy created the visual splendor that she paraded in with her yoga-like stretches while belting out hits like “Heads Will Roll” and  “Y Control” compelling me to ‘dance until I was dead’ Oh! Too easy. The giant eyeball bouncing about the stage reminded me of the Mishka “Keep Watch” leggings I was rockin’ this year which got just as much fanfare as completely appalled/disgusted looks. Other women who rock that we featured were, The Gossip’s lead singer Beth Ditto, 60’s French Ye Ye Girl Francoise Hardy, artist/fashion designer/Sonic Youth’s lead bassist and singer Kim Gordon, the adorable Katy Perry, and my personal favorite (whom I would probably have a Wayne and Garth “we’re not worthy” moment with if i ever met) Gwen Stefani.

The Almighty Karen O

The Almighty Karen O

Then there are the musician/designer collabos that set the internetz on fire. Kanye West and Louis Vuitton put out a few version’s of a high priced sneaker. Miley Cyrus and Wal-Mart recently teamed up for a capsule collection. The Kings of Leon (swoon) teamed up with the Paris-based creative collective, Surface to Air, on a flannel heavy collection of mountain-man staples. Kim Gordon came out with the Mirror/Dash collection at Urban Outfitters. The most enduring style stars that have developed their global brands the best have to be, Pharrell Williams at Billionaire Boys Club and Gwen Stefani at L.A.M.B. What were some of your favorite collaborations? And did you purchase anything?

Gwen Stefani and her Harajuku Girls

Gwen Stefani and her Harajuku Girls

I hope everyone has a fabulous New Year donning their prettiest sparklers, even if your in your PJ’s! Carrie Bradshaw killed it with her sequin hat a la the Sex And The City movie. So looking forward to the next one! And looking forward to discussing more of our fashion inspirations. Peace out 2009!

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Bijules S/S 2010 “Scream & Spirit” Collection – Up Close And Personal

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Bijules S/S 2010 “Scream & Spirit” Collection – Up Close And Personal


Jules Kim With Her Bijules Golden Shoulderblades

Jules Kim With Her Bijules Golden Shoulderblades

We got the opportunity to check out Jules Kim’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection for her beautiful and edgy jewelry line Bijules. You guys should already know we’re long time fans, considering she did a collabo with Gabriella for Mama Clothing a few years back. This Spring’s collection is simultaneously dark and dainty, made of small mouse and bird bones to punctuate Jules’s “African King regalia”, and “vampire hunter” theme. The collection was also smartly engineered to serve as a Trompe l’oeil (french for “fool of the eye”) wherein a piece may appear to be something that it is not. This is exempified best in the collection by the convertible “Bam Bam” bone ring, that can be used as a faux septum, lip, ear or nipple ring.

Check out the images of the collection below, and check out an in depth interview with Jules where she delves into what inspired her for the line,  her involvement with Keep A Child Alive, and what else is coming up for Bijules in 2010.

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Fashion Meets Music: Karen O

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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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Fashion Meets Music: Summer Festival Rewind

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Fashion Meets Music: Summer Festival Rewind


Fashion Meets Music: Summer Festival Rewind

Fashion Meets Music: Summer Festival Rewind

We received a lot of fantastic mixtapes at the beginning of summer asking us to be reminiscent of classic summertime hits and chillin’ with our friends. Here we are going to take it back through the summer festival style reel and reveal our own “greatest hits” collection, because what’s music without the fashion? Whether they were keeping it cool underneath hats, stompin in the rain with wellies or combat boots, or mixing vintage with Chanel, the kids came out to play in their summertime clothes. Photos come courtesy of Style.com’s coverage of Coachella, All Points West, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury. You’ve seen our Mirror, Mirror posts, getting ready for shows is just half the fun! What were some of your favorite fashion moments of summer? If anyone saw Karen O killin’ it on stage this year, that kimono top with the scarf over her head was mine, no doubt.

Coachella '09

Coachella '09

All Points West '09

All Points West '09

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Celluloid Dreams of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Celluloid Dreams of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs


Celluloid Dreams of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Celluloid Dreams of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Art rock gods Yeah Yeah Yeahs are no strangers to cinematic experimentation, having worked with everyone from Spike Jonze to Patrick Daughters on their videography of stylized music videos. The New York band’s most recent work, the super experimental short film entitled Snakesweat is the latest in their foray into the visual realm, guarantees that “Heads Will Roll” (We know, so cheesy but how could we resist?!).

Playing characters entitled “The Scientist”, “The Philosopher” and “The Black Widow”, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are the featured actors in what is described as a “mescaline-infused short” where “only the ecstasy of music can reverse the irreversible”. Directed by Barney Clay, the short was shot entirely in black and white and is chopped and manipulated to resemble the experimental work of famous directors such as Fellini and David Lynch, among others.  Donning bandages, black hooded robes, and rocking some serious facepaint, fashionista Karen O is no stranger to the fantasy-goth inspired wardrobe choices. Heavy stuff,  kids!  Take a peak at the video below, and let us know if you figure out the meaning of this amazingly fantasmagorical thing!

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