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Vive les minets - French Dandyism in the 1960s

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 8, 2014 08:00pm | Post a Comment
As a fan of fashion, youth subculture, and the 1960s, at some point I was bound to be made aware of the French minet subculture. Obviously, since I'm writing about it, that momentous occasion has arrived at some point in my past. I can't remember when or where it occurred (the internet is a safe bet) but in the intervening years I've found very little about this stylish group. Compounding my frustration is the fact that what little that I have uncovered about minets is almost always written or recorded in French -- a language of which a month of skipping class at College les pins Castries did little to improve my command. The French Wikipedia (Wikipédia) is humorously blunt in its entry: un jeune homme vêtu à la mode, équivalent masculin de la minette. Last and least -- most of what has been written about minets in English is by writers discussing within the larger context of mod subculture -- a style tribe about which far too much is artlessly written and rehashed.

A minet in 1965


With that in mind, however, kindly allow me briefly add to the conversational clutter concerning mod, as its evolution is tied closely to that of the minet. Although today mod is often characterized as a mid-60s, working class subculture fueled by the holy trinity of amphetamines, scooters and soul music, it first appeared in the late 1950s when a largely middle class group of mostly Jewish teenagers with families in the clothing business and for whom the chosen drug was apparently coffee. Modernists, as they then to themselves referred, championed modern jazz over trad jazz (which was championed by the Acker Bilk-listening, bowler-hatted, beer-swilling, baggy sweater-and-duffle coated trads). Sharing their love of modern jazz were the beatniks, but their beardy, black, cultivated scruffiness was rejected in favor of the natty continental style associated with untouchable icons of French cool like Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon

Fashion, Music, Art & More at Yeah Gurl Spring Affair May 18

Posted by Amoebite, May 7, 2014 04:11pm | Post a Comment

Yeah Gurl Spring Affair

You do not want to miss the 2014 Yeah Gurl Spring Affair happening Sunday, May 18 at Space 15Twenty across from Amoeba Hollywood! Yeah Gurl is a curated event featuring local, indie urban fashion designers, contemporary artists, a selfiebooth, nail art, and DJs in a unique "sample party." This event brings together affordable fashion and art while allowing you to support innovative creatives. The spring edition of Yeah Gurl will focus on the upcoming LA Urban Summer, highlighting various fashion designs alongside contemporary/street art. Amoeba will have a crew on site 12-4pm with our awesome Prize Wheel! Stop by our booth for a chance to take home cool prizes and some Amoeba swag.

Yeah Gurl's Spring Affair opens Sunday, May 18th at 11am and goes until 4pm. You may want to get there early as the're giving away free limited edition Yeah Gurl print gift bags to the first 100 customers.

RSVP to Yeah Gurl Spring Affair on Facebook.

Prize Wheel at Amoeba

The famous Amoeba prize wheel in action!

SPRiNG BREAKERS: Spring Break 4 Ever!!!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, July 29, 2013 01:02pm | Post a Comment
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Spring Breakers, the name says it all. For all intents and purposes it is the what, when, why, where, and who of Harmoy Korine's latest youth culture thesis -- a 94 minute non-stop Girls Gone Wild-esque Dubstep rager that prudently substitutes a copiousness of style for a seemingly decided lack of dramatic substance, inter-cut with super slo-mo beach bosoms and bottom biscuits jiggling at a hypnotizing rate of frames per second. it doesn't make a much sense, but whatever. It's summertime and this movie rules!

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It seems to me that the real juice of the Spring Breakers fruit has little to do with cautionary tales, innocence lost or questionable actions, but rather it has everything to do with James Franco's cornrows. That is, soaking up the the overall look of the film, which seems to be inspired if not full-on endorsed by Vice Magazine sponsored American Apparel type fad-mongering marketing strategies, is as good as this movie gets.
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It shouldn't go without mentioning, however, that that highly skilled costume designer Heidi Bivens'  hot-neon, day-glo accented beach wear, DTF sweatpants, and pink unicorn ski masks really transport viewers into the hyper-surreal world of Spring Breakers to the point of outmoding the efforts of the aforementioned houses of haute hipsterwares for the trending-now crowd. Indeed, the joint efforts of Bivens and Korine, not to mention the talents of cinematographer Benoît Debie, seem to signify an extremely creatively driven approach to fully realizing this project, but the commercial element Spring Breakers presents is most definitely a fashion force to be reckoned with, whether the message translates as what to buy or what not to buy. For me, I couldn't suppress the urge to indulge in a cinematic marathon of summer fashion features after practically gagging on Spring Breakers.

Let's play Guess That Concert with James Mollison's The Disciples!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, June 27, 2013 02:40pm | Post a Comment

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Over three year period photographer James Mollison captured fans outside different concerts.  Fascinated by what he saw as "the different tribes of people that attended them, and how people emulated celebrity to form their identity" the project now known as his Disciples series began to see how the concerts became fellowship events where people could gather together in a sort of surrogate family, relive their youth for the span of a few hours or become part of a scene that thrived before they were born.The results are as inspiring as they are comical. A rad 128-page book documenting the project was published in 2008, but because I live for making fun out of fluff on the fly, I've assembled thirty-one images from the Disciples series below for Amoeblog perusers to play with. 

That's right kids! It's time to play Guess That Concert based on the super-fans' fashions (you'll find answers in the alt-text i.e. when your mouse cursor hovers over the image).

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Disturbingly Cute Debut!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, November 28, 2011 12:12pm | Post a Comment
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Harajuku superstar Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's debut mini-album, Moshi Moshi Harajuku, was spotted recently among the new releases in the J-Pop section at Amoeba Music SF and, like a saccharine-laced shroom-hazed acid flashback citing the fallout that was my impression upon viewing her now-long gone viral music video for the single "PONPONPON", many intriguing questions about the psychedelic limits of Japan's popular Kawaisa and Decora cultural aspects immediately bubbled up. Chief among them: how much Pon could a Pon Way Way if a Pon Way could Way Pon?

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - "PONPONPON"


That, and where can I get that giant box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese? Has Pee-Wee Herman seen this? Some of the realizations spawned during the review: there really can never be too much pink and, something I had forgotten since, say...1997, Doc Marten's pair well with just about any ensemble. But I guess it took this Tokyo model and blogger fashionista turned J-pop wunder-gyaru to hip me to that fact, or re-hip me I guess, as the case may be. Seriously though, speaking of Kyary's fashion blog, this is the face that greets you when you arrive at her site:

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