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The Lava Lady

  many years ago I lived in Los Angeles and I remember having a few lava rock lady sightings and it would make my day, I was about to create a post about her iconic timeless style, and stumbled upon this post from super rad now...so glad to know she is still around workin' her look. ps, we think she is totally on trend this fall in this witchy velvet number...

Tonight! free comedy at hollywood babylon

Tonight! free comedy at hollywood babylon

join us for a few laughs and vintage sale this evening Sat May 3rd - sale begins at 7pm comedy show at 9pm!

15 Groovy Photos Of High School Fashion In 1969 (Re-blog from buzzfeed)

In 1969, Life magazine explored the "freaky new freedoms"of fashion seen on high school students across the country. The inspiring fashion from that year is a far cry from the Aeroposale, Forever 21, and American Eagle clothing worn by students today. (by Brian Galindo)
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Corona del Mar High School students Kim Robertson, Pat Auvenshine, and Pam Pepin, in a mix of mod and Pucci-inspired outfits.

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Beverly Hills High School student Rosemary Shoong in a Native American–inspired dress she made herself.

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A group of students at Beverly Hills High — but how did this girl’s (center) parents allow her to leave the house dressed in a sheer white outfit?

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Newport Beach, California, student Lenore Reday crossing the street and kinda looking like she “can turn the world on with her smile.”

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Even the teachers were super chic.

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This girl in the denim jumper looks like she ready for Coachella.

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A student taking some cues from hippie/bohemian fashion, dressed in a wool shawl and a tapestry print skirt.

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Beverly Hills High School student Erica Farber in a black-and-white gingham, tiered top (dress?) and flared yellow trousers.

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Student wearing a hippie-inspired buckskin vest.

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Marching band plays their instruments while a trio of female students stand among them.

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Lots of fringe and vests happening in this photo taken at Woodside High School, in Woodside, Calif.

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Students on campus at Woodside High School.

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A girl shows off her velour bell-bottoms.

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There is no way a student would be allowed to wear this to school today.

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Unidentified student rocks a miniskirt while walking along a disused railroad track, Bird City, Kansas.

Via: Life

re-blog from Portland Mercury's MOD blog

Hollywood Babylon Party and Show

POSTED BY TOBY ROBBOY ON MON, APR 7, 2014 AT 1:59 PM

On Saturday night a sizable crowd squeezed into Hollywood Babylon's relatively close quarters for the vintage store's three-year anniversary party and live show featuring Ensly Mogul and Mister Saturday (who is co-owner of the store). The nerdcore duo did a set of Star Trek-based songs in a multimedia performance that incorporated video clips from the original show. While it certainly wasn't the typical choice of entertainment for a retail party, the performance felt like a natural fit with Hollywood Babylon's particular brand of quirk and kitsch.

The party also provided an opportunity to scope the store's current stock, which was everything one could hope for from a funky little vintage store that specializes in unpretentious whimsy. Highlights included jewel-tone hippie dresses, an impressive collection of shoes that ranged from slinky Ferragamos to sturdy boots, and every hat one could possibly desire. Hollywood Babylon is not the most flashy or high profile retailer out there, but given their promising range of merchandise, not to mention the strong turnout of loyal customers who showed up, I think it's safe to say they carved themselves out a very decent space in the crowded local vintage market.

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black uhuru fashion flash back

you may already be aware that we are big fans of the seventies and early eighties jamaican roots, reggae and dancehall music. tonight we are heading out to see Black Uhuru play live in Portland, OR at the star theater. here's a look at some of our favorite looks from their most famous lineup featuring Ducky Simpson, Puma Jones and Mykal Rose. they were one of the most stylish reggae groups from that era. enjoy! Picture 1 Picture 3 Picture 4 Picture 5 Picture 6

next in-shore show: Carletta Sue Kay (Sunday 2/9/14 at 5 pm)

we are beyond excited to host  our favorite vocal (& fashion) diva, Carletta Sue Kay for a live in-store performance at Hollywood Babylon on sunday, february 9th at 5pm. check out the event on face book here. be there or be square.

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hope to see ya there!

xo, HB

tomorrow: friday 12/20/13 vintage gift spectacular!

tomorrow: friday 12/20/13 vintage gift spectacular!

so many great designers and vintage dealers and more - tomorrow, friday 12.20 at 220 salon 213 SW Ash St #211, Portland, OR 97204 - downtown portland...come score a deal and find a gift for everyone on your list. have a cup of tea or relaxing glass of wine and browse the goods far away from the mall madness. we are bringing some new special pieces for this event! 12 - 6pm. you also can find us tomorrow in Hollywood at 4512 NE Sandy Blvd. hours there are 12-7pm (in case you are still on the look out for an ugly sweater)!

portland flea - next sunday 10/20

hey everyone, just a heads up we will be down at portland flea once again next sunday with more fresh vintage finds! you can find us there every third sunday. location is inside union/pine and on the street outside at grand & pine (next to andy & bax). this is a great flea market with an eclectic range of vendors and vintage goods. we will be bringing some halloween costume ideas this week along with tons of new and (cheap) stuff! here are some pics from the pdx flea... Image ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage yep - there's even a photographer there who takes old timey tin-type photos... a great place to find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list! hope to see ya there* xo, HB *our brick and mortar location at 4512 ne sandy boulevard in hollywood is closed monthly on the third sunday ;-)

inspiration: westwood & mclaren

we are obviously inspired by our punk history here at hollywood babylon, and so it seems as good a time as any to credit vivienne westwood and malcolm mclaren for largely initiating the punk movement in england back in the late seventies. in researching their story and also the upcoming exhibition at the met's costume institute "Punk: Chaos to Couture” (opens may 9th) i found some amazing links and images to share...maybe punk's not dead after all... "It all goes back to the early 70’s, when Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood opened up a shop on Kings Road in London selling the favoured Teddy Boy fashions (a tailored, fitted look reminiscent of British dandyism). In search of something new, McLaren traveled to New York where he met the New York Dolls. With their tattered, worn-down, glam rock persona, the American band inspired McLaren to bring back a thrift shop mash up style that Britain desperately needed. Further inspiring Westwood and McLaren was the Situationist movement, which had come to the fore in France around the time of the Paris riots of 1968. The Dada- like anarchism of the Situationists led by Guy Debord ,combined with the ripped, safety pinned, thrift store aesthetic of the New York muscians was perfect for the new revolutionary style that McLaren had in mind. Ironically, what McLaren created was totally contradictory to what the Situationists were rebelling against. The capitalist spectacle and commodity fetishism which Debord had famously denounced, is exactly what McLaren recouped as punk's ugly, raw, deconstructed image in the form of mainstream fashion. Despite the blatant disparity, the British youth ate. that. shit. up." Image the new york dolls Image mclaren and westwood designed goods for their shop on kings road in london's chelsea district, this is where vivienne westwood got her start as a designer...the shop went through many incarnations and re-brands through the seventies from first being titled "Let It Rock", then "Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die," then "SEX",then Seditionaries and finally became known as "World's End". World's End remains open as part of vivienne westwood's global fashion empire. malcolm mclaren went on to do many things including managing the sex pistol's, making his own music and art and he's also known for helping to popularize hip hop in the early 1980s... vivienne-westwood-voyage-to-cythera_asp10142img1 one of my favorite vivienne westwood designs from her retrospective. Image vivienne westwood and malcolm mclaren back in the day... Image the sex pistols. the commentary below came from an article in the new york times regarding the upcoming "Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibition at the met. "Still, for some punk originators the idea of leather and studs at the Met, with the imprimatur of Vogue, which co-sponsors the Costume Institute Ball, on May 6, is heresy. “Getting these high-fashion designers, what does that have to do with punk?” said Legs McNeil, who was a founder of Punk magazine in 1975. “So rich people could go slumming? Come on, give me a break.” It’s a “masturbatory fantasy for Anna Wintour and Vogue,” he added. “They always go and try to co-opt what they can’t own. They try to co-opt authenticity and turn it into something boring.” Debbie Harry, the enduring Blondie frontwoman who helped shape the downtown scene at CBGB in the 1970s alongside bands like the Ramones, Television and the New York Dolls, said the era’s style was deliberately transgressive. “We were definitely looking to be different,” she said, “to be not really fashionable, but to look very cool, to look rock ‘n’ roll.” She made outfits of cinched garbage bags and pillowcases she found on the street. Her taste wasn’t always a hit. “I almost got thrown off a bus once for wearing my underwear,” she recalled. “The bus driver screamed at me. I had on little orange satiny pink tap pants — they looked fantastic, but he was outraged that I was walking around in my skivvies. I remember using my bra as outerwear, and really getting a lot of bad looks.” But, she added, “It just felt right. It looked hot.” awesome. keep it alive yall. Image debbie harry and anya phillips in the late 1970s Image photo of blondie by chris stein *quote #1 came from here **quote #2 came from here