I was on the scene on behalf of Buzzine the other night at the Fred Segal Store in Santa Monica for the unveiling of the Nude Collection by Lyric Culture’s Hanna Rochelle Schmieder. As fan of fashion and rock’n roll, it was the perfect fit for me (though I may have to lose a few lb’s to wear *those* clothes!), so I took a million more pictures than Buzzine will ever publish. The logo tees and tights feature prose and snippets from classic rock songs of the 60s, 70s and 80s (via special arrangement with the artists, so they can cash in too).
I’m posting many of the images here (some by me, some by Enzo) plus a video of the wet’n wild grand finale by the band Semi Precious Weapons. Singer Justin Tranter was there to perform, but also to show off his Fetty (F’n Pretty) jewelry collection (fun fact: Tranter’s mom is a custom engagement ring designer) and to unveil Lyric Culture’s first foray into modern-day bandom with a limited edition SPW “Sticky” (With Champagne).
The unseasonably chilly August evening began with some red (OK, champagne-colored) carpet shenanigans from special guests and the band.
SPW is a band from New York City (not unlike The New York Dolls, come to think of it) consisting of Justin Tranter on vocals, Stevy Pyne on guitar, Cole Whittle on bass and Dan Crean on drums. They have two excellent dancers and all-around cheerleader party-gals who perform with them onstage, but for the life of me I could not find their names anywhere online. If you know, drop a comment — they deserve recognition, too. (I’ve posted a few pics of them here, but if you want to see the naughty bits, you have to go my personal CONCERTS photo album at Picasa.)
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Rochelle strikes a pose with the glammy guys and gals.
A band apart.
Just the boys. (The guy to the far left of the screen looks so much like Kato Kaelin, doesn’t he?!)
But Wait… There’s More!
Guests Bai Ling and Sasha Grey share the spotlight. (I don’t know what it means when a former pornstar makes a hand gesture like this, but it can’t be good…)
I absolutely adored Bai Ling’s whole look that evening, from head-to-toe. She is always so stylish (and she seems to be on EVERY red carpet in the universe… how’s she do dat?).
Here’s Sophie Monk, who’s probably famous for other reasons, but I only know her through Dave Parker and The Hills Run Red.
I do not know who this is, but I’ve gotta admire her commitment to the early 80s bushy-brow!
Here is fashion designer Arnold Zimberg. He’s worked with the likes of Givenchy, Valentino, and Pucci. He currently has his own line of shirts and a storefront in Hollywood.
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No carpet stroll for me, but I love my dress — so here it is. It’s a strapless Mode Merr and it reminds me of my favorite band THE WHITE STRIPES… so what better to wear to a rock-frock fashion show?
Here’s a peek inside the store, featuring the bling, bangles, trappings and toggery.
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The first model out slipped and fell on the freshly painted runway, but she was OK. Everybody likes black & white, right?
I loved these sexy yet classy jeans! I’m ass…uming they’re from the Lyric line.
Most of the models wore short-shorts, miniskirts, or lyric-laden leggings.
While I liked some of the sleeker looks (especially the one above), overall I much prefer 70s glam (David Bowie, Debbie Harry) to 80s glam (Poison, Madonna) for my rocker-looks. Lyric Culture is very 80s with its huge, loose-fitting graphic- and text- emblazoned Flashdance style tops and its skinny-skinny leggings. It’s not very flattering to a woman’s body unless she’s about 5’9″ and weighs under 100 lbs. Still, there is a cohesion to it and it’s true — the 80s are back! (Not in my closet… I’m selling most of my “rad” rags in my Etsy store ;-))
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And now… Semi Precious Weapons! (and the ever-popular “BOOBIES!!!” But what I love about this show and these ladies is that they’re dance isn’t blueprinted to be overtly sexual, it’s all for fun and pure play)
They put on a great show, playing four songs (Semi Precious Weapons, Magnetic Baby, Put a Diamond in it, and Sticky With Champagne). I was right up against the stage (artfully avoiding the wet white paint), so I got to see everything up close and personal. Plus, I got drenched with bubbly and saw Justin’s presto-chango clothing swap from fishnets to finery (showing off the newly-sprung Sticky collection of an SPW scarf, shirt and skintight tights). He started the evening in 5″ high heeled boots and ended it in glittery spikes. Gotta admit, I do love a man who wears more eyeliner and has higher heels than me!