Friday, September 13, 2013
First off, let me apologize for the prolonged absence from Teen Dreamin'. I suppose for me to really be inspired to write I need to be in a certain state of mind, a state of mind I lacked the whole summer. But that's a story not important to what's going on right now. I think I needed a trigger to really inspire me to write and it was Iggy Azalea's latest single, and more importantly her music video for 'Change Your Life' which had me ready to type away. Off her upcoming debut studio album The New Classic (such an on point name), 'Change Your Life' is a hell of a single to compete with the likes of her past efforts 'Work', 'Murda Bizness', and 'Pussy', but this single and video no doubt have Iggy all over the scene and a guaranteed artist who's moved past the ever-so-daunting one-hit wonder stigma. Singing on repeat "I'm a change your life", Iggy let's us all know the ultimate truth, she is changing our lives, or at least mine. Full of visuals that'll have you on the edge of your seat, this stunning video has everything we want in a music video; boobs, insane fashion, a car on fire, an arrest, burlesque dancers, fire, and a baby tiger. So far from normal, yet being obsessed seems like an understatement.
If it wasn't her songs that caught your attention recently, then it could very well have been her numerous appearances at this years New York Fashion Week. Sitting front row at shows like Marc by Marc Jacobs, Jeremy Scott, Dion Lee, and many more, Iggy has now earned the greatest gift any artist could ever get, a special place in the hearts of fashion's finest. Already this month you can find Iggy on the cover of fashion magazines POP and Oyster and I'm sure it won't be her last.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
"I killed Liz. I killed the teen dream. Deal with it!" Words uttered by Rose McGowans iconic character Courtney, the ultimate high school bitch to put it lightly. With honorable mention to Rose McGowan's superb performance in the 90s teenage black comedy drama Jawbreaker, it's Rebecca Gayheart's character Julie Freeman who should not go unnoticed as a Grade A babe. From the very beginning we get a sense of Julie; a troubled young teen who is wrongly influenced by the popular girls but is ultimately taken aback by her own morals to follow through with their mischievous plans. By the end of the film Julie completely transforms from a quiet good girl to a revenge-seeking teen dream babe with a killer sense of style. After the jump is a compilation of Julie's greatest looks. I guess in the end Courtney wasn't right after all. She didn't kill the teen dream, the teen dream actually made sure she got her just desserts.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Showcasing the famed Bling Ring robberies of 2009, Sophia Coppola's new film takes a look at the celebrity-obsessed, young and rebellious suburban LA teens of the famed group who robbed millions of dollars worth of jewelry, clothing, and cash from the likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, and many more (check out this link for an in-depth look). While most of these bratty teens earned their 15 minutes of fame, it was Alexis Neyers who really got most of the limelight thanks to her E! reality show, Pretty Wild, which followed her and her family through the drama of it all. Playing Alexis, actress Emma Watson perfectly embodies the bratty teen we always knew in life, along with the rest of her cast of up-incoming actors who's portrayal of valley girls (and one valley boy) is so on-point I can see flashbacks of certain individuals from back in my high school days. Aside from everything else though, it's beyond apparent this film is a grade A Teen Dreamin'-approved feature that should not be missed if you take joy in watching corrupt suburban rich teens displaying an obsession for the limelight... Which I love oh so much.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
When the first grainy image of Tilda Swinton on the cover of the May 2013 issue of W leaked via twitter, I was sitting in class early in the morning in a state of exhaustion that was abruptly ended when the image finally loaded on my cellphone screen. Soon enough one by one, images from the editorial began leaking in full and I found myself in an overwhelming and overly dramatic situation. You see, my love for everything Tilda is not at all new; from the very beginning of my teenage life I found myself entranced by the one-of-a-kind creature that is Tilda Swinton (obsessed is an understatement, let's be honest). But regardless of my probable biased agenda, I think it's quite clear that Tilda's editorial spread, brought to us by the genius mind of photographer Tim Walker, is a perfect representation of when art and fashion fuse perfectly. Shot at the famed Las Pozas estate in a Mexican jungle near the town of Xilitla, the combination of Tim Walker's always-dramatic editorials, Tilda's willingness fill the roll of that crazy aunt we wish we always had, and the architecturally modern estate scenery, 'Stranger than Paradise" is for sure meeting the looks to try... forever.
Friday, April 12, 2013
In grand anticipation I've finally decided to take on the babe that is Cher Horowitz. For those who are unaware of the ultimate teen dream Cher Horowitz, played by the blonde bombshell Alicia Silverstone, Cher is not your average wealthy Beverly Hills valley girl with great style. Cher is everything a girl should fear their boyfriends to meet because while she seems utterly flawless on the outside, she also is kinda flawless on the inside considering her confidence and kind heart seem to play a big part. But who cares about all that emotional jabber, we're hear to discuss how Cher became a style icon to millions of 90s teens and even the teen of today thanks to the cult classic Clueless. Tying together some 90's minimalistic looks with pops of color and throwing in some good-hearted emotionally-involved and looks, Cher has earned a spot at the top of my list for the babes to watch. Also let's not forget Cher's friends who have all earned spots as well in key style inspirations. Whether your a fan of Ty's grungy-skater look or Dion's classic 90's craziness, I'm sure there's someone who'll have your attention. In the off chance that you aren't inspired though, feel free to google search 'Clueless Paul Rudd'; that should get your heart pumping in no time. I'm still totally buggin' of Josh! Let's also take a moment while closing this article to remember the iconic phrase that is "AS IF!" Alright ladies (and gents), take notes!
Monday, April 1, 2013
As every second passes in the new music video for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs new single 'Sacrilege', off their forthcoming album, Mosquito, due April 16th, you may find yourself breaking a sweat as actress Lily Cole herself finds herself in quite an unfortunate turn of events. The video starts off with the young actress being tied at a steak about to be burned alive by the apparent crazy townspeople for no reason. That of course is until the video shifts through time backwards you slowly come to realization that maybe these people have an alternative motive and maybe the this seemingly innocent girl isn't so innocent afterall. Still by the end it's for certain this music video is a crowd pleaser.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
As part of their Spring 2013 The Q + A Issue, i-D magazine has chosen some amazing models to get some much loved exposure. While Amra Cerkezovic, Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss, and Reuben Ramacher have all landed covers for this issue, it's Lara Stone's cover that stuck out to me the most; and once I got a peak at what was going on inside the editorial, I found myself admitting to obsession. Shot by Tyrone Lebon, Lara's photoshoot was definitely not your average photoshoot considering that placing Lara's head on a platter of fruit was not off limits. Leave it to i-D magazine to deliver once again.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Let it be known that Iggy Azalea, one of the many new female rappers to hit the scene, is now not just "another" new hopeful female rapper. After putting out her Ignorant Art mixtape in the fall of 2011 and releasing several other projects including collaborations with clothing labels and a very memorable tribute to Toddlers & Tiaras in her music video 'Murda Bizness' featuring T.I., Iggy may have finally engrained a spot in everyones mind that she's not playing around thanks to her latest effort, 'Work'. The music video is not only a grade A visual pleaser, it should also be mentioned that the lyrics, which tell of Iggy's journey from her home in Australia to taking a risk and moving to Miami at 16 with no money or family to pursue her dreams in the music industry (a true example of a teen dream), are something to be heard. Let it be mentioned how perfect the tribute to Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof lap dance scene was executed with a little Miami twist. Keep an eye out for Iggy's debut album The New Classic set to release sometime this summer and enjoy one of the coolest/sexiest music videos of the year. Shout out to the amazing styling by the way!
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Releasing their new album Shaking The Habitual April 9th, The Knife has released yet another music video that is setting new boundaries for both the music and art world. While The Knife delivers music that quite frankly doesn't appeal to everyone because of it's obvious originality and unique sound (though I'm a fan to say the least), one thing is for certain and it's that their videos always get the attention they deserve. The Knife explains the concept behind the video:
“A Tooth For An Eye” deconstructs images of maleness, power and leadership. Who are the people we trust as our leaders and why? What do we have to learn from those we consider inferior? In a sport setting where one would traditionally consider a group of men as powerful and in charge, an unexpected leader emerges. A child enters and allows the men to let go of their hierarchies, machismo and fear of intimacy, as they follow her into a dance. Their lack of expertise and vulnerability shines through as they perform the choreography. Amateurs and skilled dancers alike express joy and a sense of freedom; There is no prestige in their performance. The child is powerful, tough and sweet all at once, roaring “I’m telling you stories, trust me”. There is no shame in her girliness, rather she possesses knowledge that the men lost a long time ago.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Being one of M.I.A.'s number one fans, this post in so many ways is most likely a biased one, but who cares, the world (or at least the readers of Teen Dreamin') should know of M.I.A.'s latest and greatest efforts. Paris Fashion Week is finally coming to a satisfyingly impressive close and while designers have displayed some rather amazing shows, today Kenzo has caught my attention apart from the rest for many reasons. Waking up this morning I scrolled through my Twitter catching up on everything from the latest in crazy Amanda Bynes tweets to my West Coast friends reminding me of the perfect Southern California weather I was apparently missing out on; but one post caught my attention over the rest, a tweet from M.I.A. with a link captioned "MIA + KENZO". What I had come across was a link to listen to the mixtape made by M.I.A. for the Kenzo Fall/Winter 2013 show. Showcasing some absolutely flawless mixes and a killer verse by M.I.A. herself, the MATANGI mixtape, what we can all assume is a preview to M.I.A.'s upcoming album MATANGI due to release this April. While M.I.A.'s mixtape is for sure my main topic of this post, the Kenzo Fall/Winter 2013 collection should not go missed by any means. Check out Style.com for a full look at the stellar collection that has me already contemplating what to spend my upcoming paychecks on.
(link for MATANGI mixtape won't embed, click here for link to mixtape and enjoy!)
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Exploring today's cultural obsession with celebrities, David Bowie's latest effort 'Stars' showcases some amazing talents all wrapped up in one seemingly insane music video that'll have you either asking yourself "What the fuck did I just watch?" or in my case "What the fuck did I just watch, I'm obsessed!" You have David Bowie and actress Tilda Swinton playing an older couple who appears to be living a seemingly normal life in a small suburban town until their world is turned upside down by the arrival of a troubling young celebrity couple played by models Andrej Pejic and Saskia De Brauw. At first you'd think their just some kids trying to ruin the lives of the older couple until reality becomes nothing more then a game and all of a sudden your watching some sort of extraterrestrial cluster-fuck that you'd expect out of some old Hollywood film. Along with the masterful directing by Jeff Cronenweth, the styling for this video should not go unappreciated which featured designs from the likes of Jil Sander, KTZ, and more. It's been 10 years since David Bowie released any new music and after this superb display of creativity, it's a sure sign that David hasn't lost his touch at all. His album The Next Day due to release March 8, 2013 is David's twenty-fourth (yes people, twenty-four) album to date and since he's proven in his recent 2013 efforts to stay relevant even decades later while other former music icons *cough* Madonna *cough* seem to dwindle away, David's originality and drive to stay true to himself might be his guiding light to yet another crowd-pleasing album.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
London Fashion Week never really grasps my attention like the others do, but leave it Ashish Gupta to have myself reconsider. After a stellar Spring 2013 show at last seasons London Fashion Week, Ashish has yet again delivered a collection that'll have you wishing you had some fairy dust to transport you to Neverland. Sequins, sassy phrases only a 16 year old girl would dispel, and overly dramatic pieces are Ashish's forte and while it may not be as commercial as his other London contenders, it's certainly becoming quite the demanded and desired designer to have accessible across the world. I guess every girl still has a little teenage angst at heart and so Ashish is here to deliver (still wishing he could take on menswear for the teen boys at heart like myself). After the jump I've compiled my favorite looks from the collection.
Monday, February 18, 2013
A coven of model witches? Sounds perfect. If you were anxiously awaiting for the next installment of teenage witch-esque girls (as I do naturally), then i-D magazine has cooked up some looks that'll have you under their spell in no time. Featured in this mischievous coven of models; Cara Delevingne, Charlie Bredal, Codie Young, Louise Parker and Magda Laguinge take us to a world of high fashion with a touch of "unpopular high school girl takes revenge on the head cheerleader". i-D Contributing Fashion Editor Sarah Richardson explain the process of the editorial; "We live close to Camden and it was the idea of young girls growing up & hanging out in Camden and how they might dress and behave. We wanted to find girls that felt a little mysterious and had that London mischievousness." Sounds as though these girls are supposed to be good witches but everyone knows that girls can get a little out of hand, especially if they're witches.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
"I'm driving fast, flash, everyone knows it. I'm trying to get to you baby and everyone knows it," Lana sings in a delicate whisper. Is she taking about a mysterious lover? Either way, Lana Del Rey, everyones favorite girl next door gone bad has yet again delived a sexy new approach at advertising. After a long anticipated wait, the collaboration between Lana Del Rey and the campaign for the Jaguar F-Type sports car has finally released an ad campaign that's got all my attention, and naturally the video could easily pass for one of Lana's music video in itself. Featuring Lana singing one of her tracks "Burning Desire" in the famed South East London Rivoli Ballroom; the video is definitely toned down compared to some of her more inventive videos, but alas I'm finding myself just as intrigued. Considering Lana looks just as flawless as ever and adding the hauntingly sexy track along makes the video a definite pleaser. Following the release of the video, Lana said in a recent interview that she has been working on creating some songs made "specifically for a big movie set in the 20's coming out this summer" AKA The Great Gatsby we can all assume, so naturally I've found myself ecstatic at the news. In the end it's apparent this video has taken some effect on me (and assuming thousands of others), considering I now have a burning desire to get myself into this sports car, and of course the addition of Lana herself wouldn't hurt.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Presenting her fifth Opening Ceremony collaboration collection, Chloë Sevigny has once again delivered a collection that is getting all the attention for all the right reasons. Taking some inspiration from her teenage youth Chloë admits, her latest collection features everything from looks based off the feminist movement of the 60's and even some teenage angst of the 90's and leaving just enough room to fill the rest will some personal touches that only Chloë could understand, such as the Egyptian ankh and eye, cherries, and double-crossed hearts. Baby doll dresses, miniskirts, A-line coats and skirts worn with platforms and modern ankle boots were all present making the collection most definitely a throwback, but what mostly stood out was the actual presentation of the collection itself. Fitting accordingly to Chloë's unique esthetic, the collection wasn't going to be like all the other runway shows this season, but instead like the true rebellious teen at heart that Chloë is, she invited some friends of hers along from a band to play some music all while the models (one of which was Chloë herself and the bandmates included) stood out in front on stage looking as though they were more then ready to start protesting right that second. Carrying giant signs painted with slogans such as "Thinner", "The Agony of Power", "Nancy Boy", and "Time to Have Sex", this visual presentation was one of a kind that wasn't hard to miss. Check out the images from the presentation after the jump.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
The day-to-day tasks and activities that teenagers partake in may seem meaningless at times, but in this new short film brought to us by NOWNESS and a new up-and-coming Norwegian director Kristoffer Borgli, Real Life Exp. proves that even the most seemingly irrelevant things in life can have so much meaning after all. Taking a slice of Kristoffer's teenage life, Real Life Exp. shares with us everything from the most mundane activities to rebellious decisions, ultimately leading to a poetic masterpiece not to be ignored.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
There are so many babes in this world it's so hard to keep track. Now a babe by definition would easily be described as a sweetheart or endearing person, and while these are valid, my personal example of a babe is much more extensive. I like to think of a babe as more of that person who excels not only in the looks department but also stands out as someone completely original and one-of-a-kind with a style that can either help define a generation or create a whole category for themselves. A babe is that person you swoon over when passing them in the halls of your school, the actor/actress on a tv show that you silence the room just to hear their voice and watch every move they make (sounding slightly creepy at this point), and the person who ultimately inspires you in some way, whether it's their style, their personality, or both.
For my first and definitely not last edition of Babe Watch, I've decided to target my latest obsessions who can be found on the 1990s short-lived cult classic Twin Peaks. The show revolves around a seemingly isolated town in the middle of the woods dealing with investigating the death of Laura Palmer, everyone's favorite homecoming queen. Donna Hayward (Lara Flynn Boyle) and Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn) aren't your average high school teenagers, their my picks for Babe Watch because they inspire me personally in regards to style and in the sense of drama. From the beginning of the series they immediately stem off from the rest of the characters as one of the many reasons to watch the show. Donna is Laura's sweet and emotional best friend who seeks to find Laura's killer but in the process finds herself in a whirlwind of trouble and possibly a conscious-forbidding romance. Audrey on the other hand is everyone's girl gone bad with a knack for getting herself into trouble and a reputation for being the bitch. So yes you basically have your sweetheart and your bitch and sometimes their roles get a little twisted but find out for yourself, watch the show and you'll see what I mean. At the end of just a few episodes you'll have yourself grabbing some old buried away 90's classics and taking to the streets with some much desirable confidence, that of Audrey, and soon after the over-endearing persona and dramatic behavior of Donna.
A collection of grade A babe shots of Donna and Audrey after the jump.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Yoann Lemoine is no household name, but the video director/graphic designer/musician responsible for music videos such as Lana Del Rey's "Born to Die", Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream", and Drake and Rihanna's "Take Care", Yoann is no young talent to be missed by any means. Under the stage name Woodkid, his latest music video effort for the first single off his debut LP entitled The Golden Age is becoming a visual masterpiece overnight. Yoann's previous music video for the single "Run Boy Run" was nominated for Best Music Video at this years 2013 Grammy Awards as well, giving him already some much deserved recognition (my vote still remains for M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls" though). The video opens with male model Matvey Lykov who begins speaking Russian in which he says "Today I will tell the story about a man who drowned in the cold waters of the ocean after losing a person whom he loved. This story is about a man who died twice." Visually the video takes me some sort of cold and eerie dream world in which first off I'm a big fan because the use of head to toe Dior Homme (Woodkid and the Dior Homme house got pretty close after Woodkid provided the score for their recent Fall/Winter 2012 menswear show), and the amount of emotional build-up in the video which might get you teary-eyed when looking at the lyrics in depth. Maybe after some recognition at this years Grammy's and confidently assuming what will be an absolute perfectly mastered debut album, Woodkid might actually finally step out from behind the camera and take a shot at the limelight.
Monday, February 4, 2013
It's become quite obvious at this point that MS MR, a seemingly new band that's skyrocketed to the top of alternative pop fame, is one act not to be missed in 2013. Last year MS MR released their debut EP entitled Candy Bar Creep Show (the name itself should be enough to grasp your attention), and after opening for artists like Marina & the Diamonds and landing a spot to perform at the New York's Governor's Ball this year, it's undoubtedly the year for MS MR to shine. As you probably noticed above, the Teen Dreamin' main image is a screenshot from the music video because quite frankly this video really did seem to take some of my own personal fantasies and make them into reality. Cheerleaders vomiting up glitter?! It doesn't get any better then taking the symbol of high school evil royalty and making them vomit up the exact material I'd have hoped for. As you might have also noticed is this post is my own debut post for Teen Dreamin'; and while I contemplated for so long that I should write up some long explanation for why I was making Teen Dremain', I think instead this video perfectly embodies what I hope to cover, what I hope to share, what I hope to explore, and overall what I stand behind (cheerleaders vomiting glitter, old people, and perfect lighting that is).