One of my favorite photographers over at Rookie Mag, Eleanor Hardwick, recently shot the days prior to Meadham Kirchoff S/S '14 and backstage at London Fashion Week. Each season, Eleanor shoots the magical creations of Meadham Kirchoff, and this season her shots were some of my favorites I've ever seen. The collection's inspiration came from the Elizabethan era as well as David Bowie, and the final result was a lovely, feminine collection that was lighthearted yet mysterious and dark at the same time. Perfect inspiration for a Halloween costume too, right? Check out these stunning photos and maybe you'll transform into a ghostly Elizabethan beauty meets Lydia Deetz (see: giant wide brimmed black hats) decked out in pearls and lace for Hallow's Eve! —Maddie
See the full photo set here.
These vintage Halloween costumes are out of control. Like, the CHICKEN!? That is the kind of costume that dreams (or nightmares) are made of! This collection of pictures has been floating around for a hot minute, but please do yourself a favor and check these all out. You deserve to get some Halloween inspo, man. —Katie
Like... what... is happening? If you know what these humans are supposed to be, please email me, ASAP.
They are straight-up molded to the floor in those costumes. That is COMMITMENT. Do you think they're in real woods, or are they on a set? Life is a myyystery.
This one is actually and legitimately badass and amazing.
"Mom, for Halloween I want to be a box-headed child with saggy arms."
IMAGINE SEEING THIS LITTLE BUNDLE OF JOY TRUNDLING UP YOUR STEPS HALLOWEEN NIGHT!
Cool, great, this isn't horrifying at all. Solid jack-o-lantern, though.
Like, what even is this group costume? "A Gnome and His Llamas"? Was that a thing in 1912?
I really and truly can't put into words the joy that this picture gives me. Her saggy rat nose! They're holding hands! This is a beautiful rat prom, and I want to be invited to it.
23-year-old photographer Adri Law is able to showcase the beauty of both California normalcy and the L.A. fashion and music scene in a clean and eloquent way. The palette of her art is gentle, dreamy and cohesive, giving her work a classic feel.
Girls can look just as pretty behind the camera as they do in front of it!
Check out some of our favorite shots from her official website and be sure to follow her on Instagram and Twitter. —Alex
(Photo credit: Pier Nicola D'amico)
Over on The Key, they recently called out Philadelphia-based photographer Pier Nicola D'amico for his amazing collection of punk photos from the early '80s. The collection, titled Between Glam Rock and New Wave: The Lost Archive, is currently up on his site, and perfectly captures the punk-rock attitude of the late '70s and early '80s in Philadelphia. Make sure you head to his site to check out the whole collection. Every picture is incredible! —Katie
If you're in need of some inspiration on how to spruce up your yearbook photo this fall at school, you should definitely take a look at this editorial from the October issue of Dazed & Confused magazine. Shot by Blommers & Schumm and styled by Cathy Edwards, "School Daze" features various models in a classic school portrait setting, while wearing some of the best looks from the fall season. Plus, check out all of those rad hairstyles. I wish I looked that cool my senior year. (images via Streeters) —Maddie
Right now Judy Gelles portrait series, titled “Fourth Grade Project,” is available for viewing at the Gallery at 543 Urban Outfitters at the Navy Yard, Philadelphia (5000 S. Broad St.). The photos will be on display from September 4 – October 3, Monday-Friday 8-5.
For this project, Gelles spent the last 4 years photographing children of various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. To get a sense of their various upbringings, Gelles asked the children the same three questions to see how their answers would differ: With whom do you live? What do you wish for? What do you worry about? These simple questions prove to show a lot more about the childrens' lives than one might think. The entire exhibit is definitely worth a look if you find yourself in the Philadelphia area in the next month. —Katie
A couple days ago, Rookie put up this amazing photoset, shot by Molly Dektar and titled "In The Stacks," that shows what life is like for the people who choose to live at the famed Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris. Basically, anyone who chooses to live in the store can, the only stipulation being that they must also work at the store and they must write a short autobiography before they leave, complete with picture. The photoset of the author's time in the store is a great look at what that life is like. So magical! Booking a plane ticket now, TBH. —Katie
In conjunction with the grand opening of our newest and prettiest UO store in Malibu, we teamed up with Converse to present our Live in the Lot music series with live performances by Bleached and Dum Dum Girls. It was quite a treat for us and everyone else who came out to the mellow beach vibe of Malibu to enjoy the tunes, drinks and yummy food trucks! Huge thanks to Converse for co-sponsoring and to everyone who came out and made the event a success! —Tania
Tepsic Magazine is the large-format brainchild of Morgan Tepsic, who sends customized disposable cameras to artists and asks them to document their lives. The results are poster-sized spreads of a rarely seen perspective; a trip behind the scenes with musicians like recent cover subjects A$AP Rocky and Toro Y Moi. I spoke with Morgan about the simplicity of disposable cameras, making a DIY magazine and what's next for the mag. —Angelo
FYF's annual festival happened this weekend in Downtown Los Angeles, at the L.A. State Historic Park in Chinatown. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the festival, and man, did they book a great lineup to celebrate their double digits. Bands like My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Thee Oh Sees, Solange, Mac Demarco, and so many more performed amongst the large amounts of beer and dust at the festival, which last year grew from one day to two. Read my recap below of who played my favorite sets, and how I saw Mac Demarco chilling on top of a bunch of hay bales at one point on Sunday. You never know what you'll see at a music festival, right? —Maddie
My first set on Saturday was brought to me by Mikal Cronin. I've been wanting to see him ever since he released his second album a few months ago. He played songs new and old. I was so happy to finally hear "Apathy," and "Weight" live!
FYF is a festival you get down and dirty at; no shoe was left untouched by dirt and dust. Tons of people came prepared with their bandanas at the ready.
Next was Ty Segall performing at Charlotte's Stage around 5PM, and he had lots of kids waiting to see him. He played his new record, Sleeper, basically in its entirety, with what he called his Sleeper band. Ty finished out the set with some of his more well-known songs, like "Girlfriend" and "You're the Doctor."
Toro y Moi brought the disco vibes to the early evening with a super fun set. Let's be honest, I'm always down to get groovy at a music festival.
I headed into Samantha's Tent, where most of the more electronic bands played, to see a bit of Classixx, the L.A. based DJ duo.
After a quick bite to eat, I ran to the Carrie Stage to see Deerhunter perform right at sundown. They were one of the main bands I was looking forward to seeing at FYF. Every year I hope they play and finally they did! Bradford Cox wore a dress and black wig, because he is the most interesting person ever. They even played my favorite tune of theirs, "Nothing Ever Happened."
My second to last set of Saturday night was Thee Oh Sees, who provided maximum fun with their always excellent and energetic live show.
Saturday night was closed out by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which I was most excited for. Karen O is such a legend, and pranced all about the stage first wearing her multi-colored shiny cape, then revealed her perfect silver shorts-suit. The band performed their regular set, but I was mostly happy to hear "Phenomena," a song that is forever stuck in my head, with good reason! They even released Y-shaped confetti into the crowd at one point.
Sunday started with Chicago kiddos, The Orwells, featuring a pants-less Mario, the band's lead singer. Also, there was lots and lots of crowd surfing of course.
I did catch some new bands at FYF this year, one of them being Guards. I enjoyed their loud yet still chill jam at the end of their set.
After Guards I saw Kurt Vile, whose sweet guitar melodies are always so lovely to hear. He played some of my faves, like "Jesus Fever" and "KV Crimes."
I told you I saw Mac Demarco smoking on top of a bunch of hay...
Then I stopped by Charlotte's Stage to see No Age, mainly to hear my favorite song of theirs, "Teen Creeps." Apparently they've played FYF more than any other band!
Sunset is my favorite time to see bands perform at festivals, especially bands like Beach House, whose music is paired perfectly with the fading sunlight. Here's a photo I snapped of lead singer Victoria Legrand with the band's magical backdrop.
My favorite set of the weekend was by MGMT, who I have been waiting to see for two years! I admit that I had a total MGMT fangirl stage at one point, so this was very exciting. They even brought out Henry Winkler, who you may know from Arrested Development, to play the giant cowbell during "Your Life Is A Lie."
Finishing off FYF this year was My Bloody Valentine, who haven't played in LA in nearly a decade, so this was a big one! They weren't allowing any fancy photography, though, so here's a quick photo I snapped with my phone. It was so cool to hear an original shoegaze band in person.
FYF was quite the success this year, since the lineup was so stacked this time around. With all of this great feedback, I wonder who they'll get next year!
Photography is fun, I mean really fun, so much so that I've decided to study it at school. It is also a really cool hobby, where you can learn to use tons of awesome cameras and film to create some of the dreamiest photos you'll ever see by taking multiple exposures, light-painting, and more, all with your film camera. Lomography and The Impossible Project will help you create photographs that look like they're from another magical world! —Maddie
Lomography Diana + Dreamer Camera
The Diana camera takes wonderful photos, and this one is mini, so you can take it anywhere. This will create lovely, lo-fi images.
Lomography Fisheye Baby 110 Camera
Make all your photos warped with an awesome fisheye camera. This allows you to get a slightly wider shot.
If you're not ready to buy a whole new camera to make effects, get one of these great disposable ones! They transpose a funny image, like unicorns, rainbows, and other crazy shit, onto the photograph you take. Something you can only create with this magical camera!
Lomography 35mm Color Negative Film - Pack of 3
This film is a great starter for all of your dreamy photos. You can use it in any 35mm film camera, and it'll give you bright hues, plus lovely light leaks when your camera allows!
Lomography 35mm 400 Speed Black & White Negative Film - Pack of 3
I feel like everything looks dreamier and prettier in black and white.
Vintage Polaroid 600 Camera Kit by Impossible Project
Polaroid cameras and film create the perfect aged photograph without an Instagram filter! Here's a little bundle that gives you the camera, black and white film, and color film.
Shop cameras and film.
This new-ish Tumblr, Hot-Dog Legs, poses a very important question: hot dogs or legs? While there aren't too many pictures up yet, let's hope this mysterious Tumblr person keeps on posting hot dogs (or legs) because this is the most genius idea ever. Legs really look like hot dogs sometimes, like oh my god. My brain can't wrap itself around this mindblowing fact. NORTH IS SOUTH AND UP IS DOWN IN THE WACKY WORLD OF HOT-DOG LEGS!—Katie
I flew up to San Francisco last weekend to pay a visit to the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park, where I saw tons of incredible artists, new and old. It was so nice to get a break from the Los Angeles summer heat and experience a music festival in a non-sweaty environment (like that other festival I go to, Coachella). Here's what I experienced throughout the 3-day happening in the forest! —Maddie
My first set of the weekend was Smith Westerns, whom I've always loved. It was great to hear some of their new songs from Soft Will, their new album. They surely started the day off nicely, and I'm pretty sure their sweet sounds cleared the clouds and let the sun shine in SF, even if it was just a little bit.
Next I saw Surfer Blood from afar at the main stage, who brought their East Coast beach jams to the West. Lead singer JP even put on an American flag print cap at one point during the set. Always gotta be on trend, right?
The music at this festival is always great, but so is the food. Outside Lands always provides a "taste of the bay area," as they call it, with vendors lining the fields at the festival to bring the best eats. I often found myself staring at other people throughout the weekend just to figure out what food they were eating. Sorry everyone for creepin' on your fine foods!
Also aside from the music are lots of fun activities to do in your down time, like free bouquet and flower crown making!
Then I went to the smallest stage, the Panhandle, to see Daughter perform, whom I had never seen before. Elena Tonra's vocals seemed to fit perfectly in with the beauty that is Golden Gate Park.
I ended Friday night with a nearly three hour, 40 song set from Sir Paul McCartney that included fireworks! Basically, I couldn't believe my eyes the whole time; he is a total rock and roll legend. Sir Paul played tons of Beatles and Wings hits, plus played the intro to Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze." Badass much? It was so beautiful.
Saturday came along, and started with a great set from The Growlers, whom I also had never seen before! They played a perfectly psychedelic set that also fit right into San Francisco. I swear, there is no chiller dude on this planet than the lead singer, Brooks.
A little later on I saw Bombino, all the way from Niger! I reviewed their recent release, Nomad recently!
It was impossible to get remotely close at the main stage for Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but regardless of where you were standing their set was one to remember. They even played "Date With the Night"!
Rounding out Saturday night was Nine Inch Nails. I may be about 25 years late to the party as I was a small child when they were popular, but they seriously impressed me. At the last minute my friends and I decided to stay for their whole set, and I'm really happy I did. Who knew I would enjoy industrial rock so much? NIN's visuals were also totally A+.
The last day of Outside Lands, Sunday, began with a massive set from Foals. No doubt one of my favorite sets of the weekend. I jammed so hard to "Two Steps, Twice." I need to see them again ASAP!
This festival definitely involved endless trekking to and from different ends of Golden Gate Park. Along with incredible performances, I also got lots of exercise, hopefully enough for the rest of the year.
King Tuff was next at the Panhandle stage, and there was moshing. Lots of moshing, naturally!
I think I took all of one photograph during Vampire Weekend's set, which was my favorite of the weekend, and honestly the last I really paid attention to! I was looking the most forward to seeing them play; they are one of my favorite bands ever. It was great to hear new and old songs of theirs, especially "Hannah Hunt" from Modern Vampires of the City.
I spent most of Sunday night in "Chocolands" eating delicious desserts underneath these light-up sugar skulls in the trees. Like all festivals, Outside Lands quickly came to an end, but it was a great one this year! I saw and discovered some super bands, ate some sweet treats and enjoyed the cool San Francisco air. Hoping to make it back to the forest next year for Outside Lands 2014!
It may have been a cold one this weekend in San Francisco for the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, but I still managed to pick out a few cuties in the crowd looking their best in their layers upon layers. Here's some snaps of what those cool chilly folk were wearing amongst the beautiful trees and fog in Golden Gate Park! —Maddie
Saw lots of '90s grunge plaid situations at this festival, but I loved her flannel dress rather than regular shirt.
How about their matching boot AND beer action?
I wouldn't feel like I was truly in San Francisco without a sighting of something related to the Grateful Dead, right?
Don't mind the restrooms in the background, focus on her rad DIY-ish denim necklace.
BOOOOOOOM! has been running a Best of Instagram series over on their site and this week there's some great inspiration for you, especially if you're getting a little sick of gramming your pizza and cat. Hard to believe some of these are just camera photos! Use these to make your last snaps of summer the best they can be. —Katie
Our newest men's trend draws inspiration from hippies the world over and combines surplus fabrics with fun neons and geometric shapes. It's totally going to be all you want to wear for fall. Here are some of our favorite outfit shots below, and some pieces to get you started with this trend.
Get the look:
Koto Jacquard Pocket Tee
All-Son Canvas Rucksack
Koto Embroidered Jogger Pant
Charles & 1/2 Camo Jacket
Canvas Duffle Backpack
Koto Cross-Stitch Denim Button-Down
Rosin Foulard 5-Panel Hat
Deter Printed Pullover Sweatshirt
Character Hero Joe Sweater
Comic Con happened over the weekend and boy, were there some good photo opportunities. While the fashion at Comic Con may look a little different than the fashion at Pitchfork, everyone's M.O. is the same: have fun! There were so many amazing costumes at Comic Con. Like, do you see how committed that guy up there was with his Ice King costume? Damn. Here are some more of our favorites.