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Haute Rock

August 21, 2009

Music and fashion have always been close counterparts, filled with quick-change divas like Cher and Lady GaGa, and radical lookers spanning from Bowie to M.I.A. Now, slowly, the showmanship in the rock scene is turning back from the effects to the performer, and the whole scene is changing to fit this radical new attention.

No longer synonymous with spandex and never-ending power chord licks (a mixed blessing at best, if you ask me) rock has become a subjective term, more used to describe the persona behind the music. Songs have been broken down into countless categories and subgenres, but the attitude remains constant across all boundaries and borders.

It is now, as it always has been, about making your own way on your own terms, from the music to the look. On that note, there are a few under-the-radar groups who should definitely get some credit for their progressive sound and style:

First, there is Maystar. Comprised of sound maverick Abe Deleon and front woman May Jacob, this duet is a far departure from the brazen guitar riffs of days past. The icy and sometimes haunting melodies grasp more at a raw heart than rock soul. It is, at best, a unique sound that captivates and resonates to the core. More than a musician, May also designs her unique stage fashions (along with modeling, promoting, and a slew of other activities). She creates her own, characteristic look to accompany her distinctive sound, and the result is nothing if not unique.

photo credit of Maystar Designs and photographer Rob Howard

Photograph courtesy of Maystar Designs and photographer Rob Howard

Next there’s the dirty synth-rock sounds of Dolls House. A London quartet comprised entirely of raw attitude and unrefined energy, Dolls House uses their quick licks and driving rhythms to crash against pop orthodoxy. What’s more, they do it with style. Front woman Camilla Romestrand bleeds panache with her eclectic garb and sonic stare, while the ensemble follows suit in vibrant hues, dark eyeliner and eccentric garnishes. This is a band that’s not afraid of color, cosmetic, or accessory; and certainly not afraid of noise.

Photograph credit of Dolls House

Photograph courtesy of Dolls House

Finally, there’s Ferras. Probably the most prolific name in this post, the LA based singer-songwriter is known for both his melancholy melodies and simple, suave style. After the release of his debut album, Aliens and Rainbows, this songsmith went from unknown to unstoppable, bringing with him his faded jeans, dress shirts, and blazers. His presentation is flawless, both in album and on stage. For Ferras, a degree of sophistication is necessary in everything he does, and he stands out as a man willing to express it.

Photograph courtesy of Ferras

Photograph courtesy of Ferras

So maybe rock is no longer synonymous with roll. Maybe the sound and the life have become two different things. Indie, pop, hip-hop (whatever!) can all embody that unique my way in my time attitude that was once exclusive to the most hardened bands and beats. Certainly these artists have their own sound, and a style to accompany them, but they’re not the only ones. Music is always evolving, and with it goes rock.

Got any favorites? I would love to hear them! Leave their names and let me know.

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Our Avant Gaudy Playlist!

August 6, 2009

Avant Gaudy has created a special playlist for you, featuring a few of a all-time favorite songs and a few songs we just can’t stop listening to right now.  Check it out…

 Standalone player
A few of the featured artists include:

Lykke Li
Santogold
Bloc Party
Say Anything
Memory Cassette
Feist
and more…

Feist

Lykke Li

Bloc Party

Is there a playlist you’d like us to create?  Our favorite indie bands?  Favorite movie songs?  Best summer music?  Let us know in the comment section and we’ll create an essential playlist for you!

“…my whole life is art and my whole life is performance…”

August 1, 2009

Lady Gaga’s unique style has always caught her audience’s attention. “Fashion is everything,” she says, “I want the imagery to be so strong that fans will want to eat and taste and lick every part of us.” The artist has definitely been successful in making an impression with her shocking outfits; she’s performed in a bodysuit with cone-shaped lightning breasts, she’s been photographed wearing nothing but metal orbit-shaped discs around her head, and she became a lampshade for one of her interviews. But, my all-time favorite is the Kermit the Frog coat she wore in a recent interview she had with German television. She even accessorized her outfit with a single Kermit on her head!

Lady GaGa

Lady GaGa

Lady GaGa & lampshade

“I dress this way all the time because it inspires my life. I dress this way because my whole life is art and my whole life is performance,” explains Lady Gaga. “You don’t need money to live the way that I live. You just need a good idea and creativity.” Lady Gaga definitely has tons of creativity when it comes to the way she dresses, and the best thing about it is that, even when she’s dressed in the most outrageous of outfits, she acts completely natural, as if she is not wearing anything out of the ordinary. Although this interview is in German, one can still see that the singer is trying to take her outfit seriously. She is talking as if she is wearing jeans and the plainest tee, and not a coat made of dozens of drooping toy frogs!

Lady Gaga’s coat was created by French nobleman and clothing designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac (who is also known as JC/DC).  De Castelbajac’s creations have included a coat of teddy bears worn by Madonna and, of course, Lady Gaga’s famous Kermit coat.

Lady Gaga & Kermit

What do you think of Lady GaGa’s style?  Is she fashion forward?  Or completely ridiculous?

For Those Who Adore Cheesy Love Songs…

July 24, 2009

I forgot how much I love the song Do You Want To Know a Secret  by the Beatles.

 Such dandys!  
The Beatles 

Beatles

Beatles

 Love their style.  Love this song.  Love the  prospect of the weekend!

Michael Jackson: King of Pop & Fashion Icon

June 26, 2009

As one of the most recognizable icons in music, pop culture and fashion, it’s impossible not to reflect on the influence of Michael Jackson.

The L.A. Times simply labeled Jackson as the King of Style: “Wearing one glove, Michael Jackson reached into the pop culture zeitgeist and influenced an entire generation, giving pieces as simple as military badges and a fedora an imprint that, for a time, was as powerful as his music.”

We can’t help but notice his influence in the fashion world, whether it be military jackets, sequined cropped jackets, white T’s and fedoras or the infamous white glove.

Nadja Swarovski, vice president of international communications for Swarovski, told Women’s Wear Daily that “As the King of Pop, it is only natural for him to be crowned in crystal.”

As a tribute to Jackson, we wanted to share some of our favorite photos showing is lasting impression on the fashion world.

Michael Jackson's Fashion Influence

Be sure to check out Balmain’s Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear collection, obviously inspired by the King of Pop.