June 23, 2011

bluer than velvet was the night

I really hate wanting it to be school in the beginning of summer ("But Tavi, it's almost July!" "SHUT UP NO IT'S NOT I KNOW HOW TO READ AN iCALENDAR") but the suburban high school vibes in Autumn de Wilde's new video for Noah and the Whale are so good! Contrasty blue and red and white and cheerleaders and saddle shoes (Audrey Horne) and knee highs. I know you're supposed to hate high school but to me it's just what you make it and if I can pretend I'm in this or the Virgin Suicides or Freaks and Geeks or something I'LL TAKE IT. (Full disclosure: I have been graced with the good humor and friendliness of Autumn many a time, but if I didn't like the video, I wouldn't post it! So there.)

I picked up on some Blue Velvet vibes.

Then I got some other vibes.
Like Twin Peaks, only less green and brown, so really only the stuff that takes place in the school.
And the Virgin Suicides if it was a little colder, and this cell phone picture from Mobile Art.
SOURCES UNKNOWN! Who are these mystery witchy girls? Can I be their best friends? Would they hate me for posting their pictures on a fashion blog?
Edit: Mystery Witchy Girl #1 (on the left) has spoken! Her name is Heather Lynn and she conveniently linked me to a Facebook album of even more pictures of her as a child and teenager, because there is nothing unshadier than nurturing obsessions with strangers on the internet when they were children. Thank you, Heather Lynn!
Rinko Kawauchi.
Edie Campbell for Tank Magazine.
Chopped Cheerleader by Sarah Small.

And now, for a turn to pastels and ironic internet aesthetics, TEEN WITCH (you love it already) is a magazine started by Zain Curtis for teenagers I'm really excited about and want people to know about because it needs backers and I think it's a really important project. Mister Curtis's tumblr should tell you enough.


TEEN WITCH is a magazine that puts BOP and J-14 through a kaleidoscope, aiming to honor and give praise to the gay and trans youth underground scene. Essentially art-based, TEEN WITCH is inspired by sub-cultures, the Internet, Nickelodeon magazine and childhood nostalgia.

How exciting! If you pledge a little, not only will it be able to bloom and blossom like your favorite Disney stars struggling with coming to terms with their sexuality while in the public eye, but you may get yourself some treats named after said Disney stars! That was a sloppy sentence, so go look at the page for the chart of packages you'll get in exchange for whatever pledge and you'll understand. Go look at the page period! They've already reached their pledge goal but mo money can sometimes be helpful and nice. No matter what Biggie says.

90 comments:

thwany said...

it's been 10 years since i graduated high school, and if i had to do it all over again, i think i could possibly go down the witch-route.

Belle said...

i love that song & video!
i always think American highschools look so cool, but that may be due to excessive film watching! but i can tell you english schools are crap.
love your blog!

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Birgitta Helmersson said...

this is so great....your transporting me back to my days of being 15, 'The Craft' was one of my Cult movie back then...i'm sure you have probably already seen it, but if you haven't, watch it!

Birgitta Helmersson said...

movie's rather

northwest is best said...

Nice inspiration. Here's a fun fact: last year my landlady was the mother of the singer from Noah and the Whale. I lived in his old room.

ponynamedlucifer said...

I don't wanna go to school, but I now have pleasure in hot air ballooning! I've never done this before, but this must be so fantastic to float in the clouds. Ha, I listen to the song in an endless loop since Monday. Love Noah and the Whale)))

zoomslow said...

Thanks for posting this video. The song's great, the visuals are amazing, and I love the subtle but powerful 'do your own thing' vibe. Very inspiring!

The girl in the 3rd last picture looks really cool, and if I was still at school I'd probably want to hang with her. But in reality, the whole passing/surving aspect of school left me with very little time to worry about cool people... Sorry cool people! ;-))

And I'm intrigued by the 4th last picture. I guess there's a kind of school escapy thing going on, but I just like the feel of it, the composition of it, the dynamics (?) of it... Like, if this was a still from a movie, I would want to see the movie - just from this picture and nothing else.

Inés said...

Hello!
I really like your blog, it's very inspiring!
Maybe you already know this film director,Guy Maddin, but if not, I recommend you watch "Careful" or any other of his movies. I think you're gonna love the colors, the ambient, the stories...
a link to a clip of Careful:
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Hope you like it.

5582 said...

The girl climbing over the fence is Rinko Kawauchi, cheeleader photo can be found here: http://www.filemagazine.com/thecollection/archives/2004/12/chopped_cheerle.html

and the plaid skirt girl is Edie Campbell for Tank Magazine

boredom and the new google image search is a godsend. (also sorry for the weird user name, its my school blog so it has to be my student code)

Buffy G-D said...

Great post, I really can't wait for Teen Witch, how awesome does that magazine look!? Move over Nylon, I might have a new favourite.

what the faaak said...

amazing photos.

specialsparklecarnival said...

The school in the picture of the jumping girl in school uniform is a Japanese school.
I'd know them anywhere.
It looks so familiar...

specialsparklecarnival said...

(Ah I see that someone already posted who the jumping girl is...)

I used to be a Japanese Cheerleader. It was the first time I had so much fun doinf sports. I loved it! (And I still have my uniform...)

Kaysens nye klæder said...

Woow, that is the most stunning music video i've ever seen! Love it!!

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WideEyes said...

Wow- great video! The retro-y vibes of the neighborhoods and fields she's running through remind me of that Rodarte vid with Elle Fanning.

Sascha said...

Adore the cheerleading references and, well, mo' money is always nice.

L said...

i miss high school.
there are nice things about college but there's something about starting high school in the fall that's just...something, don't know, at a loss for words.

Ronisha said...

Fun Fun Fun!!!!!!!

Mitchie said...

Ha I am in high school and I hate it. It's so boring!

Cess said...

I love the red blue and white pictures, theyre so cool and vintage-y yet modern!

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neon rose said...

I'm in high school but if that is what high school is like in America then I'm moving right now - in England we call it secondary school and its pretty different to that. I wish school was like that for me, but I suppose the separate cliques like the cheerleaders and jocks and nerds etc would be too much for me! Its very... Cool high school musical ;)

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alix said...

eeek! i love that video too. I usually dont like Noah and the whale but i did like that song

Libbiekitty said...

Noah And the Whale! <3
American school years look so cool!
In England we don't have the 'big game' and cheerleaders! :C

heather lynn said...

I am the mystery witch girl on the left! I will totally be your best friend, and you can post pictures of me anytime you want. come to chicago and hang out with me and zain. here is a link to a bunch of pictures of me from the late 80's's/early 90's (it's the album called "love and shame"). i wish i'd had friends like you when i was 15, i might have smiled in a picture once in awhile.

FashionFreak/Mihaela said...

That's so awesome :D Duh. I like you Tavi.

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heather lynn said...

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Mina Jade said...

My favourite Disney star was Gadget Hackwrench - back then, we did not have cutie virgins with purity rings, fortunately. No problem with freaks, right? And yes, it is odd to wish school back... when I was fifteen, actually my parents needed to take me home a week earlier than the end of the schoolyear, so depressed I was. How happy I am to get rid of school for the rest of my life! It is NOT as cool as it looks like in corny movies! For me, it was not fun. I would have given anything to be home schooled.

Claire said...

These stills and photos are just so perfect. They make me long for one of those "movie" like high school experiences when in reality I hate my school so much. Ahhh. Very dreamy.
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EmK said...

ooh cheerleaders. such a clever sight. uuh i was going to mention something else from this post but i'm too lazy to go back and look at it again so good post then.

Limey said...

that video is just...i don't even...

limey

Tavi said...

THANK YOU 5582!

Jule said...

Noah and the Whale <3 <3 <3
btw. love the pictures. (:
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Tavi said...

Hi Heather Lynn!

Kristina Lennon said...

So quirky!

dazzleships said...

Cool, I just followed Autumn de Wilde's new Twitter. :)

Lydia said...

It's been years since I've seen the film, but I just finished the book "The Virgin Suicides" and it is amazing. If you haven't read it, I suggest you add it to your summer reading list.

AimsterSkitz0rz said...

I graduated High school in 1999 and I have a album on Facebook with some great photographs of my friends and I sporting our quirky styles: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1334844725660.49706.1067337857&l=a50f5e23d0 enjoy :D lol and as usual I loooove our blog.

olivias-pizzaz said...

haha I was about this post this video on my blog but then I saw you did and your post you have totally out shined me! :) Great post I loove the video it is amazing!! Totally feeling the high school vibes even though I left high school last year!

palms spring said...

Heather Lynn of The Capricorns?

twoteensadventurers said...

Since next year is my first year of high school, I am kinda excited to enter the world of hell. The saddle shoes are defiantly helping. By the way, I love noah and the whale so this is genius

Filia said...

I only know Highschool and Cheerleading and Sportteams and all this stuff from TV (you know, Glee, Highschool Musical, Twilight, Juno, and so on)... It's quite funny for a non-american. At our school there is no dresscode or schooluniform. I'm glad.
Love these pictures.

Filia
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MY NAME IS IRS..., IRS INITSUGA said...

Red-Blue on summer, so true. as the david lynch's blue velvet...i've admired his works, so creepy-real. As for highschool, since mine didn't had cheerleading, well just considered that as sureal memorial in my place. Tavi, keep it cool, keep it real...xoxoyour avid fan (err...just like tooth fairy/red dragon??)

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Amber said...

i love this! american school looks so good, but that may be down to excessive film watching.....

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. said...

Nice post :)
Do I see a little photoshopped blurry censoring in one of the upskirt cheerleader stills? :S
xx

Caro said...

Whaddyaknow, after some research I found that I live 20 minutes from Sandy's school in Blue Velvet. I thought it looked eerily familiar.

Meagan said...

the only way I stand my extremely EXTREMELY stereotypical suburban city is by pretending that the rich people have secrets (they probably don't) and there is a cult that's actually running the whole place. otherwise I want to crush everyones green lawns and things of the sorts. which makes me sound like one of those teenagers who wears too much eyeliner. which is kind of okay by me.

Meagan said...

ps. the mothers of the neighborhood get together every week and have cocktail hour it is kind of revolting and fabulously stepford at the same time. i can't tell if i love it or hate it.

therubylotus said...

This is my new favorite music video! The pictures you got of it captured the feeling very well. I have to admit that I hated school more than anything last year, but I really miss it now.

Ruby
therubylotus.wordpress.com

Coco Velvet said...

high school is horrible. it make you a person who wastes his life in the library or reading things about people who wasted their life in the library.

Adam said...

But I'm a cheerleader !!

c said...

The girl you are trying to identify on the right is my friend Jen Bach. She's so witchy she can't stay in one place long.

Renee said...

Whoah, the witchy girls are awesome (especially the one on the right, she looks awesome. Don't know how many people could pull off an anticrist-cross quite so well :P)

Also, the cheerleaders give me the creeps, but cheerleaders usually do that.

Elaine said...

Loving the vibes! I think this really ought to be late August, but maybe that's because that's when I start school...

William Brower said...

blue velvet is one of my all time favorite movies. i am a huge david lynch fan, he paints such surreal and dreamlike images of american culture, especially in the suburbs of blue velvet. also in the red/white/blue color scheme throughout the entire movie

Lola said...

Wish I was at school again!!

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Kdotorg said...

You're right this does make me want to go back to school!

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libelium said...

The second mysterious girl reminds me of Charles Manson family because of the forehead

Eleonore said...

have you watched the twin peaks prequel? fire walk with me? I have it but haven't watched it since I finished the series last summer, watched it in it's entirety again this fall and spring. I just feel like if I watch it the whole thing will be over and I'll have separation anxiety. but i wanted to know if you had watched it and if you thought it was good? also! have you seen the Psych episode that is all twin peaks inspired? all of the cast comes back, including audrey, my favorite. I don't watch psych but I watched that and it's amazing! so much twin peaks this probably took the length of the tp intro to read...

Bella said...

If you like Twin Peaks, you'll love The Killing on AMC. It is SO GOOD. Season One ended but I'm sure you can download it online. Also...back to school vibez are the best.

rolaroid said...

tavi, i adore you, but you seriously idealize white america way too much.

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love your personal pics and dark ideas!!

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*sunday* said...

i hated high school ... to be completely honest i never saw the point of it.. and you are committed for 12 freaking years... Eeek! how funny about the photos and Heather Lynn! :D

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Rachel Cannon and Ken Sims said...

I love the all-American post right before Fourth of July Weekend! It makes me want to barbeque on the beach in cut-off denim jean shorts.

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cancercowboy said...

nice chain of associations.
the music vid is beautifully shot, but could do with some eagerness to experiment, imho. Teen Witch looks nice. for a moment i even thought there was a Trevor Brown work on the denim jacket in the Gaga package.

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Julia said...

I feel the vibe :) want to dress up like a cheerleader now.. and I will look into the magazine, it seems interesting!
xx

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Seventh Of July said...

Very interesting post. I love the photos! :)


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POPTUCKSHOP said...

Love the video but HATE the song! Please don't mention the Virgin Suicides- it's been tormenting me for ages- big Sofia Coppola fan and I have watched the trailer tons of times since the first time I heard about it which I am pretty sure was on your blog, but it hasn't arrived from my online video rental yet!!

Birdie said...

I am in love with this video... its simply amazing. You've found me my new favorite music to listen to!
fly on
Birdie

Miss M said...

gosh, you're cute. i've just read through this lovely little blog. keep on rocking the free world. :) <3

blue roses said...

loathing high school is so 1982... but seriously, any experience is what you choose to make of it, and it seems as though you are an intuitive, sensitive, independent thinker with a refreshing outlook and unique interests, as well as a laudable maturity, that does not overshadow a goofiness and lust for life. keep it up sister, and enjoy school (as well as the ephemeral weeks of summer!)

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Sydney said...

wow im surprised you put Noad & The Whale i love their songs especially L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. :) but theyve got a long way to go tho! xx

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xnari said...

Still in middle school.. going to the year that you guys call 'freshman year' in about a couple of weeks! But in the Netherlands that's not seperated so I'm stuck another 2/3/4 years here.

luvgmt.com said...

That school picture w/ the upside down cross on the forehead is amazing! haha

ClosetCravings said...

Even though I'm no longer in school, I really love that time of year when school begins. I especially love autumn and fall fashion. I love the classic look of plaid and oxfords. So irresistible. Unfortunately, I had to wear a school uniform when I was in school. At least I can indulge in it now.

I also love watching the movie "You've Got Mail." I love the Tom Hanks' quote: "Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms."

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Natassia Lea said...

i always loved going to school... most of people don't. To me was so much fun...

emilija said...

Awesome post. Some of these photos made me think of how much I'd love to eat some watermelon right now. Ugh.

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by rosalind louise said...

I love your blog Tavi, it's great fun and your dry witticisms are a scream! Thanks for posting & keep up the excellent work! x

Lauren A. said...

where did you find the picture of the mystery girl on the right!!?? she was my best friend from kindergarten through high school!!! i'm sure she has NO idea her picture is posted here..

Paloma Rose said...

It really is a gorgeous music video.
Yessss Teen Witch. I'm so glad you posted about it. I'm excited for it to be completed!

Kaitlin said...

I'm also cursed with the desire for school to start again. Though, that happens every summer and when school actually does start again....I wish it was still summer. Ugh, teenagers are SO fickled!

lottie said...

The roses against the fence remind me of the movie pleasantville there are so many images like that in the movie. I loved the post and your blog, you have a talent for finding the most interesting things, it's never dull here.

StyleCandy said...

this is fantastic. i want to be the girl in this video.