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Remembering i-D & The Face

Posted in Art/Style, Books, fashion, hybrid culture on July 9, 2009 by lili

In the 80’s and early 90’s in a time before the internet, I used to buy almost every issue of  i-D magazine (not to be confused with i.d. magazine) and The Face . I was fixated on the imagery and sometimes risque fashion spreads.

Via the archives page of the i-d magazine website:

i-D began as a fanzine dedicated to the street style of punk-era London in 1980 and soon became essential reading for the fashion-aware. i-D has now developed into a glossy magazine that documents fashion and contemporary culture, and has gone a long way toward defining it.

Magazine covers via i-d magazine website

[i-D fashion spread – image found on flickr]

I have no idea what  i-D magazine is like today as I stopped buying magazines years ago…

Found via The Face Magazine (1980 -2004) flickr pool –


Posted in Books, fashion with tags on July 6, 2009 by lili

While we are on the subject of HAIR,  I photographed some of our favorite pages from HairCults (1990, by Dylan Jones). Yeah I know.  Scans would offer better quality images but I don’t have the patience 🙂 As I am less interested in the scraggily, scruffy, hippy, mullet-y hairstyles, I skipped those pages.

Link: Pages from HAIRCULTS (flickr set)

MODS By Horst Friedrichs

Posted in Art/Style, Books, fashion, Mod on July 5, 2009 by lili


Photographer Horst A. Friedrichs has been documenting the British Mod scene for over 10 years. Using a mixture of color and black & white photography he has recorded the Mod community during events like 24-hour parties, dancing competitions and scooter runs. Recently Horst has embarked on a series of filmed interviews and events which offer additional appreciation of the scene. This rare collection of images provides a unique insight into the diversity of the contemporary Mod scene. The Mod’s of today are an assortment of youthful new devotees and old grey-haired hipsters who fondly remember scooter trips to Brighton wearing Parka’s emblazoned with “Who” and “Kinks” badges. The project chronicles this special history – from the 1960’s to the present day – every new generation rediscovering what it is to be a Mod.

There is a new BOOK available for pre-order on Amazon (UK)

I wonder if it’s the same as this one… (earlier edition?)


(image via

And here’s a related video:

Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock N Roll Style

Posted in Art/Style, Books, fashion on July 5, 2009 by lili

Some photographed pages from out-of-print book by Tony Stewart: COOL CATS – 25 YEARS OF ROCK N ROLL STYLE.

(I will be taking better photos and replacing some of these which are way too dark or blurry.) I have replaced some pics so that the text is now legible, and have added more pages to the set.

Soul City

Posted in Books on December 30, 2005 by lili

Soul City by Toure is a magical and ultra funky novel about a city run by DJs (as mayors), where souped-up cars are dedicated to musical legends (eg, The JamesBrownmobile, The Billiemobile, The Wu-Tangmobile etc), groovers drop bliss (a drug that enhances your hearing), fly, buy mind-altering shampoo from the Devil, and well, I loved it because there are so many over-the-top cartoony elements! This could be a cool story, animated.

A really fun read and some might also say – a tongue-in-cheek tribute to African-Americana.
Reviews HERE and HERE


Kickin’ It Old School

Posted in Books, fashion, Music on November 7, 2005 by lili

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"Back In The Days" has been on our wishlist since it first came out. Now with the release of sequel: "A time Before Crack", we went searching for book #1 and it’s already gone from the local bookstore and out of print on Amazon! (thank god for eBay) There is some awesome, fun and superstylish photographic reference here, for the early days of hip hop.

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Made In The U.K.

Posted in Books, fashion on October 3, 2005 by lili

There are some inspirational photos by Janette Beckman in this great book!  A cool visual companion to Robert Elm’s "The Way We Wore" if you are as obsessed with the style and fashion of Youth-Music Subcultures as we are.

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BOY LONDON Kings Road 1979; Mods in Streatham 1976

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‘Blue Rondo A La Turk’ 1982; Steve Strange – Covent Garden 1981

More images from the book HERE.

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