Many years ago I lived in Los Angeles. I remember having a few lava rock lady sightings back then and it would always make my day!! I was about to create a post about her iconic timeless style, and stumbled upon this post from super rad now…so glad to know she is still around workin’ her look. ps, we think she is totally on trend this fall in this witchy velvet number…
L.A. icon week continues with the Lava Lady, a.k.a. Susan Strauss. This is a photo of her near her old home in Los Angles. Strauss earned her name by covering her entire house on the corner of Detroit of Clinton in Lava Rock.
She has since moved to Wellington Florida where she was been dubbed the Wellington Witch. Strauss was infamous in L.A., just as she seems to be now in Wellington. But, anyone who walks the streets daily with their hair wrapped straight up, in doll-like blush, long velvet gowns, and 5-inch platforms is bound to get a bit of attention!
Some say Strauss was a model for Rudi Gernreich in the 60s, others label her as a long-lost wife of Dr. Seuss, many claim her to be an heir to the Levi Strauss fortune, and a few are positive she was a member of the Manson family. But…
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Corona del Mar High School students Kim Robertson, Pat Auvenshine, and Pam Pepin, in a mix of mod and Pucci-inspired outfits.
Beverly Hills High School student Rosemary Shoong in a Native American–inspired dress she made herself.
A group of students at Beverly Hills High — but how did this girl’s (center) parents allow her to leave the house dressed in a sheer white outfit?
Newport Beach, California, student Lenore Reday crossing the street and kinda looking like she “can turn the world on with her smile.”
Even the teachers were super chic.
This girl in the denim jumper looks like she ready for Coachella.
A student taking some cues from hippie/bohemian fashion, dressed in a wool shawl and a tapestry print skirt.
Beverly Hills High School student Erica Farber in a black-and-white gingham, tiered top (dress?) and flared yellow trousers.
Student wearing a hippie-inspired buckskin vest.
Marching band plays their instruments while a trio of female students stand among them.
Lots of fringe and vests happening in this photo taken at Woodside High School, in Woodside, Calif.
Students on campus at Woodside High School.
A girl shows off her velour bell-bottoms.
There is no way a student would be allowed to wear this to school today.
Unidentified student rocks a miniskirt while walking along a disused railroad track, Bird City, Kansas.
we are obviously inspired by our punk history here at hollywood babylon, and so it seems as good a time as any to credit vivienne westwood and malcolm mclaren for largely initiating the punk movement in england back in the late seventies. in researching their story and also the upcoming exhibition at the met’s costume institute “Punk: Chaos to Couture” (opens may 9th) i found some amazing links and images to share…maybe punk’s not dead after all…
“It all goes back to the early 70’s, when Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood opened up a shop on Kings Road in London selling the favoured Teddy Boy fashions (a tailored, fitted look reminiscent of British dandyism). In search of something new, McLaren traveled to New York where he met the New York Dolls. With their tattered, worn-down, glam rock persona, the American band inspired McLaren to bring back a thrift shop mash up style that Britain desperately needed. Further inspiring Westwood and McLaren was the Situationist movement, which had come to the fore in France around the time of the Paris riots of 1968. The Dada- like anarchism of the Situationists led by Guy Debord ,combined with the ripped, safety pinned, thrift store aesthetic of the New York muscians was perfect for the new revolutionary style that McLaren had in mind. Ironically, what McLaren created was totally contradictory to what the Situationists were rebelling against. The capitalist spectacle and commodity fetishism which Debord had famously denounced, is exactly what McLaren recouped as punk’s ugly, raw, deconstructed image in the form of mainstream fashion. Despite the blatant disparity, the British youth ate. that. shit. up.”
the new york dolls
mclaren and westwood designed goods for their shop on kings road in london’s chelsea district, this is where vivienne westwood got her start as a designer…the shop went through many incarnations and re-brands through the seventies from first being titled “Let It Rock”, then “Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die,” then “SEX”,then Seditionaries and finally became known as “World’s End”. World’s End remains open as part of vivienne westwood’s global fashion empire. malcolm mclaren went on to do many things including managing the sex pistol’s, making his own music and art and he’s also known for helping to popularize hip hop in the early 1980s…
one of my favorite vivienne westwood designs from her retrospective.
vivienne westwood and malcolm mclaren back in the day…
the sex pistols.
the commentary below came from an article in the new york times regarding the upcoming “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibition at the met.
“Still, for some punk originators the idea of leather and studs at the Met, with the imprimatur of Vogue, which co-sponsors the Costume Institute Ball, on May 6, is heresy.
“Getting these high-fashion designers, what does that have to do with punk?” said Legs McNeil, who was a founder of Punk magazine in 1975. “So rich people could go slumming? Come on, give me a break.”
It’s a “masturbatory fantasy for Anna Wintour and Vogue,” he added. “They always go and try to co-opt what they can’t own. They try to co-opt authenticity and turn it into something boring.” Debbie Harry, the enduring Blondie frontwoman who helped shape the downtown scene at CBGB in the 1970s alongside bands like the Ramones, Television and the New York Dolls, said the era’s style was deliberately transgressive. “We were definitely looking to be different,” she said, “to be not really fashionable, but to look very cool, to look rock ‘n’ roll.”
She made outfits of cinched garbage bags and pillowcases she found on the street. Her taste wasn’t always a hit.
“I almost got thrown off a bus once for wearing my underwear,” she recalled. “The bus driver screamed at me. I had on little orange satiny pink tap pants — they looked fantastic, but he was outraged that I was walking around in my skivvies. I remember using my bra as outerwear, and really getting a lot of bad looks.”
But, she added, “It just felt right. It looked hot.”
awesome. keep it alive yall.
debbie harry and anya phillips in the late 1970s
photo of blondie by chris stein
*quote #1 came from here
**quote #2 came from here