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.
Hollywood Babylon Party and Show
POSTED BY TOBY ROBBOY ON MON, APR 7, 2014 AT 1:59 PM
On Saturday night a sizable crowd squeezed into Hollywood Babylon‘s relatively close quarters for the vintage store’s three-year anniversary party and live show featuring Ensly Mogul and Mister Saturday (who is co-owner of the store). The nerdcore duo did a set of Star Trek-based songs in a multimedia performance that incorporated video clips from the original show. While it certainly wasn’t the typical choice of entertainment for a retail party, the performance felt like a natural fit with Hollywood Babylon’s particular brand of quirk and kitsch.
The party also provided an opportunity to scope the store’s current stock, which was everything one could hope for from a funky little vintage store that specializes in unpretentious whimsy. Highlights included jewel-tone hippie dresses, an impressive collection of shoes that ranged from slinky Ferragamos to sturdy boots, and every hat one could possibly desire. Hollywood Babylon is not the most flashy or high profile retailer out there, but given their promising range of merchandise, not to mention the strong turnout of loyal customers who showed up, I think it’s safe to say they carved themselves out a very decent space in the crowded local vintage market.
Now for some pics:
you may already be aware that we are big fans of the seventies and early eighties jamaican roots, reggae and dancehall music. tonight we are heading out to see Black Uhuru play live in Portland, OR at the star theater. here’s a look at some of our favorite looks from their most famous lineup featuring Ducky Simpson, Puma Jones and Mykal Rose. they were one of the most stylish reggae groups from that era. enjoy!