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Tailored in black

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Points of fashion: black head scarf, black pea coat.
City minimalism

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Points of fashion: cropped pants, loafers.

Royalty, revolution and Tehrangeles: Persian style
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In L.A there is a big Persian community. I get a big kick out of them as they have an almost genetic calling for all things luxury, opulence and glamour yet always with a discount and 10-15 minutes of haggling.

I went to the V&A museum and noticed beautiful Iranian art and clothes worn by the royal courts of the Qajar family who ruled Iran until the 1925 (our Muse Homeira G, a descendant, sprang to mind). From Persian royals all the way to the Beverly Hills Persian princesses we will go through their fashion journey.

Qajar Royal fashion  from 1785 to 1925

Before 1979, pre-revolution.
Western aesthetics were common to see among Iran hipsters in the 60's. Persian women donned massive beehives, colorful minis, and heavy winged eyeliner.

After 1979 post revolution to today.
In the U.S and U.K Persian women (for the most part) dress in trendy western clothes. In the LA Persian community known as Tehrangeles, flashy and glitzy garb is favoured. In Iran, dress codes are still enforced but have loosened slightly for the past years. Head scarves are still mandatory but now combined with trendy but modest styles. The street style blog Tehran Times show first hand how the women are dressing and how they still express themselves despite the sartorial code. 

The outcast fashion heroes of the 80's
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Can you imagine the shopping trips with these gals? Going down Melrose Avenue in the 80's sifting through racks of vintage clothes with Molly Ringwald and Lisa Bonet. Oohing and ahhing over polka dot printed blouses and oversized men's trousers.

The 80's fashion It girls (in my mind) will always be high school outcast Andie Walsh (Pretty in Pink 1986) and black sheep rich kid Denise Huxtable (The Cosby Show 1984 and her own spinoff show A Different World 1987).  So let's focus on the style dichotomy of Andie Walsh from Pretty in Pink and Denise Huxtable from A Different World. The movie, Pretty in Pink, and the show, A different world were created a year a part featuring late 80's style that's still being copied by millenials. In regards to race, class, and sartorial sense they came from opposite upbringing and race yet end up having the same sartorial sense. W

They even both have a stylish male cohort with signature round frames who are desperately in love with them!

Andie and her bff, Duckie (left)

Denise and her bff, Dwayne Wayne (right)

Denise Huxtable is a bougie rich black girl attending a predominantly black ivy league college but still trying to figure out what to do in life. She can't figure out a sewing machine to save herself but she does have a knack for mixing thrift store threads and pilfering daddy Cosby's clothes.

Andie Walsh on the other hand is a poor white girl from the wrong side of the tracks. She can't afford to go to college and aspires to be a fashion designer. She sews her own clothes and combines it with family and friends' hand-me-downs and thrift store garb. 

Tweedy Androgyny
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A late night in in the trendy London neighborhood of Shoreditch and I cam across this shop girl in this big red vintage store. They were closing up and I kept following her until the very last second when she was locking up and asked to take her picture. This is the pose she immediately went with!
Points of fashion: shaved head, tweed jacket with plethora of buttons and patches.
The real Heroin Chic: Downtown Divas
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Portrait series of Russian sex workers modeling high fashion is the most off-putting and disturbingly stylish series I have come across. The photo series Downtown Divas, artists Loral Amir and Gigi Ben Artzi invited a group of Russian prostitutes to participate in a high fashion photo shoot. Watching the short film they say nothing about their work or what their lives are now but simple pleasures and dreams that maybe too far away to capture. Seeing these women you can notice glimpses of their younger selves. Former selves talking about their dreams, their hobbies, and good memories.

Downtown Divas from LA on Vimeo.

Watching real and former Heroin addicts during the photo shoot, an undercurrent of guilt and awe are churning in my guts. Miu Miu, Alexander Wang, Balmain and Louis Vuitton draped on their thin frames and sunken glossy eyes staring at the camera. They look beautiful. The poses they're striking along with the styling could be in seen in any Vogue or Elle Magazine. The comparison between that and the 90's Heroin Chic movement is almost identical and makes me sick at the thought of how mainstream media romanticized this. It's weird when you realize how much fashion glosses over touchy subjects like heroin chicprostitution, and even rape. Beautiful clothes, and beautiful faces can desensitize or make tolerable these controversial subjects is mind boggling and at times alarming. This is the impact and power of beauty.

Comme Des Garcons Hijabis. The veiled "Crows".
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London is one of the biggest cities with heavy Muslim population as well as being one of the fashion capitals of the world. Bring those two facts together and you get some seriously cool Hijab street style! A plethora of print and color mixing was present through the streets, but an outfit favoured by almost every Muslim girl I saw is what I like to call the "Crow Look" as it reminded me of Comme Des Garcons Crows. Black hijab, black sweater, cool black leather jacket, black flowing skirt, and some tough black Dr. Martens boots. Unfortunately I couldn't get a picture of "Crow Look" but I did find some street style photos to give you the gist. The rest are some cool outfits spotted all over London. Enjoy!

The colorful fashion of Iran's most ancient village
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Deep in Iran at the foot of Karkas Mountain lies a small village of less than 300 people. Known as the Red Village or Abyaneh. Tourists, historians, and even Iranian natives flock to this village to be brought back to the physical and visual history of Ancient Persia. Time is frozen in this town. Everything from the red clay tiered houses, the culture and customs, the language (Parthian Pahlavi an ancient Iranian language), and most notably the women’s traditional garb have not been touched by modern times.

I love the clothes that the Abyunaki women and men wear. Its citizens mostly of old age emote a quiet bold chicness that are one of the reasons visitors are drawn to Abyaneh. The men allow the women of the village to shine as they opt to wear dark grey, or black blazers, black trousers and plain white button down shirts. Wrinkled and worn in makes them have an effortless elegance amongst the red clay. The woman are one of shining spectacles of the Abyaneh representing their culture and history through their clothes. Bold and bright contrasting prints against stark black pleated pants creates a wonderful silhouette reminiscent of Comme Des Garçon. Maybe that where Rei Kawakubo got the idea? The Abyunaki woman can be seen wearing floral, checkered or boldly graphic headscarves, under the knee skirts, and pleated pants.

Despite being such a small village they have been adamant in keeping the old ways despite pressures form the government, and all the better for it as everyone the world over come to Abyaneh to witness and experience an ancient civilization of the Persian Empire.

Historical Iran
Historical Iran

Ali Majdfar |

Ali Majdfar |
Ali Majdfar |