Punks. Poets. Two different entities, one harmonious celebration. That's why when we get our Punks and Poets together, it's always a party...I mean, with a motley crew like ours, ranging from designers to athletes, artists and rebels, all united by uniqueness and individuality, who wouldn't want to celebrate? This time around, we gathered our Punks and Poets in Bondi Beach, Australia during fashion week to celebrate the launch of Stance Muse. Thank you to Pommery, Ciroc, Santa Vittoria, and Cricketer's Arms for providing us with party favors for our guests. Check out all of the fun we got into after the jump.continue reading
Burgerama festival was occupied in a perfect sized corporate-type parking lot encompassed by weird neon cladded humans, an audience from young to old, fan boys/girls whom tossed around immeasurable items of shoes/sunglasses/blow-up dolls on stage. Being surrounded by the intimate atmosphere of wild music goers is a not enough to describe what spending a weekend at two day music festival ‘Burgerama III’ would feel like. Thrown by Burger Records, the festival was held on March 22-23 at The Observatory in Orange County. Tunage included a more than amazing lineup of uncommonly listened to radio bands alongside major headliners The Black Lips, Fidlar, Froth, DEATH, The Coathangers, The Growlers, The Garden, Mac DeMarco; the list goes on. On the edge of an exciting two day slumber, the radiating warmth of the overheating stages and crowds thirsty for refreshing musical sounds gave the illusion of the tangible company of the performers. Stance came bearing gifts of socks to each of the performers for the enjoyment all the feels. Even if you were not enjoying the party backstage, you sure felt it.continue reading
Name: Apneet Kaur
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Apneet Kaur is at the intersection of a lot of things we find very, very cool: she’s a music student, a fashion journalist (you can read her work on Refinery29.com), a New York transplant by way of California, and a master of mixing old and new. She’s curated a life of uncommon style, a wildly popular style blogger who’s just as comfortable downing Long Islands out of mason jars in the desert as she is rushing through downtown Manhattan in vintage stilettos. Get to know her now.
You’ve lived in both California and New York—how was each home influenced your style and outlook on fashion?
In California weather doesn’t matter that much so I was always in dresses and and shorts, and I dressed for the day without complication. In New York, there are four distinct seasons, and I quickly realized that layering is my friend. NYC is a cultural and fashion center, so every day walking down the street I’m exposed to lots of different styles.
You wear a lot of vintage pieces. What is it about older clothing that inspires you?
Honestly, it’s part and parcel that I just like cheap, old things, ha! Vintage has a way of making you feel, “I’m going to wear this sweater today and not a single other person has the same sweater,” and there’s a sense of empowerment in that. It’s a way to reject uniformity and take back your choice and individuality while we’re being sold “cool” from the media.
What are some dos and don’ts of searching for vintage treasures?
Make sure everything fits. You can fall into buying a bunch of crap just because it’s inexpensive, but you’ll never wear any of it if it doesn’t look good on you. On the other hand, if there’s a spectacular item that doesn’t quite fall exactly where it should, consider tailoring. Also check pockets for grandma snot rags…and money!
Tell us about being a music student—what are you studying and what do you hope to do with your music background?
Music has always been a part of my life since I was a child. At age 10 I started playing flute, age 12 upright bass and jazz, and age 14 bassoon. Alongside my instrumental studies I was always singing as well, in many different choirs and solo and chambers projects. After finishing high school, I attended a conservatory to study classical voice. However, a year or so in, I realized Opera was not for me. Though singing is a passion and one I enjoy very much, I hold no desire to be an opera diva. When a young singer finishes high school and is looking into colleges, the options are limited beyond classical study. Now I’m finishing my degree with a flute concentration, and after graduation it’s audition time! There are some exciting opportunities that have presented themselves but it’s hard to tell what will happen since the landscape of classical music has changed so much.
What musicians had the best style?
Maria Callas is a classic beauty, she always had the most expressive countenance. As an opera singer, it’s important that your hair doesn’t hide any part of your face, to show expression on stage. I adore her short bangs and cat-eye makeup. I also love Bob Dylan’s style as well. Dylan experimented a lot with his style, constantly changing it up. I admire that he was able to take on many different personae by changing his clothes. Dudes in suits will never ever go out of style a la Frank Sinatra and Ferraby Lionheart. For that matter, women in suits don’t go out of style either; I’m looking at you, Patti Smith. Thelonius Monk would always wear a different hat on stage, and that’s rad. Hats are so important to my daily outfits—a hat at night is like a great pair of sunglasses during the day. A little mystery is charming.
Who is being played and replayed on your iPod currently?
I’m constantly listening to lots of different types of music from nearly every genre. Lately I’ve been winding down to Charlie Patton, grooving to Charles Bradley and rocking out to King Krule. I love, LOVE Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, and Mary Wels. ‘40s jazz is also big in my music library; I’m particularly fond of Charlie Parker and Lester Young.
You took a cross-country road trip…sans car. How and why and what was the best part?
Yes! It was so rad. Since moving to New York in 2008, I’ve had no need for a car, and being the resourceful hooligan I am, I decided to travel by bus and air only. It was great because I didn’t have to worry about gas, insurance, parking, or even driving long hours. I made friends everywhere I went, and still keep in tough with those folks today. I covered the southwest starting in San Francisco and ending in Houston, touching 16 cities and five states. My favorites were Sedona, Arizona, and Austin, Texas. In Austin there is a bar that serves “Big Ass Long Islands” out of 32-ounce mason jars for $5. That’s a cocktail as big as my head. My bones were getting tired toward the end, but a trip like that was just what I needed at the time. The coolest part was coming back home to NYC after a month on the road with just me and my camera (and suitcase), and realizing how special it all was.
You’ve been called a muse—what does that mean to you? Do you have any muses?
Aw, shucks, you’re making me blush! Thank you. A muse in ancient Greece came and whispered inspirations to artists, so they always credited muses as their genius, instead of their own internal intelligence and process. I’m humbled that anyone thinks of me as some kind of muse. For me, “muse” simply means creative influence. I’m largely inspired by nature and my surroundings, all the sights and sounds that make up daily life. There is much to be observed.
We think socks are having a moment—how have you seen them worn well?
Socks are totally having a moment! The girls downtown will pair them with Docs, a sock peeking out of the top of their boots. Chicks in Williamsburg will wear socks with their loafers and dress shoes.
How do you kick it?
Maybe my favorite way to wear socks is with dresses. I like to wear minis and show a little sock peeking over the top or a boot or sneaker. I wear Stance when I’m relaxing at home, skateboarding, or just hanging out in my neighborhood with friends.
See more of the trendsetters and rule breakers style their Stance socks on our How We Kick It gallery.continue reading