I just re-read Weetzie Bat a few days ago. While I had loved Francesca Lia Block’s fairytale retellings, I was faintly let down the first time I read through the book – was I expecting more adventure and grit, I suppose? Re-reading it gave me a better appreciation for Francesca’s poetic style and “overwritten” imagery. Reading the many young adult stories she’s written are like taking guided meditations to a place hot and hot pink, her own personal vision of Los Angeles and a well-loved, if slightly worn, vintage Hollywood.
pink fringe dress: $24 | strawberry parfait t-shirt: $25 | ‘mermaid’ print t-shirt dress: $38 | creamsicle heart sunglasses: $14 | unicorn pendant: $18 | lace shorts via ohthelovelythings | Weetzie Bat photoshoots by Autumn De Wilde
Next time I was out shopping, I realized I was looking for ‘Weetzie’ fashion, a nice spunky girly-punk alternative for long summer days. I picture all of the Weetzie Bat books taking place in the ‘lush-plush-peony-pink’ sunset, so that’s the color palette I chose for this inspiration collage.
To give you a feel for my ‘Weetzie-style’, here are a few particularly pretty quotes from my copy:
“In the daytime, they went to matinees on Hollywood Boulevard, had strawberry sundaes with marshmallow topping at Schwab’s, or went to the beach.”
“… she couldn’t leave where it was hot and cool, glam and slam, rich and trashy, devils and angels, Los Angeles.”
… Fifi’s house was a Hollywood cottage with one of those fairy-tale roofs that look like someone has spilled silly sand. There were roses and lemon trees in the garden and two bedrooms inside the house – one painted rose and the other aqua. The house was filled with plaster Jesus statues, glass butterfly ashtrays, paintings of clowns, and many kinds of coasters.”
To get a taste of Ms. Block, you can read more quotes of her work here.
Other things that feel Weetzie-y: pink glitter sandals, bubblegum toenails, bleach blonde pixie cuts, hot pink leather jackets with studs, silly sand art necklaces, vintage petticoats, Marilyn Monroe impersonations, silent movies, dresses made from 1970s bed sheets (I’ll have to wear mine as soon as it warms up – strapless with huge kitschy roses), natural crystal jewelry.
Now, since I know one of you Weetzie fans is going to ask – no, I didn’t include a Native American feather headdress in this collage, which the book states you wears in the first scene, as to me this sounds like cultural appropriation. For more information, please check out the tumblr My Culture is Not a Trend. I did, however, choose a pink fringe dress, but not one with particular Native American heritage.