Welcome to 2014! New Year, New Tio Trash Fun! I cannot wait to see the wild and trashtastic styles that unfold this year but, because history, AND fashion repeat themselves, Tio Trash will now celebrate a new feature; “The Tio Trash Tribute”, profiling and honoring fashion icons of the past.
I have always been a fan of Andy Warhol and Warhol inspired pop art. I didn’t know much about Andy Warhol as a person until I viewed the 2006 biographical film, Factory Girl. For those who have not seen this film, its an absolute must see. Guy Pearce portrays the dark and twisted side of artistic genius, Andy Warhol and the goings on of his infamous “Factory” in New York City. The film centers around the story of Warhol muse / socialite, Edie Sedgwick, brilliantly played by Sienna Miller. This film was beautiful, gritty, heart wrenching, raw and uncomfortable, yet completely mesmerizing and addicting. It opened up my window of fascination for both Edie and Andy.
Andy Warhol (1928-1987), was an American artist known for revolutionizing 1960’s Pop Art through his paintings, films, illustrations and print making. Even if you do not know much about Andy Warhol, you know his art. He is a cultural icon that is widely celebrated today. He loved the simplicity of the old Americana and the dark beauties of the Hollywood glamouratti. Original and peculiar, Andy is a one of a kind figure in American pop culture and art.
Chicago actress and model, Bethany Arrington lent her incredible talent and beauty to Tio Trash to pay tribute to both Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick. Andy was not made and icon for his personal fashion or physical appearance, but was often recognized with his tendency to wear large round sunglasses, popular in the 1960s.
Many things are said of Andy Warhol’s true colors. If you were to look at only his art and noted quotes, he comes off as a strange man, but a happy man; a dreamer. However, the depiction of Andy Warhol in films like Factory Girl shows a side of him that is cold, harsh and lacking empathy. He was said to prey on naive socialites and starlets who believed in his creations and funded his Factory endeavors, leaving them broke and/or exploited and broken. Edie Sedgwick was one such fatality of the Factory.
Edie Sedgwick, like many of the rich and famous playthings of our time, was a beautiful tragedy who cut her time short in this world. Although her intense and bizarre relationship (friendship) with Andy Warhol consisted of some kind of love and adoration for one another, Andy ultimately abused and took advantage of her wealth and exploited her in his films and projects (which she was allegedly never paid for). With a dark past of her own, Edie was a bright and beautiful girl from old money and all of the potential in the world. Not only was she physical perfection and found a lot of work as a model, she was a charismatic, charming educated woman with a talent for art all on her own.
Edie was a deeply saddened and misguided youth with the world at her finger tips and finding her way to the rabbit hole that was the Factory lead her to her self destruction. After vicious battles with anorexia, speed, heroine and other drugs, Edie died of a heroine overdose before the age of 30 after leaving her Factory Life. Andy Warhol was often noted referring to Edie as his “muse”, and perhaps his most beloved figures in the Factory world he created, but this did not stop him from draining her of all she had and turning his back on her when she lost her grip.
Edie Sedgwick was seen as many things by different people; a beauty, a star, a tragedy, a socialite, a party girl, and artist etc. But one thing everyone can agree on, is that Edie had an original and unforgettable style that became a lesser known influence behind much of main stream fashion, even to this day. Her dramatic cat eyes, blonde bob, big earrings and fur coats are just a few of the iconic fashion pieces we can associate with the signature Sedgwick style. Her style is wonderfully illustrated to us in Factory Girl, and Edie’s wardrobe was one of the elements of this film that grabbed my attention and sucked me into the world of Edie Sedgwick.
Edie Sedgwick was photographed and spotted thousands of times in various over the top fur coats and animal prints. These photos of both Sienna Miller as Edie and the real Edie Sedgwick herself show how she had a sleek simple style topped off with outrageous coats, hats and jewelry. A look like this is not limited to a vintage 1960s look, it is timeless and very easy to achieve.
Model Bethany Arrington shifted from the bleak and somber Andy Warhol into the spirited and playful Edie Sedgwick. Adding a fun faux fur coat, like this one I found at Aurora Village Discount ($12!), to a simple outfit, large earrings and an Edie inspired hat can quickly and inexpensively give you a subtle Edie Sedgwick look of your own.
Although the large round glasses were and Andy Warhol favorite, Edie too loved “large than life” sunglasses.
Edie’s style is one of the best examples of adding a funky and unique twist to fashion staples and classics, and she did it in perfect balance.
“It’s not that I’m rebelling. It’s that I’m just trying to find another way.” – Edie Sedgwick
A famous photo series of Edie Sedgwick wearing a striped black and white sweater became an image often associated with her look.
Edie often wore tights in the place of pants, saying she was too lazy to change out of them after her ballet classes, however, I would recommend this look for the “everyday girl” with leggings instead of tights.
Black and white striped sweaters, jumpers and t-shirts are an easy find. The sweater pictured here is from H&M, but this style can be found almost anywhere.
“I act this way because that’s the way I feel like acting. If people like it, fine. If they don’t, that’s their problem.” – Edie Sedgwick
Edie’s signature make up style was all about the big Bambie eyes, caterpillar brows and thick liner and lashes. She also had a faux beauty mark above her upper lip, essential to her look. The eyes are the highlighted feature in this look so Edie always donned a light pink or nude lip.
For a great how-to and product recommendations for creating the Edie Sedgwick look, this make up tutorial by YouTube MUA, PixieWoo:
A piece of Edie style that is equally important as her signature make up is the giant “shoulder duster” earrings she loved to wear.
Despite the simplicity of her “base outfit”, her earrings were always outrageous and ‘over the top’, much like Edie herself. Earrings of this size were particularly bold and daring for the changing times. In today’s world, we fear not a giant bold earring. While large earrings are easy to access in creating our own Edie looks, you can replicate some of her most photographed pieces, by visiting the fabulous Steve Sasco Designs or Etsy Shop: This Ilk (Tamara Bavdek) for dead on Edie earrings!
“I’ll have to put more earrings on. I bet that someone could analyze me and tell my condition by my earrings.” – Edie Sedgwick
Edie’s life ended with devastation and heartbreak. She is yet another “Hollywood” fallen angel who has served as a beautiful cautionary tale to those left behind. Despite her struggles and sadness, she was a beloved presence in an era of expression and revolution and her beauty and style are immortalized in her photos and films. I wish her story could have had a different ending, but she has left behind a legacy of energy and style in the art and fashion world today.
Although Andy Warhol had no influence on fashion from his own wardrobe, the Pop Art revolution is alive and well in fashion and beauty today!
From make up to sweaters, hats and shoes, the Andy Warhol Pop Art phenomenon is still a huge look in today’s fashion finds. This is a super fun way to create a current look with a 60s mod twist.
My personal favorite online shop, UrbanOG.com, came out with this ‘not to Mod’ crop top in “Pop Art” stylings.
The fun doesn’t have to stop with the clothing, with a splash of fun lip colors you can add that touch of Pop Art with just your lipstick! I am in love with lipsticks by Lime Crime Cosmetics.
Bethany models another top fashioned after Warhol’s Pop Art look. One of my besties, Chris, gave me a few shirts similar to this for Christmas as she knows my long time obsession with Andy Warhol and Pop Art, so I can’t even tell you where this tank is from. The point is, Pop Art is EVERYWHERE!
Andy and Edie, though no longer with us in the flesh, have never really left. The impact both have had on fashion/art/style is very evident in the ease with which one can create these looks today. To channel Edie, remember staples like the fur coats, big earrings, leggings and signature make up look. And to pay homage to Andy Warhol and Pop Art, you can find these looks almost anywhere!
Regardless of what sort of individuals Andy and Edie were, what choices they made, the questions they left behind, my admiration for them comes from the fact they were brave and quirky individuals who did not fear or decline others’ negativity and judgement for what they chose to do differently than others. Leaders in self expression and untamed creative spirits, this duo made a lot of magic together when times were good. Those who are different are those are imitated and remembered, and the world will certainly never forget Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol.
Stay Trashy, Stay Unique,
Bethany Arrington: An enormous thank you and applause to this amazing Chicago actress/model! Bethany was nothing but a bubble of positive energy and light and she still managed to capture these tragic and serious figures with perfection! If these photos can do her acting talents any justice, you will know she is a star in the making! Thank you, Bethany, for your great attitude, open mind, creative assistance and for magically morphing into both Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick!
Visit Bethany Arrington’s Online to follow her budding career! You Chicagoans are highly recommended to check out her local on stage debuts!
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