by Beach House (2010)
This track offers one of those really great visual experiences that truly develops as the song does. The opening gives a sense of a wide open pale blue sky which suddenly droops to the right each time the vocal pitch slides down.
Sweeping Clouds Over Batchawana original watercolor
by Renee Anne Bouffard-McManus $40
Ode to L.A. bamboo jersey dress
by Gina Michele Eco $64
When the drums come in, the sky blue is suddenly tinged with a deep forest green, but only just barely along the bottom edge. The green doesn't pulse exactly, but there are slight rises and falls to it, giving it a sense of the gentle but insistent beat.
landscape 004 limited edition faux-polaroid Hahnemuhle photograph
by Walter Helena $28
Vintage 1980s sky blue sweater
from Persephone Vintage $45
When the chorus starts, it's as though the small green horizon suddenly comes to life, almost like a time-lapse video of flowers growing and then blooming. The green begins to gracefully stretch up into the blue and then gradually bursts into shades of purple towards the upper edge. It's very beautiful.
View of Irises original acrylic painting on vintage window
by Meredith Sadusky $250
Vintage sheer white dress with floral design
from School of Vintage $15
GET THE LOOK: VICTORIA LEGRAND
Victoria Legrand is the female half of the duo that is Beach House (Alex Scally being the male half). She is French-born and it seems with that comes a genetic predisposition towards amazing fashion. Check out this excerpt from a Beauty Insider interview:
How do you decide on the look you’re going to put together for any given show?
For me, it’s really day to day. I don’t really plan ahead and I like to be excited about what I’m wearing. Being on the road all the time, it’s various articles of clothing that keep me inspired and feeling good. A fun or beautiful thing to wear can change your day. I think spontaneity and not adhering to any narrow styles keep me happy.
Quality vintage seems to boost your spirits as well, we’ve noticed. How would you describe your personal style?
Free, solid, bold, masculine and feminine, but not too feminine. Fun. I like to find the beauty in the ugly. When I’m in a thrift store, I gravitate toward pieces I know I’ll wear a ton, and insane pieces that I’m sure most people would consider gross. But I find them inspiring. Our van is currently stocked with some of my random findings from this tour. Maybe I’ll call my aesthetic “van fashion.”
Aside from “van fashion,” are there any designers you’re currently loving?
I’m a thrift store woman for sure, but I really admire probably the same designers as every woman out there: Rodarte, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Chloé. Otherwise, I am a fan of Opening Ceremony and their shoes; I like Samantha Pleet’s designs; I like Alexander Wang’s dark, structural vibe; even Erin Wasson’s laid-back, tough-girl vibe. And I think Vivienne Westwood is amazing, her tights and rings especially. I like these all in moments, where I can either see myself in them and also feel fantastically estranged from them—either because they’re too expensive or because I couldn’t possibly find a time/place to wear the garment. So I can dream about a world or a time and place where the fantastic is possible. I find just looking at clothes and images very inspiring.
Her looks are countless and defy pigeonholing, so I thought I'd simply create a look inspired by her particular love of black and white. Enjoy!
Vintage 1980s slouchy polka dot tunic from Hold My Gold Vintage $18
Vintage 1980s slouchy black ankle boots from Lost Continent Vintage $35
Vintage unworn white jean shorts from Bless That Dress $27
Handmade multi-chain antique bronze bracelet by By Margaret $22