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PAMELA DES BARRES’ GROUPIE COUTURE: By MARIA ANGEL SCHAEFER The world’s most famous muse, Miss Pamela Des Barres, is transforming the fashion industry with GROUPIE COUTURE! Pamela, Miss P as we call her, (those of us lucky enough to live in LA and take her writing classes, those of us who have been her groupies ever since she twinkle-belled onto the scene in the early days of classic rock) describes her iconic vintage style and the genesis of her new company, GROUPIE COUTURE, as we photograph the line at her dreamy pad near the beach. “I’ve always wanted a clothing line, I just didn’t know how to pursue it. Then Roni and I met at a writing class, actually my first retreat! It was really great, this raven haired beauty kept asking me ‘ What do you really want?’ Well, I guess she could tell I was ready to be seen in a new way. The fact that I had dated these famous musicians is more than wonderful but I wanted something rockstar brilliant of my own. I told her that I wanted a line of clothing and accessories named GROUPIE COUTURE and her mouth dropped open. She said that it was the same name of an idea she had for me!” Awe graces my face. I am constantly in awe when I am around this delicious auburn beauty who hasn’t lost an ounce of her magic. As a matter of fact, she invented magic! You would understand if you read one of her books or saw her dance or, better yet, had those beautiful blues sparkle at you! “It was very magical, so we just kept discussing the idea and finally I said, ‘Ok, let’s do it!’” Two years behind velvet curtains and wow — a line of breathtakingly fabulous pieces that reflect Pamela’s love for vintage and ooze hipness from every stitch…you can see that every thread was tended to as if it was another chapter in one of her best-sellers. Pamela and her partner, Roni Viloria Ryan-Stroud, have somehow captured the same sexy innocence with the GROUPIE COUTURE line that Miss P brought to the scene all those years ago. In every stitch, color combo and detail we are transported back to the days when the golden goddess first gave the world a glimpse of the girl with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair, the girl we first met in her runaway best selling book I’m with the Band. For those of us who missed out on the days when Rock Gods

ruled the land here’s your chance to experience those heady days in outfits that emulate the far out frocks that Pamela rocked. “I was one of the very first in LA to wear vintage clothes, even before there were any vintage clothing stores or anything. I remember when the first Vintage store opened. Before that, I got all my stuff in thrift shops. I was just drawn to the silks, the velvets and femininity of it all. The mod things were cute in the 60s and I wore some of that, but I was so much more drawn to vintage and GROUPIE COUTURE is classic vintage in its most timehonored form.” Viewing the collection up close, I swooned over the lush fabrics, the vibrant velvet tunics, the dreamy divine dresses, the most fabulous fringed coat! Don’t even get me started about the tee shir ts with the logo (created by Pamela’s uber talented son Nick) in dazzling crystals that spell out the company name. Um. Want. One. Available in long and short sleeves, you have never seen such a yummy fabric in a tee shirt......till now. Impressed is an understatement! “My mother took me to thrift stores to buy my clothes in grade school. We didn’t have a whole lot of money. We shopped at Salvation Army on Sherman Way and I had clothes no one else had. I had a very unique look even in elementary school. I was making my own clothes in school. It was during high school, actually, when I really started getting creative. The first thing that happened was Linda, one of my girlfriends, one of my Beatle friends, one of my John friends, was best friends with her grandma — her “Gammy” — an amazing woman! She let us go through her cedar chest one day and we found all of her old velvets and silk. All these wonderful 30s clothes…it was like treasure. “Gammy” just let me have them. The blue velvet, the Jimi Hendrix dress, that was one of them. A long black velvet skirt, a beautiful red velvet wrap top, all great stuff from that era so I just started wearing them.” I can see the nostalgia in her eyes, I feel as if she has just taken me by the hand to traipse down memory lane and I am so grateful. “I grew up in Reseda, California, and as an only child I was allowed the freedom of creativity by my lovely parents. Still, I always went way more extreme. For instance, I copied clowns; clown eyes,

“I just wanted to be beautiful like a flower.”

30 • Fine Art Magazine • December 2013

Winter 2013  

Profiles of artists, art fairs, international art, American artists, famous and soon-to-be-famous artists written for all to enjoy

Winter 2013  

Profiles of artists, art fairs, international art, American artists, famous and soon-to-be-famous artists written for all to enjoy

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