I wanna be an Araki girl.


Gregg Araki is one of my all-time favorite filmmakers. His aesthetic is so clear and consistent throughout all of his work- dreamlike imagery, rapidfire dialogue, heavy use of shoegaze, over the top costumes, hypersexual characters. It's all so 'of a time'- the XTREME early-to-mid 90s, be exact. His "Teenage Apocalypse trilogy" (Totally F*cked Up, The Doom Generation, Nowhere) is an endless source of outfit inspo for me (and everyone else on Tumblr). The women in Araki's films are larger than life: fiercely independent, full agency over their sexuality, tough as nails, mouths like truck drivers, skirts dangerously short, lips the color of blood, hair piled up to heaven, and oh so angsty. So basically, everything I want to be. I made a Pinterest board about my obsession here.

nowhere, gregg araki, gif, rachel true
rose mcgowan, the doom generation, gif, amy blue, gregg araki
nowhere, gif, gregg araki

I wanted to recreate an Araki-esque look, so I turned to purveyors of all things plus size 90s throwback, Chubby Cartwheels and Domino Dollhouse.
domino dollhouse, chubby cartwheels, crop top, velvet, holographic skirt, 90s, grunge, plus size, blogger, gregg araki style
Velvet Crop Top - Chubby Cartwheels/Holographic skirt - Domino Dollhouse/Necklace - Dots


Um can we talk about how good this Domino Dollhouse skirt is?! Very good. I'm still not over holographic stuff and might never be. Also, where else are you gonna find a silver velvet crop top for big girls other than Chubby Cartwheels? I think it's really important to support indie brands that are bringing something new and different to the table, so make sure you show them some love. Can we also talk about how goddamn cold it was outside when I was taking these photos? It was literally a blizzard. Most of them didn't come out well because I was making stank faces. The things I do 4 ~fashion~ you guys. I think Mr Araki would be into it.
All (my) photos by Alena Rosa Reyes

31 comments:

  1. Erin. Just let me love you forever, okay?

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  2. THIS SKIRT IS FUCKING RIDICULOUS MAN. killing it

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  3. I love everything about this post! There is a special place in my heart that is stuck in the 90s forever, and you resurfaced some of that joy! Also - the only movie I've seen out of the three you mentioned is The Doom Generation. A group of friends and I all watched it and were equal parts disturbed and rolling over in fits of laughter. A classic, for sure. ;)

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  4. Love what you put together with this inspiration! Perfect!


    -Chelsea
    chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

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  5. Rachel True! Rose McGowan!

    Sigh. God I miss the 90s. You look phenomenal, girl!!!

    XO Alison
    looksharplansing.blogspot.com

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  6. Can i have your entire outfit! PLEASE! Love it!

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  7. Nice! Araki theme...so awesome. Big fan.

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  8. Thanks boo boo! I'm obsessed too!

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  9. It's a good one! Rose McGowan is a bonafide hottie!

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  10. Me too! Always and forever! I somehow got stuck with a boyfriend that hates the 90s, so I have to sneak in my obsessions where I can, ya know?!

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  11. Aw shucks, thank you Ashley!! <3 <3 <3

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  12. Thanks girl! I'm mad that I wasn't able to wear the killer shoes I had picked out due to the snow. Winter ruins everything!

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  13. Thank you, Miss Stina! Did you know I know another person named Stina from Hamilton? Weird right?! Must be something in the water up there!

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  14. Is she a fat spooky red head with 4 kids? Cause that would be very weird:) xx

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  15. Hahah fat and spooky yes, but no kids. Just cats.

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  16. Oh man you look amazing and the dreaminess of the photos- love! PS I love Araki too, but the last 30 minutes of Doom Generation fucked up my teenage brain lol!

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  17. YES ERIN YES!


    bisous,
    www.bighipsredlips.com

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  18. Awesome look! I guess I missed out on Araki since I was too young at the time, but now I'm definetly adding the films you mentioned to my watch list.

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  19. when I felt I couldn't love you anymore, you posted this. You look A M A Z I N G

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  20. So amazing!!! That skirt is pretty awesome.

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