That coming-of-age first sip of wine at the dinner table that your parents approve of, the first time you don’t wear the itchy Christmas sweater that your grandmother knit years ago, the first time you spike the eggnog, the first time you bring home a new lover; being home-for-the-holidays has many sentiments and rights-of-passage. In our latest release with Vans, you can’t help but feel a nostalgic pull towards these dear memories, yet when we see that overall red and green tartan, we’re reminded of a time in punk history when authenticity was everything. When authenticity was so important, you showed up to the furrowed brows of your family holiday dinner in a not-so-conservative Y-Project leotard with your glam-rocker boyfriend in tow, his mane of hair resistant to a cut, and pants that hug tighter than yours. You both, of course, wore sneakers.
It’s Christmas in LA, and in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, we meet Marion Belle of glam-band Fatal Jamz, a passion project that encompasses his entire unique aesthetic. Girlfriend and videographer, Abigail Bean, plays part-lover, part-creative-partner, as she directs and shoots most of Marion’s music video content. The two couldn’t feel more in-sync when they show up to set; Abigail looking effortless in a fresh face, hair tousled and untouched, and a dainty lucite heel reminiscent of Joan Jett sporting Cinderella’s glass slippers. Marion is at ease in sunglasses and a sheer button-up, his energy peaceful, yet still possessing the rebellious air of someone who wrote an album entitled 17 and Hung.
The pair is shot by yet another collaborative couple, and long-time friends of our dear OCLA shop, Eddie Chacon and Sissy-Sainte Marie. Eddie, film photographer and at one time, a part of soul-duo Charles & Eddie, converts their malleable Los Feliz home into a golden studio, while Sissy works her magic, styling Abigail and Marion as unapologetic high-school sweethearts you can’t help but adore.
Eddie and Sissy flow seamlessly, and it’s evident a creative partnership has been happening for over half of their relationships timeline (which spans over a decade). The two reveal they’re in fact escaping their holiday traditions this year, and fleeing to a private getaway in Palm Springs. Yet, on set, it was impossible not to reminisce in holiday’s past. Sissy laughs, saying, “Even though to one side of my family we are complete weirdos and to the other side we are total squares, they love us and accept us anyway. So going home for the holidays is the ultimate cozy-time to just share unconditional love.” Eddie’s feelings are similar, as he adds, “Going home for the holidays means being with people who’ve known you the longest and through all your crazy phases. When my family gets together for a big meal we share memories, retell old stories and laugh uncontrollably.”
While it may not be cold outside, even the movers and the shakers of the Los Angeles art and music scene bundle up during this time of year. They’re just cozied up in a matching pair of plaid Vans.