Issue No. 1 Girl Gang

The sixties sparked a revolution and defined an era of radical change. The radicalism movement created an unforeseen tidal wave that swept across every facet of culture, youth, music, art and fashion—leading us into the daring days of the seventies.

During the height of seventies rock ’n’ roll in Los Angeles, baby groupies emerged on the scene and staked their claim on the Sunset Strip—asserting themselves as sexual eye-candy for legends such as: Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page, David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Robert Plant. These high-school girls were the resident queens on the scene, dubbing themselves as THE foxy ladies.

The baby groupies consisted of: Sable Starr, Karen Umphrey, Lori Mattix, Shray Mecham, Patty Clark and Queenie Glam—it was a bonafide girl gang. Despite the fact, these girls were at the tender ages of thirteen and fourteen, they fervently pursued and lusted after the most iconic men in music—hanging out at Los Angeles’ music hubs like: The Rainbow Bar and Grill, The E Club and Whiskey a Go Go.

The self-proclaimed girl gang, also made their mark with glam-rock style and dare-to-be-bare styles—bikini tops, lame hotpants, towering platforms, fishnets, wide-brimmed hats and velvet scarves that exposed bare chests. The age of the baby groupie is long gone, but the days of over-indulgence, sex and rock ’n’ roll, still live on in the short-lived tome titled, Star. The magazine was a teenage girls’ wet dream—giving tips on expressing ones sexuality, exposed rock-glam style and how to be fearless in every aspect, self-expression was key.

The daring disco days of the uncharted rock scene in Los Angeles is long gone, but the memories of these baby groupies still lives on. Designer, Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent has brought back those distant memories in his designs—mini-skirts with metallic platforms, skinny scarves wrapped haphazardly, velvet jackets and wide-brim hats all pay homage to the girls who forever defined an era.

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