Andy Warhol's famed studio, the Factory, was a revolving door for a series of personalities, including the original "It" girl Edie Sedgwick. The iconic actress/socialite often frequented the Factory--there were three different locations in New York starting in the early '60s--where Warhol and his entourage worked on paintings, filmed movies like Chelsea Girls, and threw raucous, legendary parties. Naturally, the place was a creative breeding ground for art, music, and fashion, making one of its most stylish guests, Sedgwick, an ideal Currently Channeling subject.The Inspiration
The Factory's original location--referred to as the Silver Factory because of its walls swathed entirely in foil--was also where Sedgwick first became a regular. The main muse in today's story, and once Warhol's own, Sedgwick helped launch a distinctive '60s aesthetic with her platinum blonde crop and dramatically lined eyes. But of course, it's her sense of style that fascinates us most, so read on for more details.
The Sartorial Story
Sedgwick's iconic look--the original good-girl-gone-bad in mod mini dresses, bold prints, and bigger-the-better chandelier earrings--served as fashionable fodder for a number of S/S 13 collections. Striking graphics played a role in Louis Vuitton's dizzying checks and Marc Jacobs' White and Black Sequin Rayon Tunic ($1700, 212.343.1490), accompanied by Black Silk Knickers (price upon request, 212.343.1490) and Black Maryjane Patent Leather Kitten Heels ($645, 212.343.1490). In the meantime, Moschino's shift dress covered in metal discs brings to mind the Factory--Warhol was known to cover the ceiling in shiny balloons--in its silver heyday.
Get The Look
Tibi Variegated Stripe Tunic ($325)
This tunic's optical pattern gets a modern update with a curved hem and three-quarter-length sleeves. Wear this with opaque tights and ballet flats for a spot-on Sedgwick-inspired look.
Oscar de la Renta Lace Tiered Chandelier Earrings ($180)
Another essential ingredient in Sedgwick's style? A pair of shoulder-grazing earrings. Oscar de la Renta's ornate baubles do the trick; if you have long hair, pull it back to show off these stunners properly.
tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse ($28) in Rich Brown
In addition to her charming pixie cut and kohl-rimmed eyes, Sedgwick was known for high-contrast brows. Copy the look with tarte's brow mousse and a brush that allows for precise, natural-looking application.
Porter Grey Mint Wool Crepe Coat ($795, 212.396.3400)
This Porter Grey coat has a hint of Courreges' signature look, and features the boxy silhouette that dominated the early '60s. But thanks to on-trend leather trim and a minty hue, it still feels fresh and original.
LOFT Odessa Metallic Leather Slingback Mid Heels ($80)
Bring a bit of the Factory into your workplace with a pair of pointy-toe slingbacks. The metallic shoes will jazz up your button-down and pencil skirt uniform.
Milly Jolie Embellished Silk-Chiffon Dress ($640)
A stylish take on the tawdry glamour Warhol adored, this paillette-covered dress looks like a chic disco ball. Balance out the retro-inspired shape with bare legs and killer stilettos, and you'll look every inch a Warholian superstar.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather iPhone Dots Box ($311)
Stripes, checks, polka dots--all were fair game in the '60s. Get your fill with Marc by Marc Jacobs' structured case. You don't have to have an iPhone, as it functions perfectly fine as a camera bag too.
Lookmatic Andy Sunglasses ($65) in Black/Grey
We've directed plenty of attention to Sedgwick, but we can't forget Warhol's own iconic style. These Lookmatic frames echo the wayfarers he was often photographed wearing. Slip them on during your moment in the spotlight; after all, as Warhol said, everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame!--Tiffany Tse
Louis Vuitton runway photo, courtesy of Louis Vuitton; Marc Jacobs runway photo, courtesy of Marc Jacobs; Moschino runway photo, courtesy of Imax Tree; all movie stills, courtesy of Everett Collection.