Like Seattle for grunge music or The Bronx for hip-hop, Laurel Canyon, one of the most fabled neighborhoods in Los Angeles, was the epicenter of California’s rock scene in the ‘60s and ‘70s. The area was home to legends like Jim Morrison, Frank Zappa, and Joni Mitchell, and where rock music lives, groupies—and fashion!—inevitably follow, leading to today’s Look We Love.
Channel Your Inner ‘60s Rock Goddess With Our Picks
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The most famous groupie was arguably Pamela Des Barres, who wrote a memoir about her experiences, but when channeling this era we also like to reference a fictional character, namely Kate Hudson’s Penny Lane in Almost Famous. The look exudes rock goddess glamour—plenty of fur, fringe, and suede—but if today’s tastemakers like Lily Aldridge and Florence Welch have any say, this style is still incredibly current and fashion-forward. Click through our slideshow to get inspired!
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In a vintage dress and fringed purse, this stylish civilian evokes Janis Joplin with a sophisticated twist.
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In a brightly colored, fur-trimmed coat, jeans, and boots, the singer’s outfit practically screams, “I’m with the band!”
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Bagley checks all the requirements for a ‘60s groupie outfit in a Helmut Lang shearling-trim jacket, James Perse shirt, Free People patchwork pants, vintage belt, and George Esquivel boots.
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This street style girl’s hippie-inspired look (a wide-brim fedora, multicolored cardigan, and ethereal dress) would look right at home at the Laurel Canyon Country Store, where Jim Morrison was known to sit down for coffee.
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Aldridge looks like a modern-day Anita Pallenberg—a very good thing!—in an Isabel Marant knit sweater, skirt, and The Caleen Studded Leather Concealed Wedge Boots ($890) by Isabel Marant, as well as a Rag & Bone hat and Chloe purse.
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Emilio Pucci F/W 13
Emilio Pucci’s Georgette Dress With Embroidery ($6490, 212.752.4777) and thigh-high suede boots is what a groupie might have worn to a show on the Sunset Strip.
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A metallic clutch adds contemporary appeal to a retro suede coat and knit turtleneck dress.
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Pinwheel Mixed Lace Top ($305)
Anna Sui’s sweet lace top turns a touch edgy in black. Wear it with a printed mini skirt and plenty of silver jewelry.
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Small Suede Pouch ($56)
Thanks to a convenient cross-body strap and drawstring closure, this rich suede bag’s perfect for the girl on the go.
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Annie Costello Brown
Quadre Stacked Earrings ($143)
Wear these understated brass baubles for a bit of everyday elegance.
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Orme Sweater ($185) in Cream
This knitted piece works perfectly as a sweater coat layered over floaty, fringed dresses.
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Distressed Patchwork Jean ($671) in Faded Blue
These cropped jeans are an understated way of incorporating the flashy patchwork look into your repertoire.
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No groupie worth her salt would be caught without a proper hat. We suggest Eugenia Kim’s chic chapeau, which gets an extra shot of femininity thanks to a luxe pink feather.
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Patterned Dress ($35)
You’ll get backstage in no time, as long as you team this flirtatious printed dress with knee-high boots and a dose of confidence.
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We’re particularly taken with this pendant necklace’s exotic, world traveler vibe. Be prepared for plenty of “Where did you get that?” queries!
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Malden Suede Knee-High Boots ($1295)
These knee-high boots have just the right height index, perfect for strutting between the numerous Sunset Strip clubs.
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Be My Baby Cardigan ($97)
Styling this fur-trimmed cardigan with your favorite flared jeans will give you instant rock royalty status.
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Suede Jacket with Fringe Detail ($4019)
We image any groupie wearing Saint Laurent’s lovely fringed cover-up would be able to capture the attention of her favorite band.