What happens when a rebel spirit falls in love? Enchanting music is made. We talk personal style with Australian born and bred singer Alice and Lennon – who just dropped her first solo record Blue Blood – and her New York stylist Rebecca Alaniz.
What’s in a name?
Jasmine: (Her name is Jasmine Sarah Edwards. Alice and Lennon is her performance moniker.) The names represent both of my “alter egos” if you will – the whimsical, girlish side of me and the rock and roll, more laid-back, but a little rebellious side.
What brought you to New York?
Jasmine: I married a Canadian who, incidentally, works in the music industry.
What should we know about Blue Blood?
Jasmine: I wrote it for other creatives with film, television and “background music” in mind.
What was it like recording it?
Jasmine: I love the recording process. I’ve recorded music before Blue Blood, and I always learn something new and find it challenging in the best way. (This time) it was a little rushed as we recorded it in two or three very short segments at a friend’s studio in Pennsylvania, and I didn’t have much time to linger. I’m looking forward to having more time to write and record in the studio this year! I’ll be working on a more fleshed out EP this year.
Tell me about your personal style? Does vintage play into that?
Jasmine: I’ve always loved vintage clothing. I look to the past for almost all of my artistic inspiration and grew up with a preference for classic art, music, literature and film. I believe that the best test for beauty and quality is time. I love pieces with a bit of history attached. I feel they tell a story and have more personality.
Photos by Rebecca Alaniz.
How did you meet Jasmine?
Rebecca: I met Jasmine through a mutual friend at a Fourth of July beach party several years ago. Her and I instantly connected.
Why did you choose vintage for the shoot?
Rebecca: It’s in my nature. I have an extreme co-dependency with vintage. No matter where I find myself in this world, I will make it a top priority to hunt down the best vintage shops. It was no surprise that I jumped at the chance to create a story based on garments from your archive! I’m also a big believer in reviving vintage into stories for editorials today.
Why did you choose to work with What Goes Around Comes Around?
Rebecca: It’s no secret that WGACA has the best vintage pieces in New York City and everywhere else for that matter. Full disclosure: I’ve been collaborating with WGACA for a year or so and I’ve created a great relationship with the store manager Julian! Whether he’s in the store or not, I’m always supported. I’ve even had some of the stylists help me choose a few pieces. Aside from the store being completely gorgeous in every detail, it’s a place where you get to disappear into another decade – especially in the archive in the basement. It’s every stylist’s dream!
Rebecca borrowed a Jean Louis dress from the What Goes Around archive for Jasmine's record debut. Jean Louis was an Academy Award-winning costume designer who noteably designed apparel for actresses Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich and the infamous gown worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang "Happy Birthday Mr President" to President Kennedy. His designs were the epitome of the intersection of glamour, music and film.
What was your inspiration for the shoot?
Rebecca: Jasmine was definitely born in the wrong decade. Her face shouts old Hollywood, and I’d say she identifies with 50’s and 60’s era when it comes to her taste in wardrobe, film, books, and music. This was a no-brainer for me. I knew exactly which brownstone home I wanted to shoot in (thank you Fred Castleberry) and which vintage pieces to incorporate in the story that best represented her style and her new record.
Alice and Lennon’s Blue Blood is available on Spotify and iTunes.