Friday, April 17, 2009

Hope Springs Eternal: Portrait of a 90's Style Icon



With her dark ethereal beauty and angelic voice, Hope Sandoval, frontwoman of the dreamily psychedelic 90’s band Mazzy Star, could have probably gotten by wearing nothing but the proverbial burlap sack and still be considered one of, if not the, coolest chick ever to have held a tambourine on stage or anywhere else for that matter.



Thankfully, she forewent the sack route to instead cultivate a style that I happen to find nothing short of glorious and it amazes me how well her style translates through the years. I have yet to find an image of her that looks dated… no small stylistic feat for someone in the 90’s spotlight.




Seriously, this woman leaves me awestruck...

All images via here.

13 comments:

Tammie said...

oh i love mazzy star. i just had this cd out a few weeks ago, only to find it all scratched up...so disappointing. :(

i tried so hard to look like hope sandoval, but i was an awkward teenager and surely looked nothing like her.

sigh...this post has taken me back. blue flower is still one of my favorite songs of all time.

Eyeliah @ stylesymmetry.com said...

That was a mindblowing trip down memory lane. Watching these live performances, she is so shy and mysterious on stage. love love Mazzy Star.

Diana said...

oh i loved her! i loved mazzy star while reading sassy magazine (when it was good!)

great inspiration!

Meaghan Kelly said...

i'm not sure if it's safe to admit that i had never heard of mazzy star before this post!
but what you say of her style seems true based on these photos! they definitely stand the test of time!
great post!

Alexa said...

LOVE her. Her style was 90s by way of the 60s.

elena-lu said...

very 60s yes thats what i get too from her style but in an undated kind of way if that makes sense i mean you can say oh its 60s inspired but its not 'stuck in the 60s'

Milla said...

OMFG.

Parapluie said...

She looks very beautiful and I love her style

Skye said...

Oh god, just reminds me of terrible sad love affair.

I always liked her collaboration with The Jesus & Mary Chain best, but can't listen to any of it now without feeling all melancholy (not in a good way though).

nice-etc said...

i am totally with you on this

Home Girl said...

she is seriously gorgeous, haven't come across her before, think i was too busy raving in the 90's!

Julia.K. said...

You've gotta love the 90's!

Sonia Luna said...

She's amazing!
Did you hear her solo album Bavarian Fruit Bread? It's fantastic, space country lullabies!