The Beat Goes On

29th November, 2012

After the giddy high of the 1920’s, America plunged down a dark corridor in history. First came the Great Depression, then the Second World War. Politically and economically, society was in turmoil, legions of people simply felt beat. We rolled into the 1950’s with a heavy sense of cultural and emotional dissatisfaction ~ and a deep yearning to once again create change. Poets and writers like Jack Keruoac, John Clellon Holmes, Neal Cassidy and Alan Ginsberg led the march, giving voice to their generation’s malcontent. They recognized an intrinsic optimism underneath the nihilism; they were the enlightened progressives to give beat a new rhythm.The cool kids of the day craved a dose of dangerous fun. They rejected materialism, dressed simply, and wore their hair straight. They sought mind expansion through poetry, drugs and music. They had deep, ramblingly intellectual conversations and smoked cigarettes and had tempestuous affairs and felt what it means to be alive.With the 1953 Lincoln Capri as their charioteer, the beatniks orbited the night and bopped at the hop. The party didn’t stop just because the jazz club closed; it followed them wherever they drove.Live fast, die young: a generational embodiment of On The Road, they fell hopelessly, dangerously in love. Turns out, they couldn’t be beat down ~ as a culture, we’d once again rounded a bend, and there was no looking back…|SIERRA WEARS| vintage beret, Zara top and pants, Salvatore Ferragamo flats |MAGGIE WEARS| vintage beret, Zara sweater, vintage skirt from Early HalloweenKORS Michael Kors loafers |JOSH WEARS| vintage glasses and sweater, Zara pants and shoes

|PHOTOGRAPHY| by Jamie Beck & Kevin Burg |STYLING| by Kelly Framel |HAIR| by Francis Anthony Rodriguez for Kerastase |MAKEUP| by Porsche Cooper |CREATIVE DIRECTION| by Maury Postal

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  • Heather P.

    *snaps fingers like a beatnik in approval*

    This is a very COOL shoot! Kinda makes me want to bust out my black turtleneck, long skirt, and beret!

  • Styleclouds

    Amazing photos! xo, Christina

  • Shandrese
  • Dani

    love the retro looks.

    we have so many cute vintage dresses at

  • Rachelle

    amazing, love these pics.

  • Luxurious Latoya

    This is epic! Love the cinegraphs. They are wonderful. Especially love the beatnik description.

    I am working on my digital design career and will be using cinegraphs in my blog soon enough. You are such an inspiring blogger and person.

    xox{ohm} BFLY mama

  • Amanda Gordon

    This is AMAZING! The way you used your photos and writing together was very powerful. Everything is so chic and so well put together. I appreciate your creativity.

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  • Carola Disiot

    wow! this post are great!

    one click one vote for me on my blog!

  • julie

    beautiful beautiful pics. LOVE the shadows on the wall – so dramatic but those cinematograph sometimes creep me out a bit. i think i liked it better on the shot of the woman in her scarf in the 1920’s car.

  • julie

    ps – you featured a friend in a post not long ago who was moving to LA. i was having lunch at cecconi’s in west hollywood and totally recognized him and THEN he happpened to be dining with someone i know (acquaintance) small world isn’t it …

  • Josephine

    This installment just keeps getting better. I lived on Kerouac in college and ended up writing my senior thesis on him. Gorgeous photos, love the shadow play!

    <3 Josephine

  • Jennifer

    Amazing shoot!

    xo Jennifer

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  • Whitney Worthington

    Can I just say that I am totally obsessed with the .gif you have of them snapping! So cute/sexy!

  • Miranda

    Amazing! Love the commentary.

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  • Courtney

    love these! You are really upping the game here with those animated gifs….

  • EVA

    I bet a million bux Kelly did NOT write this! Or it took her hours to write. I’m leaning toward a ghost writer.

  • Viviana Alma Falcone Molinelli

    hahaha awesome post!!!! xo, Alma

  • Maria Losch –

    Love, love, love this story!! In the early 90’s a few of us creative types in LA tried to bring back the beatnik nightlife, I was hanging out with Rick Elfman (Danny Elfman’s brother of Oingo Boingo fame) and friends at clubs where they would perform spoken words to bongo beats. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! xo, M

  • Tiffany Lam

    You are such an amazing storyteller! Love all the creativity you put into the editorials 🙂

    xoxo, Tiffany

  • Anonymous

    the gifs looks really good!

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  • Sasha

    Wow, I love how this is more of a photo story than a blog post. Transforming the genre *snaps*

  • Anonymous

    Yay 1920’s! The styling and photography here is stunning, really. I especially love the color photo with the blunt bangs and cigarette.

  • Amanda Custodio

    These images are brilliant! Can’t stop looking at them and have half the office around my computer screen as well 🙂

  • Amanda Custodio

    These images are brilliant! Can’t stop looking at them and have half the office around my computer screen as well 🙂

  • vittoria gallacci

    Love this french twist of Fifties!

    Vittoria from 5 IN THE MORNING

  • Naomi

    Great set of photos, and I love the commentary about this time period! It really sets the scene and takes us into the backstory of the photos.

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  • Borja Vuckovick

    Great photos! I love them!

    the hipster, fashion in motion:

  • Behind the Mirror

    I love the long wispy bangs!!!

  • A Key to the Armoire

    The cinemagraph is amazing!!! How cool!!! One of my favorites 🙂


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