These are the babes we want riding in our dream groupie squad.
How do you pin down the elusive concept of a groupie; style icon? music influencer? promiscuous tag-along? Film and photography duo Wiissa (Vanessa Hollander and Wilson Henri Philippe) set out to explore the women who shape the music of the muscians they worship. The result is fictional film ‘Midnight Ramblers’ which follows nine babes including Jani Lucid, Lula Costa, Chloe Moon and Miss Suki as they strut around NYC in their platforms and band tees.
Inspired by the short, we picked Vanessa’s brains about who would be riding in her dream groupie squad, late night chocolate chip pancakes and where to source the best vinatage threads in NYC.
Who would be in your dream groupie girl gang?
My #1 groupie squad-mate would be Pamela Des Barres! I think of the word groupie in such a positive and broad sense, just as someone who strives to get close to their favorite musicians and inspires the music, that I would also include those who probably don’t necessarily identify as groupies themselves. I would have Jane Birkin in the groupie squad, for instance, who is an amazing singer herself, but she was also was a muse for artists like Serge Gainsbourg, as well as close friends or the lover of composers and artists such as George Harrison and John Barry. I would also recruit Uschi Obermaier, Anita Pallenberg, Michele Overman, Catherine James and Bebe Buell to make the super-groupie supergroup.
If you could follow one band around for a year, from any decade, who would it be?
I basically already am following the one band I would choose… But let’s just say Led Zeppelin!
Who is your groupie style icon?
Tough pick but maybe Lori Mattix. I love her amazing towering platforms and micro mini skirts she always wore, and she did a great tie up top with a scarf.
What is in a groupie survival kit for life on the road?
A diary to write down the crazy on-the-road experiences and potentially gain material to write a badass book like Pamela Des Barres “I’m With The Band”. Remember to stick all of your backstage passes in it and save souvenirs from each day. Also glitter, platforms, feather boas, denim, velvet and suede jumpsuits, top hats, and the like.
Flowers for your hair and earplugs – music is better louder, but you gotta save your eardrums for good music later in life!
What would your groupie name be?
Describe your perfect party night?
I love those jam packed nights that feel endless. Heading out to a show, getting to see the best music live, hanging backstage until late, and hitting up a diner with a group of friends in the early morning for some chocolate chip pancakes.
Where can one get the best vintage clothes in NYC?
We usually get most of our vintage clothing online, but one vintage store we always hit up is Ladies and Gentlemen in the East Village. The owner, Kentaro, is Japanese, so they have the coolest vintage Japanese pieces. They’re leaving to go to LA next month though 🙁 We also love Beacon’s Closet, but it’s better in Brooklyn — we’ve found a few gems at their Bushwick location.
Who (real or fictional, living or dead) would be at your dream dinner party?
Let’s make it a big mix: Bob Marley, Jane Birkin, Marc Bolan, Althea + Donna, Wes Anderson, Tim Maia, The Strokes, The Runaways, Robert Plant and my groupie squad above. That would be a sight to behold…
What future projects are you working on?
We’re currently finishing up a pretty big mix of projects — an album cover, music videos, and magazine shoots. Future projects will probably be very video based, but we’re taking it all day-by-day at the moment. Some plans include a short film in the French countryside with a rat pack of bored teens and a carnival x tropicália inspired fashion film in Rio de Janeiro. Stay tuned!