Couldn’t be more excited because today I’m covering the work of one of my all-time favorite role models, Sophia Amoruso. As the founder and former CEO of Nasty Gal, New York Times best-selling author of #GIRLBOSS and a contributing editor for Marie Claire magazine, Amoruso is entering a whole new arena of radio broadcasting with the launch of her podcast, #Girlboss radio, as of September 2015. this week’s episode featured the one and only Courtney Love and I have finally had the chance to listen!
Because V+V was inspired by my rock-n-roll roots and the concept of being an ambitious, confident woman with a “go get ‘em” attitude, the collab between Love and Amoruso is one I’ve been anxiously anticipating.
Titled Love Courtney, the collection, which is inspired by her own wardrobe, launches January 14th. Love describes it as “lingerie meets the real world” as the 17 pieces that make up the collection combine “soft” colors, such as pale pinks, peaches and, of course, black, mixed with a variety of different textures. The “modern and slightly nostalgic” feel of the collection is a result of babydoll dresses, floaty kimonos, mini-slips, lingerie, lace bodysuits, of both short and long length, and iconic dresses that are a bit modernized, but ultimately resemble famous dresses from Courtney’s early days. In addition to her first fashion collaboration with Sophia Amoruso and Nasty Gal, Love is also working on a book that is scheduled to hit shelves this Christmas.
While her unwavering work ethic to strive in music, theater and fashion undoubtedly deems love as a natural girlboss, I enjoyed learning more about her early days and and the journey of her career. A daughter of “hippie parents” from Oregon, Love describes a birkenstock-wearing, granola-making, organic-living, middle of nowhere kind of upbringing. From her days as a rebel child to boarding school to a spontaneous trip to Ireland in pursuit of a mentorship with U2, Courtney’s fearlessness, sense of adventure and devotion to her vision have become an integrated part of her identity as a legend and idol.
In 1989, she published an advertisement in the recycler in search of women musicians with the hope of forming an all-girl band. The ad also outlined four primary influences for the band. Those influences included Big Black, Sonic Youth, Fleetwood Mac and The Pixies. This embodies her willingness to make her dreams happen as she was able to put together a group and call it a band. Consequently, her years of pitching herself as a singer who was going to make it big had paid off as she began to pursue her music career with a new level of intention and productivity.
Since her rise to fame in the 90s, Love has continued to reinvent herself in the music industry. She’s played on a variety of bands, worked in different genres with reputable professionals, and recently toured with Lana del Ray, who has a team of 6 people on the road with her doing fashion. According to Love, Lana buys, wears and recreates vintage in a way that is paralleled to Love’s own prior habits.
Love also noted the likeminded thinking that the two artists share as it pertains to understanding and envisioning what they can offer to the marketplace. I found this to be extremely relevant as lately I’ve been learning the importance of analyzing and recognizing what an industry lacks in an effort to create something it doesn’t already have. This advice, no matter how you apply it, is invaluable.
Love pushes this idea further when asked what piece of advice she has to offer for listeners. She shared, “Envision where you belong and go there. [Have] a sense of manifest destiny and understand what your aesthetic visually looks like.” She also touches on the importance of taking risks and putting yourself out there while she reminisces on the ways she pitched herself to every possible contact in the industry at the start of her career. “I wrote letter to every major label head,” she says.
In this podcast, Love reflects on her life and career and in doing so weighs in to the themes of being a girlboss. While some of the topics of conversation throughout the podcast may be more relatable than others, whether you’re a vintage-fashion enthusiast, a rock-n-roll ride or die or someone who’s intentional about a dream, this podcast is worth listening too. Check it out on itunes, the podcast app or on girlboss.com!