Marie M. Lodi, AKA Agent Lover, is a real dream boat. Born and raised in Southern California, she spent her younger years indulging in ’80s and ’90s pop culture, and now spends her time keeping up her website AgentLover.com, writing for ROOKIE, brunching with pals, and making her delicious cake hats. She has great bangs, a wicked dress collection, and an amazing sense of humour. Agent Lover talked to WORN about baby hoodrats, Latina girl gangs, teenagers on the internet, and where she finds style inspiration (anywhere and everywhere).
How would you describe your personal style?
1960s Satanic French schoolgirl with just a touch of baby hoodrat.
Do you ever imagine yourself looking completely different than you do now?
My hair has been every kind of colour, so my days of abusing it with bleach and dye are over! I don’t think my hair will be anything else but dark. As for the bangs, I do wonder if I will let myself look like geriatric Bettie Page or if I will eventually grow them out. Only time will tell! As for the clothes… ALL BETS ARE OFF! I might be wearing velvet assless chaps tomorrow, who can say?
When did you start making your Cake Hats, and what was the inspiration?
About four years ago, I did a photoshoot at Madonna Inn. It was a Marie Antoinette-ish, tea party-theme, so naturally I wanted to wear a cake on my head! I found a fake cake at a craft store and attached ribbon to it and that was that. Afterwards, my friends Emi and Nate suggested I should just make my own cake hats. Now, whenever I have a crazy idea in my head, these two are the geniuses who help me figure out how it will come to fruition. After some experimenting and my dad’s culinary knowledge (he’s a chef), the Cake Hats were born!
It seems like you’ve tried to work almost anything into a hairpiece or hat—is there something you’ve been dying to work into some headwear and haven’t had the chance to yet?
Oh man, I think I have covered almost everything! I’ve done huge gold insects, sea creatures, pizza, fruit… and there was this hat that looked like lips with a cigarette sticking out that Emi made for me me, based on a vintage photo a friend had sent. I do love me some food themes so a taco and burger hat are definitely in the future! Maybe a book-themed hat? I will need a library function to go to, of course. The ultimate creation will have to be a hat with a little me on it, wearing a hat with a little me on it, and so on and so on. IMAGINE!