Monday, November 13, 2017

Deck The Halls

The Season Of Giving: Pink Fringe Dress & 55,000 Dress Collection Pink Gown

Time to deck the halls for the upcoming holiday season. I am Canadian so my Thanksgiving was celebrated in October however the American thanksgiving is observed next week. My current geographical location will not hold me back from dragging our my decorations and giving the tree a trim now. I had the pleasure of Visiting the Cambria Nursery Gift Shop yesterday to shoot some holiday images for Evolution Vintage.

We visit the Cambria Christmas Market every year to check out the amazing vendors, have a cup of hot chocolate, become inspired by the lights and sounds of the season and of course to shop and acquire a new ornament /decoration (or two) for the year. Check out my experience last year HERE

Every year the holiday set up's and decor is different but equally inspiring. The Christmas Market opens Nov 24-Dec 23. The gift shop however is open daily with gorgeous decor for every taste. Everything pictured as props or in the background is available for sale directly in the gift shop.

Vintage Christian Dior Men's Tuxedo Shirt (Available via Evolution Vintage)
Plaid Cashmere Scarves, made in Germany available at the Gift Shop ($24.99)

Gorgeous MGM era gown ($1,000) Read the story of this dress HERE

Who's ready to deck the halls?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Get The Look: Carrie Chic

Carrie's Closet

It is no secret that one of my all time fashion icons is the character of Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. It should also be noted that the actress who portrays Carrie, Sarah Jessica Parker is equally as fascinating and iconic from a style perspective.

In 6 seasons Carrie (via stylist Pat Fields) served us up some amazing and inspirational looks: Her Vintage looks are some of my favorites - see them HERE

In season 6, Carries "Date Night" look I adore. Now is your chance to replicate the spirit of her look using a mix of Vintage and Contemporary pieces.

Re-Create the look:

Vintage Multi-Strand Necklace

You can use any variation of the above to achieve Carrie's look. 

Get Carried away with your personal style!!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Mime Your Own Business

As a stylist, clothing and accessories inspire me. To me they are stand alone story tellers. When I came across this gown from the 55,000 Dress Collection I immediately started dreaming. I dreampt of Vintage Paris and Mime's. The Mime; a person who uses mime as a theatrical medium or as a performance art, involving miming, or the acting out a story through body motions, without use of speech. In earlier times, in English, such a performer would typically be referred to as a mummer. Miming is to be distinguished from silent comedy, in which the artist is a seamless character in a film or sketch.

Mime artists Jean Soubeyran and Brigitte Soubeyran in 1950

The performance of mime originates at its earliest in Ancient Greece; the name is taken from a single masked dancer called Pantomimus, although performances were not necessarily silent. In Medieval Europe, early forms of mime such as mummer plays and later dumbshows evolved. In early nineteenth century Paris, Jean-Gaspard Deburau solidified the many attributes that have come to be known in modern times—the silent figure in whiteface." - Wiki 

I have a son who is "non-verbal" and other forms of communication fascinate me. I also love how powerful and underrated silence is. I loved the idea of a glamorous Mime, not just as a Halloween costume but beyond that. I took a series of images to tell a story through the eyes of a millennial mime in an extreme fashion setting. As always I mixed Vintage with contemporary pieces, high and low price points. 

Vintage ruffle gown (SHOP)
Red "Gelsey" Flat in Poison (Available in Black HERE & White HERE)

Vintage Gold Pyramid Necklace with Tassels (Evolution Vintage)
Vintage Men's Satin Bow Tie (Evolution Vintage)
*Available for sale upon request*
Vintage Red Tribal Bracelet (SHOP)
Vintage Black & White Gown (55,000 Dresses)

Vintage Tiger Ring (SHOP)
Vintage Earrings (Evolution Vintage)
Vintage Black Strapless Shaper (Evolution Vintage)
Top Hat (Stylist Prop - NFS)
Red Lace Robe (55,000 Dresses)
*Available for sale upon request*

 Vintage Bowler Hat (Evolution Vintage)
Vintage 80's Fingerless Gloves (Evolution Vintage)
Vintage Black Satin Skirt (55,000 Dresses)
Vintage Sequin Tube Top (Evolution Vintage)
*All items available for sale upon request*
Blue Satin Shoes - SJP Collection (Lousie Sandal)

Imagination is your only limit to your own creativity and style, the rest is up to you. As for everyone else, the critics, haters and everyone in between, they can mime their own business! 


Thursday, October 26, 2017

All Hail ... The Queen of Hearts

A Cute Costume: Various Colored Tu Tu's & Thigh High Heart Socks - SHOP The SOCKS

Halloween is just around the corner and I know many people who are always looking for a little costume inspiration.

For a family photo shoot in the past, my character was the Queen of Hearts from Disney's Alice in Wonderland. I interpreted her costume my way and had the most amazing makeup done by my friend and MUA Hanna Fisher.

There are several ways to make the Queen Of Hearts your very own character, to reflect your own taste and maintain the spirit of the character. There are really no limits except your own imagination.

 I used the Disney licensed costume and styled it my way.  I wore a Vintage lace top and belted it over the costume. Fishnets, tiara and Vintage jewels.

What about using a Vintage HEART PRINT gown instead of the traditional Disney costume?

Or add a red corset to this tulle gown that's fit for a Queen

You can splurge for an amazing Red queen corset to complete the look or spend under $25 for these option for your costume

Or you could dress up as the ultimate QUEEN of fashion - Carrie Bradshaw using the same look and different accessories.

Sex and the city (S6/Ep16)
Vivienne Westwood Corset
Badgley Mischka Ruffle Skirt

Makeup Inspo:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Dream Dress: Yellow

Linda Evangelista 1995 In John Galliano for DIOR

Every girl has a dream gown, or in my case dream gownS. I wanted to talk about this color of yellow in relation o the now "Vintage" John Galliano gown Supermodel Linda Evangelista wore in his S/S 1995 show and again on the cover of Harpers Bazaar. He let her keep the gown which is now part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection.

 “Oh, my God, this is a fairy-tale dress, and I get to wear it on the cover of and take it to the next level.” (as told to Bazaar)

"I couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful dress. I’m not even a yellow person, but wearing this was one of the most sensational things that has ever happened to me. I loved everything about it. It was sophisticated, it was flirty, it was fun. It was retro, it was modern. I do love a full-on gown where you get to see the ankle. It had every element for me."

Approximately 45 years earlier someone else had their yellow tulle gown moment. This piece if from the collection of collector Paul Brockmann, part of his 55,000 dress collection.

 Now you can have you 1950's Yellow tulle gown moment. Shop this amazing Vintage gown HERE

 Fashion has clear daily functionality but there is also a fantasy component that I have never been able to ignore.