Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sunday, Monday, Happy Days

Thanks to the wonderful people at Johnny Rocket's uptown that let Ben Benson and I take these fun photos! I always thought it would be fun to do a classic diner shoot, and decided since I was going to get my hair a bit teased in a 60's style at a hair salon for my birthday, I would squeeze this in. If you didn't hear, I had a sixties-themed birthday at Fontanas in LES last weekend for my 25th birthday, and have a few photos us on my Instagram! 

I'm wearing a pleather skirt with cutouts that my mom gave me for Christmas last year, a Forever 21 top, and have a vintage fur coat. I really miss those awesome Madison, Wisconsin thrift stores! Black oxfords from Kohl's and some cat eyeliner add the final retro touches to this look. In my personal opinion, the 1960's mod era may be the most fun part of fashion in the 1900's and should be done way more often.

Thanks to everyone once again for all of the birthday wishes and for making my day and weekend so special! I have so many truly beautiful souls in my life that I am lucky to surround myself with and be inspired by. In my 25 years I've learned that the most important things in life are honesty and kindness and I hope to continue to live my life in a way that positively affects others while sticking on the path to achieve my goals.

Song of the Day: Happy Days Theme 

Photography: Benjamin Benson

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Most Wonderful Day of the Year!

It's no secret to most of my friends that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays...I mean my favorite holiday. Since I'm a film/TV costume assistant and not exactly a designer yet I, myself don't always get to be the creative one on most of the jobs I do. Halloween is the best excuse I can think of to put my love of costumes and creativity to use, plus it's fun to be the one getting dressed up after being surrounded by well-dressed actors all the time! This year I went all out, with three costumes total. I did Bad Blood with some friends one weekend and then did DJ Mustard on the Beat/Beet with my friend another night, and you can see both on my Instagram. This post, though, is to share with you my favorite and most elaborate costume that I spent a couple months making.

I'm totally in love with the film Water for Elephants about a circus company in the 30's that learns how to train an elephant for their shows. I also just liked the idea of a vintage circus costume for Halloween, whether or not people had seen the movie. Most of the objects I used in the making of my costume were from Amazon Prime! I started off by dyeing a leotard with tea to make it look vintage, and added some bedazzled straps. I then covered a piece of fabric with two rows of ostrich feathers, which was the hardest part. I attached this to a ribbon belt with a rhinestone front and made this ribbon and feather part removable with command strips believe it or not! They seemed sturdier than Velcro. 

Gloves, a whip, an elephant necklace, the heels I always wear for my 20s/30s costumes, and some sparkly tights were musts for this outfit. It was really easy to attach a few feathers and a pearl barrette to the turban headband I wore which I totally recommend for an easy addition to a costume from this era. While in the garment district with my mom and sister a few weeks ago when they visited, I was convinced to buy this popcorn purse. I was a little uncertain and wondered if it was too silly for even me, but now I love it and want to wear it to any show that I see because it totally makes any outfit. I just wish that I had an actual elephant to ride for the photos! :) 

My boyfriend wore the white pants he had from the Jazz Age Lawn Party with a black vest, white shirt and a top hat from a dollar store. The hardest part of his outfit was finding a red blazer so we dyed a light peach one from a thrift store with rit dye. After staining the tub and sink it still came out kind of a faded red but he convinced me that this works for the vintage feel. We had a lot of extra garment bags at work, so I used them as black fabric and made some quick black boot extensions from his real ankle leather boots. We just cut squares of the black garment bags and glued them up the back with a hot glue gun. Man, I love those things! We also extended the length of the jacket with it. He stuck a napkin in his pocket and said "movie magic". I'm so proud. 

Who wants to see us wear (perhaps a modification for him) to the Jazz Age Lawn Party sometime?! I may be mistaken for one of the festival's dancing showgirls! More photos below:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

LA Fashion Week Feature

A huge thank you to Chelsea of Boston Lynn Photography for all of these fantastic photos of this past LA Fashion Week, as part of the design competition she attended. Chelsea's favorite designs were definitely by Amato Couture, with elegant yet mysterious pieces. Her photos give all of us New Yorkers and non-LA folk a sweet little peek into the California fashion scene. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"And you don't have to say every little thing that pops into your brain; better to refrain"

I got to visit Belvedere Castle in Central Park with Benson a couple weeks ago which was unfortunately closed, but we managed to shoot some photos outside. I wore a seventies-inspired jumpsuit from a local boutique in my neighborhood and a felt hat with heeled sandals. This look evokes a little bit of That 70's Show's Jackie to me and can be worn for an event in the day or evening. I love how abundant the 70's are again this Autumn! I feel like I'm always hearing that the decade is "in" lately but I've seen even more fringe and suede for this fall in stores than the previous few seasons. 

I definitely want to head back to the castle in springtime for another shoot with perhaps a more princess-inspired look. It's such a hidden gem in the park so definitely check it out and don't miss the chance to visit the inside like we did!

Photography: Ben Benson

Song of the Day: "Legs For Days" by Side Saddle

Thursday, September 17, 2015

NYFW Special: Michael Costello

The Michael Costello Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show was a grand affair, full of his signature gowns that he made his mark with on Project Runway a few years prior. He designed in both nude tones and colors this season, most notably in a bright magenta that many bold women tend to gravitate toward. I, myself preferred the more subtle gowns in peaches and whites as much as I love color, because his pieces are so detailed that a simple hue is almost all that's needed. However, I did really love the bright yellow he used on some simpler, more flowing designs. One of the most memorable aspects of his collection was the caped gowns throughout- they added a little structure and surprise to what would have been more expected pieces. Overall, Costello did a fantastic job with both providing his customer with wearable pieces as well as new ideas to try. 

Photos and videos by Nicola Rose