This show was organized to feature local fashion designers in Colorado. Stylistically, it was a truly unique and diverse show I am so proud to have been a part of. Denver really has so many different things to offer no matter what your taste. The whole thing was amazing but my favorite part was getting dressed in the back room among so many Ferrari was really neat. They really do keep it clean, not one grease spot in sight. Not only were our HUMA so cool and collected in spite of having such a tight schedule to work with, I had a really great crew of models who as always, absolutely killed it. This was to date one of my favorite shows I have had the pleasure to be part of. Cos really knows who to invite, and how to put together a slick fashion show. Its still blows me away we had a runway built in a Showroom intended for cars. Most of these pieces are NFS or SOLD but I am happy to discuss custom work with you, just reach out via email or social media.
Washington Grunge Tour – street art, squid ink and spooky things…
I love lost history, grunge music, run down old buildings, rusted cars, graffiti, gritty streets and vintage clothes, and of course, beautiful trees…
So naturally, I decided to go an adventure in Washington…
I’m not sure where to start so I’ll just share my favorite parts of Seattle…
First thing, the food and the drinks at Japonessa were well worth it, we saw a lot of Colorado craft beers on tap in Washington. But this Jalapeno, Chocolate, Squid Ink cocktail was really unique. Plus it was so pretty.
Pikes Market was crazy, but it smelled like fresh everything, it was truly an experience worth having.
Street art –
Street art is a form of artwork that is displayed in a community on its surrounding buildings, streets, and other publicly viewed surfaces. Many instances come in the form of guerrilla art, which is composed to make a public statement about the society that the artist lives within. The work has moved from the beginnings of graffiti and vandalism to new modes where artists work to bring messages, or just simple beauty, to an audience.
Alice and I decided to take two tours around Seattle’s Pioneer Square. We took the Spooked in Seattle tour first, and learned about various local haunts and visited their Underground Death Museum.
While waiting for our next tour we had Dinner at The Merchants Cafe which was absolutely delicious and entertaining, the staff is amazing, and the whole place is really beautiful and a little bit creepy. I really love the purple glass sidewalk skylights from both above, and below.
Our second tour was Underground Seattle, in the dark, under the street seeking contact with the paranormal. No seriously, it was really fun and very interesting. If you like old buildings, and a little bit of history these tours are for you.
The city of Seattle is immense compared to Denver, and there was so much water everywhere.
We took a couple of days and explored some small local spots around Washington. We went to the Twin Peak’s RR Diner, and visited an old boardwalk in Westport.
And of course… We visited as many thrift stores as possible.
Besides needing an excuse for a vacation, I really wanted the chance to meet and collaborate face to face with Sarah Trickler. I got some really great behind the scenes photos while were out exploring some really beautiful places. Which will be featured in an upcoming blog…So stay tuned for more photos, and new listings later this week.
Welcome to adventures in styling part II: Goth Edition
When I was growing up the Goth scene had already been well established as an underground subculture and was already slowly finding it’s way into pop culture. T.V. and movies were a formal introduction into another world I had no idea even existed. No matter what kind of a reputation it had, I was immediately hooked. These women commanded attention and respect with nothing but a look, before RBF was even part of our vocabulary.
The Addams family was a classic T.V. show, but once they modernized it, these movies became part of my childhood. As far as I am concerned these two classic beauties are some of the most attractive women in Hollywood.
You have gone too far. You have married Fester, you have destroyed his spirit. You have taken him from us. All that I can forgive. But Debbie…Pastels?
Dress on sale this July.
Before I was an Addams fan…I was a horror fan. I have always had a thing for B movies. I really don’t mind seeing the puppet strings as long as I am entertained, the cheesier the better. That’s how I was introduced to Elvira who introduced Horror movies on Friday nights. I will always connect horror and goth genres, even though they are two different things. Genres tend to bleed into each other, and it sticks around. There are so many types of goth these days, we even eventually incorporated pastel…
Elvira was so funny, clever and damn sexy. She could always hold her own with the boys, and like Morticia she commanded your attention. Maybe it was the hair, maybe it was her amazing chest. But I would like to think it’s her lovely personality.
I still love me some scream Queens!
As far as shocking cultural icons go. My generation had the one that frightened parents everywhere. I was naturally drawn to his music, and spent a lot of time trying to understand what elements were so shocking.
Marilyn Manson crosses gender lines, and cultural lines and that is what made him so “dangerous”. Not to say many haven’t done the same before, and after, but to my generation, he is unforgettable and was unwilling to be ignored. I never understood the shock, but now that he’s done everything he could think of to shock us. I can look back at his body of work as a whole and figure it out…
The message I interpreted was, that it’s okay to be different, and while it might make you an outcast, there are other outcasts out there, and we could relate with shared ideals. Whether we disagreed with the mainstream, or became the mainstream. His presence and influence on our culture has been hard to forget.
Just be yourself, and you can figure out the rest as you go along.
Last, but not least… My long time lady crush, who is also a lot of other people’s lady crush, Angelina Jolie.
She has always had mad style, it really doesn’t matter how she’s dressed, it always looks fierce. She’s one of the celebrities that I have always put in a different category than the others. Her lifestyle has always been controversial, but how many beautiful and famous women can say they are Goodwill ambassadors for the UN?
I know a lot of people wouldn’t consider her a goth. But when she puts on dark lipstick you notice.
I’m not sure why goth culture intrigues me so much, because I don’t think it’s about being beautiful as much as it is about commanding attention, and looking fierce. No matter how many people are out in public, unless you are in a crowd of people dressed up like you, a goth sticks out like a sore thumb. A super fantastic sore thumb.
Slowly as “goth” embeds itself in pop culture, new sub-genres form and the style continues to evolve. Subtleties become more noticeable and the culture expands and infuses. I think each generation the youth sets the stage for the next group of kids to pick up where they left off… My teenage self would have been annoyed about this, my adult self is like… ” YES! The floodgates cannot be unopened, carry on.”
Stay tuned because next, I’m heading to Seattle to explore grunge…
Coats aren’t always practical in the summertime, but I am drawn to stylish outerwear like a moth to a back porch light… I’m a huge fan of military jackets, because they are usually pretty lightweight, and go with almost anything.
Sometimes I feel like I don’t actually know how to dress casual. I’m either dressed up in costume… Or I am pretty much wearing pajamas.
Whether I am wearing it, or making it for someone else to wear, comfort is key.
Next Monday I will be featuring another photographer and releasing more pieces from the summer collection.
In the meantime…stay tuned for my next style essentials blog…
I am so excited for this release. Keep checking back, I will be posting the rest of this collection in the next two weeks. I will also admit I am going to miss seeing this dress hanging up in my closet.
I think it goes without saying, the garden party was a success. There was so much talent and creativity in one space, I still haven’t had the chance to look at all of the final shots yet. We had 3 photographers with 3 totally different styles… So I decided to release each photographer’s work individually.
The first Photographer I would like to feature is: Scott Rockbear.
Hair: Nigel Kirk King
MUA: Jenni Pennington
I really loved the way Jenni did Savannah’s freckles…