Most people know me to be a bit of a coffee addict, however I managed to become quite the connaisseur of tea while living in New Orleans many years ago. Instead of engaging in our usual afternoon cocktail hour, my friends and I would occasionally organize fabulous tea parties. Inspired by the fine English tradition of afternoon tea, these little get-togethers were a way to relax with the simple pleasures of a fine beverage and good conversation.
The “Tea Time” style group is dedicated to the diverse personalities that made up my little tea parties. The top and skirt embrace the tradition of English plaid contrasted with London 1970’s punk style. The matching pillbox hat has classic vintage allure with the spooky twist of a Kustom Voodoo skull flower. The “Tea Time” necklace is a captivating piece comprised of a skeleton key pendant accentuated by a ruby red rosary style chain.
From my tea party to yours, wishing you all the best in 2014!
Unlike much of today’s fashion, vintage wardrobe maintained a delightful balance between sex appeal and class. I fell in love with retro fashion many years ago upon realizing that the perfect dress resembles a magic potion. The right outfit can instill confidence in the lucky lady who wears it as well as mesmerize those who lay their eyes upon her. The appeal of retro style for me has always been the flirtatious, feminine nature. Fashion has gone through some treacherous phases, but mid-century chic still holds true as the era of celebrating classic curves and seductive silhouettes.
Our new “Tease” dress was designed to put the wiggle in your walk and ensure that you will be the belle of the ball. This sassy little number is a triple threat complete with a sweetheart neckline, bold contrast belt, and stretch twill pencil skirt. You can’t go wrong with the winning combination of vibrant colors, polka-dots, and spooky prints! Our “Vegas Vixen Flower” hair clip is a delightful accessory and looks smashing when paired with the “Movie Monsters” colorway.
While on the subject of being a tease, be sure to check out our awesome interview with burlesque bad girl, Little Miss Risk. We had a blast discussing her role in the horror hit “American Mary”, antique erotica, and why she should be on a hidden camera show.
In closing, just remember what someone wise once said, “If you’ve got it, flaunt it”!
As a designer, I depend greatly upon many talented people to help make my creations come to life. The photographers I work with capture timeless imagery. The makeup and hair artists I have the pleasure of knowing can take a beautiful girl and find unique ways to bring out her best assets. Last but not least, I am forever indebted to my incredible models. When I compose a look, I always imagine that the model is a living doll. One could even say that the model is the vehicle by which everything comes together.
I have worked with many amazing women over the years. Sometimes I fall so head over heels that I name dresses after them! The latest darling to steal my heart goes by the name of Moxie Macabre.
Painting by Moxie Macabre
Moxie is one of the most interesting creatures I have ever encountered. Besides being drop dead gorgeous, she is a seamstress, comic book junkie, and accomplished artist. She is an avid antique hunter and lives to play dress up. Moxie is also incredibly sweet and funny, which makes our photo shoot adventures even more fabulous. Our most recent shoot took place at Atomic Liquors here in Las Vegas and we had a blast! The dynamic photography team Square Shooting was there to snap some awesome images in one of Sin City’s coolest historical hotspots.
When I first came across the multi-colored argyle fabric, I knew that I had to design something adorable and vibrant. I immediately imagined how cute the colors would look on lovely Moxie and it was all downhill from there! Before I knew it, the“Foxy Moxie” dress was stitched up and ready for playtime. The a-line silhouette is perfect for summer and I couldn’t pass up adding a chic retro kitty cameo. I discovered some beautifully detailed sugar skull beads and made the new“Sugar Skull” flower hair clips. These spooky little flowers add a generous splash of pigment to any outfit and look especially gorgeous when both colors are worn together.
I hope you’ve fallen desperately in love with “Foxy Moxie”. Next stop is the “Casino Queen” dress which will be available in a couple of weeks! As always, thanks for the support!
Our new “Shameless” dress is here and she is a beauty! Inspired by the one and only Mae West, this dress will set the stage for an evening full of excitement!
Mae West knew how to cause a scene. She was loud, explicit, humorous, and erotic. Hailing from Brooklyn, Mae began performing at the age of five and never looked back. Inspired by belly dancing and Vaudeville, she spent her entire life perfecting her character, willing to travel anywhere at anytime when an opportunity arose.
Mae was not only an actress, but also an accomplished screenwriter and playwright. Her plays dealt with hot button issues; “The Drag” ended up being banned on Broadway for dealing with homosexuality. No stranger to criticism from censors, she was arrested along with the entire cast and crew of her production “Sex” after the theater was raided by city officials. In a time when women were fighting to have their inalienable rights recognized, she pushed the envelope every chance she got, paving the way for the many female entertainers who followed her lead.
The “Shameless” dress is my homage to the late, great Mae West. Designed to show off your best assets, this dress is fiercely unapologetic. In true West fashion you will dominate the room in this little number, leaving a trail of broken hearts behind you!
Pair the “Shameless” dress with the “Lafayette” necklace and draw a little extra attention to the super sexy neckline. We will have the “Antoinette” hat available in the next couple of weeks; message us if you would like to preorder and we’ll ship it for free as soon as it arrives!
I was so happy to finally get our new colorway in the “Foxfire” dress in stock this week! I adore the skeleton key print we used for our “Debutante” dress that I thought it would be cool to make something fun with the same print, but in a lime green colorway. This new colorway also has hints of purple, in addition to the green, which is fun to play with when accessorizing. My dear friend Tamara of Face On By Tamara took some great photos showing the versatility of this dress. Tamara shot a lovely traditional pinup pose and then followed up with a fun steampunk inspired image-so cute!
We didn’t make that many of these new dresses, so I offered preordering to our newsletter subscribers and we sold out of the x-small and size small sizes almost immediately! After one day on the site our size mediums were gone too! We still have a few of the large and x-large sizes available. If you were hoping for a size medium and didn’t get one in time, we still have some of the sassy leopard and red colorway available in that size.
I’ve decided to offer more preorder opportunities for future styles as our fall collection will be extremely limited. Please take a moment to sign up for our newsletter to get first pick of exclusives!