Working with Natalia was an absolute delight. She embodies a deep feminine strength that is so easy for the camera to capture. There is a sense of calm she emanates within any storm. Sometimes matriarchal, other times mysteriously sensual, but always true to her essence.
In this series, we chose a romantic approach with minimal interiors, luminescent makeup and muted fabrics.
First appearing in a 1950’s lace 2 piece cocktail dress and bolero jacket. Next, clothed in an Indian tool skirt with gold trim complimented with a 1980’s body suit. Then finally, she wore a sheer, full-length 1960’s flowy kaftan.
Wandering in the vastness of Death Valley has always served as a blank canvas for inspiration, meditation, and relaxation. The arid geography that sweeps under the unforgiving sun made a bold backdrop for the odd geometry of this 1980’s Norma Kamali jacket.
It has been an honor to vend at a multitude of venues over the past few years. One of our favorites is the Desert Daze Festival where you can outfit people from all reaches of the world, watch your idols perform in an iconic setting, and forget yourself for a few days of psychedelic madness. Thank you to all the wonderful people who have frequented our PopUp shop.
Inspired by the 2017 Gucci floral runway. We feel that one doesn’t have to necessarily buy Gucci to be “Gucci”.
First look, 1990’s YSL silk blouse, Albert Capraro gold sequin vest, regulation army cap, and 1950’s women’s cowboy slacks.
Second Look, 1980’s Evan Picone Saks Fifth Ave. blazer, 80’s Bob Mackie satin blouse, Versace slacks, and Bill Blass sun belt.
For the makeup, simple glitter pigment eyeliner, with nude tones on cheeks and lips.
We’ve had the pleasure of working alongside the most amazing top tier vintage vendors. They have inspired us with their collections, aesthetics, and passion for exceptional design. We want to thank Richard Wainwright for the opportunity to exhibit our eclectic brand in such events as “Pickwick Vintage” and “A Current Affair SF”.
Inspired by the banshee heart and the howling winds that have carved the canyons of time. This 1970’s chiffon illusion maxi dress, with a sultry print of midnight flowers, escapes with every passing breeze.
We LOVE,LOVE,LOVE, meeting new people. It’s always fun to throw up a shop and watch as people come through and instill their own fashion sensibility on our collection. We have been known to be found at Artisan Flea, Long Beach Flea, Rose Bowl Flea, Rock and Roll Flea, etc., etc.
Roaming through the low desert planes, obsessed with the pastel dreamscape that reminds us of a 1970’s sci-fi B-movie. This salmon-shimmer party dress invokes the “Bandolera” in any girl.
Our Southern neighbor friend has more to offer than meets the casual eye. Deep within the heart of Central Mexico there are ruins to be explored, ceremonial sites to ponder, and the labyrinth that is Las Pozas. The garden monument of surrealist benefactor Edward James. His contribution to Mexico can be enjoyed by anyone with an adventurous spirit in the mountains of San Luis Potosi. We enjoyed using this one of a kind location for a backdrop for our series/video El Topo Tropical.
Irena wears various 1970’s kaftan’s of exotic prints.
Morocco exceeded our expectations. What a wonderful place to find the perfect melding of texture, color, and culture. We fell in love with Chefchuanne. But not after a beautiful affair with Fes. It wasn’t hard to find a photographic stage to feature Irena’s Berber inspired creation. A festive kaftan for an anywhere/anytime day of adventure.
Every home was a sanctuary, every room a treasured set. It’s fun to play with color where a towns identity is defined by it.
The beautiful and exotic muse who is our dear friend Ananeic. Her being is strength and sensuality. Completely palpable within moments and subtle gestures. Her form is exquisite and iconic. We fashioned this shoot after one of our heroes, the goddess Grace Jones. Angular, vibrant, glamorous, yet strange.
Ananeic wears a 1970’s disco jumpsuit, then wears the best of 80’s prints with a reptilian blazer and gold satin skirt.
She strutted confident in this Grecian goddess gown and sat like a cat in our triple tone party dress.
“Heaven loves ya, the clouds part for ya, nothing stands in your way, when your a boy. Clothes always fit ya, Life is the pop of a cherry, When your a boy.”
Inspired by the painted prints of early French photographers and the imminent drama of the French cinema, Natalia poses in this beautiful I.Magnin bohemian ruffled skirt and this bold Lilli Ann blazer.
When the hot summer sun blazes, find a place to escape to and take a moment to embrace your individual beauty, your sultry sense and exoticism. Whether cooling in the shadows in a simple satin cami or sheer summer dress or even lounging in a luscious hideaway like a shimmering gold butterfly.
The Hawk is a place where one can shed their given skin. A place that doesn't instill expectation or assign a role. One can be who they are as they are in a place they want to be.
Shauna is the embodiment of balance, genuine, feminine, beautiful and strong. She dominates the bar in our hand painted striped blazer and blue satin bomber and blouse.
Sometimes its as simple as a dusty backdrop, some black and white film, and a girl who knows how to move.
Ananeic is wearing a traditional North African raw cotton coat and white gauze dress.
Recreating the feel of the fashion and forms that danced across seamless backdrops in simple geometric poses of photographers like David Bailey and the British Pop movement.
Natalia poses in this early 90’s, “one of a kind”, silk shirt dress from Voyage of London. She dominates the frame in this Ted Lapidus cobalt ostrich feather coat. Then holds her gaze pensively wearing this velvet and striped taffeta gown.
Long Beach has been our home and where we started our photographic fashion excursions. Beautiful girls like Harrison have inspired our desire to style and create an aesthetic that continually evolves with every new piece we find.
Aside from clothing, our other passion is travel. It feeds our well of inspiration, expands what we know about the world and its many diverse cultures and serves as a backdrop for photo and video shoots.
We love so many places it’s hard to choose whether to seek out the new or return to our adopted homes.
We would love for you to travel along with us on our instagram travel blog- @pleazuretrip
Irena gets so inspired and excited by blending textures and colors to create one of a kind pieces.
Admittedly, it’s sometimes hard for her to let go of them. But the satisfaction from watching others appreciate them makes it worth her efforts.
Thank you to all who have purchased them.
There’s just something about a Photo Booth!! The freezing of a passing moment behind a curtain in a hidden space, where one can feel free to express their inner diva or devil. Just a flashing moment to role play on a simple strip of the automat.
We have been extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work with some of the most talented wardrobe designers for TVs “Young Sheldon”.
It has been an absolute pleasure to help outfit the cast and background to assist in creating their 1980’s Texas narrative. We have learned so much about how color and patterns play a role in creating a believable yet fictitious world.