10.23.2012

MISS AMERICAN VINTAGE

    I was recently asked to style a few of the contestants of the Miss American Vintage Pageant. The theme, of course, is retro glam style. As a hard-core thrifter, lover of all things Art Deco, and undying fan of the glamour of old Hollywood—this thing is right up my alley! Before even meeting the models, I just couldn’t contain my excitement and had to get to work on a couple of mood boards.

Here’s how I’ve been inspired so far.


 
     I really wanted to channel the idea of a modern pin-up, bringing all the sweet innocence of the past, but keeping with current trends in combining patterns and bold colors with abandon. I do love that modern sartorial sensibilities only require that we match loosely, if ever. Since I’m also a decorator, rooms oftentimes inspire outfits and visa versa. I took my palette from this boundary-crushing room by the brilliant Ruthie Sommers, who shares my philosophy that “Matching is for amateurs.”


     I also HAVE TO do a version of Dior's New Look. Full confession: I have not so secretly hoped to do this look editorially for a long time, because the opportunity to just dress this way has yet to manifest. I don’t want to have the throw that party (no time to plan it; can’t do it if it isn’t perfect). I’m hoping someone else will take my “Wouldn’t it be awesome if…” hints and finally give me a reason to be Betty Draper. In the mean time, some lucky model will live out my fantasy—wait, isn’t that being a fashion stylist in a nutshell? ;)

     Be sure to check Facebook in the next few weeks for pictures of the Miss American Vintage contestants styled by yours truly! For more of what’s inspiring my style direction for the shoot, check out my dedicated board on Pinterest.

6 comments:

  1. It’s funny you mention that “matching is for amateurs.” Matchy matchy matchy is one of the looks on my “Please go away” list for a radio show I’m gonna be on Friday. I think matching damn near everything you are wearing from shoes, to purse, to accessories, gives off the impression that you’re not a risk taker. To me mixing it up says you’re fearless. Either way, love these pinup looks and can’t wait to see the pageant photos.

    Stephanie M. Guerra
    Taste of NY Styles

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    1. Hi honey! What's the link to the radio show? We need deets! :) You know, I was thinking we should look look at some Ruthie Sommers rooms for inspiration for your place. You're both fearless!

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    2. 1. Hey love. The link is www.universemiami.com/rich-flo-radio. It’s called the Rich Flo Radio Sho and Taste of NY Styles will be doing a special Styling How-To Segment giving tricks and tips on how to save by meshing your summer, fall/winter wardrobe items, How-To kill the “Do Not Wear white after Labor Day” myth, & How-To turn your every day scarf into a fantastic headpiece. I’ll also be revealing my Fashion Trend “Please!!! Come Back” and “Please!!! Go away” lists where I will tell you fashion trends I really miss and fashion trends I want to hit. P.S. Yes!! Let’s get together for my home décor! I’m in dire need of your decorative assistance. lol

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  2. Stephanie, pageant photos will be available on http://www.americanvintage.wix.com/americanvintage

    Miami Model Fashion Blog

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    1. Yey!! I look forward to seeing the lovely Jen Gonzalez's impeccable imagination come to life! She is simply fab. ;-)

      Stephanie M. Guerra
      Taste of NY Styles

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  3. Thanks for the link, Miami Model Fashion Blog!

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