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Start Your Engines | A Bad Girl Photo shoot

Start Your Engines | A Bad Girl Photo shoot

Bad girls have more fun. Especially with big shiny Cadillacs and skintight powermesh skirts.

This set was shot outside an imposing vintage venue, next to a busy dog walking park. That’s right, wholesome citizens innocently walking their dogs saw a lot more than they expected. But that’s kind of what we do right?

Stylewise this shoot is a mix of classic pin up and fetish inspired fashion. I wanted the silhouette of an 1950’s or early 60’s wiggle dress, but with the brazen sexiness of a retro grindhouse heroine. Layering garments of varying opacity and texture a game of skin hide and seek for the viewer.

My Photoshoot tip | Contrasting garments with different finishes and opacity helps the camera capture detail when photographing an all black outfit. Meaning you won’t turn into a big dark blob!

Scroll down for a full outfit breakdown.

Wardrobe and photography style can create give the same location a whole new mood. Check out my Cadillac Dreams post to see the set we shot just before this one – same location but a totally different vibe!

 

Start your engines! Velvet DeCollete mixes classic pinup with sexy grindhouse style in this bad girl photoshoot featuring a sleek and sexy Cadillac.

Alternative pinup bad girl Velvet DeCollete poses in skintight black mesh against a pastel Cadillac car

Good girl gone bad alt pinup model Velvet DeCollete poses in mesh and leather with her puppy

Outfit Breakdown

Black Satin Bra | Pleasure State
Lace and Mesh Bodysuit | Stella McCartney
Mesh Skirt | Retro Lip Service
Leather Belt | Alannah Hill
Gloves and necklace | Vintage
Sunglasses and Earrings | Tock Tick Vintage
Hosiery | Pretty Polly Vintage Top Nylons
Shoes | Borrowed from my Mother’s collection
Bracelet | Gift

 

A beehive hairstyle and cateye glasses are all you need for retro bad girl style. Black and white sexy pinup photo

Good girl gone bad, or just plan bad? Velvet DeCollete is the perfect mix of vintage pin up and fetish inspired sex appeal in this black and white pinup photo

Good girl gone bad, or just plan bad? Velvet DeCollete is the perfect mix of vintage pin up and fetish inspired sex appeal in this black and white pinup photo

Shoot Details

 

 

Photographer | Froger
Shoot Assistant | LaVonne from Tock Tick Vintage
Model | Velvet DeCollete (moi)
Puppy Wrangler | My Ever Patient Husband

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The upside of shooting near a dog park? Our then-puppy Echo got to ride along. Look how liddle she was!

We adopted Echo from an animal rescue shelter after falling in love at first sight ( After I was adamant we’d look at lots of dogs haha). It’s lovely to have photos before she grew up all big and serious looking, I can’t believe she was ever this tiny.

With Style & Sass,

Velvet DeCollete

 

 

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Spiderweb Style | My Top 5 Picks for Halloween

Spiderweb Style | My Top 5 Picks for Halloween

Ever since Cheryl Blossom rocked that gigantic spider brooch in Riverdale, creepy crawlies have invaded the pinup world. Now with Halloween lurking around the corner, there’s no better time to fall under the spiderweb spell.

I treat everyday like Halloween ( fancy dress and candy anyone?), so I’ve had plenty of time to narrow down my 5 favourite spiderweb inspired clothes and accessories. Whether you’re after an everyday option or some spooky glamour for the Blood Moon Ball, you’ll feel at home as an arachnid in these web embellished treats.

*  Just so you know, I wasn’t hired, paid, sponsored, bribed or blackmailed to talk about these items, they’re legit my favourites *

Oooh and keep your eyes peeled for a special Halloween discount code!

The Black Widow Skirt | Devel Branded

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Up first simply because I’ve been coveting it the longest, the Black Widow Skirt by NZ designer Devel Branded.

The Black Widow skirt ticks all my investment piece boxes:
Hardwearing? Check!
That spiderweb is heavy duty top stitching so it’s not going to flake  off in the wash or wear off over time like printed designs can do.
Versatile? Check!
I’ve seen this skirt rocked with a band tee and chucks, and glammed up with a blouse and heels. It really can go anywhere.

Ethical and made by a small business? Check!
Devel is passionate about creating ethical, quality clothing.  She makes every piece herself, I’ve seen her stuff first hand and it’s impeccable!

You can order yours now, or find more photos and backstory on the Black Widow skirt on the Devel branded blog.
Exclusive Halloween Treat : Devel loves Halloween as much as I do, so she’s treating you to 10% off Black Widow Skirts! Use the code VelvetDevel, valid until September 30th 2017.

Widow Weaver Gowns | Honey L’Amour

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Honey L’Amour just keeps getting better. Delivering gothic glamour in two styles the Widow Weaver dresses are Halloween ball ready.

Are you a pinup mistress of the dark? Or a cocktail sipping black widow? Made to order, these pin up worthy gowns offer a delectable buffet of choices.  Choose from stretch velvet or stretch cotton sateen, white or silver spiderweb embroidery, and of course cocktail or mermaid length.
Personally my favourite is the mermaid gown. I love how the spider web embroidery flares out from knee and sparkles on the bustline. Chic, darkly elegant, and showing off your curves in aaaaaalll the right places.

Even better, Honey is a local New Zeland based designer, when you buy from her you’re supporting a small business and an adorable pinup does a happy dance!

Both styles are available on Honey L’Amour’s website, but get in quick as there is a three week turnaround!

Carved Acrylic Handbag | Bubble Witch

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Are you seeing this? Or am I just imagining the world’s most perfect evening bag?

Ethically made by Bubble Witch, a small business based in Leeds, England, this acrylic clutch is inspired by 1940’s and 1950’s lucite purses.
That gloriously asymmetric spiderweb is carved in, then painted gold. It’s the kind of bag I imagine Vampira or Morticia Addams toting, so obviously I want it. Ideal for the pinup witch accessorising her evening gown, leather look wiggle dress or creepy cocktail ensemble.

While it’s pricier than I could normally justify for a bag, it brings me such ghoulish delight that it had to be in my top 5 Halloween picks. ( And let’s face it, I’d use it at every opportunity. )

You can pick the spiderweb purse up on the Bubble Witch Etsy store.

The Miss Muffet Skirt | Hell Bunny Clothing

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This freakin adorable skirt is the only mass produced item to make my top 5, modeled here by the drop dead gorgeous Teer of Curves to Kill .

We all go crazy for skirts with decent pockets, and the pocket detail is what sold me on this skirt! I love how the spider web design is worked around the pocket opening, and accented with the white hem piping. Super cute and wearable all year round.

Available in New Zealand from Napier supplier Two Lippy Ladies.
( The only reason I don’t already own this is that the smallest Hell Bunny size is too big in the waist for me, *sob* )

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Within a somewhat more realistic budget are the cute cateye sunglasses with spiderweb pin striping below. Those are from Spitfire Interiors. I’ve seen various versions by different brands, so to be honest, they’re a completely do-able Halloween fashion DIY for those so inclined.

Like most of my top 5 spiderweb style picks, cobweb sunglasses are Halloween ready, but also a wearable wardrobe addition whatever the season!

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What do you think of my top 5 spider web inspired style picks? Have any favourites of your own? Drop me a comment and let me know!

I’m off to work on some Halloween goodness of my own for the Blood Moon Ball. Don’t forget to picks up your tickets, or dinner and ticket combo here and I’ll see you for a night of macabre madness on October 28th!

With Style and Sass,

          Velvet DeCollete

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A Very Vintage Day Out 2015 | Pt. 1

One day I will die of hairspray inhalation. No joke.

Yesterday was the amazing vintage wonderment that is the Very Vintage Day Out, and it saw my hair soar to new heights of backcombing and hairspray. SO MUCH HAIRSPRAY. Totally worth it though to finish my purple 1960’s inspired ensemble with a suitable bouffant beehive! After finishing my dress some time in the darkness of Friday evening, I was up bright and early Saturday morning to backcomb and makeup before the Photo Safari. Cue an hour of madness with pretty girls and giant cameras swarming around a bevy of brilliant classic cars. Even that early in the day the NZ sun was determined to send us home somewhat pinker than we had arrived.

I spent the rest of the day gushing over vintage wares, listening to rockabilly bands and yelling my heart out in support of the four friends I had competing for the Miss Pinup New Zealand title. What a show!

Making it to the final five of the VVDO Best dressed competition before winning Best Dressed at the Wildcat Shakeout was the cherry on top of a lovely day – how lucky can a girl be?

The Outfit

Dress | 1960’s style wiggle dress with option reversible overskirt made by me (See my work here!)
Stockings | Pretty Polly backseam nylons
Gloves | Vintage satin opera gloves with pearl buttons
Jewellery | Vintage faux pearl 3 strand necklace and earrings – Thrifted
Fabric hair flowers | Borrowed from my fabulously stylish Mama
Shoes | Delicious Shoes  – Mercy in black satin

Photos are starting to roll in, please share yours if you went – I’d love to see them!

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Yoohoo! Check out part two of my VVDO coverage here and the 2016 event here!

With style & sass,

          Velvet DeCollete

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