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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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Golden Age Glamour

Golden Age Glamour: An evocative phrase, bringing to mind diamantes and satin gloves, fluffy boudoir mules and furs. Nothing makes you feel more glamorous.

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Outfit Breakdown

Bra + Suspender Belt | Pip & Pantalaimon
Knickers | The Warehouse – unsure of brand as I always cut the tags out!
Gloves + Fur | Vintage
Earrings | Diva
Stockings | Undercover back-seam stockings by Voodoo
Boudoir Mules | Thrifted

A side note on bras | This bra was too big in the band for me, but I also found the cups just weren’t the right shape for augmented breasts! Any recommendations for vintage style bras that work for ladies that have had some help?

Photos | Froger
Model + Styling | Velvet DeCollete

With style and sass,

               Velvet

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Reading in Lingerie | New Problems in Medical Ethics

Pin Up Fetish Model | Velvet DeCollete

You’re going to love this photo set. Oh and there’s now a second edition of Reading in Lingerie.

A foreword on these photos |
In my vintage collection is a set of medical journals; “New Problems In Medical Ethics”. Translated from the French Cahiers Laennec, ( a set of texts from 1934) they present ‘morally problematic’ medical cases and the treatments prescribed by the Catholic medical practitioners of the time.
Topics discussed include why adultery is morally and legally abhorrent when committed by women ( but acceptable from men ), how birth control emasculates men and destroys marriages, and how homosexuality is a mental illness to be treated using electrotherapy.

As a modern woman believing in gender equality and ownership of ones own body you can imagine I strongly disagree with these views. Especially as they are still being spouted by certain groups! Apparently so does our dog Echo, who promptly destroyed one of the books when my back was turned. (That’s the book you see being torn later, I’d never damage a salvageable book!). Being photographed with the journals while portraying behavior they deemed unacceptable in women seemed an appropriate way to express my opinion.

So here you have it. A lingerie clad, empowered, makeup wearing woman who has no fucks left to give for outdated “moral illnesses”. Enjoy.

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Outfit Breakdown

Lingerie | Pleasure State
Stockings | Pretty Polly
Shoes | Siren
Pearl collar | Vintage from Tock Tick Vintage

I wanted to contrast 1920’s / 30’s inspired hair with modern wardrobe, creating a juxtaposition of styles reflecting the conflict of past and present. It was my first attempt at a faux bob using a wet set and I’m absurdly happy with it.

Photos | Froger
Model, HMUA, Styling | Velvet DeCollete

You can see more of this photoshoot in the December 2016 issue of Sinical Magazine, available in print or digital format.

With style and sass,

               Velvet

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1960’s Lavender Sleepwear | A Lingerie Addict’s Diary

Aside from black (my one true love), green and purple hold my affection above all other colours.
Lilac, lavendar, aubergine, olive, emerald and chartruese, any shade will do! These colours suit my pale olive complexion tone and green eyes, and I love them more for their rarity in modern fashion.

I love them so much that when this lavender sleep set appeared during my obsessive trademe trawling I pounced on it at once. I knew it was too big, I just didn’t care. I wear it anyway.

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Made in New Zealand by ‘Lesley Lingerie’ I’d say this sleep smock and robe date from the mid 1960’s.
Why? let me tell you…

 The style

Simple and voluminous this is quintessential 60’s lingerie. The peter pan collar and lace placement are typical of designer sleepwear and home sewing patterns of the era.

The label

A printed fabric label without fabric content or care instructions places this garment prior to 1972 (when permanently attached care labels became mandatory). It was produced after embroidered labels became less popular but before all tags were made of stiff or plasticy materials.

The Fabric

Some careful testing tells me the lining is a polyester cotton blend, while the outer layer and robe are nylon ‘chiffon’. Lingerie designers went crazy for these fabrics in the 60’s!

The Construction

Serging or overlocking is used on these garments. While serging was used in the 1950’s and earlier, it wasn’t overly common until the 1960’s.

Regardless of age, this baby doll nightie is unashamedly feminine and takes me one step closer to owning a rainbow of vintage lingerie. Now to get my hands on something green…

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A humongous snuggly thank you to La Vonne at Tock Tick Vintage for letting me prance around her absolutely adorable pastel kitchen! It’s actually the cutest place ever.

Photos | Clementine
Model, HMUA | Velvet DeCollete

With style and sass,

                 Velvet DeCollete

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Monday Style Tip No.26

contrast textures

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The Pastel Sleep Set | A (Vintage) Lingerie Addict’s Diary

The Pastel Sleep Set | A (Vintage) Lingerie Addict’s Diary

 

Suzan Pecka Blue Vintage Nightgown | Velvet Decollete

“Suzan Pecka of Vienna
Made in New Zealand”

The label displays a brand and country of origin in slanting pink letters, but that’s all this mysterious sleep set gives away. Suzan Pecka of Vienna seems to have vanished from New Zealand and the world without a trace.  Apart from this sugary pastel confection that is.

Crafted in baby blue with swirling pink embroidery and ribbons this nightgown and jacket set is a slightly stiffer, more opaque synthetic fabric than most of my  sleepwear. Based on simple shapes the nightie hugs the bust with the aid of a triangular smocking panel. The jacket is rectangular in nature, its flat planes a perfect canvas to showcase delicate embroidered overlays.

The embroidery is a wide sinuous  border pattern on sheer nylon. Pale pink ribbon ties, narrow pink piping and a large rolled rose made of the embroidered nylon complete the feminine embellishment.

Suzan Pecka Blue Vintage Nightgown | Velvet Decollete

Lengthwise, I admit this set is a tad awkward on me. At 5.3″ the hem floats at mid calf, not a terrible length but not the best either. I feel a taller woman would find the hem sits just above the calf – a more flattering length accentuating the slimmer part of the leg and the curve of the calf muscle. While the stiffer fabric isn’t as comfortable as my Starway nightie the dreamy colourway makes up for it, and the set is still lovely to wear. I really enjoy having the matching jacket in case I feel like a teensy bit more coverage.

Suzan Pecka Blue Vintage Nightgown | Velvet Decollete

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Photos | Duke Debonair
Model, Hair, MUA | Velvet DeCollete

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Monday Style Tip No.17

Monday Style Tip No.17

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The Pink Satin Boudoir Robe | A (Vintage) Lingerie Addict’s Diary

Pink satin vintage robe | Velvet DeCollete

Pink and I have a troubled past. I swore off it for years, refusing to be corralled into gender specified colour choices (even though for centuries pink was considered a very male colour). But with age and confidence has come the knowledge that this now overtly girly colour has a power of its own. It speaks of softness and curves and a feminine sexiness reminiscent of 1940’s movie vixens.

This boudoir robe is all of those things.

Made in England by David Nieper ,this peignoir is an early offering from a company  that has designed and manufactured in Derbyshire, UK since 1961. It’s 100 % polyester satin with specially softened lace trim. The layered ruffles and bell sleeves lend an almost rococo aesthetic to the loose, tie front style. It’s perfect for lounging around your boudoir with marabou trimmed mules and Jayne Mansfield hair.

I’m very grateful to have received this beautiful piece of nightwear as a birthday gift from my sister in law, who sent it to me in New Zealand all the way from the UK! The white brassiere you can see in the top photo is from Tock Tick Vintage.

Pink satin vintage robe | Velvet DeCollete

Pink Satin Vintage Robe | Velvet DeCollete

Photos | Duke Debonair
Model, Hair, MUA | Velvet DeCollete

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Velvet DeCollete

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The Romantic Starway Nightgown | A (Vintage) Lingerie Addict’s Diary

For someone with almost no downtime, I sure am obsessed with clothing designed for it. Lingerie and sleepwear in particular. The overt femininity of  their fluttering ruffles and tiny rosebuds makes me swoon.

But all this smooth satin and rustling lace spends far too much time in my wardrobe. So I’m starting a visual diary of my vintage and modern lingerie addiction. I hope you enjoy their prettiness as much as I do, and are inspired to bring your own rarely worn gems out of the closet!

white 5This Starway nightgown is a flowing gored design made of bri-nylon.  A  flower basket design delicately printed in the centre front blossoms with pastel lace daisies – a motif echoed in the fine floral lace defining the neckline and underbust seam. Soft ruffles frame the neckline, armholes and hem.

The gathered yoke bust allows for a comfortable fit on a range of bust sizes even on a size 6-8 nightgown.

While innocently white and modest in coverage this nightie is just translucent and clingy enough to maintain some romantic allure. (Which is kinda nice in a world of red crotchless panties and brazenly sexy babydolls).

Starway is a New Zealand made sleepwear brand. My sleuthing didn’t turn up any background info, so if you know anything please about the company please enlighten me!

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Photos | Duke Debonair
Model, Hair, MUA | Velvet DeColette

 

 

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Pink Fur and Pouts

Pink Fur and Pouts

Pink fur
Pink beret 
Black lingerie

Imagine a Parisian cabaret performer – the type you’d find backstage at a smoky vintage nightclub, reading poetry and drinking espresso. She’s my inspiration for this shoot with Zandy J.

I had such fun styling this look. Searching for a contrast between sweet hyper-femininity and shameless sex appeal I met my old nemesis…pink. I’ve never been a pink lovin’ gal ( swearing off it for over a decade) but there was something about the soft sensuality of these fur cuffs that wouldn’t be ignored.

They made me feel vampy and playful all at once. Like a 1940’s man-eater cooing in the ear of a well dressed mob boss.

Oh la la…
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Outfit breakdown

Beret | Boohoo
Pink fur cuffs | Boohoo (worn over gloves)
Gloves | Tock Tick Vintage
Corset | Corset Story
Knickers | Kmart
Stockings | Voodoo
Shoes | Hijacked from my mothers collection

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All Photographs | Zandy J Pinup Photography
Model + Styling | Velvet DeCollete

I have to say my hair and makeup skills have come a long way in the last few years, but my naturally curly hair does not like humidity! Any lovelies willing to share their tips for keeping humid locks sleek and styled?

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