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Backstage

Backstage

1940’s stage manager vibes. 

All glamour. All business. All woman.

Outfit Details

Inspired by Katherine Hepburn this look is all about masculine tailoring, feminine textures and a take-no-prisoners attitude. For when you need to get shit done, and look good doing it.

Pair with a lipstick coloured by the blood of your enemies and take on the day.

Blouse | Thrifted
Bra | Pleasure State
Trousers | Alexander McQueen – Thrifted
Oversized Faux Fur Stole | Fluff Club by Velvet DeCollete
Gloves | Vintage
Shoes | Siren
 Small Fur | Vintage
Beret | Gifted

Photography | Mike Froger
Models | Velvet DeCollete + Rose Halfpenny

With Style and Sass,

Velvet DeCollete

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Monochrome Minxes

Monochrome Minxes

Hellooooo darlings!

Firstly, apologies for the break in blogging.
I’ve been going through a very busy and stressful time for the last few months and needed to take a step back to avoid burning myself out.

Secondly, I’m baaaaaack!
While I’d originally planned to have these posts out before Halloween, it just didn’t happen. But I know that everyday is Halloween for ya’ll as well, and better late than never right!?

So let’s get back into some fun, spooky, retro style…

The Concept

We shot this set with Froger on the same day as my Spider Girl set. It was the first time I’d modeled alongside Rose Halfpenny, so we basically just winged it!

Rose is very much a stunning modern model – tall, incredibly slim and catwalk ready – while I’m petite, curvier and have a very vintage aesthetic. So this should could have looked kinda disjointed.  We created a cohesive look that combined our personal styles using monochrome outfits, combining modern and vintage influences, and shooting in black and white.

I styled a look focused on creating interest with layers and textures.  Vintage and fetish inspired modern pieces married sheer fabrics with leather and patent finishes, topped with my bespoke zebra stripe (faux) fur and muff. I really wanted to embody a juxtaposition of demureness, sexuality and outlandishness a la John Willie and Ryan Heshka.
Rose wore reproduction 1950’s lingerie paired with a gritty modern jacket and boots.

 

My Outfit Details

Beaded Spider Hair Pins | Velvet DeCollete ( That’s me! I make this pins to order)
Faux Fur Shrug and Muff | Fluff Club by Velvet Decollete – Custom Design
Gloves | Vintage
Sheer Blouse | Thrifted
Sheer Wiggle Skirt + Zebra Shoes | Preloved
Stockings | Voodoo Hosiery
Lingerie | Bras N Things

 

All photos by the excellent Froger Photography.

With Style & Sass,

Velvet DeCollete

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Tickled Pink | Vintage Fashion Inspiration

Four years ago I would never have worn pink.

I saw pink as overly ‘girly’, a symbol of the expectations and restrictions placed on women by society. A colour worn because it appealed to boys.

Now I wear pink to celebrate the power of fierce femininity, my pride in being a woman and our potential to overcome those restrictions. I wear pink aggressively and intentionally to challenge it’s reputation as a soft, submissive colour.

With that in mind, this dose of vintage fashion inspiration pays tribute to the versatility of pink!

 

Suzy Parker Sunny Harnett and Dovima in promotional shoot for film Funny Face

 

Pretty & Practical

Pink was immensely popular in the nineteen fifties and sixties, for everything. Pink furniture, pink wallpaper, pink kitchens and of course pink clothes. Pink wasn’t just for parties, it was for everyday.

While it’s hard to imagine wearing a pink suit to a contemporary office, those two women in lush pink coats are an advert for “Working Women in Pink” – featured in a 1953 issue of Glamour Magazine.

Make pinks practical with cotton or wool fabrics. Shell pink capris and knitwear the colour of turkish delight were casual wardrobe basics, often paired with the prerequisite matching hat. (Those pale trousers are a disaster waiting to happen in my house, my dog is far too keen on muddy cuddles. But they do look incredibly chic!)

All those infinitely practical shirt dresses have me swooning. I want one in every style – apron fronted, long sleeve, sleeveless… I can’t be the only one attracted to the simplicity of looking crisply put-together while only having to pick one garment in the morning!

 

Playful & Bold

I’ll take my pink fearless, sassy and occasionally bordering on the ridiculous thanks.

You see that raspberry ensemble by Jean Patou? I’m obsessed. OBSESSED I TELL YOU. I really, really want to recreate that suit and coat, only not lined with a cute Southeast Asian mammal.

And those red and pink contrasting colour combos? Diviiiiiiiiiiiine. Picking the wrong shades makes pink with red look like a four year old’s Valentine drawing, or painfully tacky lingerie. Somehow these bold choices just work though – maybe it’s the slightly purple tinged pinks?

Whether it’s a harlequin print or giant roses on your head, being adventurous with pink will ensure you’re seen, even if you’re not heard.

 

Glamorous & Romantic

Ahhh, the traditional lady in pink. Soft, sensual and elegant these gowns are all strawberry marshmallows and rose tinted visions. Bare shoulders and nipped waists prove that pink isn’t just for little girls.

Shirley Maclaine wearing Edith Head had to be included, because while it’s a costume, her pink sheath, candyfloss hair and enormous fur coat are simultaneously OTT and insanely glam.

While I feel that evening wear is a predictable choice for pink, these vintage designs are gloriously feminine.  That dusky blush bridal ensemble would look in vogue walking down the aisle today!

 

 

For even more vintage outfit inspiration in every shade of pink, visit my dedicated pink Pinterest board! A candy shop of garments and fashion photographs I couldn’t include awaits you, and I just know you’ll be inspired!

If you love nineteen forties, fifties and sixties fashion you might like this post, exploring spots and dots in vintage fashion design.

 

Polka dots and spots were immensely popular in fashion from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950's. Let's take a look at how sophisticated and sexy polka dot clothes can really be!

With Style & Sass,

Velvet DeCollete

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Why I’m Not Setting New Year Goals

Why I’m Not Setting New Year Goals

Are you like me? Every year I set wonderful New Year Goals, and every year I forget about them by February 1st.

This happens for a a variety of reasons. I don’t put them somewhere visible, I set goals that are too broad, too specific or my situation changes and they lose relevance. It just doesn’t work for me.

So this year I’m changing it up. My 2018 new year’s resolutions aren’t goals. They’re behaviors.

– Discipline Gratitude –

With no numbers to hit or immovable destinations I can focus on what’s really important. Creating content that matters. Focusing my creativity where it makes the biggest difference. Changing my destination if I need to.

Discipline

While discipline sounds boring, it’ll actually allow me to be more creative. Removing unnecessary busywork and distractions will strengthen my  focus, creating more efficient work habits and an environment in which success happens smoothly.

I won’t lie, it’s going to be hard. I’m one of those messy creatives who struggles to finish projects without a deadline, jumping from one idea to another as inspiration takes me. My commissions are always completed on time, but my personal design collections and projects pile up unfinished. Wah wah waaaaaaaah.

Schedules and turning off the WiFi will be key this year. Disconnecting from distractions to reconnect with my purpose!

Gratitude

People have been throwing around the whole Gratitude mindset for years now, and honestly, I always thought it was a bit airy fairy.  It seemed like something for serene people who do yoga on the beach at dawn, not cynical realists like me. I struggle with mental illness, particularly self doubt and the impostor experience. I was having a major self doubt moment questioning my past decisions when Miss Lily Kate ( seriously the wisest person I know ) turned on the light with this gem…

 

“Self degradation stops where gratitude begins. You’ve got so much to be thankful for based on many decisions, some made for you, many made for yourself- a roof, food, a loving partner and friends, put that thought out with all that goodness”

 

The whole Gratitude shebang suddenly made sense.

It’s not just about being thankful for what other people do for you – which I am – but which also makes me painfully aware of my perceived personal failures. It’s about being grateful for where you are and what you have, and sometimes that means acknowledging that you made some of that happen yourself. The occasional fuck up doesn’t seem so crushing when you can appreciate all the small things you’ve done right.

I’m hoping adopting an attitude of gratitude will lessen my FOMO too.
While I’d love to be globe hopping with all my seemingly highly successful friends, that’s just not where I’m at right now.
And ya know what? That’s okay. I’ve got time. Time to make my mark by making other people feel amazing in their dream clothes. Time to get my husband and I’s business running so we can spend some off together. Time to build a pin up brand and community I’m really proud of.

My Goals Aren’t 2018 Goals

They’re life goals.

I’m excited to enter 2018 with clarity and purpose. I truly believe I’ll achieve more than ever, and I hope you’ll be with me when I do!

Creating content that’s valuable to you is important to me. I’m here to help you feel confident, own your body and dress like the pavement’s a catwalk. So tell me what you want ( what you really, really want ).  You can let me know what pin up, vintage or style related posts and videos you’d find helpful by leaving me a comment here, or on any of the social links below.

You can also join my pin up Facebook group the Pinup Posse. The Pinup Posse is a supportive space for vintage and pin up loving women and LGBTQ+  to share style, beauty and life tips in a bully free environment. I created it specifically for those new to the pin up lifestyle – no question is a silly question, and our established pinup mentors ( Including three Miss Pinup New Zealand winners!) are on hand with advice and inspiration.

Lets make 2018 our strongest, sassiest and most stylish year yet!

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      Velvet DeCollete

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Make Do & Mend | Pinup Style with Vintage Fabric

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Make Do and Mend.

That’s what my Nana always tells me, usually as she’s unpicking old curtains, making overalls for the grandkids tearing around her garden. Vintage philosophies can be the best inspiration for vintage style, especially as a pinup on a budget!

I’m incredibly lucky to have a network of old ladies – friends of my Nana – who hand me down vintage fabric they no longer use. I design my clothes to make the most of the gifted yardage. This fifties floral two piece was cut around age stains on a length of 1950’s printed fabric.

Photographed on two different days at two locations, this post shows how lighting can change a photo from bright and crisp to soft and dreamy!

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The Outfit

Printed with rustic baskets overflowing with fruit and flowers, this fabric was made for sweet summer style. I chose a wide necked, fitted top ( which I personally find very flattering ) because there wasn’t enough fabric for sleeves! The simple silhouette displays the print nicely, so I made sure the basket motif would match up when the blouse was closed. Press studs and a tie front finish the blouse.

The circle skirt is cut in two panels and hemmed with synthetic horsehair braid for extra volume. A side zip and tap with novelty pink flower button allow for a tidy nipped in waist – my preferred silhouette for almost any occasion!

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The Styling

Matching accessories to a colour in the fabric makes choosing an outfit easy . I love the pink roses in this print, so that means all pink everything!

The sugar pink gloves have the cutest pleated trim, I think they’re from the 1950’s or 1960’s. The pink petticoat, cat eye sunglasses, hair flower and shoes are all modern made but worked so well with the colours and style of the outfit nonetheless!

Due to shooting forties style outfits on the same days, hair and makeup on both days were a mix of 1940’s and 1950’s. The half up – half down hairstyle was more successful, with fuller and better shaped rolls. No matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t recreate them for the updo when we re-shot! I find victory rolls in any style tricky due to my baby-fine, thin hair. There never seems to be enough of it.  ( I’m envious of all you thick haired ladies who can do multiple rolls and poodle ‘dos! )

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Top & Skirt | Velvet DeCollete
Gloves | Tock Tick Vintage
Flower | Coin Save
Shoes | Number One Shoe Warehouse
Petticoat | Online through a Facebook sale page

With Style & Sass,

            Velvet DeCollete

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