This week I’m interviewing the totally awesome Aasen Stephenson – the fabulous tattooist/engraver whose talents grace the leather of the fabulous Jeffery-West shoes – ahead of the upcoming Jeffery West event at Selfridges in London (15 – 21 April) where Aasen will be showcasing his talents in store and if you pop in and buy a pair of the equally fabulous Jeffery – West shoes, he will engrave them for you there and then. How cool is that?! Aasen will be in the store from 12pm – 7pm from the 17 – 21 April. So, let’s meet this guy! Hi Aasen, welcome to the blog! Please introduce yourself:
Lipstick & Curls was born out of my love for the vintage look and my career as a hair & make up artist in the fashion industry. I studied hair & make up at the London College of fashion and then went down the usual route of assisting a established make up artist to learn my craft and make industry contacts. I assisted Illamasqua’s Alex Box for two years, whilst also working for a vintage inspired make up and hair retailer called Pout as their main stylist and product developer. For the last 15 years, I feel lucky to have maintained a career in hair & make up styling, a job that I still find stimulating and an area I continue to learn and grow in.
Whilst I had always loved watching old glamorous films I really found my passion for vintage whilst I was a student. There was the music of course but also the clothes. I’m sure partly due to student poverty I used to trawl the charity shops looking for interesting items and in those days it was easier to find some lovely vintage pieces. With these interests I began to research through old magazines and film clips looking for authentic period looks and incorporating them into my work.
I founded Lipstick & Curls in 2009.with a team of two artists, this has now grown to a team of 15. Lipstick & Curls specialises in hair and make-up from the past and can transform you into a jazz era flapper girl, a golden era Hollywood starlet, a rock n roll pin-up or a Mad Men sex kitten. We pride ourselves on having a fully qualified team that are all part of the different strands of the vintage scene, rockabillies, 40’s enthusiasts, Mods, Northern soul enthusiasts etc. While all experts in vintage styling, they are able to create any look from a bygone period.
What, in your opinion, has been the most popular styles and make up colours in recent seasons?
We continue o look to the past for our inspiration in style and fashion. Media also play s a huge role in our influences, and now more than ever with TV hit series such as, Madmen, Downtown Abbey, Boardwalk Empire, Mr Selfridge …and many, many more. This is reflected in fashion across the board and even in hair and make up styling. Women are wanting a more glamorous appearance and are requesting styles from the 20’s to the 60’s. We also see the music industry being heavily influenced by the vintage styles, vintage is really everywhere and in my opinion is here to stay!!
The pop up parlor is a great addition to an event! We have a few regulars at vintage fairs and festivals, and ladies can shop as well as getting beautified giving a complete experience. Most of our ladies choose our hair and make up package receiving a full vintage make over, this is our most popular service.
I find I spend most of my time making other ladies beautiful however when I get the time I do enjoy a manicure and the odd massage, for me that is a real treat!
What’s your most favourite make up item in your collection?
Congratulations on Lipstick & Curls being the Winner of Best Vintage Hair & Make Up in the 2012 Vintage Awards. Have you any new ventures/ideas that you’re planning for 2013?
We are always looking at ways of pushing the company forward. Our new Lipstick & Curls take away has proven popular and is a mobile service that takes glamour to the home. Made popular in the 40’s and 50’s the mobile stylist gives the company a connection with the hair & make up artists of the past.
We have recently started an exciting new venture with a company we love the Vintage Patisserie. It is a hair and beauty academy and our aim is to teach the basics in vintage glamour so ladies can look amazing without a daily visit to a salon. It’s more than just teaching skills though and it will have that very distinct vintage patisserie experience with lots of delicious food and drink.
In the next few months we are also launching our online shop. From my experience as a hair and makeup artist I have sourced together many of the products and companies that are invaluable to my kit. Many not available in this country at the moment.
I love dressing up and have some loads of original clothes from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s but I also have a 3 year old so tend to dress more casually at home in reproduction and keep the originals for work and going out. I have to say I live in my ‘Freddies’ jeans (a reproduction of a classic 1950’s pattern) While I have a passion for shoes and have a great collection, I am on my feet a lot, so wear a lot of flats. I am a huge fan of French Sole ballet pumps, Remix Sandals, Miss L Fire and Terry Smith saddle shoes.
Do you have any favourite shops or online sites ?
I’m a big fan of Vintage fairs, where they have the best original clothing dealers but also love to find bargains scourering the charity shops and car boots. Some favourite shops for Vintage are Radio Days in Waterloo and Blackout in Covent Garden. As for reproduction I love Freddies of Pinewood (http://www.freddiesofpinewood.co.uk) , Morellos (http://www.morellos.co.uk/) and What Katie Did (http://www.whatkatiedid.com/)
What’s next on your clothes/shoe wish list?
I have recently bought quite a special gold 1950’s wiggle dress and I am on the look out for the perfect pair of 1950’s healed mules to wear with it!
Boots or Shoes?
Shoes! I wear a lot of skirts dresses and capris and a boot wouldn’t work with either really. I do love my vintage court shoes and even my repro sandals … even in the winter!
Links you would like to share e.g. website/facebook etc
Thanks Amanda! I do like your idea of an online shop and I love the whole set up of Lipstick & Curls! I wish you continued success!
Photo Credits: Rhapsody Road; Claudia Rose Carter Photography; Steve Hart Photography; Tony Nylons; Nick Clements
Hello, My name is Ruby Rebelle, I am a sideshow performer and manager of Rebelle Productions; a cabaret events company based in Fareham, Hampshire. I have been performing since 2010, when I debuted in a show organised by myself in aid of The Breast Cancer Campaign. Since then I have performed all over the UK, shocking audiences with my Sideshow stunts. Since 2010 I have been lucky enough to have performed at some amazing events including the world famous Torture Garden, where I performed a sideshow double act with the amazing Joe Black.
You are a very busy young lady – what motivated you to start fire eating, glass walking and doing burlesque?
I’m Claire Seville and I take pictures of wonderful ladies!!! I love retro, vintage, pinup, latex, chocolate, fast cars, and dancing till my feet hurt!
What made you want to pursue a career as a photographer?
I used to do a little modelling when I was younger and I kind of fell into to in naturally. I also enjoyed art and being creative and photography was the one outlet that got me hooked.
What has been the most unusual photoshoot request you’ve had ?
Recently I had a shoot with SINderella Rockafella and she wanted to create a cobweb bra out of liquid latex and I had to paint it on for her, that was a pretty unusual experience, I got right into it though and amazed myself that I actually did an ok job!
What has been your favourite photoshoot to date?
I absolutely adored shooting Masuimi Max, she’s such a doll and we had a real good giggle through out the shoot. I was a bit nervous to begin with as I had admired from when I was modelling myself, but she’s so lovely the nerves soon went. We’re getting together again next year and I can’t wait to work with her again.
I love your catchphrase ” Photography for Bad Girls ” – but, if you were given the chance, who would you love to photograph? Who would be your ultimate “Bad Girl”?
Madonna!!! She has such a great attitude, she doesn’t give a crap and loves to shock, she’d be amazing to shoot as I think she’d be up for pretty much anything. There’s loads of other models I’d like to shoot too, Bizarre did a shoot with Vivi Stirling and Fae Raven, they looked smocking hot together, I’d love to get my hands on the pair of them.
I’m hoping to do some erotic art next year, I have lots of ideas I want to try out. I rarely move far from the sexy stuff, it’s what excites me!
Personal now – what outfits and shoes would you normally be found wearing ?
I’m a real chameleon to be honest, I wear dresses, shiny leggings, leather, denim, high heels, wedges, high tops, dr martens, creepers, always got a slight rock chic edge though. I wear a lot of black.
Do you have any favourite shops or online sites ?
Topshop has been pretty good this season and suits my style. I’m not really a label kind of girl although I do have some beautiful Vivienne Westwood pieces. I recently brought some suspend leggings from Black Milk Clothing which were cool. Pinup Girl Clothing, Doll Chops Clothing, Kreepsville 666, Kissin Bombs Design all have some mega cool stuff and you can’t beat a bit of latex Psiclone make a lot of custom stuff for me.
What’s next on your clothes/shoe wish list?
I’d love a 80s classic rock style fringed leather jacket, haven’t found one I like yet though.
Do I have to choose? lol I wear a lot of boots but for the right occasion it’s got to be heels, providing I don’t have to do too much walking!
Links you would like to share e.g. website/facebook etc
Photo credits: Claire Seville
Metallica …it hit the fashion runways in both 2011 and 2012 but didn’t make too much of an impression …then along comes 2013 and metallica comes alive for both men and women! This time the trend seems destined to stay throughout winter, spring and into summer – especially as Summer 2013 looks set to have the colour white as a main fashion colour – because, combined with white, golds and silvers enhance a tan quite unlike any other colour. Back to winter and spring though – gold and silver combined with black and greys glamourise an everyday outfit and although the party season may be over for some, there is no reason not to strut your stuff at the local club in some sparkly wear. There’s nothing more sexy than throwing on a black leather biker jacket over a little metallic number, adding some heels and your weekend is sorted. This year though, metallic colours are not just limited to silver and gold – explore copper rose/coral (fab as a top teamed with khaki shorts or chinos), metallic beiges ( brightens up an “ageing” colour!) and oyster pink ( beautiful wedding alternative). It is not just sequins either – satin (a la 1970s/1980s), dyed leather,lurex knit, silk mix metallic materials, and even fine silk twill laminated with a thin layer of foil! 2013 most certainly has arrived in a bright and shimmery fashion!
Happy New Year! Welcome to the first blogpost of 2013 – a post almost entirely dedicated to menswear! I’m talking this week with the Man about Town himself, Bret Hollywood.
Bret Hollywood is an American/British Television personality and MMA ring announcer. He has worked for most major MMA promotions across Europe and the Middle East including Cage Rage UK’s Ultimate Challenge, Cage Warriors, Cage Contender IFPA and others. He has hosted the Miss Great Britain Pageant, several charity events, was featured on the Sky Atlantic show “The Guest Wing” He is known for his flamboyant dress and his trademark catch phrase “It’s Go Time”. He has been seen on live and pre-recorded televised MMA events in more than 70 countries!
I moved to the UK in 2007, and was married to my British wife Julia in 2008. Needless to say I didn’t have many friends coming here from the US. I have always had some form of martial arts in my life and on the way to work one day I noticed a sign that read “Unity Martial Arts” I thought to myself “hmmmm that would be a great place to meet some other like minded guys.” I looked them up on the Internet and found that they had Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes. I called and spoke to the instructor who actually turned out to be world-class champion. We had a chat and before I knew it I went in to check it out. The day I got there, he was in the middle of an MMA session, and the guys in the room were all big hitters! They all held championship belts and had fought on some of the biggest shows in the UK. I got talking to one of them called Denniston about wrestling (which is where my background is) and he invited me to come to an afternoon sparring session. My very first ever MMA session was really more like a school yard beating! It was AWESOME!!! I’m still not sure if I’m game or stupid, especially at first! I would stand in front of anyone! That day I was absolutely killed! I broke my nose, got KO’d and learned why you should always keep your hands up! From there I was in!! Denniston and I became very close friends and before long I was managing him. Through him I made a lot of really good contacts into MMA. After a few months, I got my first invitation from a promoter. He asked to MC his upcoming show, KAYO MMA because of my American accent. That show was televised on The Active Channel and from there it just sort of took off! Before I knew it, I was getting calls from all over the country and have never looked back. I have now announced hundreds of shows all over the world and have been part of both live and prerecorded television broadcasts. I have hosted my own weekly television chat show, and even stepped into the cage myself and had a fight for the Katie Piper Foundation.
Have you had any unusual experiences when you’ve been MC/Ring Announcer /TV host or as an after dinner speaker?
Hmmmm. I suppose there have been quite a few “Unusual experiences” I can remember once when a fighter entered the cage and he was very excited to be there. It was his first fight. He began bouncing off the cage walls (you know, like a wrestler would do) and breathing really loud. The cameraman looked at me and began to giggle, and it started me giggling too. This poor guy was getting ready for the first fight of his life and we were all giggling. I then had to stare down the barrel of the camera and announce him and try not to laugh. I have had production guys telling me jokes in my ear when I was doing a live broadcast, less than accurate information and all sorts. At the end of the day I just try to be the most professional guy in the room and do my best.
That’s a tough one! I have a gold sequin jacket that I had made for me by Sir Tom Baker. It is one of my favourites! I had it made for a show I was doing in Amman Jordan. I also have some gold Jeffery West boots to match. This was probably the first really amazing outfit I bought. It was a big deal for me because the show was in an exotic location and the promotion was gaining notoriety and I just knew that the crowd there would love the gold. I have others that I am really fond of as well. I have another sequin jacket from Tom in black, and a red lame’ jacket with skull lining (also Sir Tom Baker) A black DJ with a big diamante skull on the back… its hard to pick one that is my favourite. I also have boots to match them all!
I guess my favourite part of my job is the crowd interaction. If it’s a fight night, there is nothing like stepping into the cage at the beginning of the night, the lights down and the buzz in the air…I step into the middle of the cage, The spot light hits me, I say “Gooooooooooooooooooood Evening!” and the crowd responds! Then when it comes the main event of the evening, I announce the fight using my catch phrase, “Ladies and Gentlemen… IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT’S GO TIME!!!! And again, the crowd responds! I absolutely love it! After the shows there is always an opportunity to meet fans, take photos and just chat in general.If on the other hand I’m hosting a dinner event, the atmosphere is a bit different, and I like the intimacy of a smaller crowd and the opportunity to spend more time with the attendees. I love chatting to people I meet, and if they are fans, its even better. I know sometimes some people are a bit shy about talking to someone who may be in front of the camera or on TV, but I don’t ever want anyone to be shy about approaching me. I love chatting with fans!
What role would you like to try that you haven’t tried as yet?
I wish I could sing! I would love to be a singer! The trouble is I couldn’t carry a tune if it had a handle on it !
Seneca said “We live not according to reason, but according to fashion” I love that quote! I think clothes say a lot about a person. I tend to go for more in your face rock and roll stuff! I love to stand out (as if you couldn’t tell already) I get a lot of stuff custom made and have very few stores that I go to.
Do you have any favourite shops or online sites ?
Yes, as you can tell, I am pretty particular about the things I wear. I tend to do most of my shopping on Jermyn Street in London. Favourbrook does fantastic velevet jackets and waistcoats; New and Lingwood also do great waistcoats and lots of amazing skull stuff. I tend to get most of my shirts from Duchamp, or Etro, I love Blaqua in Carnaby Street for cufflinks, I have an amazing vintage Cavalli suede jacket that I just love and John Varvatos does some cool stuff too but more casual! I tend to be impulsive about jewelry, whenever I see something I like I will buy it. I wear a lot of rings on my microphone hand, because I think it adds something to the close-ups for TV.I get most of my jackets made for me by Sir Tom Baker (no, not the Dr Who guy, the London bespoke tailor). Tom is one of the coolest guys I know, and he dresses the most rock and roll rock stars in the world! He has made suits for Robert Plant, Martin Gore from Depeche Mode, Keith Flint from the Prodigy, Alice Cooper, Dave Stewart, David Hasselhof and of course me, Hollywood! I love the whole process of getting something made for me. There is nothing like getting a bespoke suit handcrafted for you! I get all my shoes from Jeffery West. In fact, with the exception of trainers, they are all I wear in or out of the cage! I have about 30 pairs of shoes and boots from them. Again, their shoes and boots can be seen on all sorts of rock stars and TV personalities. Jeffery West designs shoes [that are] my style and I get a lot of attention because of them. In fact I wore a bright red pair to a live show once and there were so many comments that night on Twitter that they actually trended. I love it when stuff like that happens! From that night on, Jeffery West shoes have been one of my trademarks in the cage. I even have a fantastic pair of silver skull encrusted Jeffery West boots that were made for me by the fab Milly J Shoes. (In fact they now reside in the Northampton Shoe Museum)
What’s next on your clothes/shoe wish list?
Why a new pair of Boots of course ! I saw a preview of a new pair that Jeffery West is releasing in their next collection and I cant wait! Other than that, I sometimes get an idea or a picture in my head of an outfit and then will go and try to get it made. I always have a head full of ideas so I’m never short of things on my wish list.
Boots or Shoes?
I always wear boots! In fact I even tweet a picture of my boots every day “the view from my desk”. Of course I do wear shoes when I have meetings or am delivering presentations in my day job (The corporate world isn’t quite ready for Hollywood) I just prefer boots and cannot find shoes that are as edgy as the boots I typically wear.
Links you would like to share e.g. website/facebook etc
You can find my fan page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HollywoodBret
And of course my website is http:// hollywoodmc.com
Thank you Bret and I hope you like some of the ideas I have highlighted! Don’t forget, ladies, keep in touch with the latest footwear and accessory bargains and styles by following the facebook group BOOTS SHOES ET AL – just press the icon.
Photo credits: Jeffery-West; Bret Freeman; Adam Hobden
It was a cold but clear night. Travelling from the wilds of the Essex salt marshes to the heartland of England’s shoe industry – Northampton – went myself and my husband, on Friday 23rd November 2012. Our destination was the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery – home to the world famous shoe collection – the second largest shoe collection in the world (the largest being in Ottawa, Canada), no less.
We had been invited to the Press and Celebrity Private Evening Viewing of the fabulous collection of Milly J Shoes and I had been looking forward to this evening for weeks! Milly couldn’t have picked a better place to launch her exhibition – Northampton Museum is “Heaven on Earth” for shoe lovers and I fell head over heels in love with the place as soon as I stepped over the threshold. As well as shoes, the museum also has a prestigious collection of Italian and British artworks, including work by John Collier and David Hockney. But let’s get back to shoes….as I was saying, the ground floor of the museum looks at shoe fashions, shoemaking and the significance of shoes and in the comfortable Shoe Lounge, currently exhibiting until 6 January 2013, is the fantastic artwork shoe creations of the delightful and unique Milly J.
Milly J Shoes – one-off art to wear shoes and shoe sculptures are unique and the work and creativity that goes into each and every item needs to be seen in the flesh, photographs cannot do them justice. I found myself looking at each and every shoe with awe and wonder – I have seen them before in photos on Milly’s website – but up close…well, the details blew me away!! The shoes are works of art, no doubt about that, but wearable too …and ever since Jodie Marsh stepped onto the This Morning’s set in her “teapot” shoes designed by Milly J …other celebrities and non celebrities have been clamouring to own their own unique pair and be part of the Milly J Shoe Envy Club.
So, which were my favourites? I loved the Red & Black Vampire Diaries court shoes that matched the dress I was wearing that night…but they are owned by a lovely lady called Emma, who won’t part with them (understandably!) I also had a crush on the green lace up army boots …little army figures climbed up the heel and around the shoe …they would look fab with my jeans although my husband did point out that one trip and the little man at the front would probably come to a sad end!
My husband Adam loved the boots made for TV personality and MMA Announcer Bret “Hollywood” Freeman …they started life as a pair of Jeffery West white boots and with a little magic from Milly they have been transformed into boots full of skulls! Designer Guy West (Jeffery -West) also admired the transformation! (Jeffery – West are also exhibiting their 25th Anniversary exhibition in the adjoining room until 9 February 2013 – to the delight of my Adam and Bret who had a quick mooch around that exhibition too!)
Bret “Hollywood” Freeman opened the proceedings with a toast to Milly J and her achievements in just less than a year.Milly J presented to the museum a special exhibit called the Tap Shoe – this was a shoe in a black/white check (reminiscent of traditional bathroom tiling) with a tap and plug on it….hard to describe but it is a fab piece of artwork….
Milly J is certainly a talented lady …apart from wowing us all with her creative shoe artworks, she is a lovely chatty and friendly lady with a proud, supportive and equally lovely fiancé Mark, and her main forte is actually being an actress and classically trained singer …and she blew me away with her fantastic rendition of In The Summertime ...it was just a fantastic evening and the fabulous cupcakes with edible shoes on them also deserve a mention … these were provided by Cuppies ‘n’ Cream …delicious Natalie, thank you.
So, here are some of the gorgeous Milly J Shoes creations…made with lots of love…
I am Milly J, aka Emily J, the shoe artist
Your shoe designs are amazing! Where do you get your ideas from?
Rock Chick – perhaps my favourite genre in fashion/lifestyle terms! The Rock Chick can be casual – jeans,leather,tees,flat boots – and yet there is a twist, the Rock Chick can be devastatingly sexy and ladylike too! I came across a cartoon recently of the definition of “The Rock Chick” – bleached blonde big hair, dressed in black with a studded black leather jacket and Doc Martens – it’s a very 1980s viewpoint !! In 2012, the Rock Chick still favours the leather biker jacket and predominantly black clothes but other colours such as red, charcoal and purple do make an appearance. The all black look is still achieved successfully by mixing the materials – black leather jacket worn with a black cotton tee, black denim skinny jeans and black patent Doc Martens or black suede studded heels – you get the drift!! Roses add femininity and studs adding embellishment …not forgetting the trademark skulls! In 2012, mainstream fashion has embraced the rock chick look and everybody from designers through to High Street stores have studded and skulled every conceivable item …the leather jacket is seen as a must have item ( although I have owned a leather or faux leather jacket since 1981 when I bought a full length black leather coat with my first ever proper wage packet!)
TOPS T Shirts depicting images of your favourite group or the tour t shirts picked up at the concert venue, regardless of the year, are commonly worn by the rock chick at leisure, pubbing it or at gigs/festivals/other live music events. However, if you’re looking for a different sort of top…. tees with roses,skulls,motorbikes or glamourous stocking clad ladies are great alternatives to the band t shirt, in predominantly black, white or charcoal grey.
TROUSERS Rock Chicks tend to favour black/dark denim skinny jeans or black leather trousers (although the leather trousers are not usually “fashion ” items but are part of the motorbike kit ). An alternative trouser option would be leggings/jeggings – check out River Island’s Black coated Molly Jeggings; Rock Chick Punk Ripped Fashion Leggings (see photo); Top Shop’s Skinny Biker Trousers; or ring the changes with Boohoo’s Nadia Leopard Print Insert Wet Look Leggings – ideal for making that startling entrance, these look as though you’re wearing the shorts/tights combo!!
SHORTS Another common trend amongst Rock Chicks is to wear short hot pants with tights and biker boots. Going for leather? Then it has to be AllSaints Perry Leather Shorts, made with black garment washed lambskin. For denim, go for Top Shop’s Moto Studded Cut Off Denim Shorts.
HOSIERY This season both Pamela Mann and Livco Corsetti have come up trumps with hosiery to suit the avid Rock Chick and would look stunning with the shorts,skirts and dresses described. Pamela Mann offers the Chainmail Tights, Opaque Crosses Tights and the Criss Cross Opaque Tights. From Livco Corsetti we have the sexy Irem and Merve leggings (see photo). Not forgetting stockings, check out Dolly Dagger’s Fishnet Lace Top Thigh High Stockings…
UNDERWEAR Bralet tops are popular as underwear or as a top in its own right! H & M do a fabulous lingerie range in a black micro fibre and mesh material with zip details including push up bra, balconette bra, suspender belt, and shorts. Republic also have a similar looking PU zip up bralet and if you want to really stand out in that Lady Gaga kind of way, then check out Miss Rebel’s Spikes Bralet Top in black with sharp gold spikes!!! For underwear to be worn as underwear…don’t be shocked…but head to Marks & Spencers (ok, I can’t believe I’m actually typing this either!!!) … I’ve discovered a bra and brazilian knicker set that may tickle a Rock Chick’s fancy… Limited Edition Rose Print Lingerie … this isn’t your normal twee floral this is a black/black rose print – go on, have a look !!
DRESSES Leather, leather look and figure hugging bodycon dresses are widely available this season which is good news for the Rock Chick when she wishes to party! Choose velvet – River Island’s Black Baroque Velvet Panel Bodycon Dress is very sensual; Choose multi-leather – Ellos Lined Leather Dress – this shift dress comprises of a leather top section and a suede lower section and available in burgundy red or black; Choose Leather – Mugler’s three quarter sleeved stretch Nappa dress; Choose leather and lace – Mulberry’s Leather and Lace dress has three quarter length lace sleeves and top with a leather skater style skirt; Choose Leather Look – Miss Rebel’s Black Spiked One Shoulder Dress….
SKIRTS Very popular at the moment is Top Shop’s Star Glitter Velvet Tube Maxi Skirt, which looks fab with a black leather jacket and one of the bralet or crop tops already mentioned. For something short and sweet, ASOS has a full skater skirt in leather – perfect for showing off those pins! My favourite style is the pencil skirt – H & M have an imitation black leather skirt with a small slit at the back or for something a little different, how about All Saints Spitalfields Metal Pencil Skirt ? This skirt is made of a gunmetal grey stretch metallic denim. Very cool!!
BAGS AND OTHER ACCESSORIES Although bags are the “in” thing but I didn’t really see anything that screamed Rock Chick to me and for another season my favourite black leather studded handbag will be paraded about! However, check out the craftsmen who make real rock chick and rock dude jewellery – Seventh Circle Artworks, for example – my personal favourites include their Jane Doe Silver Edition Skull Earrings and the Stone Dead Forever Ring ( an eternity ring with attitude!)
JACKETS The biker style jacket is trendy this season and near enough every High Street shop and designer are selling versions in leather, PU or denim. The biker style jacket is an extremely versatile wardrobe staple and lends itself for a casual look as well as adding a bit of chic to a party dress. Although the Rock Chick look tends to plump for black…be adventurous and try other colours too …
And now it’s time to welcome to this week’s blog the ultimate Rock Chick herself, Marie of Marie GC Photography! Hi Marie, I’ve been a big fan of your work for ages so I am really delighted to have been able to interview you! Please, introduce yourself to everybody else:
All my other sites can be accessed from there as there’s too many to mention!
Photo Credits: Marie GC Photography; Dave Wise; Amazon UK
Models: Shelly D’Inferno; Bella Simonsen( Miss September in the Dolls ‘n’Divas 2011 Calendar); Vykki
Welcome onto the blog the delightful Anne of Essex’ee Legs….Hi Anne, introduce yourself :
My love affair with boots probably started way back in 1982 when onto my TV screen came Paula Yates strutting her stuff singing her cover version of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Were Made for Walking” …and this 17 year old was smitten! Although I coveted the knee high lace up boots I didn’t own a pair until a couple of years ago. In the 80’s I wore a pair of burgundy suede flat pixie boots and in the 90s these were replaced by a pair of black high heeled ankle boots from Next ….and then came the dawning of the 21st century and the dawning of the boot trend…and the introduction of nearly every style of boot known to man into my wardrobe! From flats to high heels, I adore each and every one of them. For me, whatever the heel size and heel type, I find boots comfortable to wear ; they look and feel sexy ; and above all they go with virtually every item in my wardrobe!
Boots have been around since about 1000 BC when the nomads from eastern Asia as well as the Inuit (eskimo) and Aleut natives of Alaska developed traditional winter boots made of caribou or seal skin, decorated with seal intestine, dog hair and wolverine fur. In the same way, Ugg boots – introduced into the UK and USA from Australia in the 1970s – were never thought of as fashionable in Australia and New Zealand and are worn there predominantly as slippers or generally worn for warmth and comfort. Knee high fur trimmed boots, flat or heeled, are great for winter and look good worn with skinny jeans and a chunky jumper.
Chelsea boots originated in the Victorian era, its notable feature is its elastic siding, running from just above the welt to the top of the shoe. Normally flat heeled, these boots look good with straight jeans or trousers. These boots are normally worn with socks to prevent chafes and blisters, to absorb sweat and to improve the foot’s grip inside the boot. Also from the Victorian era, are brogue style and lace up ankle boots with a mid heel – these look good with short wool blend/tweed skirts paired with warm over knee cable socks or wear referee knee length socks with the boots and an enticing black mini tube skirt!
Military style boots are flat heeled and extremely comfortable – I often wear these for the school run as well as a casual night at the local pub. These style boots first appeared in Europe in the 17th century, featuring thick soles and turnover tops, and were originally designed for horse mounted soldiers! These look good with jeans but also they look good with maxi skirts- even cotton summer tiered maxi skirts can be transformed into winter wear with a sloppy jumper and a pair of military boots!
Biker style boots with plenty of buckles and studs and attitude!! Again a versatile boot to wear with skinny jeans, leggings or short skirts and dresses….topped with that all important leather jacket!
Ankle boots with heels and wedges look great with opaque tights , worn with short dresses and look equally at home with all jean and trouser styles.
Cowboy boots are comfortable and look at home in denim (jeans,skirts or dresses)…wear them for line dancing, school run or everyday wear. Latest styles now encompass a range of colours other than black or tan.
And then there’s Kinky Boots!! The term “kinky boots” was actually coined in the UK in the early 1960s when high boots which had been previously worn by the “underground” fetish and sadomasochistic world of the dominatrix and her clients, broke into mainstream female fashion. The original kinky boots were calf to knee length pull-on black leather boots with 3 to 4 inch heels and pointed toes. This was the kind of boot worn by Honor Blackman and Diana Rigg (Emma Peel) in the original Avengers television series. The boots were then worn by Nancy Sinatra in 1966 on her album covers of her pop song ” These Boots Are Made For Walking”. The 2006 film “Kinky Boots” -( brilliant, by the way!)- told the story of an ailing company of high quality traditional men’s shoe manufacturers that found a new lease of life by making high heeled footwear for transgender people and drag queens. In 2012, these boots are ideal for partying..Rihanna was spotted wearing a pair whilst clubbing in New York …and they look good with a leather skater style skirt.
Thigh boots are considered by many to be erotic or kinky and until recently they were considered as icons of sex based trades such as prostitution and professional dominatrix. In the late 2000s, thigh boots have changed their reputation! Indeed, in 2006, the film “The Devil Wears Prada”, the protaganist Andy Sachs (played by Anne Hathaway) completes her ugly-duckling-to-swan transformation by strutting confidently into her employer’s offices wearing a pair of Chanel black leather thigh boots!
Lastly, wellies! For walking the dog around the seawall,dancing in the mud at a music festival or splashing about in the rain! From Hunters to fashionable wedge wellies or go for the quirky!
And now to the “Bootiful” Ruby True who stopped by for a chat in between her busy schedule of photoshoots (both sides of the camera), and shows ..
Hey! I am Ruby True, a model and performer. I love fire ballet and high heels.
Are there any particular outfits/shoes you enjoy modelling? Any genre that you would like to try but haven’t as yet?
I don’t have any particular favourites. I just love creating images and try and vary my look and poses for each shoot.
Some of the modelling photographs I’ve seen you have been wearing ridiculously high shoes when strutting your stuff – have you ever fallen like Naomi Campbell once famously did or anything else embarrassing?
Nope! Touch wood! I seem to have a pretty good balance but guess it comes from having a dance background.
The rubber dresses and skirts that you’ve modelled…are they actually comfortable to wear?
Yup, well made latex is very comfy and it’s not heavy rubber so easy to move in or hobble! 😉
Favourite outfit/shoes that you’ve modelled in?
Oh gosh, that’s a tough one! I recently modelled some of Kaori’s latex dreams and I loved her pop art Lichenstein inspired dotty dress! I love my old faithful 8″ platform Mary Janes – can’t beat a classic!
Behind the scenes as a photographer, what genre do you enjoy photographing?
It’s something I have only just started, but the models I work with and want to work with I pick mostly for personality – I want to capture a bit of fun!
At home, what outfits and shoes would you normally be found wearing?
I have to admit it’s comfys and slippers! After a long day shooting there is nothing better!
What’s next on your clothes/shoe wish list?
Ah, it’s a secret….but Kaori is making me a special custom outfit!
Boots or Shoes?
Oh, can I say both?! I don’t know why, I just love shoes and boots! I have got so many that some haven’t even been worn! Ooops!
Thanks Ruby !