Glamour isn’t about how much money you spend, or having all the latest trends. Glamour is about creating a polished look with self confidence to back it up. Creating a well-curated and glamorous look may seem like a big undertaking, so to get you started, I’ve highlighted three of my favorite ways to spruce up a look into a glorious affair. Hope you enjoy, and have fun experimenting with your own personalized style.
There’s nothing like being on the beach early in the morning while most people are just starting to wake up. Luckily, I teamed up with Rebekka Payne photography for some fun fashion shoots off the shores of La Jolla. Wardrobe was provided by the ever talented NinkoTea Designs.
Be sure to check out my contribution to “What is Feminist Lingerie?” in Florence Magazine. The complete article can be read here.
The other day I bought this beautiful brooch from Bad Madge in San Diego. I have been eyeing this magnificent piece of jewelry for quite some time now, and I can’t wait to create something stage worthy based off of this brooch. With the simple touch of turquoise, I wanted to find other glamorous images that displayed the color in all its glory.
Attending the 53rd Annual Planned Parenthood Dinner was an honor. The event was a great fundraising success, raising well over $1 million—with more than $240,000 raised from a generous match challenge. Being surrounded by hundreds of people who believed in the good of this organization which brings the community readily accessible facilities that offer care for basic human needs was a heart-warming feeling. But sitting there, listening to the insightful and hard-working guest speakers made it all too obvious the dangers this organization and it’s patients withstand. Living in a world with so much to offer, it’s a cumbersome realization that there are people living among us refusing reason and clinging to hate. One day I hope that the struggles of these men and women are rewarded and the fight for reproductive equality a success.
Photos featuring: Lola Demure, Valentina Unity, Remele Sparks, Gia La Dolce, Millie Marie, J, and Bawdy Show producers Matt and Lily
Dress I’m wearing is from South Park’s Bad Madge in San Diego.
One of my goals this year has been to do a few costume upgrades on all of my signature acts. I’ve been searching for inspiration in mostly the avant garde genre with special detail to Alexander McQueen and Bob Mackie. I’ve especially been attention to draping, lines, and fabric patterns and found that simplicity and drama make for a phenomenal work of art. With the LA Fashion district so close, it’s both a blessing, and a financial curse when it comes to creating the costumes of my dreams. 😉 I can’t wait to share with everyone my new costumes, but for the moment, take a look as some of my favorite inspiring pieces. The details are exquisite.
This past January I had the pleasure of working with designer Franzesca Mayer for a photo shoot and runway show. Right away I fell in love with her designs which incorporated recycled bicycle tubing and sexy lingerie. Wearing her garments I felt empowered and ready to take on the world. Walking in the show at House of Blues San Diego I felt like I was part of a sexy Mad Max girl gang. I wanted to catch up with Franzesca and see what she was up to after her recent move up north.
How did you get into fashion design?
My mother taught me to sew when I was eight years old. When my body started changing, the store bought patterns weren’t fitting me properly so I started teaching myself how to alter the patterns and start draping my own garments. I graduated high school and simultaneously I lost a dear friend of mine. I turned to sewing and designing to as a means of working through my grief. I realized that sewing and designing lit a fire in me and that I wanted to keep honing my skills. At Knox College, I was lucky enough to find my mentor, Margo Shively, who taught me the ways of theatrical costume design and construction. Since graduating, I have worked at various regional theatre companies on the west coast and freelanced in the fashion world.
How did you begin using recycled inner tubing?
I met the incredible womenswear draper Kitty Muntzel during my fellowship at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2013. She had been exploring unconventional recycled materials for several years and was making inner tube costumes for a belly dancing troupe when I met her. I was so excited by what she was doing, she decided to teach me how to make my own. When she saw how much I loved creating these pieces, she gave me her stock of bicycle tubes and her blessing and I’ve been continuing my material exploration ever since. You can find Kitty’s designs at her website, http://www.backpedalcorsetry.com/
What is your biggest inspiration when it comes to your designs?
I draw a lot of my inspiration from the material itself. It tells me how it can be shaped and molded and I piece it all together. I am also very inspired by fashion history; I like to rethink historical silhouettes and line qualities in this unconventional material. I also draw inspiration from the beauty and shape of all women’s bodies and therefore I appreciate pin up and burlesque artistry as inspirational material as well. But in the end, inspiration can come from anywhere so I keep myself creatively open at all times.
What kind of modifications did you have to make because of using such a unique material?
I have mentioned that the material is already shaped so I have to be very flexible when designing. I can cut the material in different sizes but it is going to move the way it wants to move so I need to compliment that, rather than try to make it something that it doesn’t want to be.
What is the biggest challenge you face when it comes to being a freelance designer?
When I’m working by myself it can be hard to keep the motivation. I make costumes for a very niche demographic so I have to explore every nook and cranny of the fashion world and interwebs to find my people.
What is your vision for your brand?
I am hoping to expand my market a bit in the realm of menswear and accessories. Overall, I want to find a balance between wearable art and everyday clothing using earth-friendly materials.
What is your definition of success?
Seeing someone shine in my garments. I want my pieces to make the wearer feel confident and sexy. There is a glow you can see when someone really feels comfortable in something you’ve made and that’s a feeling of success that can’t be duplicated.
What is your next goal for your designs?
I am about to get my first magazine spread in a new magazine called Moi Magazine, based out of New Orleans. I am hoping to continue that trend, sending out photos for publication and sending outfits out for photoshoots. A dream would be to see one of my garments on stage.
Where can my readers find more information about you?
I try to update my social media as much as possible.
Thank you Franzesca for taking the time to interview with me, and I hope everyone checks out her amazing work. Check out her site, and keep up with me as I might be wearing one of her costumes in a brand new act very soon. 😉 Stay feisty loves!
Photos by Alina Mendoza Photography
Every time I walk into The Girl Can’t Help It I feel as if I was transported through time. With bold red walls, racks and racks of pristine and unique vintage, and accessories that will make you gasp, this store easily sets itself apart from its neighbors. One of my favorite vintage purchases happened there. I decided to start the search for my wedding dress at Sparkle and Jasja’s store, and in less than 30 minutes, walked out with a gorgeous mesh sequin dress that was perfect for a Hawaii beach wedding. Ever since then, I have been hooked.
As I was casually browsing their online store, I decided to put together some of my favorite pieces that you can currently purchase there.
The first thing I noticed about this dress were the sleeves! Sheer chiffon and in red too? Pinch me, it’s too perfect!
I adore this flirty number! The sleeves, the length, and the fabric pattern just makes me want to dance all night. And who is that lady modeling for you there? 😉
Oh if only I had the chest to fill out this dress like this lovely model does! You can start planning ahead for your New Year’s dress, because I’m pretty sure THAT is how you are supposed to start the year off.
With Viva right around the corner, I’m pretty sure this swimsuit will be snagged up in no time! Imagine sitting poolside in this stunner!
I am a sucker for asymmetrical cuts. And ladies, who doesn’t need another elegant black dress? They are classic, slimming, and always fashionable!
Although these are my current favorites from their online store, I know Sparkle has some hidden gems in the store. So if you find yourself in San Diego, be sure to stop in and tell them Eva Mae sent you! <3 Till next time!
Brought to you by Sparkle (aka Gail Higgins) & Jasja Boelhouwer.Our customers have included celebrities,designers, collectors, and you-the vintage aficionados! And our items have featured in magazines,movies, ad campaigns & catwalks over the years.
After over 25 years of selling in our well-known shop in London, we will now be previewing our American selection of vintage goodies- now available worldwide 24 hours a day, for your viewing and shopping pleasure.For all the people who are sorry we left London, and all the people who couldn’t physically make it to our shop,we intend to provide you with the same quality and service online that we’ve always been known for in person.
We have worn,bought & sold vintage for years & want you to be as excited about owning something unique as we are.
When in San Diego,please visit us at THE GIRL CAN’T HELP IT, 3806 Grim Ave,San Diego 92115. And you can follow us here.