(All photos by. Victoria Inez Rivera)
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
How could I possibly forget!! My mind has been soo busy! November 28th was the great, extraordinary, legendary a true Artist, and my all time favorite designer and hero (tied with Christian Dior), Fashion Designer John Gallinao's 50th Birthday!!
(This photo hangs on my bedroom wall carefully protected; If Dior was God, Galliano would be Jesus. That's
my own personal quote.)
Mr. Galliano posing on the Runway for Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/ Summer 2009
(Probably my favorite Dior Haute Couture show, though it is very hard too choose.)
Dita Von Teese and John Galliano. My two Idols!
(Dita can always be spotted wearing Dior and Galliano, and she's always front row at the runway shows. I just had to throw a photo in of both of them together. Haha)
John Galliano has said two of his inspirations that are a basis of his creativity are his love of theatre and femininity, quote "My role is to seduce". I can ramble on and on about my feelings for John Galliano, the beauty he creates how wonderful a person must be! He is one of the few designers out there the still holds on to the glamour and being over the top in the most flattering ways! I can't imagine anyone but him designing for the House of Dior. His style makes, your feel glamourous, beautiful, nostalgic, fun, unique and incredible! Oh too one day own a Dior and Galliano item, a dream come true!
Mr. Galliano I hope you had a splendid 50th Birthday!! All my love!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
While watching a rerun of SNL last night, there was a skit of comedian Kristian Wiig's character "Shana", the very sexy (depending on what she says and does) who's also very ditzy too. I never remembering Shana having soo much style, but I love her look especially her hair! I want her outfit too! It's soo retro, very 1940's Sex Kitten Great job SNL Wardrobe! Not only does SNL give me something too laugh about, it now gives me style inspiration!
1940's esque Bow Pumps
My Mother bought me these adorable and extremely comfortable pumps. I spotted them well she went shoe browsing, I thought they were so cute and look kind of 1940's with this cute bow in front. These shoes would be perfect or everyday wear. She insisted that I get them, I told my Mother she didn't have to buy them, but she did. Thank You.
Handmade Ribbon Hair Barette
My good friend Edlin, made this very cute flower hair clip with rhinestones and pearl center. She's the queen of making miniature hair bows and hair accessories. Well selling some she said that this one in particular reminded her of me and so decided to gift to me. Since I was wearing a hat that evening I decided to wear it as a pin on my jacket. I think my Great Aunt and Grandma would love to wear these as pins, I'll think I'll have too buy some of Edlin's bows before she sells out. Thank you Edlin!
Retro Bead Purse
My Dad came home the other day with a bunch of items his friend was throwing out. He brought me this multicolored wooden beaded purse, which looks very similar to the vintage plastic beaded purses of the 1950's and 1960's. My Dad, not knowing that I had actually been wanting a purse I thanked him when I he got home and asked how did he know? He said he didn't, haha Thanks Dad!
Well the ReVamp Fashion Show was a success! We received a great turn out and viewers on the live web stream! I had show much fun being able to work the show, it was a dream come true! I never thought doing a whole show would be so chaotic, being that the show is so small, but that's the industry for you and all went well. My main duty was to assist the male models with stage direction and dressing, I even made it onto the fashion show footage, I was somewhat of a personal dresser for a friend of mine, Marc who was one of the models. All in all it was wonderful, though I couldn't really see the show since I'm behind the scenes and my brother showed up late after being locked out downstairs, so I don't have any fabulous photographs during the show. One other thing I totally forgot, just about every time I go to a ReVamp Fashion show I take a picture with designer owner Annamarie, but both of us being busy her more so, I completely forgot oh well. Here is footage of the show incase you missed it! You can spot yours truly in the first video walk in at 3:38, I then come back again shortly after.
Inside the Salon
Vintage Camera on an Art Deco Dresser
ReVamp Silhouettes : 1930's Maisie, 1950's Peggy and 1940's Princess Seamed Jumper
Lovely Tuberose flowers that smelled absolutely heavenly! Brought in by the florist herself from Magdalena's Flowers, in a vintage inspired arrangement. ( I never smelled Tuberoses nor heard of them ever! I think they're a new favorite flower of mine, I'll have to buy some at the flower mart sometime.)
Mirrored Images in Art Deco Vanity, featuring Besame Cosmetics (My favorite line!)
ReVamp Silhouettes: 1950's Johnny, 1940's Grant and 1930's Lisette
A view of the Downtown skyline ( this is the awesome view I get to see every morning)
Myself and my lovely friend, fellow ReVamp Intern and model, Sari. Wearing the brand new 1930's silhouette "Elsie".
My handsome friend Marc and myself. Marc was quite nervous about modeling, being that he never modeled before, but after some rehearsing he did a perfect job!
Me and my friend, fabulous blogger Lidia, of Ella-Clothing on Blogspot. She decided to stop by and see the show, which she loved! (You can stop by her blog and see the fabulous photos she took there! http://ella-clothing.blogspot.com/2010/11/fashion-in-downtown.html)
Outfit Out and About
Standing by an empty building's beautiful door front.
Sitting at my lamppost in the historic core, it's my everyday bus stop. With my windblown pompadour, and trench coat with Depeche Mode 'Music For The Masses' pin on my lapel.
I wore my Cuban Heel Backseam stockings with my Mary Janes, they not only made my legs look pretty they kept them warm from the very strong winds that afternoon.
My Brother and Best Friend, Angel and I arriving home after getting coffee after the show.(He looks out of it, but he isn't. He would be upset if he knew I posted a photo of him like this, shh don't tell him.)
For more info about ReVamp, Magdalena's Flowers, Ella- Clothing and Besame Cosmetics:
until again- Victoria
(all photos by. Angel Rivera)
Thursday, November 25, 2010
'Freedom From Want'
Norman Rockwell 1943
Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Why "must"we have one day to be thankful for all we have? But being a historic tradition of this nation, and with people getting caught up in consumerism and food. I think people tend to forget that we should take the time to spend with family and friends not just on one day but any other day of the year and be thankful for all that you have, even though you might not have everything, there are little things that I'm sure we could be thankful for. So I'd like to say I'm quite thankful for my family and friends, for their love, for being alive and having the ability to do the things I do, whatever it may be. And I'm thankful for, though it may sound silly they've got me through a lot, I'm thankful for Depeche Mode. :)
Have a wonderful day!
Thanksgiving Day Festivities
Thanksgiving Day outfit, on my way to my Aunt's house. Copper Metallic Sweater and Black Pencil skirt, both thrifted. Paired with my patent leather flats and Vintage handbag.
Not a very flattering pose from behind showing off my Backseam stockings.
My hairdo, I was surprised how nice it turned out and only in 20 minutes. Since my hair is quite long, it becomes more difficult to do vintage inspired hairstyles. I usually do this, for a special occasion or night out it's very Veronica Lake.
Setting up for Dinner.
My Aunt's beautiful Turkey Platter
An array of napkins
My Aunt's Autumn Decor
My Cousin Erich's dog Reggie, I love that dog soo much!
While waiting for my cousin's to arrive we watched the Twilight Zone Marathon on tv. My family, my Grandpa in particular and myself love the Twilight Zone every time it's on we have too watch it!
The amazing and hilarious John Hughes film "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" with Steve Martin and John Candy. It's a definite favorite film in our family. My two cousins, their friends, my two uncles, my brother and I are always quoting it! We watched it after dinner.
We love to play board games whenever possible at a family gathering. Here is my cousin Anthony's wife Sophia, my cousin Anthony (wearing Red), my cousin Erich (with his head down) and family friend Gabe.
Just one of the many board games that night. As you can see we didn't have enough pieces so we used my Aunt's crystal rabbit and pumpkin candleholder, haha!
On are way home. Why does it look like I'm about to slap someone? haha I can assure you I wasn't.
Just incase you were curious about the Twilight Zone and the movie "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" I've posted two clips:
Tell me that music doesn't instantly draw you in? I love the classic 1960's Twilight Zone!
Just one of the many hilariously simple and one of my favorite clips from the film.
(All photos by. Angel Rivera)
-with love Victoria
Saturday, November 20, 2010
ReVamp 2010 New Releases Fashion Show
Sunday November 21st, 12:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)
Don't Forget Tomorrow is Sunday afternoons ReVamp 2010 Fashion Show. Reservations are most likely full, but if you can't attend no need to worry. Just visit the ReVamp site for the first ever in ReVamp history live broadcast of the fashion show the day of exactly at 12:30 p.m. (PST), and follow the instructions on the screen. Be sure to capture the new silhouettes and favorites in new fabrics with all the excitement and glamour from your computer screen at home! I'm soo excited! I can't wait to see the final garments, hear the oohs and awws and finally be living a dream of mine working behind the scenes at a ReVamp show!!
See you there and enjoy!
Link to get direct view of the live fashion show on the website the day of:
Have a peek of what ReVamp is all about on a short feature on CNN
Friday, November 19, 2010
If you remember not too long ago I went on a blog hiatus? Well here's part of the reason why.
The Finished Garment
In the early stages of the dress; creating the foundation
Voila!! My final for Draping! I'm very proud of it seeing how nice my cocktail dress turned out. I've never made something with so many different pieces and fabrics you should see the patterns! This wasn't my original design, I was given the challenge of having to sacrifice my love for a vintage inspired silhouette and go a little more modern. After racking my brain and having numerous fabric dilemmas with gifted black lace from the instructor and input from friends I came up with this number.
A black lace and chiffon shell and versatile shade of nude satin underlay. With a fitted sweetheart bodice with pleat detail in front and full skirt starting at mid thigh, if worn by a women with the average height of about 5'6", the skirt will fall right under the knee. The inside is completely lined with boning placed in the front and back for extra support, with an invisible zipper up the back. This dress wasn't an easy task and I'm glad I finished it, but even happier that my grade received for the dress was an A.
Advanced Pattern Making
Contour Top Design
My advanced patterns class just started about the last week of October. Are first design assignment create a contoured top that extends below the waist. To tell you the truth the fact that are contour top had to be below the waist slightly made me nervous, I personally don't like shirts/ blouses that fall too far below the waist given that it could look like a dress or making you look a tad more modern and disproportionate. But I managed to due it and have the illusion of the blouse sitting at the waist with a mock waistband and a shirred peplum at bottom. I think the fabric totally makes the design, it's very Minnie Mouse all It needs is a big yellow bow to wear on your head paired with a black pencil skirt soo cute!
Basic Knit Top Block
Part of this class requirement is too learn how to make a block for knit tops, specifically knit's with stretch. So once the block was sewn it would look like a basic long sleeved T shirt. So before sewing the sleeves on I decided to see if this mock up fit me just for fun and it did. I think it look cute under my cotton gingham blouse, but my brother said it looked like I was going golfing, lol.
That's it for now but I can guarantee that my absence will probably reoccur yet again. I'm expected to make a pair of trousers, a jacket and a knit blouse by mid December than soon after the holidays I'll be taking a sample making class than who knows the big fashion show!
-until again Victoria
(all designs and photos by Victoria Inez Rivera)
(all designs and photos by Victoria Inez Rivera)