This summer I was commissioned to design and make a custom retro two-piece with a western flavour, by local vintage-lover Olivia (aka Veronica Kay). She had in-mind a pair of 1970’s bootie shorts, a matching top, and ALL the fringing. I gathered up some 1970’s inspiration, worked through a handful of designs for her, and the cropped western shirt option was the winner of the day!
This October I had the designer-desire to create a novelty skirt specifically for our spooky sisters. Gals who grew up reading R.L.Stine, watching The Craft, and collecting Living Dead Dolls. Gals who love Tiger Army, Cradle of Filth and Manson. Designed exclusively for the dark dames amongst us, let me introduce The Black Widow Skirt.
A friend had posted a photo of herself online, all rugged up in a very plush and glamorous vintage velvet robe, which had reminded me that for yeeeears I’d been wanting to make a glam 1950’s housecoat for my own winter swanning about the home. I’d bought a vintage 1950’s housecoat pattern in preparation, but had never decided on what style or colourway I was most keen on. I was surprise-gifted a free weekend of time soon after mentioning to said-friend that I was going to maybe make a housecoat this winter, and so with little excuses to be seen, I dove right in.
Suddenly I had a modern-retro, Devel take on an Air New Zealand hostess uniform dancing in my mind, which I became very excited about and shared the concept with my husband straight away. I knew if I was going to do it right, I would also need to commission a custom hat, and with my big exciting design collaboration with Shag already under way, and the Very Vintage Day Out looming on the horizon, I pushed the idea back into my brain’s archives for later.
And now for some sneaky behind-the-scenes shots of our lovely models getting glam, including those who modelled for Honey L’Amour and Curvy Couture. I can’t get enough of these gorgeous girls in these bold and fun summery skirts!
I thought I’d do a different take on a Halloween styling post, by showing you how you can take your everyday wardrobe items and turn them into something fun and/or spooky for Halloween… Call it Holistic Halloween!