The ladies of Stepford

I spent my formative years in the lefty, lady power Pacific Northwest, but sometimes after a backbreaking days work, I find myself daydreaming about being a perfectly coiffed homemaker whose main duties are keeping the house clean and the highballs coming when my darling breadwinner comes home. (Sorry, Portland, please don't hate me.) Of course, I'd never last because cooking and cleaning are not my strong suit, and I go nuts when I'm away from work too long.

But in my fantasy, these would be my summer grilling clothes. I'm such a sucker for 1950s tops. I love the structure and the cinching. I love that you need good posture to look good in one. My comfy clothes make me lazy!

Wild as a Mink looking smoking hot in a 1950s pale yellow SEERSUCKER top

Showgirl Godzilla doing cute girl glam in a 1950s GINGHAM top - SOLD

Dames in Denim

Three different decades offer their take on denim. James Dean, we thank you for taking this lovely textile from the rugged workwear world and making it something people could wear to make a statement. And what a statement each of these little numbers make!

Idee Geniale
wears a 1980s denim BUSTIER with silver buttons and ruched back

Showgirl Godzilla wears a 1950s DENIM ROMPER with tie back halter top

Wild as a Mink wears a 1970s DENIM HALTER top and 1970s SURFER STYLE striped beach trunks -- BOTH SOLD

Woodstock Bathing Beauties

OK, yeah, I like to dress beautiful ladies in clothes that are far more sexy than anything I'd ever wear. But it's cool if it's all consensual, right? And seriously, if you look this hot in a crochet bikini top, you should be out there flaunting it!

Photos edited by photographer Elle Ribera

Showgirl Godzilla wears a Cream 1970s CROCHET string bikini halter top

Wild as a Mink wears a 1970s pastel pink CROCHET string bikini halter top

Mean Reds

Actually, these reds are the opposite of mean. I don't think Holly Golightly would have felt anything other than elation if wearing one of these dresses. I'm loving the super 50s rockabilly vibe of the anchor embroidery as well as the bandana print. Think of all the fun 50s hair styles that you could play with when wearing these babies!

Idee Geniale wears a 1980s nautical SAILOR GIRL tent dress, a 1980s navy and white nautical striped SASSON logo shoulderbag, and 1980s white leather southwestern NATIVE AMERICAN motif sandals

Showgirl Godzilla wears a 1980s red bandana print BABYDOLL dress

Abstract Expressionism

I feel like it's a constantly evolving process, but one of the most challenging things about planning a group photo shoot is deciding what pieces to put together. I try to go for themes, color schemes, similar silhouettes... but this time it was more about the prints. They're both abstract watercolor blocks of color. It was a stretch, but I still kinda liked the two together.

I think there are probably many people out there who will be very pleased to see Mel and Nickie in an Olan Mills style portrait, like two sisters hamming it up during a family photo session. Super cute, right?

Nickie wears a Pastel 1980s ABSTRACT PRINT wiggle maxi skirt with ruched details

Mel wears a 1980s abstract watercolor print TUNIC tent dress

Burnt Orange

So this is our THIRD group photo shoot with Idee Geniale, Wild as a Mink and Showgirl Godzilla. We started with "close to the studio", moved on to "in the park (and by Nickie's apartment)" and the decided to go with "urban rooftop". Little did I know that in one week my landlord would decide that he wanted to give our apartment to his son (we move out on our four year anniversary in this spot!), so I'm glad we got a rooftop shoot in before it was too late. Sigh...

Our bedroom before the gals arrive

Preparing for these shoots is always super fun and super intense. Trying to find themes that work together, praying that something will fit each body, finding the right accessories... and then when the ladies come over with their shoes and their jewels, it all just works itself out.

I put these two looks together because I thought the burnt orange in the garments looked nice together. But it turned out that BURNT was the overall theme of the afternoon - it was so hot that even with about 15 minutes of shooting, we were all melting until we got back down to the AC. So thanks to these ladies for braving the heat!

This is my dream outfit, but it doesn't fit me. But I knew it would be perfect for Mel. And lo and behold, when she and Nickie saw it they both laughed about how perfect it was for her.

1970s ETHNIC PRINT linen top with boat neck

1980s preppy DOONEY AND BOURKE duck logo handbag

1980s burnt orange shorts with SCALLOP detail - SOLD

I think I've at least alluded to this before, but Nickie has a body that doesn't quit, so (as you'll see in some coming looks) I kinda end up putting her in some more, ahem, "sexy" looks. But I thought it would be nice to see her in something more elegant and classic. Don't worry, the sexy stuff is coming and it will be worth the wait!

1950s floral print FULL SWEEP school girl skirt with polka dots

1980s UNGARO structured handbag with textured faux aligator skin
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