Posts Tagged: ‘fascinator’

I Heart You

February 5, 2013 Posted by rissvandal

Valentine’s Day is a huge bore, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the love-inspired pieces that hit stores around this time of year. Here’s a round up of some of my faves (is it any surprise that the hearts I prefer are black?):

I have a love/hate relationship with the Hottopic offshoot, Blackheart Lingerie, but they’re at their best when they lay off the gaudy accents. No rhinestones, no glitter, no foil–just a simple print and touch of sheer–perfect.

Sheer Heart Halter Top by Blackheart

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Hearts Leather Mask Tom Banwell

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Fall In Love Again with Pearls and Swine

January 21, 2013 Posted by rissvandal

If you’ve noticed that I talk a lot about Pearls and Swine, it’s because designer, Bink’s, creations are some of my all-time favorites when it comes to accessories and headwear. As Valentine’s Day draws near, she’s created a new line full of delicate, romantic flourishes, yet without sacrificing the bold intensity that fans of the brand have come to expect.

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This pink glittered and bejewed half-fascinator and pearl-accented antler headpiece are my favorites from the collection.

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Interview with Bink from Pearls & Swine

November 1, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

I recently interviewed Bink, the designer and visionary behind Pearls & Swine—a brand that specializes in hats, fascinators, masks, eyepatches, and hair accessories that seems to have been plucked straight out of a surreal dream, and often appear to defy gravity. Bink also developed a sister brand, Temptress of Waikiki,  where she produces custom burlesque accessories. Bink works nonstop (she currently has over 150 items in her shop!), and her selection caters to tastes across the board—glam rock, steampunk, pop culture kawaii, rockabilly, and delicate bridalwear. In our interview, Bink explains the “mistake” that spawned her business, her inspiration, and offers a bit of advice and insight to artists and creatives who struggle with self-doubt and the pressure to lead a “conventional” career path.

Q: On your website you say that you “always intended to be sensible” but could never really settle on a conventional career path. When you decided to devote your life to your artwork, were there people in your life that discouraged you or lead you to question your decision? If so, how did you deal with those negative outside forces?

A: I was the only real block that stopped myself from being allowed to be creative. I did have some friends who questioned whether or not anyone would really be interested in unconventional headwear, but on the whole I have been extremely fortunate in mostly having support in my business. My partner Trafford Parsons is an artist and has been there for me every step of the way, even when my doubts crept back (and they do, even after years of being in business).

Q: What advice would you give to young creatives who are pressured to take a more “conventional” path in life, or who are surrounded by people who may not “get” their work?

A: Looking back I realize that, had I allowed me to be myself, a creative, instead of fighting it till I was 30, my life would be very different now. However, I do believe that everything we endure is for a reason…perhaps I had to take the journey I did to get to where I am now.

My advice to anyone is always to know you are going to make it if you want something enough. Many creatives aren’t very driven or confident in their art. The secret of confidence is pretend–one day it will come but you have to have determination and a disregard for wealth…. just go for it!

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Extreme Sparkle Attack!

May 16, 2012 Posted by fashionvandals

I’m pretty much a sucker for anything that sparkles. But I’m not talkin’ diamonds (boring)–I mean sequins and stones and all types of gaudy bedazzlement. Here’s a round-up of some of the finest shiny items to catch my eye this week…

Mars Sunglasses by A-Morir

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The Three “Hell Yes” Moments of the Week

February 2, 2012 Posted by fashionvandals

New York Fashion Week is coming up, Spring/Summer 2012 Lookbooks are being released, a number of amazing couture  runway shows occurred–this is one of the more exciting times of the year for anyone who follows fashion in general. But along with all that, I’ve found a few additional, more personal, “oh hell yes” moments to get psyched about in the last two weeks.

1. Jeantrix relaunched their online shop with LOADS of new items up for sale.

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