American model and RVCA Advocate Ashley Smith heads to the skatepark for a recent shoot for surf and skate lifestyle brand RVCA. The blonde beauty poses for photographer Mike Piscitelli of Bernstein & Andriulli for the relaxed snaps.
Piscitelli explains how he got the images to look so natural on his agency’s blog stating “We were shooting outside and went into the supermarket to get something to eat and we ended up shooting in there.” Ashley looks stylish posing in denim, graphic-print tees and bikini tops.
RVCA was founded by PM Tenore, and the brand’s design-driven lifestyle clothing does not stay within the limits and boundaries of traditional action sports apparel. Tenore’s intention has been to create a platform for RVCA, which combines art, music, fashion and a modern lifestyle in an original way.
Author Erin McKean has a thing about dresses, in particular, for iconic dress styles. That’s why she has recently released her new book on the topic, “THE HUNDRED DRESSES: The Most Iconic Styles of Our Time (Bloomsbury).”
Says Erin, “I spend way, way too much time thinking about dresses — not just how they look, but how they make their wearers feel. After blogging about dresses for so many years (since 2005, which is like the Pleistocene, in blogger time) I wanted to collect all my favorite dress ‘types’ in one place. And of course, the Eleanor Estes book has always been a favorite, so I wanted to pay it a bit of homage with the title.”
Erin recounts how the project itself took about six months of work, and 1 year of planning with the illustrator, Donna Mehalko. Apparently this was not too long. Says Donna, “For me this was a dream project. I happily researched and worked on the drawings for the book over the course of a year. I researched by sourcing as many images in books, magazines and online that I could find that related to the list of dresses Erin had given me. My goal was to illustrate the dresses, but also, I wanted to capture a person I thought would wear each dress. Her attitude and gesture.” She adds, “It was our editor Nancy Miller’s idea to use illustrations for the book. Illustrations allowed for specificity but not necessarily an exact depiction of any dress. I think there is some room for the reader’s imagination.”
The dresses have a variety of names, ranging from the Bandage to the Sack, the Baby-doll to the Siren; the Wench; the Sari; the Vreeland; the Wrap; the Austen; the Beckham; the Chanel; the Ingenue; the Caftan; the Jackie; the Slip Dress; and the Biohazard. On the naming protocol, Mckean says, “The dresses named themselves. That was one of the tests for iconicity — if I couldn’t describe the dress in a few words and have someone (preferably someone who wasn’t a dress-lover) know what it was, then it wasn’t really an iconic dress. It’s funny — Jennifer Lopez has probably worn thousands of dresses in her career, but when I said ‘The J.Lo dress’ people knew instantly that I meant the green plunging number from the Grammys! And when I say ‘the Space Empress’ people can picture that, too.”
Despite her large variety of choices, the style she personally wears most often is dirndl-style dress (close-fitting bodice and full skirt). “I’m also a huge fan of the June Cleaver. I like a big full skirt — easy to move in, and you can wear them while riding a bike.”
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TasteTV covers the latest collections of Philanthropy + Fashion brand, Obakki.
These covers are intended to not only get you to dream of what might be a good swimsuit design, but also to stop readers in their tracks so they purchase the magazine.
With so many to chose from, however, we have collected a few of our recent favorites.
Colombian born entrepreneur Catalina Girald has continued the rollout of her Naja online lingerie product line, after a successful fundraising round of over $50,000 on Kickstarter.
When asked about her new venture, Catalina Girald answered, “We celebrate strong women. We’ve done away with fans blowing fake wind into our models’ hair, and old, dated lingerie designs. Our fresh designs, pricing and mission to empower women are challenging the industry, and we’re building the first billion-dollar online lingerie brand for the next generation woman.”
The capsule collection, inspired by Tattoos and Japanese Shunga, consists of a basic line and three groups including “The Secret Lives of Sparrows”, “One Night in Cashmere”, and “Miyoko Loves a Dragon”.
The collection is characterized by innovative and surprising prints on the interior of all the bra cups, so that every woman can carry her own little secret. All of the fabrics are exclusively designed for Naja by a local San Francisco Tattoo artist and are individually hand printed making each piece slightly unique.
In keeping with Catalina’s vision of making great design accessible, the collection is fairly priced with bras ranging from $45 to $70 and panties ranging from $12 to $22. All Naja purchases directly contribute to the employment of under-privileged women in the poorest areas of the world.