The long and awaited.. vacation. Well deserved, and well earned. It had been an unbelievably long time since I last saw my two younger sisters and mom. I flew into Nashville, TN which is outside of a town I grew up in called, Murfreesboro. During my stay, of course I saw opportunity to get myself dolled up and interrupt my younger sister’s video game session. Good thing she didn’t mind- We decided to have a very impromptu photo shoot. Here’s the result. A galactic and magic scenery, captured in nature through the eyes of a young and majestic visionary. Thanks to a creative, and really brilliant sister.. My Angelina Bella Romagno.
Take the eccentricity of a Harajuku Girl, mix it it with the sophistication of a Parisian tea party couturier, and add a splash of fantasy.. and bingo! There you have it, [Chanel]. Once again Karl Lagerfeld has presented us with a collection so dreamy it hurts (per usual). Though the doll-like fashion show was stimulating, it wasn’t my favorite.
I did especially love the black and white dresses the most, as well as all the shades of pastel. It was like someone sprinkled magic dust on a basket of potpourri, and it came to life. There was a slight disconnect within the transition of some of the pieces (more so the random pieces of menswear). And I definitely did not appreciate the diamond checker board ensemble.. Buuuut, I did manage to select garments that really made an impression. I’m obsessed with floral, so anything with flowers oozing off of it (i.e. the powder blue sweater combined with black mesh overlay and flower buds) gets an A+ with me!
Prior to my move to NYC, I began experimenting with wigs. Never in a million years did I ever think I’d wear wigs in addition to makeup. As sad as it sounds, I actually became the individual that I swore I didn’t want to become- I’ve never been happier either! Living in a city where art and beauty is appreciated, why not get glammed up? For me, beauty is essential and necessary. Granted, I don’t wear wigs everyday, but whenever I feel the need to be pretty or frolic around with hair that I purchased as opposed to grew, I sure as hell do it!
Feeling beautiful is a must for everyone.. I just go about it a little differently than some people. I mainly like being able to take on different characters. As long as I have a steady hand and an hour or two- I can be anyone. Living in the hustle and bustle of the city can be tough sometimes, so to keep life fresh I dress up as someone else. I begin the process as Rolly, and then I end the process ass.. um, Rolly. Just because I have red lips, rosey cheeks, and highlighted eyes, doesn’t mean I’m not still myself. And don’t let the glammed goddess face fool you either- I DON’T WANT to be a woman. I just like to look like one from time to time.
It’s May.. which I thought was identifiable as “Spring”. Apparently here in NYC, it’s not. This was by far one of the coldest nights of the month- and the wig blowing winds that I endured nearly had me dead. Nonetheless, the day was lovely. I met beloved Val in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for an afternoon delight on the pier. God- It’s so nice to see where I live from the outside. Manhattan is beautiful from across the water. I definitely appreciated it more, and simultaneously thought “Maybe I need to move to Brooklyn”.
It was cute to see everyone out and about despite the shady weather. We ventured into the cutest Japanese apparel store where they had an array of the most unbelievable Vivienne Westwood scarves and tights as well as YSL. Ugh, how I wish my bestie Melody was there for that. Valdet and I finished up the night by eating at one of my favorite restaurants “Meatball Shop”. Good times- I just can’t wait until it’s warmer.
Leopard Sweater | Topshop Beanie | Street Vendor Mascara | YSL Shocking in Black
Okay ladies and gentlemen.. This is design done right! How I even came across designer Karla Spetic, is beyond me, but thankfully I did! Currently my new favorite designer (and from Australia at that), Spetic’s collections are always of the most feminine cuts and remarkable tailoring. Her newest collection, which happens to be my favorite thus far, is pop art at it’s finest. The combination of masculine silhouettes with a womanly execution is impeccable.
With obvious inspirations by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, this collection exemplifies what it is to mix the new with the old. Each comic book piece is an absolute joy to look at, and of course since I’m an art major, I immediately connected with this collection. This just goes to show that Australian fashion is not to be taken lightly and is a force to be reckoned with. A force by the name of Karla.
I love an impromptu photo shoot. Of course once I got into character- Kevin, my roommate, got as giddy as a Japanese school girl out of one of those 2001 Sailor Moon episodes. He styled me, just as he always does when he’s around. My dear friend and modern day fashion God, Stephanie Rodriguez, played the role of fashion photographer. She began the shoot, and my other amazing friend, Vinnet X, who also is one of the most visual and revolutionary people I know, ended the shoot outside.
Nothing like a nice soup bowl of creative minds swirling around together. I’m so ready for Spring and all it’s pastel glory. Florals, Easter, sheer, blush, galore. My craving for such a season comes from my previous living in Miami prior to New York. Hated the sticky, humid weather.. But loved the strappy sandals, white pleated shorts, and paper thin blouses. Winter here in NYC was M-I-L-D!.. So I have a feeling Spring will arrive sooner than expected.
[Special thanks to Stephanie Rodriguez and Vinnet X.] I love these!
Lavendar Mini Capped-Sleeve Blouse, Pink Sheer Oxford | American Apparel "ONO YOKO" Sweater Worn As A Skirt | Beacon’s Closet Open-Toed Bandage Wedges | Matiko Vest, Shorts | Goodwill Floral Anklet | CIRCLE.SQUARE. DIY
Hello world. It’s been a hell of a long time since my last post (i.e. this past Summer). Between working, and interning over at StyleCaster, I literally don’t have “the luxury of time”. NYC takes alot out of a girl.. err, boy. Whatever. My birthday was at the beginning of the month, and what better way to kill it than make reservations at the Thompson hotel here in Soho.
The attendees were all dressed to kill as was I, the flower maiden. There will be a lot to come this year of 2012… And hopefully long and overdue postings aren’t on that list! Happy late New Year everyone! I’m back in full effect!!
A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the Museum Of Art & Design downtown in Colombus Circle. It was absolutely stunning. Finally, a museum that I can relate to. I feel like it’s been such a miss at previous exhibits lately… It was good to see new works by some of the artists that I’m familiar with through their showings during Miami’s Art Basel last December.
Everything was in such vivid detail, and every artist produced something I could either relate to, or enjoy. As a fellow artist myself, it was a good feeling. There were a lot of miniatures, which I totally enjoyed and haven’t really seen in many other exhibitions. I will definitely go back again once the additional areas are done with renovations.
Bolds, neons, and pastels?! Oh, and did you notice the collaboration of geometry and botany? GENIOUS! Preen’s newest collection for the Spring season is absolutely stunning. Each dress reminds me of work I used to do in college. I love the combination of black subtleties and colorful florals, as well as the squares (which is my favorite shape). Overall, the mixture of different fabrics and patterns/ prints is so creative, it’s hard to accept it because it’s so beautiful.
The sun kissed, orange cheek as well as the Grecian Olympian hair, works so well with this collection. If there was a Preen Barbie, this is how I depict she would look. Each garment is perfect for the upcoming seasons and why wouldn’t it be? Each girl looks like she marched straight out of a coloring book.
Spring collections are here!! You know what that means?.. Florals and tropical prints are back. Color has been restored back in the fashion world. Every other collection, a designer does an amazing utilization of color and print, and in this case, it’s Altuzarra. I love the use of black, white, and rapid colors throughout the collection.
Though it’s chic and feminine, there’s a toughness and sportswear quality to each silhouette. Track pants, leather trench coats, super pointy stilettos, and fitted dresses. I adore it all. Each model is styled to perfection and is a force to be reckoned with. Strong warriors of beauty, yet with subtle detailing is what I’m getting from this.
This year was my first official year celebrating Fashion’s Night Out in New York. This was way better than last year’s Miami FNO. The night before, I was inspired by my roommate Kevin, who stated “less is more”, so I opted to wear all black (typical). We attended the Alexander Wang talent show party, where I saw Alexander Wang himself, supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw, and model/ designer Erin Wasson.
Abbey Lee?! Need I say more? The night was still so young, so we tipped in all the boutiques in Soho and attacked the free alcohol. Marc Jacobs, DVF, Kate Spade, Marni, Paige, etc. After we drank our brains away in Soho, we headed over to the Meatpacking District where I visited my best friend Tina at VInce. The streets were covered in people of all kinds. This fashion week has been such a whirlwind. Seeing models and celebrities was so new for me since I’m usually not as exposed to them in Florida.
Long story short, I wrapped the night up at popular club Le Bain, where I danced in the jacuzzi, threw up multiple times, fell down steps, scraped my arm and broke my camera.. All in all, it was a fabulous night.
So last night was the one year anniversary of [Billy Farrell Agency]. I probably served one of my best faces ever last night. Though it rained all day, all the fashion savvy still managed to arrive and with looks to kill. I had a great time helping out the BFA team in my little printer booth corner. I didn’t get to take as many pictures as I’m used to because I had to please the crowd with printouts.. or was it the wine that had me occupied?
Nonetheless, it was a great way to really kick off Fashion Week and mingle with the style crazed crowd that invaded the top level terrace of the Gramercy Park Hotel. Happy anniversary guys, and happy Fashion Week. May you all survive through it.
During the deliciously locked down hurricane weekend New York City encountered, we decided to cope with the cabin fever and do what we do best over here at CIRCLE.SQUARE… take pictures. Alexander came up with another one of his bright ideas (this idea being to wear an oxford as a pair of pants). BRILLIANT.
I was serving boy realness in these shots, hence these not being any clothes from my wardrobe. It’s cute though. I’m thinking of doing this look for fall..
Top Oxford | Fred Perry Bottom Oxford | J. Crew Creepers | Anarchic
This whole vision derived from Kevin’s styling. He began layering oxfords of all types around my waist. Looking in the mirror, I thought to myself “Tavi, would wear this.” And so thus the concept came about. We wanted to portray some of the heavy hitters in the fashion blogosphere. So for once I was photographed by someone else, rather than self timer.
We took inspiration from the following bloggers (Tavi, Bryan Boy, Rumi Neely and Pelayo Diaz) and created an editorial that depicts each of their styles with my twist added to it. This is probably one of my favorite shoots to date. Enjoy the show.
Tavi, one of the younger generations of fashion blogging, is a trend setter in her own right. Wearing and mix and matching everyday pieces to create unconventional looks is what in my eye’s, she’s known for. Young and ethereal, she ‘s an inspiration. No matter what age, one is never too young nor too old to do what she does. Keep up the good work girl.
Oh Bryan Boy. The quirky, fun, and style savvy Filipino prince of fashion was probably one of my favorite bloggers to impersonate. Kevin really knocked it out the park with the styling on this one! PRINTS! PRINTS! PRINTS! Vibrant colors all around, and high energy on set! As we all know, Bryan Boy is loved all throughout the fashion world and this is my interoperation of why. Brave, bold, Bryan Boy.
What do you get when two of the most delicious faces in fashion collide? A masterpiece. That’s what. My two favorite beings of the moment, the lovely shemale Andrej Pejic, and the yummy walking corpse Zombie Boy (Rick Genest), have collaborated with Brazilian fashion line, Auslander.
The ad campaign shot by photographer Marcelo Krasilcic, turned out amazing and given his track record, I can see why.
By my lonesome.. I lay here, I wait, I yearn. I yearn for you to come find me and take me away from this reality. Sweep me off my feet and into the sunset.. Just like in the story books. Or is it too much to ask for? Is this fantasy just that? Or is it meant to be?
I long to be with you, but when and how? You’re far away, and I’m far away. This will never work, will it? I just want to be with you. I’m here. Weak, frail, naked, and longing for your touch to revive me. Come rescue me handsome prince. May we live happily ever after.
After an attempt to enjoy the Guggenheim, Katarina, Tina, and myself left after realizing that there were literally only two artists works on display. I like modern simplicity just as much as the next, but there’s only so many rocks on the floor that will hold my interest. Upon exiting the museum, which btw had an amazing layout and floor plan, we walked over to Mr. Softee, which conveniently was right next to the premises.
Of course Tina had to get the ice cream cone pretty much drowned in sprinkles, and simple Katarina got her chocolate cone. Still not getting used to carrying cash on me, I had none, so I didn’t get to indulge in the yummy feast. Central park was right across the street and because Katarina was visiting, we took her there. What’s better than a cool day and babes running with their shirts off? Nothing!
Blouse, Black Tank Dress | H&M Gladiator Sandals | Old Navy Bag | Marc By Marc Jacobs
I totally forgot about these pictures. I remember when I was looking through the windows in the living room, (turned my bedroom), I saw what appeared to be.. snow? No way, not in New York in the Summer time. Let me rephrase that. Not in JULY! One of the hottest months I’ve endured here. Apparently the “snow” was actually those little fuzzies that have a baby seed attached to them.
I’ve always wondered what they turn into when planted. The monsoon of sky cotton fluff was indeed coming from the top of the building. The roof? It was like someone was dusting the top of the building or opened a giant bag of cotton. Nonetheless, it was such a majestic sight as I stepped out my windows and onto the stoop. I can’t wait for the real deal.
Ok ladies! This is the reason I played with Barbies when I was a little boy.. So I could dress her like this! Each and every doll reminiscent model is perfectly put together by Italian fashion house, Moschino. Delicately designed, yet structurally strong, this collection for the resort season is everything you and your mom want to be.
From the crispest whites, to the sharpest reds, each and every garment coming down that runway was like the modern day eye candy. Sandals, stripes, picnic plaid, and tulle… Need I say more?
Had clothes like these been out years ago, I think I would have settled on being a librarian for my career. Each and every piece of Acne’s resort 2011 collection embodies a different woman in life. Secretary? Check. Stewardess? Check. Mom at the grocery store? Check. It’s amazing how each detail is just so fitting to each of the girl’s wearing them. Everything has obviously been thought about, from the styling to the hair and makeup.
Many of the looks containing separates can be mixed and matched and worn with other pieces from the collection. Ance team A++ on this one! The subtle colors make for a light, fun, and festive season. Each garment is effortlessly made and displayed. But that’s what fashion is about. It’s about not trying too hard.
It was such a pleasure having one of our really great friends, Katarina, from back home come visit us in the city. As part of our week long adventure, we went to the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden. Here’s two things to remember:
1 | Never go to the zoo on Wednesday, because it’s free and everyone else happens to be there with all 23 of their kids #gag. 2 | Skip the zoo on Wednesday and walk down the road to the botanical garden instead. It’s way more peaceful, and there’s no screaming babies who instead of being carried around, belong behind bars with the rest of the animals.
As the mostly anticipated move of my life reaches closer.. I’m feeling excited, nervous, tortured, indecisive, flabbergasted, happy, nostalgic, and pretty much every other emotion under the sun. It’s crazy how this year my life has made a complete 360 degree turn. So many new and exciting things have happened and continue to happen. I’ll miss Florida to an extent, but I will definitely miss all who have gotten to know me!
Each of you offer and bring something different to the table in terms of friendship and personality. All of you are unique and I LOVE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU!- But it’s time to take my success and continue with it in the Big Apple. I bid all you beauties a fabulous farewell, and I wish you all the best!
It’s easy to shoot someone who is built beautifully. My dear and close friend/counter part/female doppleganger, Sasha De Oliveira delivers every ounce of fierceness from her sleek faux hawk to the tip of her feet! This Canadian born Brazilian, Guyanese mixed goddess is one to watch for.. Hurricane Sasha is arriving quickly. Run for divine cover.
The first night of arrival, we headed over to Avenue in the Meat Packing District to meet up with our beloved Stephanie and friends. This is just a debauchery of compiled photos from the different nights and venues we made appearances at (i.e. The Chelsea Hotel, Happy Ending, and Vandam at Greenhouse). I thought going out in New York would differentiate from going out in Miami.. But honestly, it’s the same shit, just different state. I honestly didn’t care how lame or awesome the clubs were. I just wanted to be seen, especially since I was serving a model off duty/ city cunt look. My wig flipping nights are definitely ones to remember.
What had originally began as a “business trip” became a permanent move for Alex. As for myself, my “business trip” became not a move, but a shopping trip instead. Alexander and I stayed in his new Upper West Side residence as we later met up with friend Kevin from Washington D.C. It was great to reunite in the city with of our other friends. It was so refreshing to be back in New York, and I miss it every time. We started by walking around the neighborhood a little bit to see what was in store, and later headed to the MET for the Alexander McQueen exhibit, which was absolutely phenomenal! Too bad we weren’t allowed to take pictures. Then we kicked it over in Soho for a little shopping and some lunch.
I’m so excited to announce the launch of my collaboration with Korean fashion label [RENEEVON]. Back in December I was presented with the opportunity to create 3 illustrations for their SS 2011 collection. I just received an email the other night stating that production has been completed. The designs I made were for bags and shirts which are now in pop ups in Korea’s top department stores Shinsegae, and Lotte Dept. Store.
Many thanks to Sarah O and I.D. LOOK LTD, and everyone at Shinsegae and Lotte.