We're Off To See The Wizard—Summer Fashion

 

Photos by Nick Chao (click on images to visit gallery). Also see high resolution images here.

After a whirlwind vacation, Dorothy's getting ready to head home. She's seen and done it all. Almost. She still needs to meet the Wizard, though. On her way, she's intercepted by the Wicked Witch who wants one last stand off and she's brought her A-game in form-fitting black leather and a dramatic necklace from Blank Verse. Glinda the Good Witch attempts to rescue Dorothy from the clutches of darker fashion choices, but Dorothy is torn. Will she choose black or white for her final summer dress to impress the great and powerful Oz? Maybe a little of both will do the trick as she settles on a modern silk frock accompanied by the romantic and bohemian jewelry of Blank Verse.

While leather might not be as common for the summer, it's a unique and more unexpected choice for dramatic occasions. And if you can't manage a floor length version, try incorporating touches here and there to jazz up your outfit.

The white pleated dress might seem sweet at first glance, but it's a perfect canvas for your every whim. It could even wind up being the ideal wedding gown for a more casual or non-traditional bride.

However you mix it up, be sure to add black and white to your summer attire in order to make an entrance at all of your travel destinations.

Coco (Dorothy): Necklace, $120, Blank Verse Jewelry / Cuff, $225, Blank Verse Jewelry / Dress, $69, H.Fredrickson from Cameron Marks / Desiree (Glinda the Good Witch): Dress, $126, 213Industry from Stripe / Earrings, $75, Blank Verse Jewelry / Necklace, $95, Blank Verse Jewelry / Cuff, $125, Blank Verse Jewelry / Anna (Wicked Witch): Dress, Stylist's Own / Necklace, $95, Blank Verse Jewelry

Photographer: Nick Chao / Producer, Creative Director: Christa Martin / Fashion Stylist: Missy Schnaps / Hair Stylist: Ginger Vaughn / Makeup Artist: Anna Wu / Wardrobe Supervisor: Sally Esposito / Production Manager: Gina Peters / Host: Laamie Young / Filmmaker and Assistant: Deva Blaisdell-Anderson. Models: Desiree Amariei, Anna Wu, Coco Barrett-Tormey.

We're Not in Kansas Anymore—Summer Fashion

Photos by Nick Chao (click on images to visit gallery).

Arriving in style is essential for any fabulous vacation destination, and Dorothy has brought her silver carryall, as it is a great way to dress up almost any outfit. Perforated peep-toe booties pair easily with a beautifully draped print dress that would be perfect for most occasions from a wedding to an island get-away. Blank Verse earrings complete the look, and a fishtail hairstyle is a sweet go-to during warm weather.

Dorothy meets Glinda the Good Witch upon arriving in Oz and is struck by her dreamy, otherworldly beauty and penchant for pink. This summer, don't be afraid to embrace pink—it's a fresh choice for evening, especially when paired with metallic sandals. Find similar looks here and here

Coco (Dorothy): Black Tassel Earrings, $95, Blank Verse Jewelry / Shoes, Stylist's Own / Dress, $290, Claudia Diana from Stripe / Desiree: (Glinda the Good Witch): Dress, $10, Stylist's Own / Gold and Pink Earrings, $65, Blank Verse Jewelry / Shoes, Stylist's Own / Birds of Paradise Necklace worn as crown, price available upon request, Blank Verse Jewelry

Photographer: Nick Chao / Producer, Creative Director: Christa Martin / Fashion Stylist: Missy Schnaps / Hair Stylist: Ginger Vaughn / Makeup Artist: Anna Wu / Wardrobe Supervisor: Sally Esposito / Production Manager: Gina Peters / Host: Laamie Young / Filmmaker and Assistant: Deva Blaisdell-Anderson / Models: Desiree Amariei, Coco Barrett-Tormey. Set designer: Mama-T. Set design assistants: Christa Martin, Nick Chao, Deva Blaisdell-Anderson, Gina Peters.

Holiday Fashion Week Video

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Last week on The Penny Rose, we featured our Holiday Fashion photo shoot starring images of model Desiree Amariei wearing holiday clothing, and shot by photographer Nick Chao. Today, we showcase an original film that highlights our holiday fashion, and was produced/edited/directed by filmmaker Deva Blaisdell-Anderson. Enjoy!

 

Ode To A Muse

Photos: Nick Chao

As a journalist, I've been writing about fashion since 2006 and I've had the great joy of producing annual photo shoots since then. On several occasions, I've had the pleasure of working with one of my favorite models, Desiree Amariei. She also happens to be one of my dearest friends. 

When I flip through Vogue and other fashion magazines, I often find that the publications use the same models over and over again. I understand most likely why that's the case. These women, like Desiree, can become a muse. They're not just clothes hangers. Sure they can wear clothes beautifully, and they usually have remarkable figures and bone structures, but if they're a good model, they offer so much more—depth, personality, intelligence, a beauty that actually does come from the inside and shine on the outside. 

This is the case with Desiree. Her beauty—very Cameron Diaz(ish)—is striking, both in person and on camera. But the depth of her warmth, kindness and grace is what truly creates an all around beautiful package. 

And, on top of that, she's a mother to three small children. 

During the last week of November, The Penny Rose will launch its second fashion week. This time around, we're calling it Santa Cruz Holiday Fashion Week. We'll be featuring the remarkable photographic talents of Nick Chao (as seen in the four photos above), who will be capturing holiday looks as modeled by Desiree. Please join us for a festive Santa Cruz Holiday Fashion Week. 

Below are a few older photos of projects I've worked on with Desiree over the years. As you can tell, her beauty is long-lasting.

Photos: Alexis Meschi