Fall Fashion—Tomboy


Photo: Nick Chao 
T-shirt: Tomboy, $20 / Shorts: Vintage, $22 / Vintage Gemstone Belt: $40 / Vintage Suede Fringe Vest: $30 / Necklace: $40 / Earrings: $14

Tomboy closes out our first annual Santa Cruz Fashion Week, and there's no better way to end this week than with a spectacular cowgirl send-off.

The Looks: Vintage pieces with a military and Southern comfort-twist were used in these looks to create comfortable, wearable, slightly edgy, sexy styles that let you shine. The military look is back in full force for Fall 2012 (see below). And cowboy boots and a Western influence never go out of style.
The Store: Tomboy is a new store in Santa Cruz that opened in June. It's the vision of two friends, owners Debbie Graves and Summer Duppen, who brought their talents together to create a store that offers fashion from the '60s, '70s and '80s.


Photo: Nick Chao 
Top: Vintage Saks, $20 / Vest: Tia Loca, $32 / Skirt: Vintage, $16 / Cuff: Resurrection Leather, $20 / Ring: Bandit Brand, $15 / Necklace: $22 / Earrings: Margery Mia, $12 / Arm band: Gypsy Jan, $26 

If a shopper at your store should invest in one fall piece, what should it be?
A great pair of boots is always a good idea. Or, a statement piece like a favorite belt, a resurrected leather messenger bag or a vintage jacket. 

What were you looking for when you bought items for the fall? 
We were really going for a more androgynous collection. We're loving the layers that come with autumn. T-shirts, sweaters, shirts, jackets, scarves, hats, jeans. While we do carry dresses and pretty little things, the Tomboy theme does run deep.

Is your store influenced much by trends?
Not so much.

In three words, describe the style of the clothing in your store.
Vintage, American spirit. 

Photo: Nick Chao 
Shirt: Vintage, $28 / Shorts: Vintage, $22 / Earrings: $14  

Photo: Nick Chao / Model: Desiree Amariei 
Stylist: Missy Schnaps / Hair: Ginger Vaughn / Makeup: Jodi Laub, jodi.laub@gmail.com
Tomboy: Tomboysc.com, 1207 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, (831) 425-1405

Tomboy—The Movie

A behind-the-scenes video of our photo shoot at Tomboy, directed by Deva Blaisdell-Anderson. Watch it below or here.

Santa Cruz Fall Fashion Week Day 5 Tomboy from The Penny Rose on Vimeo.

Fall Fashion Giveaway: Win an item from Tomboy in the upcoming weeks on thepennyrose.com. 

Santa Cruz Fashion Week Film Trailer

The Penny Rose—Santa Cruz Fashion Week 2012 Trailer from The Penny Rose on Vimeo.

Also watch it here:vimeo.com/48497870

Look for Santa Cruz Fashion Week on The Penny Rose from Sept. 3-7. Every day we will feature videos, photography by Nick Chao, gorgeous fall "looks," Santa Cruz stores and more.

Here's a sweet video that takes a beautiful peek at the behind-the-scenes talents of our cast and crew for Santa Cruz Fashion Week. This mini-movie was created by Deva Blaisdell-Anderson, an independent filmmaker whose most recent project includes co-directing and producing a short film, "Hotline," starring Emmy Award-winnning actress Camryn Manheim.

Peeking Into Fall


Cameron Marks (above)

Photo shoots are exciting, especially ones that involve clothing. On Aug. 19, the ladies of The Penny Rose put on a full production. A hairstylist (Ginger Vaughn), makeup artist (Jodi Laub), model (Desiree Amariei), stylist (Missy Schnaps), professional photographer (Nick Chao), filmmaker (Deva Blaisdell-Anderson) collaborated to create the first annual Santa Cruz Fashion Week photo shoot. It was the biggest production the blog has yet to put on, and I got to follow along capturing all the hustle and bustle that happened behind the scenes.

During the photo shoot day, we went to, in our opinion, some of the the best shops in Santa Cruz and pulled two fall looks from each store. (Behind-the-scenes images are featured above and below.) Starting the week of Monday, Sept. 3, The Penny Rose will feature the looks of one store per day, highlighting all that fall has to offer, right off the racks of our local boutiques. Santa Cruz Fashion Week is almost here.

But until then, here’s a sneak peek.

Stripe (above)

 Synergy (above)

Wallflower (above)

Tomboy (above) 

Photo credits for Cameron Marks, Synergy, Stripe, Wallflower: Sera Michael

 Photo credit for Tomboy: Janet Allinger