Pearl Levy -Me and my good friend and lovely customer Maxanne. She's wearing a layer cake dress and one of her new Marie Antoinette purses. I'm looking frazzled at this point but they look divine! Thanks Pearl for the photo and I look forward to seeing you at Boudoir Queen! xoxo
I met with one of my pickers today and bought some pretty glorious antique goodies and a boudoir doll too. I always consider it a great day when I find a doll. Then we went to Guerro's for lunch and shopped at Uncommon Objects. I wore my divine Edwardian pom hat in the Ring pic which I will be listing soon. Authentic Edwardian and mint. I bought another Edwardian hat (velvet that is a keeper just fabulous) Now I'm off to lauch787- Our last Etsy offering is selling out fast! Grab the goodies while you can. I'll be announcing a Charity Event that we will be a part of on the 16th. They are having a silent auction and you can bid on a Tea at the Four Seasons with the Boudoir Queen - me and tea is always a fun time! I feel blessed-
Fabulous Cali the daughter of rocker Hunt Sales (Iggy Pop and David Bowie Tin Machine) is a close friend of our family . For those of you who follow BQ you will see she has been modeling for me since she was 16. Last week she had her 20th Birthday. All of my models are all growing up and moving away. I'm thrilled that when she's in town she stops by to model for us. I've just listed tons of gorgeousness on etsy and my website. Our SC partner Matt and Mark are having a meeting now. It looks like our first Secret Circus will be around Valentines Day in Austin at a faboo hotel- We have start getting all of the costumes ready. It's a huge under-taking but I can't wait! Also I will be going back and forth to L.A. a lot over the next few months. Business-legal and pleasure. I won't be listing a new "collection" until winter 2011. We will list here and there as usual of course. I just bought a huge vintage lingerie lot and a lot of Edwardian items that I need to photograph and list. I'm using them in a new video so I can't share just yet. We have new things to share and I'll try and keep everyone posted. BTW If you want any of the new hats that are on the listings speak now!!
cheers my Dears,
Over 1000 photos to sift thru from today's fabulous shoot. It's one of my favorite photo shoots thus far. I'm listing now on Etsy and all day tomorrow on our www.theboudoirqueen.com site and Etsy too! Be sure to check out our previous blog to see our headband on Karen Elson's new video. We love her!
Model Cali Sales- Photography Mark Younger-Smith for Boudoir Queen- Styling and Make-Up Dawn Younger-Smith
Someone just sent me screen caps of the weirdest thing on Twitter. I thought I had seen everything. I guess a person who thinks she's a reporter?? Maybe for
the school newspaper I'm not sure what she is but clearly she has taken an interest in my affairs and my husbands affairs. Some of it's pretty out there. oi vey! Fasten your seat belts I have a feeling the next few months are going to be a bumpy ride!
*Update she took down some of it be we have it ; )
The talented and funny Mandy Lauderdale emceed the Austin Fashion Awards.
Photo by Seabrook Jones/www.juicythis.com
FASHION WEAK As I've said before,Fashion Week is an event held seasonally in the fashion capitals of the world to exhibit designers' new collections to the press and buyers. It's apparent that there is a small segment of citizens here who have imagined that Austin is also a fashion capital; last week's Austin Fashion Week fromLaunch787 proved them misguided. The opening party at GSD&M featured a performance by Tiffany (really?), and according to one friend in attendance, confusion about VIP seating made the fashion show portion look poorly attended. I virtually ignored the rest ofFashion Weak. I simply did not need to attend one more series of in-store "events" in which the same old stores show off what they bought this season while serving limp drinks and "entertainment" of some variety. Not that there's anything wrongwith events like that; it's just that they happen here all the time – not just during Fashion Weak. The series of events culminated with the Austin Fashion Awards. The publicist had invited me previously, but I hadn't made up my mind until the last moment to attend, primarily because several close friends were presenting awards. What I wasn't invited to was to be on the fashion critics' panel of 40 of Austin's most prominent fashion critics. Forty. Four. Zero. Did you have any idea that Austin has 40 fashion critics? I certainly did not, but when I saw the 40 "critics," it was abundantly clear that Austin does not have 40 prominent fashion critics. There were plenty of fine Austin citizens who do indeed wear clothes – sometimes fashionably – but know nothing about fashion (go ahead – pronounce"Balenciaga"), no-name news reporters, socialites, and dozens of other unrecognizable faces that did not belong on a panel of fashion critics. It didn't really bother me too much. After spending 35 years in the fashion business, I would have been uncomfortable sitting on a panel like that. Mandy Lauderdale emceed the show cleverly and amusingly (Flatteringly, she paid homage to me in her opening number. Thank you very much, Mandy.), keeping the audience's attention, which was wandering due to lackluster presentations and confusing staging. To Dawn Younger-Smith at Boudoir Queen: Your collection was just fabulous. I'd be livid if I were you over the producers having a Lady Gaga-esque performance going on behind me while I showed a collection. There were some other fun clothes being shown, including René Geneva and Celestino Couture. The show highlights included a presentation from the Betsey Johnson store at the Domain (Betsey Johnson is Austin fashion because she has a store here? Hmmm.) as well as Project Runway's Chloe Dao. (When I think Austin fashion, I always think Chloe Dao; don't you?) But as the awards were given, my heart shriveled a little bit more each time winners were read. It was clearly more of a popularity contest for twentysomething crafters and DIY-ers, ignoring some of the finest people that have truly made Austin's fashion scene happen. Notable exceptions included the Critics' Choice award to Giacomo Forbes for Best Hair Stylist – he really deserved that – and Best Colorist to Rory McNeill of Roar Salon – yeah, Rory! All in all, the show was considerably better than last year; sadly, it has a very long way to go before it really understands Austin fashion. In the words of one of those involved, it was a great production with no values.
CLUBBED Last Tuesday around 9pm, I got a text from Mark Mueller telling me his twin sons, Max and Andy, would be playing at Emo's. Max and Andy (who turn 21 this week: Happy birthday!) have a band called Porifera that I'd heard about but not yet seen. I've seen the band now, and I am a serious fan. Their hip-hop-free set (oh, joy!) was a hard-driving tour de force – kickass performers. Why trust me when you can see them for yourselves this Friday, Aug. 27, at Red Eyed Fly, 10:30pm. In a celebratory mood, we all moved on to Barbarella – the epicenter of chic clubbing right now – before moving on to Elysium. I'd really wanted to see John Wickham, Elysium's owner, but he wasn't there because he was across Red River at his new club, Valhalla (which will eventually have a rooftop patio). Valhalla provides lots of gaming, seating, and a terrific staff. Having earned many, many "Best of Austin" awards for Elysium, I'm sure John's Midas touch will make Valhalla a must-see destination.
MILESTONES This column marks my 11th anniversary with The Austin Chronicle, without which I'd be nothing. Thank you, Louis.
Billy Idol is playing in Houston Tonight so it should be a fun show even though I'm working like a mad woman taking my laptop. I should have some fun BQ press to share tomorrow so stay tuned for that! *Also I just bought some pretty fabulous edwardian -dresses-hats and such that I will share asap-
ILOVE FACTORY has been featured in Japanese Vogue. We are happy to announce the hats from our show collaboration will be available on our website. I just listed the fabulous Party Hat. They are also doing hats for New York Fashion Week. Photo Jesse Knish- Model Laurel from ILOVEFACTORY
Laurel is wearing her white ILOVE FACTORY HALO and I'm wearing the Black. Both will be up on www.theboudoirqueen.com - all of the hats are available from the show. I'm happy I got a good photo of myself. I went from pretty to a frazzled mess in 48 hrs-
We are doing a shoot this weekend so I'm trying to just at least get up a few listing to save time next week. Sorry about the funky photos but I promise I'll be replacing them with some amazing ones! We put the girl with the red lantern dress up as well. It's gorge!
Old BQ Our first fash show- this are ancient pic...not really doing fur now Piano Shawl Koi Top made for Patty Griffin 2003 featured in ELLE 2002 Piano Koi dress 2004 Dolls from my collection and oldie styles from long ago
I have to thank my dear friend Christian for getting us all those faboo shoes. We adore him and look forward to working with him more in the future. I posted more photos on Facebook yesterday. I'm in my early morning kimono getting ready for all the models to arrive.
Getting super excited about the Secret Circus finally coming to fruition. My husband is having a meeting with our new business partner for the Secret Circus this week- We sent him something funny that was sent to us on facebook just now- more later on this subject. In the meantime check us out in the morning because we should be rockin a cool fashion blog! Here are the BQ girls at Keye. Read our facebook to see all the latest news and videos. For some reason I can't post my video links on typepad.