If they could only Stop Staring
c/o Faith Dress by Stop Staring Vintage Rhinestone Earrings (similar here) Elegant Vintage Veiled Bowed Pillowbox Hat (Justina Andrade, similar here) Vintage Leather Gloves (similar here) Black Patent Clutch J. Colleen Boutique (similar here) Kate Spade Licorice Too Black Patent Pumps Hair Styled by I Do DryStyle Bar
We find that in today’s busy society the lost era of the 1940s which had once exuded a “Film Noir” and “Femme Fatale” coined persona, has reemerged with a designer by the name of Alicia Estrada, Founder of Stop Staring. Women from a past era were seen as astonishingly glamorous creatures, with their flawless hair and immaculate makeup. Being treated with the utmost respect by gentlemen, the grand question I have come to ask “have women truly lost this touch of classic film noir façade?”
Today the idea of enabling ones garment with which was viewed as seductive and glamorous, yet very dangerous is made a reality. With a brand that recreates original vintage inspired dresses along with ready-to-wear garments, today’s modern woman can become empowered to embrace their female form. Stop Staring, a retro-contemporary brand founded in 1997 by Los Angeles based designer, Alicia Estrada. Being chosen as winner of “Minority Manufacturing Firm of the Year”, Estrada continually incorporates the details of yesteryear into her beautiful and flattering design’s gifting todays generation with a recreated Joan Crawford inspired outfit. “My designs are inspired by, Joan Crawford,” explains Estrada in a 2009 interview with Laist.com, “She was just so graceful and beautiful and she was very empowered with a positive outlook, but at the same time, she played so many different roles – femme fatale, screen siren, sexy film noir queen. It’s one thing to wear a beautiful dress and it’s another to stylize it and own it.”With an agog interest with Stop Staring, I have discovered Estrada’s coming to age story to be inspiring which only enhances my common desire to garnish my own wardrobe with these body conscious designs. With a website that has strategically launched a full collection consisting of daywear separates to swimwear, she holds a total of fourteen years of dress design experience.
From a past era of elegant designs, Estrada has restructured a utilitarian ensemble which was tailored for a decade of new looks. A classic bespoke suit set which showcases a sultry effect, gifting a woman’s natural curves with a feminine touch. If you look closely you will find that Estrada has brought back the forties with a flared peplum which conveys the appearance of wearing a short fitted jacket. The overall fit through the torso accentuates a small waist with the peplum flattering an exaggerated hip, tapering to a slimming pencil skirt. The Faith dress closes with a zipper in rear which delivers an illusion of a jacket and skirt two piece suit, the subtle touch of black decorative pearl buttons settle through the center and on both sleeves giving one a vintage persona. Garnish this exclusively designed Faith dress by Alicia Estrada of Stop Staring with a humble assortment of vintage heirlooms presenting the historical value of one’s account. *In dedication to the most significant woman of yesteryear and daughter to the original wearer of this adorned 1950’s veiled bowed pillbox hat (seen above), a women of authentic Mexican heritage, Theresa Andrade-Fisher. She was the second child of four, together with her husband raising a family of six children of their own. Providing them with the full richness of love and devotion, one of those children is the gentlemen and true anchor of Rich in Love Fashion, photographer Richard Fisher.