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MICHAEL
WARD

  • Michael Ward fashion illustrations. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Perry Ellis Spring 1980 fashion illustration by Michael Ward. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • A fashion illustration by Michael Ward, Prada Fall 2015. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • A fashion illustration by Michael Ward, Rochas Fall 2016. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Chanel Resort 2012 fashion illustration by Michael Ward. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Fall 2016 Ferragamo fashion illustration by Michael Ward. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • An 80s inspired fashion illustration by Michael Ward. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Marc Jacobs Resort 2017 fashion illustration by Michael Ward. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Gucci Spring 2016 men's fashion illustration by Michael Ward. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Roberto Cavalli Resort 2017 fashion illustration by Michael Ward. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • An illustration by Michael Ward. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Jason Wu Spring 2016 fashion illustration by Michael Ward. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • 1960s Bill Blass fashion illustration by Michael Ward. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Pre-fall 2016 Gucci fashion illustration by Michael Ward. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Tom Ford Spring 2016 men's fashion illustration by Michael Ward. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Balenciaga 1958 fashion illustration by Michael Ward. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Kenzo Fall 2015 fashion illustration by Michael Ward. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Marc Jacobs Resort 2017 fashion illustration by Michael Ward. Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • An fashion illustration by Michael Ward, Givenchy Spring 2016. Ponyboy magazine New York.

MICHAEL WARD

FASHION ILLUSTRATOR

We first stumbled upon Michael Ward’s colorful fashion illustrations on Instagram.  The beautiful drawings sketched by the New York native caught our eye and we knew that we needed to share his drawings with Ponyboy readers. Ward’s no newbie to the world of New York high fashion; he has been a designer for Burberry, Rachel Zoe and Diane von Furstenberg. We look forward to seeing much more of his talented work for years to come!  https://www.instagram.com/michaelwardnyc/

PONYBOY:  Hello, Michael. We just love your fashion illustrations. To begin, tell us about your background.

MICHAEL WARD:  Hi, there! And thank you! I’m super excited to be a part of the Ponyboy world. I’m a Brooklyn born, Long Island raised New Yorker. I have a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design, and have been a women’s fashion designer since graduation.

PONYBOY:   We read that since the age of 15 you have dabbled in fashion. Can you tell us in what aspects?

MICHAEL WARD:   I was obsessed with the world of fashion and design from an early age. High school trips to NYC and witnessing Bruce Weber/Calvin Klein billboards had me hooked. There was no turning back. I even worked at our public library to have access to Vogue Magazine. At 15, my parents brought me into Manhattan to meet with both FIT and Frank Rizzo, Fashion Chairman at Parson. Frank Rizzo was paramount to the decisions and life I am living today. I am forever grateful to him.

PONYBOY:   You have a background in design. That’s how you got into illustrating? Who have you designed clothing for?

MICHAEL WARD:   I’ve been fortunate to work for several fashion labels including a beautiful start at Carmelo Pomodoro, Burberry, Rachel Zoe, and most recently as the interim Creative Director of Diane von Furstenberg.

PONYBOY:  You’ve basically switched over from being a clothing designer to fashion illustrator. What’s the transition been like for you?

MICHAEL WARD:  Honestly, the illustration has taken on a life of its own. After DVF, I made a vow to ground myself in something I love. I decided to basically do “a sketch a day”, while looking for my next design job. It’s been such an “outside my box” experience, and quite a healthy one. I’ve loved it. Through social media, I have met some extraordinary people, artists and opportunities.

PONYBOY:    For what clients have you done illustrations?

MICHAEL WARD:  My biggest illustration job to date has been the 2016 campaign for Magic trade show in Las Vegas, Australian accessories brand Oroton (currently my illustrations are in over 42 locations in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia), Salvatore Ferragamo, Hugo Boss collection men and women, Yommme (food guru Christine Wong), and my illustrations have appeared in WWD throughout my career.

PONYBOY:  Where do you find inspiration for your illustrations?

MICHAEL WARD:   Inspiration comes from everywhere for me. I often choose a favorite look from a house or brand I respect and admire. I have also done portraits of fresh faced models from Gucci and Marc Jacobs, as well as Sonia Rykiel, Amber Valetta and Cindy Crawford. It’s a pretty cool experience having Cindy Crawford “liking” your portrait of Cindy Crawford! I am inspired by talent, raw creativity, and beauty in all forms, including photography, art, painting and theater.

PONYBOY:   And who would you say are your favorite designers?

MICHAEL WARD:   Top of my list is Dries van Noten. He has cultivated a most gorgeous world for both men and women. I love his thought process, from product to casting and presentation. He respects his craft and he respects his customers. I also have a deep appreciation and affection for Alber Elbaz. I am a huge fan of Allessandro Dell’Acqua and Peter Dundas, as well. There is a love of the craft that resonates into all they do. You can feel it.

PONYBOY:   If you could design for any fashion house, who would it be?

MICHAEL WARD:   Tough question! I loved my time with Diane von Furstenberg. She is extraordinary in every sense of the word. I would love to work with Carolina Herrera, within the changing landscape of global/American design, my eye turns toward her. I like her language, her touch.

PONYBOY:  What do you see as the next step in your career in fashion?

MICHAEL WARD:  The beautiful answer to this question is, I have no idea and am thoroughly enjoying the present.

STELLA
HATS!

  • Stella, by Stella Rose Saint Clair. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine in New York City.
  • Designer Stella Rose Saint Clair fits a cellophane dress on a model. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine in New York City.
  • A model photographed during New York Fashion Week in a Stella visor by Stella Rose Saint Clair. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A festive visor designed by Stella Rose Saint Clair, for her hat line Stella. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Designer Stella Rose Saint Clair adjusts a model's cellophane dress during New York Fashion Week. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • A model poses for the camera, backstage at the Stella hat show by Stella Rose Saint Clair. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • A cactus visor from the Stella line by Stella Rose Saint Clair. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Visors from the Stella hat line by Stella Rose Saint Clair. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine in New York City.
  • Stella, hats by Stella Rose Saint Clair. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine New York by Alexander Thompson.
  • New York City designer Stella Rose Saint Clair adjusts a model's cellophane dress. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • A blonde model photographed backstage at the Stella hat show by Stella Rose Saint Clair. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine in New York City.
  • Designer Stella Rose Saint Clair photographed backstage fitting a cellophane dress at her Stella hat event in New York City. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • A colorful visor designed by Stella Rose Saint Clair, for her Stella line for Spring/Summer 2017. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Close-ups of a hat designed by Stella Rose Saint Clair for her hat line, Stella. Photographed backstage by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Designer Stella Rose Saint Clair photographed backstage at her Stella hat show event in NYC. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Stella. Hats by Stella Rose Saint Clair. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.

STELLA

NEEDS A VACATION!

Designer. Model. Club girl. Blogger. We just love creative types who wear a lot of different hats! And hat designer Stella RoseSaint Clair did just that, showcasing her festive tropical hat designs at her fashion show during New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017, sponsored by Bullet Magazine. The designer showed 9 handmade hats inspired by tropical plants and the classic structure of the sun visor, on quirky downtown type models. Stella also created colorful dresses on the spot by wrapping her models in cellophane. Dj partners Fiends4Ever spun vintage 60s surf tunes, while attendees chugged free cans of PBR beer. The hats were fun and colorful, just over-the-top, exactly what one would expect from the kooky designer. Stella stated, “I desperately needed to take a vacation, so I decided to create a series of hats inspired by various tropical and desert plants. For the show I assembled a sort of “human garden” to give me a taste of a tropical getaway.  A getaway indeed! Thanks for the much needed vacation, Stella! Photography Alexander Thompson http://www.itsstellarose.com/

KENNETH NING
S/S 2017

  • Model Lye-Amone Cassac photographed backstage at Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A male model snapped backstage at the Kenneth Ning menswear show for Spring/Summer 2017. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male models wearing the latest backstage at Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male model Federico Spinas snapped backstage at Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models photographed backstage before the Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2017 menswear presentation. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models wear camouflage jacquard clothing backstage at Kenneth Ning S/S17. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male model Noa Thomas photographed backstage at Kenneth Ning S/S17 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • A male model wears a dramatic hat, backstage at Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2017. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Federico Spinas poses backstage at Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models Lye-Amone Cassac & Yan Kai Wen photographed backstage at Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Portrait of a male model backstage, before the Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2017 menswear presentation. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Models snapped backstage before walking at the Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2017 menswear presentation. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Noa Thomas snapped backstage in Kenneth Ning S/S17 menswear. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Male models in military inspired menswear, photographed backstage at Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Military inspired jackets photographed backstage before models walk for Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Federico Spinas walks backstage at Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Asymmetrical shirts photographed on models backstage at Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2017 menswear shot. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male models, including Noa Thomas, photographed before walking at the Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Model Yan Kai Wen photographed backstage at Kenneth Ning S/S17 menswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Lye-Amone Cassac snapped backstage at Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2017 menswear presentation. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine in New York City.
  • Full Metal, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine, backstage at Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show.

KENNETH NING S/S 2017

FULL METAL

Inspired by Stanley Kubrick film “Full Metal Jacket”, menswear designer Kenneth Ning featured full on military with a twist of deconstruction. The first look we spotted when shooting backstage was a model wearing an elaborate shredded hat with netting, which definitely made a statement. That was just the beginning, as we saw all kinds of interesting vests, cargo pants and camouflage jacquard suits. Many of the shirts were deconstructed in styling and cut, asymmetrical and unbalanced. Our favorite looks included the pleated sleeve detail on the black “Full Metal” hooded sweatshirt, which was also incorporated on the tan trench worn by model Noa Thomas. Ning gives us a youthful and much needed fresh approach to modern menswear. Photography Alexander Thompson.  http://www.kennethning.com

MARTIN KEEHN
F/W 2016

  • Model Jacopo Olmo with MSA models, photographed by Simon Cave for Martin Keehn F/W16 menswear lookbook. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models Jacopo Olmo and Matthew Logos photographed by Simon Cave for Martin Keen Fall/Winter 2016 lookbook. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models Jacopo Olmo and Dante Serje photographed for the Martin Keehn F/W16 menswear lookbook. Photography by Simon Cave. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models Matthew Logos and Dante Serje photographed by Simon Cave for Martin Keehn F/W16 menswear lookbook. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models Matt Assez and Matthew Logos photographed by Simon Cave for Martin Keehn F/W16 menswear lookbook. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male models Matt Assez and Matthew Logos photographed by Simon Cave for Martin Keehn F/W16 menswear lookbook. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male models Jacopo Olmo and Dante Serje featured in Martin Keehn Fall/Winter 2016 menswear lookbook. Photographed by Simon Cave, Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male models Dante Serje and Matthew Logos are featured in the Martin Keehn Fall/Winter 2016 menswear lookbook. Photography by Simon Cave. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male models Jacopo Olmo and Matt Assez photographed for the Martin Keehn Fall/Winter 2016 menswear lookbook. Photography by Simon Cave. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models Jacopo Olmo and Matt Assez are photographed for the Martin Keehn Fall/Winter 2016 menswear lookbook. Photography by Simon Cave. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models Dante Serje and Jacopo Olmo for Martin Keehn F/W16 menswear lookbook. Photography by Simon Cave. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models Jacopo Olmo and Matt Assez are photographed for the Martin Keehn Fall/Winter 2016 menswear lookbook. Photography by Simon Cave. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • The Martin Keen Fall/Winter 2016 menswear lookbook photographed by Simon Cave. Ponyboy magazine NY.

MARTIN KEEHN F/W 2016

“CHURCH STREET SURPLUS”

Martin Keehn FW16 draws from his own first experiences arriving in New York, a blue collar kid discovering the city in an era when downtown was a esthetic junkyard, before pre-fab counter culture fashion replaced actual counter culture. What emerges is a mixture of working class meets club fantasy meets army/navy surplus.

The dichotomy of utilitarian vs luxury speaks to the aspirational theme of the collection, with single needle tailored work shirts realised in fabrics that typically evoke ivy league or the 1%. Dobby dress shirts with a hint of Lurex suggests the fantasy of the proletariat untethered. Dominating silhouettes in leather and melton overcoats give us this season’s archetypal authoritarian. Factory worn-in denim accessories are an attempt to un-fame the masses and satirise prefab culture.

Typically, Keehn is irresistibly drawn to tension and reminds us of summer in more frigid times with a palette of peachy pinks , saturated creams, dove grey punctuated with metallic and leather accents throughout for a nod to our dark side. Photography Simon Cave. http://martinkeehn.com

ANNA K
F/W 2016

  • Young models in trapeze dresses, photographed backstage at the Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Assorted polaroids of models looks, backstage at Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Assorted colorful shoes, photographed backstage at Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Youthful designs hang backstage at Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A young model gets her lips applied, backstage at Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models in plaid dresses, photographed backstage at the Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Detail shot of a clothing label, backstage at Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Close-up shot of a model wearing Anna K Fall/Winter 2016 womenswear. Photographed backstage by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Backstage photo of colorful shoes at the Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A model gets her makeup refreshed, backstage at Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models photographed backstage before walking for Anna K Fall/Winter 2016. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Backstage youthful looks at Anna K Fall/Winter 2016 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Detail shot of a necklace, photographed backstage at the Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Embellished suede boots photographed backstage at Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Young models photographed backstage at the Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Backstage looks at Anna K Fall/Winter 2016 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A model gets her lips applied, backstage at Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Pleated printed skirts photographed backstage at the Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Canvas slip-ons designed by Anna K, in collaboration with Giannico shoes. Photographed backstage at the Fall/Winter 2016 show by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models in youthful designs, photographed backstage at the Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Fall/Winter 2016 white looks, photographed backstage at the Anna K womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A model gets her lipgloss applied, backstage at Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Anna K Fall/Winter 2016 creations, photographed backstage by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models photographed in colorful designs, backstage at the Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Long earrings photographed backstage on models at the Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models photographed backstage in the latest Anna K designs, for Fall/Winter 2016. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Long earrings snapped backstage at the Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models photographed in youthful designs, backstage at the Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Details of patches on a women's jacket, photographed backstage at the Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Young models photographed in colorful dresses, backstage at the Anna K Fall/Winter 2016 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Polaroids of models looks, backstage at Anna K F/W16 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.

ANNA K F/W 2016

YOUTHQUAKE!

Here at Ponyboy we’re just infatuated with anything that’s young and cool. And twenty-year-old fashion design sensation Anna K embodies everything that is both young and cool. The talented designer, who started out as a model in her native Ukraine, has risen to become the most successful designer in the country. She sells worldwide to over forty boutiques, including Collette and Isetan. Her previous collections and personal style have been applauded by many in the fashion industry, including Vogue and Style.com.

Anna K’s first US show, dubbed “Guest from the Future”, was inspired by the young invaders taking over the fashion world, much like the designer herself. The extremely fun collection consisted of 120 pieces of colorful dresses, sweaters, miniskirts and leather jackets. A favorite look was her signature oversized trapeze dress, which one can easily see on any young girl running around town. We were also extremely fond of the leather jacket/miniskirt set adorned with a rocket ship and flames, which the designer wore at the show. She accessorized the collection with quirky long earrings and necklaces assembled from chainlink and scarves. The dynamic shoes were a great addition and the outcome of a brilliant collaboration with twenty year old designer Nicolo Beretta, founder of Giannico shoes. The styles consisted of colorful, pointy spat-like shoes, eclectic sneakers and embellished suede boots. Anna K reached high for the stars with this collection, and she successfully took us along for the ride. Photography Alexander Thompson.  http://annak.fashion

AUDREY KITCHING
A NEW LOOK

  • The beautiful Audrey Kitching, photographed in New York by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine, with styling by Xina Giatas.
  • Model Audrey Kitching, photographed in New York by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine, with styling by Xina Giatas.
  • Pink haired beauty Audrey Kitching, photographed in New York by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine, with styling by Xina Giatas.
  • The fabulous Audrey Kitching, photographed in New York by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine, with styling by Xina Giatas.
  • Audrey Kitching photographed wearing Betsey Johnson for Ponyboy magazine New York. Photography by Alexander Thompson and styling by Xina Giatas.
  • Audrey Kitching photographed for Ponyboy magazine New York. Photography by Alexander Thompson, with styling by Xina Giatas.
  • Internet sensation Audrey Kitching, photographed in New York by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine, with styling by Xina Giatas.
  • Model, designer and artist Audrey Kitching, photographed for Ponyboy magazine in New York, by Alexander Thompson, with styling by Xina Giatas.

AUDREY KITCHING

A NEW LOOK

Audrey Kitching. Model. Artist. Designer. Crystal worker. Clairvoyant. Energy healer. Blogger. Internet darling. With her trademark pink hair, petite frame and gorgeous face, we were thrilled to both photograph and interview this sensation. Our team gave this stunning beauty an editorial “makeover,” referencing the late 1940s – 1950s couture glamour of Christian Dior’s New Look, which was characterized by a silhouette which included broad shoulders, narrow waist and full, long skirts. Fashion Editor Xina Giatas stated, “Audrey’s personal style is feminine and bohemian in spirit, so I loved the opportunity to mix it up with her through channelling the more structured and voluminous New Look by Dior.” And our Beauty Director James Vincent said, “To bring across something new and exciting with makeup, we tapped into Audrey’s classic beauty and her beautiful, brilliant energy. The makeup feels Fellini-esque with its deep black shades and bold, feline shapes, but we have given balance by pairing black liquid liner with unexpected bright parallel lines and pops of color on the lip and cheek that range from sheer to saturated. Audrey’s beauty and spirit have a natural excitement to them and we hoped to capture that and reflect it in the makeup.” Photography by Alexander Thompson. Thank you to Laura Rebel Angel and Severly Mame. http://www.crystalcactus.com

PONYBOY:  Audrey, we read that you were born in New Jersey, but now reside in Philadelphia?

AUDREY KITCHING:   Yes, kinda sorta! The town I was born in is about five minutes from the center of Philadelphia, so I grew up with one foot in the city and the other in the woods. The best part about Philadelphia is you’re about an hour from the ocean, mountains, woods, country, various cities…basically anything you want is within a very close reach. But, I work in New York City mainly. I am in and out of the city all throughout the week. For someone whose heart lays with nature, being able to commute in and out of the city is beyond a blessing.

PONYBOY:  What was your childhood like?

AUDREY KITCHING:  My childhood was equal parts magical and tragic. I grew up building vampire traps in the woods, doing strange nature spells, pressing flowers in old library books, planting gardens, painting, collecting bugs, meeting animals in the woods, and dyeing clothing. My childhood, in that sense, was out of a fairytale. I have always been very energetically sensitive, since I was very young. As a kid you only know what your surroundings teach you. I would see ghosts and demons all the time and no one would believe me. It was pretty horrifying to not understand what they were or how to explain to adults what was happening. I have this haunting memory of being maybe nine years old at my older brother’s wedding rehearsal. It took place in an incredibly old, well-known haunted hotel with a restaurant and lounge in the historic part of the city. I spent the entire night being freezing cold, sick and followed by a little girl. I kept telling everyone she wouldn’t leave me alone and was making me feel ill and scared. Long story short, the entire family was incredibly annoyed with me and put me in time out for the rest of the evening.

PONYBOY:  You also lived in Los Angeles at some point. What was that experience like for you?

AUDREY KITCHING:  Los Angeles can teach you a lot about yourself very quickly. My lesson was finding out this place was not for me at all in any way, shape or form. It’s this strange bubble, a completely distorted reality. The people who live there and revel in it have become so embracing of that delusion that they see nothing outside of it. The thought of the real word is a very scary thing to them. I do know there are a few exceptions to this, but I’m just being generally honest here. I’m in a strange paradox because I’m sort of the anti-industry, while still working within it. Everything Los Angeles stands for is against what I live. It’s a very toxic place that feeds on souls of the desperate. My advice to anyone who is an artist with integrity would be to accept the lesson and save your soul.

PONYBOY:  How did you get into the world of modeling?

AUDREY KITCHING:  I really just fell into it. I did a lot of artistic projects for friends when I was younger and when my online teenage rants grew in popularity, companies started to notice. They would book me because of my reach and what I stood for at that time. When I look back to the start of all this I had no idea how much influence and power I was beginning to harness back then. I was just a kid complaining about things I thought no one could relate to. It was kind of like my personal diary, but public. I’m not your normal model by any means. People meet me and the first thing they always say is along the lines of, “Wow! You’re so tiny. I never would have thought!”

PONYBOY:  You’ve been photographed for many magazines. What’s been your favorite editorial to date?

AUDREY KITCHING:  I did an editorial for ZINK and they flew out all the McQueen gowns straight from the runway in Paris a few days before. I am such a fan of that label, so for me that was a pretty memorable experience. They also made me look like the Queen of the Underworld, which is very McQueen in its own right.

PONYBOY:  Would you say that modeling is ultimately your passion?

AUDREY KITCHING:  Any kind of art is my passion, and right now modeling falls into that category. So, in a sense, yes. I just love to create, whether I’m the one in front of or behind the camera, painting, gluing things together, or mixing up oils. As long as I’m bringing something beautiful to life, my soul is satisfied.

PONYBOY:  You’ve been described as a huge social media star. Did that originally come about from you being a blogger?

AUDREY KITCHING:  It did, for sure, but it was never a goal or intention of mine. It was my outlet. I never fit in with other bloggers. I was never the girl doing the $100 Instagram posts about teeth whiting, face masks and diet teas. I was writing more about real life situations and wearing what I wanted, not what I was paid to dress up in. During the peak of the blogging days, this was a dangerous tactic. I isolated myself, but created my own path at the same time, ironically. Being authentic and going against the grain does eventually pay off, as long as you believe in what you’re doing.

PONYBOY:   Are you still an editor for Buzznet?

AUDREY KITCHING:  I’m actually not. I worked for Spin Media for almost ten years. I did a lot of their music and fashion columns online. I look back and it’s kinda wild to think about some of the situations it granted me. I was paid to just go on tour with my friends and take photos the first few years I worked there. It was completely out of control to be honest, chaos at the deepest level. Once I had enough of the music scene and touring, I switched over to the Style Editor role and focused more on celebrity interviews, red carpets and fashion week events. It seems like a whole other lifetime, looking back now.

PONYBOY:  You’re also a designer. Tell us about the clothing projects that you’ve worked on in the past.

AUDREY KITCHING:  I have done major clothing collaborations in the past. We had showrooms in Tokyo and were doing incredibly well in the market. But, I sort of saw how dirty that side of the industry was, and chose to step away from it all. I didn’t want my day to day life to be so consumed with trends and what was popular at that moment. It started to feel like a big game that I didn’t want any part of. Whenever you can make other people money and they know that, you must be incredibly careful with your talent and ideas before they are exploited. After choosing to step away from that side of design, is when I created Crystal Cactus. Now, we curate full moon ritual bath soaks and crystal healing jewelry.

PONYBOY:  Explain to our readers the concept behind Crystal Cactus.

AUDREY KITCHING:  Crystal Cactus is really a lifestyle brand to expand minds and bring in beautiful products that assist it. It was a way for me to show that knowledge and consciousness can be beautiful. They don’t have to be isolated concepts.

PONYBOY:  You’ve been dubbed a style icon. Describe your personal style.

AUDREY KITCHING:  My style is a mix. I love my lace and my latex. I always say it’s feminine, but not girly. I think there is a difference. I love muted colors, textures and layers. I grew up dyeing my own clothing from thrift stores and I’m still doing that today. I dye my clothing all the time. I might be addicted to it actually. I just like to take something ordinary and make it feel special, different, one of a kind.

PONYBOY:  What designers do you favor?

AUDREY KITCHING:   Galliano, McQueen, Prada, and Ashish.

PONYBOY:  More than anything, you’re a successful business woman. What do you have on your horizon next?

AUDREY KITCHING:  I have so many projects going on, but my main focus next is my top secret aura project. I cannot wait to bring that to life! It’s been in the works for a while, but it will be worth the wait. I promise.

ERIN FETHERSTON
S/S 2016

  • The Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016 womenswear show, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Polaroids of models in Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Backstage snapshots of models in hair at Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016 show. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine NY by Alexander Thompson.
  • Accessories photographed backstage at Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016 womenswear collection by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Backstage photograph at Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016 womenswear show, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Detail photographs from the Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models in hair, backstage at the Erin Fetherston S/S 2016 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Close up shots of model cards, backstage at Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Erin Fetherston models photographed backstage, for Spring/Summer 2016 by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model card at Erin Fetherston S/S16 collection. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models photographed backstage in hair and makeup at Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016 womenswear collection. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Detail shots of a Erin Fetherston bag and dress for Spring/Summer 2016. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • B&W photos of models backstage at Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Backstage shots of clothing board at Erin Fetherston S/S16 womenswear collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Blonde models photographed backstage at the Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Close up shots of model cards, backstage at Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models snapped backstage in chiffon dresses, Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016. Photography for Ponyboy magazine NY by Alexander Thompson.
  • Model's dressing cards, backstage at Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Closeups of models backstage at Erin Fetherston S/S16 collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models in pleated chiffon dresses on the runway at Erin Fetherston S/S16. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models in embroidered designs on the runway at Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models in the latest Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016 designs. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016 womenswear collection, photographed on the runway by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models wear Erin Fetherston dresses on the runway for Spring/Summer 2016. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models walk the Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016 runway. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models in floral patterns at Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016 runway show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models in white dresses at Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016 womenswear show. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • White chiffon dresses on the Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016 runway. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Designer Erin Fetherston photographed backstage at her Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A model poses backstage at the Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.

ERIN FETHERSTON S/S 2016

DREAMY DARLINGS

New York womenswear designer Erin Fetherston is known for her incredibly romantic creations. And this season she stuck within her element of gorgeous designs for the young bohemian girl. Fetherston sent models down the runway in to-die-for floaty, dreamy dresses reminiscent of a fashionable 70’s girl. Our favorite look was the orange floaty stunner that opened the show, a pleated chiffon A-line dress with bell sleeves that just screamed out for the girl who loves vintage. The baby pink version with a capelet was pretty terrific, as well. Denim culottes made there mark, as well as the oh-so-cute needlepoint embroidery minaudiére, part of a capsule collection. Runway hair and makeup were kept clean and effortless with flowing curls and dewey skin, lending to an angelic feel. Fetherston’s clothing is about being beautiful, chic, young and feminine. And we just love her for that! Photography Alexander Thompson.

ROBERT
GELLER S/S 2016

  • Designer Robert Geller's menswear collection, Spring/Summer 2016. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models of the moment James Smith and Max Von Isser, photographed on the Spring/Summer 2016 runway for Robert Geller. Photography for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson in New York City.
  • Models Mats Van Snippenberg and Charlie James on the runway for menswear designer Robert Geller. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Alex Trestle walks the Spring/Summer 2016 runway at Robert Geller. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Models wear Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2016 menswear on the runway for men's fashion week. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Benjamin Jarvis walks the runway at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2016. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male model Felix Gesnouin walks the runway at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2016. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Outerwear by menswear designer Robert Geller, for Spring/Summer 2016. Photographed at men's fashion week by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • The latest by menswear designer Robert Geller, for Spring/Summer 2016. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York.
  • Models walk the runway for Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2016. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson in New York.
  • Models Alex Treutel and Alexander Beck photographed on the runway at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2016. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male models on the runway in white shirts at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2016. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson in New York.
  • Models in wide trousers and oversized blazers at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2016. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson in New York City.
  • Model Eli Hall, photographed on the runway at Robert Geller S/S16 by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male models on the Robert Geller runway, for Spring/Summer 2016. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male models James Smith and Charlie James photographed on the runway at Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2016 by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Mats Van Snippenberg photographed on the runway at Robert Geller S/S 2106 by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male models, including Max Von Isser, photographed on the Robert Geller S/S16 runway. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.

ROBERT GELLER S/S 2016

THE NORTH SEA

German born designer Robert Geller’s Spring Summer 2016 fashion show was a highly anticipated show during Men’s New York Fashion Week. For this collection he drew inspiration from the North Sea. Geller’s runway was filled with muted beach tones and the layered, lightweight silhouettes gave movement on the boardwalk runway. He used Tyvek reflective printed material, as well as a squiggly “rain” pattern throughout the collection, which included blazers, trenches, jumpsuits and shorts. The rope necklaces and woven cummerbunds gave a nautical feel to the clothing. Some of the models faces were hidden in what appeared to be a men’s version of the 1920’s cloche cap, lending an overall dramatic event. We loved the rope-tied bags, a collaboration with Siwa from Japan, as well as the oversized envelope style briefcases. The designer stated, “I am very happy with this collection. It feels close to home and the next step in the right direction for the brand.” Indeed, it is the right direction for the very well dressed, modern man. Photography Alexander Thompson.

KENNETH NING
S/S 2016

  • Male model Mats Van Snippenberg photographed at Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2016 menswear presentation at Industria Studios New York. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male models photographed at Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2016 menswear presentation at New York City's Industria Studio. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Model Charlie James photographed at the Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2016 menswear presentation in New York City. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male models wearing the latest designs by Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2016, photographed in New York City at Industria by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Detail shot of pants and shoes at Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2016 menswear presentation. Photographed at Industria for Ponyboy magazine NY by Alexander Thompson.
  • Male models in the latest menswear collection from designer Kenneth Ning, Spring/Summer 2016. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine in New York.
  • Mats Van Snippenberg photographed at Kenneth Ning menswear presentation at New York Fashion Week Men Spring/Summer 2016, for Ponyboy magazine NY by Alexander Thomspon.
  • Male models in printed sheer kerchiefs at Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2016. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Male models photographed at New York Fashion Week Men's presentation by designer Kenneth Ning, Spring/Summer 2016. Photo by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2016 menswear presentation at Industria Studios in New York City. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.

KENNETH NING S/S 2016

SUBVERSIVE YOUTH CULTURE

“For Spring 2016, we continued to explore the balance between subversive youth culture and clean tailoring. Inspired by faraway desert lands, we found ourselves drawn to the vibrant energy and chaos of the bustling medina.

We immersed ourselves in the unfamiliar:  colorful spices set the palette, while patterned tapestries influenced the use of unexpected fabrics such as floral jacquards and lace. Graphic elements were extracted from traditional motifs. Ornate mandalas were reimagined as statement prints and applied using innovative techniques to disrupt classic suiting fabrics such as the pinstripe.

Proportions were pushed to create updated silhouettes with fitted shoulders and full sweeps. The end result is a bold statement of cultural art reinterpreted for modern sportswear and executed with expert tailoring, for the sartorial enthusiast with a youthful spirit.”

KENNETH NING

DAVID DALRYMPLE
SKIN TIGHT

  • David Dalrymple collection, photographed by Aaron Cobbett. Ponyboy magazine.
  • The David Dalrymple collection, photographed by Aaron Cobbett. Ponyboy magazine.
  • David Dalrymple collection, photographed by Aaron Cobbett. Ponyboy magazine, New York City.
  • Designer David Dalrymple's collection, photographed by Aaron Cobbett. Ponyboy magazine.
  • David Dalrymple collection, photographed by Aaron Cobbett for Ponyboy magazine.
  • David Dalrymple collection, photographed by Aaron Cobbett for Ponyboy magazine in New York City.
  • David Dalrymple collection, photographed by Aaron Cobbett for Ponyboy magazine in New York.
  • David Dalrymple collection, photographed by Aaron Cobbett for Ponyboy magazine in NY.
  • The latest David Dalrymple collection, photographed by Aaron Cobbett for Ponyboy magazine in New York City.
  • The latest David Dalrymple collection, photographed by Aaron Cobbett for Ponyboy magazine in New York.
  • Portrait of New York City designer David Dalrymple, for Ponyboy Magazine by Aaron Cobbett.
  • Maybelline campaigns with clothing designed by David Dalrymple. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Sketches for David Dalrymple designs. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Models backstage in Vienna, wearing David Dalrymple designs. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Models walk the runway in designer David Dalrymple's creations. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • The Connie Girl modeling David Dalrymple designs. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Sketches and fabric swatches, The David Dalrymple Collection. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Mother and daughter models Anna and Pat Cleveland in David Dalrymple creations, as well as the Brooklynettes. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Polaroids of David Dalrymple creations on Omahyra Mota. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Polaroids of David Dalrymple designs. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Beyonce and Britney Spears in David Dalrymple creations. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Lourdes Ciccone, Miley Cyrus and Eve all wearing David Dalrymple designs. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Neon sign for David Dalrymple collection for Patricia Field. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Model Theo Kogan, from Lunachicks fame, backstage at David Dalrymple. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Models in colorful creations by David Dalrymple. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Models backstage in colorful designs by New York designer David Dalrymple. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Ivy Bjork backstage for David Dalrymple. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Models run backstage in creations by David Dalrymple. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Models wait backstage to walk the runway for David Dalrymple. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Models Theo Kogan and Ivy Bjork photographed backstage at David Dalrymple. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Models in revealing creations by designer David Dalrymple. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Models in colorful creations by New York designer David Dalrymple. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Model Omahyra Moto photographed backstage for David Dalrymple. Photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • Models exiting the runway at New York designer David Dalrymple show. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • B&W portraits of young New York City designer David Dalrymple. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • B&W portraits of young designer David Dalrymple. Ponyboy Magazine
  • Photograph of New York City designer David Dalrymple by Steven Meisel. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • A collage of David Dalrymple by artist Scooter Laforge. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • RuPaul, David Dalrymple and Lahoma Van Zandt on a NYC nightclub flyer from the 80's. Ponyboy Magazine.
  • David Dalrymple. New York City. Ponyboy Magazine.

DAVID DALRYMPLE

DESIGNING STARS

We first met a young David Dalrymple in the nightclub scene in the late 80’s, standing taller than the rest of us with his then unfamous sidekick RuPaul, go-go dancing his way around town at all the New York City hotspots. Since then, David has gone on to design for Patricia Field’s collection named House of Field and celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker on Sex and The City, as well as Bette Midler, Britney Spears and Beyonce. Never one to conform, David always seems to have a new trick up his sleeve, what with all his fabulous super sexy creations. Studio photography by Aaron Cobbett. Backstage photography Alexander Thompson. Additonal photos courtesy of David Dalrymple.

PONYBOY:  David please tell Ponyboy readers about your background.

DAVID DALRYMPLE:  I was born and raised in north western New Jersey, just a one hour drive from New York City. My family’s home is located in a very rural area. It’s a very beautiful place and surprisingly remote for being so close to Manhattan. Now when I visit home, I appreciate it so much. But when I was a kid, it felt like torture. It was the 70’s and everything I would read or hear about that was exciting or interesting to me was happening in New York. So I paved my way out there.

PONYBOY:  Did you go to school for fashion design?

DAVID DALRYMPLE:  In the 80’s, I studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. But, it was in the glittery nighclubs of New York that I was truly educated. I studied style, expression, originality, and mainly how to stand out in a crowd of people who stand out.

PONYBOY:  Were New York City nightclub legends like RuPaul and Larry Tee your partners in crime?

DAVID DALRYMPLE:  Yes, I met RuPaul, Lahoma Van Zandt, DJ Larry Tee, The Lady Bunny and Linda Simpson out at night in the clubs. Long story short, I treasure the memories I have from those years of working and going to clubs. These people are family to me, perhaps what a family tries to be but often can’t because of whatever reasons. A safe place for me to be me was provided, with no conditions. I was able to express myself. I had people in my life I could share my feelings with for the very first time. This was a gift and I had support.

So, I continued to make clothes and I go-go danced all over town on stages, bars, the tops of boxes, speakers, and in cages. It was very liberating! And it was a celebration of the body and sex in a club scene that was shaken by AIDS. I didn’t experience the clubs in the 70’s, but nightlife was incredible in the 80’s and 90’s. Sexual energy was channeled in other directions. RuPaul and I would always come home from the clubs in the very wee hours and religiously watch CNN’s “Style with Elsa Klensh” at 6:30am. It was everything to us, as it was a different era. There was no style.com and no streaming fashion shows. Fashion was in no way democratic. Immediately following the intro, she would say “I’m Elsa Klensch reporting from the worlds of fashion, beauty and decorating.” It definitely had a “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” air about it. And it was inspiration for a vogueing ball, if there ever was! Well, we could just not get enough!

PONYBOY:  So, it’s safe to say that you get inspiration from your early nightclub years?

DAVID DALRYMPLE:  Yes, of course! I remember that some time later RuPaul produced my first fashion show at a club called the Red Zone. He came home and told me it was booked for the following Thursday, and that he, Lahoma and I would model the entire “collection.” And, we would also be making a few hundred dollars, which we would split three ways. I, of course, responded that I was not ready, that it was not possible. RuPaul’s response was, “You better get ready!” He called it the “Hot Black Hooker” fashion show. These were my formative years. It’s a part of me that I’ll always tap into during my creative process.

PONYBOY:  How did you end up designing for Patricia Field‘s House of Field?

DAVID DALRYMPLE:  I became acquainted with Patricia Field through our mutual friend, downtown artist JoJo Americo. I had been working with Paul Alexander, selling my clothes on consignment at the outrageous Patricia Field boutique in Greenwich Village for about a year before I met her. We became friendly out at night. And she also became more familiar with my clothes as she saw them on our mutual friends who were entertaining or attending the clubs. She scheduled a studio visit to see more. Patricia had been recruited to add her image and do the buying for a boutique in Harajuku, Tokyo named “Sexy Pop by Patricia Field.” This was my first official order. It was twenty pieces and I was very excited. I delivered the pieces and continued selling my designs in her New York store.

Some months later, Patricia approached me to discuss her existing collection. The previous designer had passed away and the company was drifting along without direction. It was in 1994 that I was offered the position of designer for “House of Field.” I accepted the challenge with vigor and by the next season I was planning to show in Bryant Park. The underground brand made it’s way to the surface. The collection became a favorite of many top stylists including, Kurt & Bart and Lysa Cooper. The clothes began to reach highly visible people. This brought opportunities and growth I had never imagined, including the opportunity to design red carpet pieces, build custom stage wear and style music videos.

PONYBOY:  Do you still collaborate with Patricia?

DAVID DALRYMPLE:  I worked on so many amazing projects with Patricia over the years. We literally traveled around the world numerous times. We have done TV and print advertising for many big brands, as well as custom stage wear and costumes for theater, music and film. At the same time we were also able to design and develop our own clothing brand. It’s been validating, inspiring and rewarding, and occasionally tiring and draining. But, overall it has been an incredible, uplifting experience with no two days ever the same. We’ve slowed down a bit in the last few years. However, in early October, we’ll travel to San Francisco for an event and present a fashion show. I’m very much looking forward to it.

PONYBOY:  At some point we remember that you designed costumes for a European opera.

DAVID DALRYMPLE:  Yes! In 2004, I was commissioned by the Federal Stages of Vienna to design costumes for the musical version of Barbarella, with original score by Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics. I traveled monthly to Vienna for 8 months designing and collaborating with Vienna’s famous costume workshops on over 450 costumes. Three weeks prior to opening night, I lived in Vienna working through tech and dress rehearsals until we had perfected the show. This entire experience was nothing short of magic. It was thrilling to work alongside an amazing leading team, finding ways to tell the story, and entertain and make something beautiful. I am so grateful to have had the experience to work on a production of this scale.

PONYBOY:  That sounds amazing. You’ve designed for so many superstars, including Beyonce, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears, to name a few. Who has been your favorite celebrity to design for so far?

DAVID DALRYMPLE: A surprisingly rewarding, challenging and prestigious client is not primarily one of my fashion clients, but a sports team. I have been designing the Nets dancers for many years. They have now moved to Brooklyn and become the Brooklynettes. And the bar has been raised! I enjoy working with the dancers very much. These girls are true athletes, so the gear must be built to last, as well as look good. It’s a great challenge every season.

PONYBOY:  Of all the celebrities out there, who would you say is your dream client that you have not yet designed for?

DAVID DALRYMPLE:  I don’t like to play favorites, but I am enjoying my latest client. In the last year or so, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with Bette Midler on costumes for several events. Sometimes I have to pinch myself and ask if it’s a dream. But beyond wardrobe, I learned that Bette does so much service for New York City arts, environment and the city’s schools and parks. Often I have felt helpless and frustrated to hear that art and music programs are being discontinued or that schools and parks have fallen into disrepair. One might say “But how can I change things?” Meeting Bette has been so inspirational. Taking an interest in the community and it’s condition and keeping that awareness close to you throughout the day is asking “How can I be of service?” There is always a way to contribute. Last October I designed her costume for “Hulaween” which is the annual fund raising Halloween event that she created that benefits the New York Parks Department. It was a New Orleans themed party. Over the past ten years, as a result of her hard work, over 800,000 trees have been planted. That one fact alone is staggering.

Recently, I designed the wardrobe for Bette’s new album and shot the TV commercial for the release. It was a labor of love. She has recorded songs from classic 60’s girl groups like The Ronettes, Exciters, and The Supremes. I love what she brings to a song, such emotion and care. Look for it this fall!

PONYBOY:  What will David Dalrymple be remembered for?

DAVID DALRYMPLE:  Interesting, I have never thought of what I’ll be remembered for. I’ll just keep it simple. He made people feel SEXY!

LOLA DEVLIN
DESIGNER

  • Ponyboy loves Lola Devlin! Photographed by Alexander Thompson in Las Veagas for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Lola Devlin photographed in 1950's vintage leopard by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • MIss Lola Devlin photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine in New York City.
  • The lovely Lola Devlin photographed in 50's leopard for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • Lingerie designer Miss Lola Devlin photographed exclusively for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • Lola Devlin wears 1950's leopard for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Lola Devlin wears vintage leopard and bakelite accessories for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Miss Lola Devlin wears vintage leopard and bakelite accessories for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Lingerie designer Lola Devlin wears vintage leopard for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Miss Lola Devlin wears vintage leopard for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Lola Devlin models in vintage cat eye sunglasses and a leopard scarf for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • The beautiful Lola Devlin photographed for Ponyboy Magazine in Las Vegas by Alexander Thompson.

CALL OF THE WILD

LOLA DEVLIN

Ponyboy goes crazy for redheads! So we were thrilled to photograph West Coast beauty Lola Devlin for our “Ponyboy Loves” section. Lola is not only a 1950’s styled siren, she is also a lingerie designer. We always catch Lola in the most amazing vintage get-ups, as well as some of her own creative over-the-top designs.

PONYBOY:  Tell our readers about your upbringing. Where were you raised?

LOLA DEVLIN:  California woman, born and raised. I grew up in Los Angeles, then Lake Tahoe and I have been happily living in San Francisco for the past ten years.

PONYBOY:  How did you get into designing clothing?

LOLA DEVLIN:  My Grandmother first taught me how to sew when I was six and I have been making what I want to wear ever since. After a few attempts at different career options, I quickly realized that what I can do best for the world is make clothing. For my company, I am both the designer and the seamstress, which is a blessing and a curse, as I spend most of my time chained to the sewing machine. However, I wouldn’t have it any other way. To me, it is an amazing process to make something for someone that they will wear in their everyday life, for a special occasion, up on stage or just romping around the house. Nothing makes me more excited than to see a client or a friend wear a garment I’ve made for them. It’s always icing on the cake when they feel as good as they look. It’s almost hard to describe why I do what I do, but the thrill of someone loving what they are wearing, if I’ve made it for them, is something nobody can ever take away from me.

PONYBOY:  Tell us about your Lola Devlin designs. Is it exclusively lingerie?

LOLA DEVLIN:  A little bit yes, a little bit no. Lingerie is the heart and soul of my company. It’s what I can design solely for, what I want to make and sell, and frankly, makes me giggle the most to create. I will occasionally do a custom clothing piece for a client and have done things like create a line of perfect pencil skirts for select stores, and so on. Lingerie will forever be my favorite type of garment to design and sew. Nothing quite compares to the attitude that comes with creating and wearing lingerie, and most certainly the attitude that comes with a good piece of house attire.

PONYBOY:  Where do you get inspiration for the pieces you design?

LOLA DEVLIN:  I am lost in my own cheeky world, I’m afraid. I am constantly looking for and pulling inspiration from many different places, mostly from the past when lingerie and house attire were celebrated the most. It’s not only a lost art, but also a lost lifestyle that I am hoping to bring back in a small way, one woman at a time. The books I read are old pulp fiction, most of them saucy. I am always on the hunt for old photography from way back when, of people in their normal clothes, erotica, smut and all the wonderful occasions in between. Most of my inspiration I find comes in the form of the attitudes and personalities of people I meet, or if there is an occasion in particular the ideas just dream up themselves. I have found that I can’t decide what to design until I see the fabric in front of me. It is usually then the fabric gives me the idea for what it wants to be and I just have to chop it out with my trusty pair of scissors.

PONYBOY:  So, primarily the 1950’s aesthetic is your thing, design wise?

LOLA DEVLIN:  The 1950’s aesthetic is my favorite for several reasons, although overall I sway between the mid 40’s to mid 60’s. I fell in love with the glamour of that time a long time ago; women’s figures were celebrated the most in fashion and fashion was both simple and extravagant. But mostly, I appreciate the effort that women had during that time period.

PONYBOY:  You’re also personally very into 1950’s culture. When did you start getting into that?

LOLA DEVLIN:  I have always said I was born in the wrong time period, but really only if we are musically or aesthetically speaking. I have loved the music, the dancing, the clothing, the look and design of that era for my entire life. I have a preference for clothing cut from that era or designed similar as that fits my figure best. I have a preference for the music of that era because it makes me wiggle around the most. I love films from that era for their simplicity and everything from architecture, automobiles, and everything in between – and for my design mind, it all makes sense to me. The first color lipstick I ever bought was red because that is the only color I believed women should ever wear. Still to this day I don’t know why I thought that when I was a kid, but I still believe it now.

PONYBOY:  Who would you say are your favorite clothing designers from the past to the present?

LOLA DEVLIN:  My favorite clothing designers are actually a mix of clothing and costume designers: Madeline Vionnet, Adrian, Edith Head, Gussie Gross, Ceil Chapman, and Schiaparelli.  And may I just add that I absolutely hate Chanel – not my kind of woman.

PONYBOY:  As far as music is concerned, what music is on your turntable?

LOLA DEVLIN:  Nothing but the good stuff! If it makes me wiggle, then I dig it. My favorite genres of music are early R&B, blues, rockabilly, rock & roll, but I also fancy some soul, some jazz, some western and always exotica.

PONYBOY:  Of the modern day bands out there, who are your particular favorites?

LOLA DEVLIN:  There are some incredible musicians out there who I am lucky enough to call good friends, and I will travel the world to see them play. In no particular order or type: Nikki Hill, Furious, Eddie Clendening, Bebo, Bloodshot Bill, Josh Sorheim, The Shadowmen, Dollar Bill, JD McPherson, The Rattle Rockin’ Boys, The Caezers, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, The Bellfuries and The Reckless Ones.

PONYBOY:  We see that you are buying up all the vinyl that you can get your hands on these days. Are you an aspiring DJ, as well?

LOLA DEVLIN:  I never planned on it actually. I have always bought vinyl for friends who are DJ’s and record collectors, if I ever came across a song I knew they were after. Or, if it was something that I personally love to dance to, it was my selfish way of sneaking in songs I wanted to wiggle around to at shows. I swore that I would never let myself start collecting until a few weeks ago I came across a record that I could not live without and have been crying mercy ever since. I want to play the songs I love to wiggle around to and suppose the only way for you all to hear them is if I DJ them somewhere. Watch out! I might be out on the loose soon enough, clawing my way right out of the jungle!

SOPHIE THEALLET
A/W 2014

  • Supermodel Anais Mali walks for French designer Sophie Theallet A/W 2014 collection in New York City, photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • Backstage at Sophie Theallet, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Backstage photo at Sophie Theallet A/W 2014 show, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Model Codie Young photographed by Alexander Thompson, backstage at Sophie Theallet A/W 2014 collection for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Backstage in hair and makeup at Sophie Theallet A/W 2014 show, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • B&W portrait by photographer Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine, backstage at Sophie Theallet A/W 2014 collection.
  • A model poses backstage at the Sophie Theallet Autumn/Winter 2014 fashion show in New York City, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • A model at Milk Studios, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine, at the Sophie Theallet A/W 2014 show.
  • A brunette model captured backstage by Ponyboy Magazine photographer Alexander, at the Sophie Theallet A/W 2014 show in New York City.
  • Supermodel Anais Mali photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine at the Sophie Theallet A/W 2014 collection.
  • Autumn/Winter 2014 at the Sophie Theallet collection in New York City, photographed at Milk Studios by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Blonde model Codie Young photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine at the Sophie Theallet A/W 2014 show in New York City.
  • Models on the Sophie Theallet A/W 2014 runway show, photographed by Alexander Thompson in New York City by Alexander Thompson.
  • Models for Sophie Theallet A/W 2014 runway show, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Sophie Theallet Autumn/Winter 2014 collection photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine in New York City.
  • Codie Young walks for Sophie Theallet Autumn/Winter 2014 at Milk Studios in New York City, photographed Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • The collection of Sophie Theallet A/W 2014, photographed by Alexander Thompson in New York City for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Black supermodel Anais Mali walks for Sophie Theallet A/W 2014 collection at Milk Studios in New York City, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Models on the Sophie Theallet A/W 2014 runway, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine in New York City.

SOPHIE THEALLET

CHIC FRENCH TWIST

Sophie Theallet Autumn/Winter 2014 ready-to-wear collection consisted of collaged patchwork, biased-cut frocks, and dramatic gowns. The French designer stuck to her signature chic and elegant designs, modernized and slightly eccentric. The luxurious fabrics consisted of a mix of leather, plush velvets and sparkly metallics. A favorite piece included a grey asyemtrical fake fur wrap, as well as the glittery semi-sheer deep plunging gown that closed the show. We read that the designer’s inspiration for this collection was the 1958 Louis Malle crime film “Elevator to the Gallows“, which made sense with the slightly twisted overtone. French black supermodel Anais Mali ruled the catwalk, but we always love watching the waif-like innocence of newly bleached blonde model Codie Young awkwardly traipsing down the runway. Photography Alexander Thompson.

KENLEY
COLLINS

  • Beautiful designer Kenley Collins photographed by Alexander Thompson in New York City for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Kenley Collins in vintage fur, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine in New York City.
  • Designer Kenley Collins modelis a vintage fur cape for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • New York City designer Kenley Collins in vintage fur for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson in New York City.
  • The beautiful Kenley Collins in a vintage leopard coat, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine in New York City.
  • Kenley Collins 1950's Marilyn Monroe for photographer Alexander Thompson. Photographed exclusively for Ponyboy Magazine in New York City.
  • Multiple B&W Kenley Collins photos by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine in New York City.
  • A veiled Kenley Collins models for Ponyboy Magazine in New York City, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • A black veiled Kenley Collins modeling for photographer Alexander Thompson, shot in New York City for Ponyboy Magazine.

DESIGNER KENLEY COLLINS

BLONDE BEAUTY

Ponyboy photographed blonde and beautiful New York City designer Kenley Collins recently. Our fashion editor, Maria Ayala, played up her glamorous 1950’s Marilyn Monroe style by putting the ravishing talent in vintage furs mixed with some of Kenley’s own designs. We especially loved dripping our blonde model in rhinestone jewelry to give her that “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend ” look . After the shoot, we sat down with the talented designer and asked about her past, including Project Runway, as well as her current projects.

PONYBOY:  Kenley, please tell us about your background.

KENLEY COLLINS:  I’m from Pompano Beach, Florida, and have a marketing degree at Florida State University.

PONYBOY:  How did you get into designing clothing?

KENLEY COLLINS:  I started collecting vintage, fitting it to myself and then renewing and reconstructing it. And from there, I learned to construct and sew from scratch.

PONYBOY: What was your reaction when you found out you were picked to be on Project Runway?

KENLEY COLLINS:  I was very excited, of course!

PONYBOY:  Tell us about your Project Runway experience. Was is good or bad, overall?

KENLEY COLLINS:  Fun at the beginning, it became extremely exhausting towards the end. It was tough to hear negative things people had to say about me, but overall I’m happy to have been a part of it.

PONYBOY:  It obviously must have opened doors for you?

KENLEY COLLINS:  No, it didn’t really at first. It was right at the time the economy crashed in 2008, so I went back to waiting tables and bartending for a few years after the show.

PONYBOY:  And what are your thoughts on reality television?

KENLEY COLLINS:  It’s like watching a train wreck. It’s terrible, but you can’t take your eyes off it.

PONYBOY:  As far as your clothing designs, you seem to be focused on the 1950’s. Is that your vision or passion?

KENLEY COLLINS:  I love anything starting from the 1940’s-1960’s! That’s where all my inspiration comes from.

PONYBOY:  Tell us about your “Candy” dresses for It’Sugar.

KENLEY COLLINS:  I’m so happy to work with them! They have stores opening world-wide and I’m lucky enough to know someone from the company. I mentioned if they needed any fabulous candy creations, that I could be their gal. I started with one mannequin at their Upper West Side store and now I’ve done over 20 stores! I start by looking at their candy assortments to see what the prettiest ones are. And after doing it awhile, I learned which candy is easier to work with. Then I send them sketches of my designs and they order usually 2-5 looks per store. My Gummy Banana Crop Top and Sour Gummy POW Skirt is a popular look. I also do a lot of Gummy Bear Dresses, Jelly Belly Lip Skirts and Runts tops and skirts.

PONYBOY:  That sounds really fun and delicious! You also design for Ariana Grande, the teen pop star, whom is such a beauty. How did that all come about?

KENLEY COLLINS:  I know! She’s such a beauty and talent that I’ve been blessed to work with. Her older brother Frankie thought we’d make a good match and introduced us. And I’ve been working with her ever since! It’s been almost 2 years now and she’s grown so much. I can’t wait to continue to grow with her as her second album comes out soon. It’s so exciting!

PONBOY:  What’s in store for you in the future?

KENLEY COLLINS:  My biggest and best line yet comes out May 1st on kenleycollins.com. The launch party is at SlapBack NY on May 3rd. Follow me on instagram @kenleycollins for updates!

PATRIK ERVELL
S/S 2014

  • Patrick Ervell Spring Summer 2014 opener for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Backstage for Patrik Ervell SS2014, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Backstage men's grooming at Patrik Ervell, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Futuristic men's pompadour, backstage at Patrik Ervell SS 2014. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Photo by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine, backstage at Patrik Ervell SS 2014.
  • Male model photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Alexander Thompson photographs male grooming backstage at The Patrik Ervell SS 2014 Collection.
  • Male model backstage at Patrik Ervell Spring Summer 2014 for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Profile of male model backstage at Patrik Ervell SS 2014, for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Men's portrait backstage at Patrik Ervell SS2014, photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • Greasy pompadour backstage at The Patrik Ervell men's collection SS2104, photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • The Patrik Ervell Collection Spring Summer 2014, photographed backstage by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Models walk the runway for Patrik Ervell SS2014, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Male models walk for The Patrik Ervell Collection SS 2014, photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • Models walk the runway at the Patrik Ervell SS2014 show, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • The Patrik Ervell Collection for SS2014, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Pony Magazine.
  • Spring Summer 2014 Patrik Ervell Men's Collection photographed at Milk Studios in NYC, for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.

PATRIK ERVELL

MENSWEAR S/S2014

Patrik Ervell’s Spring/Summer 2014 menswear collection “OFFSHORE”. Models walked the runway in messy pompadours. Contemporary athletic clothing. Baggy shorts and sandals. Oversized silhouettes with technical fabrics. Ocean wave prints. Bomber jackets. 90’s logo sweatshirts. Tailored suit jackets with matching shorts. All very solid menswear staples. A brilliant nautical themed presentation by a very talented designer. All for the very MODERN young man. Photography Alexander Thompson.

HERCHCOVITCH
S/S 2014

  • Alexander Herchcovitch SS2014 Women's Collection, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Backstage women's hair and makeup, Alexandre Herchcovitch SS2104 for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Models backstage for Alexandre Herchcovitch SS2014, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Backstage photograph by Alexander Thompson, SS2014 Alexandre Herchcovitch collection, for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Female models photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson, the Alexandre Herchcovitch SS2014 collection.
  • More backstage beauties at Alexandre Herhcovitch SS2014, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Backstage beauties photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine, at Alexandre Herchcovitch SS2014.
  • Models walk the runway in Alexandre Herchcovitch SS2014, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Female models on the runway for Alexandre Herchcovitch SS2014, photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • Runway photo by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine, SS2014 Alexandre Herchcovitch Collection.
  • SS2014 Alexandre Herchcovitch women's collection, photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • Women's wear at Alexandre Herchcovitch SS2014, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Backstage hair/makeup at Alexandre Herchcovitch SS2014 for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • Blonde beauty backstage at The Alexandre Herchcovitch SS2014 for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Backstage beauty for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson, at the SS2014 Alexandre Herchcovitch collection.

ALEXANDRE HERCHCOVITCH

SPRING/SUMMER 2014

DARK GLAMOUR. Alexandre Herchcovitch Spring/Summer 2014 ready-to-wear collection. Polished models in side swept 1920’s bobs. Wearing a variety of beautiful dresses/silhouettes. A range of fabrics. Zebra. Leather. Pinstripes. A stunning black lace one-shouldered cocktail dress, completely sheer. Crop tops. Tunics. Shirt dresses. And some dazzling metallic purple creations. A few sleeveless dresses had matching jackets pinned to the back, giving the illusion of wings or a cape. Quite an impressive collection from the avant-garde Brazilian designer. Photography Alexander Thomspon.

ASHTON MICHAEL
A/W 2013

  • Ashton Michael AW 2013, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Diandra Forrest and Shaun Ross in Ashton Michael AW 2013, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Diandra Forrest and Shaun Ross modeling for Ashton Michael AW 2013 collection, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Model Diandra Forrest photographed by Alexander Thompson in Ashton Michael AW 2013 collection for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Albino models Shaun Ross and Diandra Forrest in Ashton Michael AW 2013, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Beautiful Diandra Forrest photographed in monochromatic Ashton Michael AW 2013 collection for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • Male model Shaun Ross photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson, wearing Ashton Michael AW 2013 collection.
  • Shaun Ross modeling for Ponyboy Magazine, wearing Ashton Michael AW 2013 clothing. Photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Unisex Ashton Michael AW 2013 clothing, worn by model Diandra Forrest, for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Credits for Ashton Michael AW 2013, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.

ASHTON MICHAEL 2013 COLLECTION

UNISEX  COUTURE

Ponyboy was thrilled to shoot Los Angeles based Ashton Michael clothing collection titled “Black Heart” for Autumn Winter 2013. Styled by Ashton Michael and art directed by make-up genius James Vincent, the very modern monochromatic unisex clothing was photographed on albino “models-of-the-moment” Diandra Forrest and Shaun Ross.

STELLA ROSE
SAINT CLAIR

  • Ponyboy Loves Stella Rose Saint Clair, photographed by Alexander Thompson, makeup by James Vincent and hair by Michael Duenas.
  • Model Stella Rose Saint Clair channels Madonna for an editorial spread for Ponyboy Magazine photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Downtown model Stella Rose Saint Clair photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Images of model Stella Rose Saint Clair including a Lanvin ad photographed by Steven Meisel, Ponyboy Magazine New York City.
  • B&W images of New York City model Stella Rose Saint Clair for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Assorted photos of beautiful downtown model Stella Rose Saint Clair for Ponyboy Magazine New York City.
  • Photos of model and blogger Stella Rose Saint Clair for Ponyboy Magazine New York City.
  • Street style shots of model/designer Stella Rose Saint Clair in New York City for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Various street style photos of downtown model Stella Rose Saint Clair for Ponyboy Magazine New York City.
  • Self portraits of New York City model Stella Rose Saint Clair for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Various photos of New York City model Stella Rose Saint Clair for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • The beautiful New York City model Stella Rose Saint Clair for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Downtown model Stella Rose Saint Clair for Ponyboy Magazine New York City.
  • More modeling photos of edgy New York City model Stella Rose Saint Clair for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Illustrations of New York City model Stella Rose Saint Clair for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Illustrations of beautiful model Stella Rose Saint Clair for Ponyboy Magazine New York City.
  • Artwork of model Stella Rose Saint Clair for Ponyboy Magazine New York City.
  • Photographs of downtown New York City model and designer Stella Rose Saint Clair for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.

DOWNTOWN DARLING

STELLA ROSE SAINT CLAIR

Blonde. Beautiful. Out every evening. Downtown. Uptown, but rarely mid-town. Everyone’s favorite New York City club girl. And we love featuring Stella in our women’s editorials. We caught up with the talented darling between photo shoots, nightclub events, blogging and designing to ask her a few questions about her background, and what we can expect for her bright future. Assorted photos courtesy of Stella Rose Saint Clair.

PONYBOY:  Please tell us where you originally hail from?

STELLA ROSE SAINT CLAIR:  NYC —> Seattle —> NYC

PONYBOY:  What brought you back to NYC?

STELLA ROSE SAINT CLAIR:  An airplane! I came back for the fashion, culture, nightlife, and the seasons. We don’t have seasons in Seattle.

PONYBOY:  You’re known as a downtown girl, model, designer, blogger and performer. But what’s your favorite thing to do?

STELLA ROSE SAINT CLAIR:  I like to do Bjork impressions when nobody’s around, hug my cat, make vegan desserts and art.

PONYBOY:  How did you get cast in the Lanvin campaign photographed by the great Steven Meisel?

STELLA ROSE SAINT CLAIR:  I was discovered in a Lower East Side cafe. I met with Meisel at his studio and he cast me personally!

PONYBOY:  Do people ever recognize you from that campaign?

STELLA ROSE SAINT CLAIR:  It’s happened a few times but I change my appearance so much that it’s not often that people spot me right away. If I dye my bangs purple again, I’m sure I’ll get recognized.

PONYBOY:  As far as design is concerned, is it clothing that you design? Accessories?

STELLA ROSE SAINT CLAIR:  Mostly accessories at the moment. I’m focused on hats and other small goodies. I’m hoping to move into clothing soon. I have about a million ideas!

PONYBOY:  You recently launched a music/performance act called “Teen Pussy.” Please tell us more about that?

STELLA ROSE SAINT CLAIR:  Teen Pussy will make you wish you’d never been born. Teen Pussy is cats in heat. Teen Pussy is terrible so don’t bother coming to see us, okay?

PONYBOY:  Ha! Okay. What aspirations do you have besides the many hats that you already wear?

STELLA ROSE SAINT CLAIR:  I’d like to travel for work. I traveled all over as a child but I’d like a good reason to visit overseas again, namely Paris and Tokyo. Right now most of my aspirations just have to do with my own brand and blog. I also aspire to have a bigger closet.

PONYBOY:  If you could be doing anything right now, what would that be?

STELLA ROSE SAINT CLAIR:  Peeing. But I can’t because the bathroom is occupied.

PONYBOY:  What can we expect to see from you in the near future?

STELLA ROSE SAINT CLAIR:  Felt hats, a video series, quilted things, opera performances, and clothing made out of plastic.

 

ASHTON HIROTA
ASHTON MICHAEL

Ashton Hirota, the Los Angeles based designer for Ashton Michael Couture, featured in Ponyboy Magazine.

ASHTON HIROTA

THE MONOCHROMATIC DESIGNER

Ashton Hirota is the designer/stylist for the Ashton Michael label. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ashton first sprung onto the fashion scene at the young age of nineteen, with his first LA fashion week show. That quickly led to boutiques picking up his line including Patricia Field and Fred Segal. The rest is fashion history. Ashton has gone on to making one-of-a-kind fashion forward creations for performers including Will.i.am, Nicki Minaj, and Usher. We spoke to Ashton in-between client fittings, the opening of a new shop, and prepping for his Ashton Michael Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

PONYBOY:  You’re making quite a mark not only in the LA fashion scene, but universally as well. Tell us how you got into designing clothing.

ASHTON HIROTA:  When I was thirteen years old I was a child model/actor. I grew up with a passion for clothing. Being able to play “dress up”, I realized at a young age the power that apparel can have on someone’s state of mind. As I got older I just fell into it. By the age of nineteen I started my first company and never looked back.

PONYBOY:  Your collections seem very dark and futuristic. Is that how you would describe the aesthetic for your clothing designs?

ASHTON HIROTA:  I’ve been called a few things. “Urban Goth”. “Future Punk”. “Weird”. Hahaha.  The terms have been across the board. I just call it ASHTON MICHAEL!

PONYBOY:  What inspires you to design clothing?

ASHTON HIROTA:  TEXTURE. I love working with monochromatic texture. Creating a 3D shape out of flat objects triggers me. I typically work in black, nudes, grays, etc. There is something about these colors that will last forever in a closet and become a staple.

PONYBOY:  You have a big celebrity clientele. Who is  your favorite to work with?

ASHTON HIROTA:  My two favorites to work with are Will.i.am and Rico Love. Will has been a long time client, and has become a man that I admire and respect so much. He’s incredibly talented, smart, and one of the kindest people I know. He really is about building an artist community and is a huge advocate in team playing. I am blessed to have him in my life and work with him on the regular. Rico Love is another whom I admire a lot. Most people know his music re-writes, and he produces.  Yet not as many know the man behind these chart toppers. I can relate a lot to him in that respect. Being the man behind what people admire, but not knowing the source is incredible. Both of these men are willing to take risks in fashion and still keep masculinity paired with it.

PONYBOY:  You just opened a new space in Hollywood?

ASHTON HIROTA:  Correct. I had worked out of the same shop in the heart of Hollywood for the past 9 years and just four months ago I moved four doors down and opened up the first official ASHTON MICHAEL ATELIER. It’s a creative workspace and showroom/store front (with a full bar of course).

PONYBOY:   Who would be your ultimate dream client to design for? That you have never worked with.

ASHTON HIROTA:  I used to say Cher, just because she is so iconic and really can do no wrong. She is such a powerful woman who doesn’t give two shits about what people think about her. That mentality is what I want people to feel like when they wear my clothing. But now that I’ve worked with her this year a few times, I’d have to say my next on the bucket list is Deborah Harry. Hands down, for more reasons that I can type.

PONYBOY:  Minus celebrities/entertainers, describe the customer that buys your ready-to-wear.

ASHTON HIROTA:  I think my target market is the man or woman who wants to make a statement without screaming it. He/she is an individual who can catch the attention of others with minimal amount of effort, someone with a strong sense of self and identity.

PONYBOY:  What designers do you look up to?

ASHTON HIROTA:  Rick Owens. Most people don’t know but I worked out of his old atelier for the past 8 years in Los Angeles. I see a lot of similarities between our aesthetic and would love to follow in his foot steps. He started out LA based and is now internationally loved and appreciated.

PONYBOY:   If you could design for any big name house, who would it be?

ASHTON HIROTA:  It would definitely be for Balmain or Givenchy. The craftsmanship of  their garments are beyond fabric and thread. They are works of timeless art.

PONYBOY:  Lastly, what do you see for yourself in the future?

ASHTON HIROTA:  WORLD DOMINATION