For the S/S 2021, the Andalusian designer uses Spanish singers as his models.
For the S/S 2021, the Andalusian designer uses Spanish singers as his models.
Los Angeles-based musician/artist Neon Music for Ponyboy magazine.
The Calvin Lou Fall 2018 womenswear collection photographed in New York City.
The Christian Cowan womenswear collection for Fall 2018.
Michael Ward – New York City fashion illustrator.
Hats! Stella Rose Saint Clair collection.
The Spring/Summer 2017 menswear collection by designer Kenneth Ning.
The Martin Keen Fall/Winter 2016 menswear look book.
Ukraine design sensation Anna K, for Fall/Winter 2016.
Model/designer Audrey Kitching poses for Ponyboy.
The Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2016 collection.
The Kenneth Ning Spring/Summer 2016 menswear collection presented at Industria Studios.
Legendary New York City clothing designer David Dalrymple.
Designer Lola Devlin photographed & interviewed for Ponyboy.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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