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DANIEL
LUNA

  • The handsome Daniel Luna, photographed for Ponyboy magazine NY by Alexander Thompson.
  • West Coast vintage menswear photographed on then handsome Daniel Luna by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • West Coast based production designer Daniel Luna, photographed in his best 30's-40's vintage menswear by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.
  • The sharply dressed Daniel Luna from California, photographed for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • Photographs of Daniel Luna, wearing vintage menswear, photographed for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • Los Angeles production designer Daniel Luna, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine.

DANIEL LUNA

WEST COAST VINTAGE STYLE

We first met Daniel Luna from his beautiful girlfriend, the very well known pin-up model Doris Mayday, whom we have featured on our site. The handsome Daniel was impeccably dressed in 1930’s-40’s vintage clothing and was quite the gentleman with his mannerisms. Daniel is a West Coast production designer and we were delighted to photograph him in some of his stylish menswear, as well as interview him about his background, style of dress and profession.

PONYBOY:  Daniel, please tell our readers about your upbringing. Where were you born and raised?

‏DANIEL LUNA:  I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. And I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley area of Southern California. I was raised in a conservative Catholic home. My family moved, but their traditions and customs were very deeply rooted in their home country and still are to this day. I feel this greatly benefited me creatively and gave me a deep understanding and appreciation for the culture I came from, as well as the one I live in today.

PONYBOY:  What was life like for you as teenager growing up in Southern California?

‏DANIEL LUNA:  My life revolved around music when I was a teenager. I was fortunate to have music programs in my school and also ended up in bands outside of school, playing the standup or electric bass. We were lucky in my area to have so much music going on at a local level. There were a couple of all age venues that were a little harder to get to, but there would always be a back yard gig that we could skate to since our parents wouldn’t drive us. It was difficult for them to comprehend why we cared so much for this music that was “yelling at us.” To them it was just a bunch of noise. But to us, like many, it was everything. And California had an endless supply.

PONYBOY:  Your manner of dress is sophisticated, like a gentleman from the 30’s-40’s. What other styles did you have growing up?

DANIEL LUNA:  I’ve been into some facet of the vintage world ever since I can remember, whether it be collecting or clothing. In high school I definitely went through my punk/rude boy phase, but even then I found myself incorporating older styles into it. My style really started to evolve into what it is today by my mid-twenties. I think that’s when you start dressing for yourself. And trends and scenes don’t hold so much weight on what influences your dress. And you go more with what you love.

PONYBOY:  Is your style of dress popular on the West Coast? We see it more heavily on the East Coast.

DANIEL LUNA:  I definitely would agree that my style reads a little more East Coast. I’ve always gravitated more towards sweaters, coats and layers. I think it derives from all the old movies I watched growing up. I haven’t seen many other people dress this way on the West Coast, but that’s probably because they’re smart and take our sunny California weather into consideration.

PONYBOY:  Where do you find your clothing? Is it mainly vintage?

DANIEL LUNA: I have a mixture of vintage, reproduction, and contemporary. It’s nice to be able to order things online or walk into a shop and pick something up in your size every once in a while. But for the most part, I still get up early and hit the flea markets, as well as frequenting vintage stores.

PONYBOY:  Are there modern designers that you favor as well?

DANIEL LUNA:  Yes, of course. Some of my favorite vintage inspired designers that I love are Nigel Cabourn and Dave Himel, who not only put out some of the most beautiful vintage inspired designs that I’ve seen, but match the quality of the originals as well. Some of my local favorites are Christophe Loiron and Nick Fouquet, whose designs I could pretty much live in.

PONYBOY:  Your profession is production design. Did you go to school for this?

DANIEL LUNA:  I went to school for interior and set design but never got a chance to finish the program.  However, I soon found myself working in the field. To be honest, I’ve never felt like I am missing out by not having a diploma for what I do. I feel I’ve gained a lot more by paying close attention to everything that inspires me, whether it be nature, architecture, a film, or even a well structured piece of clothing.

PONYBOY:  Tell us about your design company? Do you mainly do work for television, movies or print?

DANIEL LUNA:  I mainly do production design work for fashion photography and film, although I’m always looking for that project that will take me out of my comfort zone. I’ve been lucky to be able to work on the type of shoots that attracted me to this career from the start, that being very avant-garde, high fashion imagery. That’s what I’ve been enamored with since I was a kid, before I was even aware of what it was and why I liked it. I’ve been blessed to be able to work closely with my best friend, photographer Gizelle Hernandez. We’ve been talking about this stuff since we were fifteen year old kids. And now we are actually able to collaborate on shoots. Every time we do, the outcome turns out to be beyond anything we had imagined. It’s quite unreal. And realizing how rare it is to be able to connect with someone creatively on this level makes me very excited for our upcoming projects.

PONYBOY:  Your girlfriend is Doris Mayday, the famous pin-up model. What’s daily life like with the fabulous Miss Mayday?

DANIEL LUNA:  How long do you have? Ha! That should be an interview all it’s own. Honestly, it’s a riot. Sometimes I look around and think, where are the cameras? I feel like I’m on a sitcom. That girl makes me laugh, smile and love harder than I ever have before. Needless to say, I’m never bored. She’s my own little piece of heaven on earth.

PONYBOY:  And what plans do you have in the future, for your company, as well as with Doris?

DANIEL LUNA:  Other than continuing to improve my craft and work as much as possible, I try not to put too much weight on plans. Anyone in a creative field can tell you that one phone call can throw your plans out the window and force one to have a whole new course of action. All we can do is prepare for anything and plan for the best. As far as Doris, well folks are just going to have to stick around and find out!

DORIS
THIS GIRL!

  • Doris in a platinum blonde wig created by Tony Medina for His Vintage Touch. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Doris Mayday strikes a pose in Ponyboy Magazine editorial
  • Pin-up model Doris Mayday photographed in a vintage catsuit by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Doris Mayday for Ponyboy Magazine's women's editorial
  • Doris Mayday photographed in a vintage 1950's silver catsuit. Photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.
  • Doris Mayday wears a vintage lurex 2piece for Ponyboy Magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson.
  • Doris Mayday photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine in a vintage leopard catsuit.
  • Doris Mayday wears a vintage 50's catsuit from Crash The Party 1956. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Beautiful redhead Doris Mayday photographed in a vintage Cole of California swimsuit. Photo by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • The beautiful Doris Mayday photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.

DORIS MAYDAY

THIS GIRL CAN’T HELP IT!

Ponyboy’s most recent women’s editorial was inspired by the Jayne Mansfield 1950’s cult film “The Girl Can’t Help It!” We couldn’t think of a model better suited than the glamorous and curvy pinup model Doris Mayday. Doris, as you must already know, is one of our very favorites. We adore The Cult of Doris Mayday!

To accentuate Doris’ bewitching look, our stylist Melissa Amato pulled extraordinary vintage pieces from her fabulous Etsy store, “Crash The Party 1956.” And adding an additional twist to our editorial, Tony Medina, from His Vintage Touch, coiffured not only Doris’ own hair, but two wigs as well. He put Doris in a beautiful platinum blonde wig, as well as an oversized raven-haired work of art. What a genius idea! Tony is like the “Mr. Kenneth” to Marilyn Monroe. He always designs genius over-the-top creations for Doris’ shoots and personal appearances. He is her preferred hairdresser of choice. Lastly, we were also in awe of our location, the beautiful home of Las Vegas residents Leo & Bridget Villasenor. This mid-Century home was the perfect back drop for this story.

DORIS MAYDAY
RED HOT

  • Doris Mayday, pin-up model, photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.

THE CULT OF DORIS MAYDAY

50’s GLAMOUR GIRL

We were thrilled to photograph beautiful classic pin-up model Doris Mayday in sunny Las Vegas. Miss Mayday is a legendary presence in the pin-up/rockabilly world. Her new lean California figure looked spectacular in form-fitting dresses and capri pants. The stunning redhead had her signature glamorous 1950’s look, all from her own exquistite vintage collection including lurex pieces and outrageous over-the-top sunglasses. Our lovely model Doris was shot on location at the magnificent mid-century home of Yoceline “DJ Maybelline” Lizarraga.

PONYBOY:  You hail from Las Vegas originally?

DORIS MAYDAY:  I was born and raised in Las Vegas until I was 21. It may may seem odd that I left at the crucial ‘Vegas’ age. But when you grow up in that city, I had been 21 since I was 16 and was ready for a change.

PONYBOY:  How did you get into pin-up modeling?

DORIS MAYDAY:  I was heavily into the rockabilly scene and got asked one day as a favor to be in a calendar since they needed a blonde who already had that aesthetic. I had never thought about modeling before and didn’t think anything would really come from it. After it came out though, I started getting really great response from retro clothing companies and shoots kept coming up. I went along for the ride since I thought it would just be temporary and it would be nice to have some good photos of me to show my grand kids one day – that was almost 8 years ago!

PONYBOY:  You really resembled Anna Nicole Smith when you were a blonde. Did other people see the resemblance?

DORIS MAYDAY: I never really saw the Anna resemblance. The first people to bring it to my attention were Micheline Pitt and Laura Byrnes from Pinup Girl Clothing. Micheline said that the resemblance was the reason why I was chosen to model for them in the first place. Hah! After she passed away I would hear it pretty regularly. But when you’re a blonde rockabilly girl, you get everything shouted at you. Marilyn! Anna!! Mansfield!!! Lucy!!!! Bettie Boop!!!!! (that one still baffles me).

PONYBOY:  Your newer red hair is BEAUTIFUL. Do you plan on keeping it for awhile?

DORIS MAYDAY:  I love having red hair! I keep bouncing in between shades of orange, copper and burgundy trying to find the one I love the most. But that’s the great thing with red hair, you can change the shades easily without destroying your hair – usually by just washing it. I don’t’ think I’ll be changing it anytime soon.

PONYBOY:  Have you always been into 50’s glamour?

DORIS MAYDAY:  I have been completely enthralled with 50’s glamour for as long as I can remember. From old movies, album covers, magazines, old family photos, nothing is more sexy and yet classic to me.

PONYBOY: You recently relocated to the west coast. Tell us how that’s been.

DORIS MAYDAY: I surprisingly am enjoying living in California. Growing up in Vegas, I would come out to LA every month to visit, model, shop and go to theme parks. I had a laundry list of reasons why I would never live here including the traffic, overpopulation, pollution and the expense. A terrific job would be the only reason I would make the big move. Then I got the offer to manage the Pinup Girl Boutique in Burbank. Since living here, you understand how to avoid or accept the faults of LA. You start finding all the charm it has to offer and the rich diverse culture. You can totally be okay with traffic after getting a Disneyland season pass.

PONYBOY:  Any aspirations to be an actress? You certainly have the face for it.

DORIS MAYDAY:  I have never had a desire to act before. I always believed that was a career and commitment you had to make for yourself when you are younger and that I just missed that boat. Since moving to LA and seeing how things really work though, apparently you don’t need to quote Shakespeare or have go to theatre camp since 5 years old. But it pops into my head from time to time. To be honest, I’m terrified of rejection. I cry easier than I care to admit. That industry is filled with 99 “No’s” before you here a “Yes”. I’m pretty sure I would need to get much thicker skin first before signing up for acting lessons.

PONYBOY:  Who are your role models? Who inspires you?

DORIS MAYDAY:  Walt Disney, Jim Henson, and my mother Cindy. It is impossible to not be inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of Disney. I am also practically green with envy of creative people and Jim Henson made magic out of felt and ping pong balls for goodness sake! The older I get, the more my mother impresses me. My respect grows for her with every new chapter in my life. How did she do it? She married her high school sweetheart and is still happily married after 36 years, with three successful daughters, a college education and a great job. As an adult, going through my own struggles, I have  realized the amount of work it all takes. She gave me such a happy supportive childhood that it all seemed so effortless. I love coming to her for advice. She really has the “mother’s touch” and I hope one day I can be the woman she is.

PONYBOY:  Your favorite shoot so far? And worse?

DORI MAYDAY:  I can’t pick just one! Shooting at Cicada Club for Pinup girl Clothing and Rick Baker’s studio this year is definitely up there, as well as getting to shoot with Shannon Brooke in Palm Springs. Years ago I shot with Formento + Formento in downtown Vegas and those images are still some of my favorites. Alexander Thompson shoots are obviously the best, too! Though the first shoot with Alexander could of easily been the worse shoot of my life, due to some personal issues that were happening. Instead he turned my drama and emotions I was going through into some truly beautiful and raw photos that I cherish.  The worst shoot hands down was a catalog shoot for Bettie Page with a new photographer. He constantly was telling the other models to “Be like Doris! Why can’t you look like her? You’re doing it wrong!” He was making me coach them and using me as the example. It was incredibly aggressive and negative, not to mention awkward and made the other models cry. I grew up an ugly fat kid. I will NEVER be comfortable with someone telling me that I’m “perfect” or putting me on a pedestal. I’ve never wanted to leave a shoot so badly. God he was the worst! Needless to say we never hired him again.

PONYBOY:  You’re still quite young. Any plans for taking over the world? Or will you be content to be married with kids in an apron…50’s style?

DORIS MAYDAY:  I want both, dammit! I would love to make more of an impact on the world with whatever path I choose to take. But I know family life is an ultimate goal for me. I plan on doing business meetings while wearing my apron.