Rock and roll music, if you like it and you feel it, you can’t help but move to it.
Rock and roll music, if you like it and you feel it, you can’t help but move to it.
And what costume shall the poor girl wear…To all tomorrow’s parties…A hand-me-down dress from who knows where
Allie Concannon is one of those tall, svelte New York City downtown girls that you see strolling down the street.
17 year old fashion model Briggs Rudder, from the Wilhelmina agency New York, stars in our latest 1950s vintage inspired womenswear editorial, “Girl’s School”.
Amanda Lepore. You know, the model. Performance artist. Celebutante. Ex-club kid. David LaChapelle muse. Entertainer. Blonde Bombshell. Glamourpuss. And now author!
In 1982, photographer and fashion model Lucille Khornak published her first book, Fashion: 2001.
Emily Elica Low is a petite, young actress from Hollywood with big dreamy eyes and a glowing smile. Her inner beauty is just as radiant as her outer beauty. We just love her for that!
Emily has recently completed filming the “Frank & Ava” biopic, the tumultuous love story between movie stars Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner. She was an easy fit to star as Ava, with her allure and keen sense of old-school Hollywood glamour. Emily began her career with burlesque and pin-up modeling, and is now a full fledged theatrical actress. We expect the biggest and brightest things for this talented rising star, and eagerly anticipate the release of this film. All the way to the top Emily!
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.
Gia Genevieve is a recent New York City transplant who fled the sunny skies of Hollywood to take a walk on the wild side. Blonde, beautiful and very buxom, this classy young lady is making her mark in the world of fashion by recently signing with the highly reputable Wilhelmina Agency New York. Gia bears a haunting resemblance to the late Anna Nicole, and is always done in 1950’s Jayne Mansfield glamour when photographed about town. So we, of course, were extremely excited to book her for our latest women’s editorial.
Ponyboy stylist Xina Giatas put Miss Genevieve in beautiful vintage inspired foundations from labels Dottie’s Delights and Secrets In Lace, as well as vintage fur coats and the latest pencil skirts. Our concept was old school Hollywood glamour with an obvious nod to Miss Mansfield. We kept with Gia’s trademark 50’s makeup and we could think of no one better to accomplish this fete than the incredible makeup artist James Vincent, using Ardency Inn products. Art direction, as well as hairstyling, was lent by the genius of Walton Nunez.
We welcome this beauty to New York and see very big things for her in the very near future!
Alix Brown. New York City “Girl About Town.” Always photographed at the best downtown parties and events, you will find her djing, dancing and hanging out with a flock of young, prominent and successful beauties she calls her best friends. Dressed to the nines, her classic 1960’s looks are all the more intriguing. While her thick bangs pay homage to Marianne Faithful, her looks are an amazing hybrid of a young Catherine Denueve in The Young Girls of Rochefort and the illustrious sex-pot Brigitte Bardot. She mixes the new with an incredible and impressive designer vintage collection, creating a very unique and ultra fashionable look all her own.
PONYBOY: Alix, where were you raised?
ALIX BROWN: Atlanta, Georgia.
PONYBOY: What was it like growing up in the south?
ALIX BROWN: I couldn’t have asked for a better place to grow up. There is a plethora of amazing vintage and antiques for dirt cheap, and you even have a nice big house you can put it all in. That’s how my addiction started.
PONYBOY: What brought you to New York City?
ALIX BROWN: My dad was from Manhattan. He took me to visit when I was a teenager and I fell in love with it’s grime.
PONYBOY: I think when we first met you some years back you were go-go dancing at a Jonathan Toubin party?
ALIX BROWN: More than likely… I think you also took my photo for Paper Magazine for the nightlife section.
PONYBOY: Were you always into vintage clothing? What looks did you play around with as a teenager?
ALIX BROWN: Yes, I was always into vintage. But my style was constantly changing like crazy. I started off being grunge and listening to a lot of Nirvana when I was ten. And then somehow I turned goth/industrial when I was thirteen. Then at sixteen, I got really into punk and then in my later teens/early twenties, I got more into 60’s mod. I think I always had a 70’s glam Bowie twist throughout all my phases though!
PONYBOY: How would you describe your personal style/look now? It seems to be a bit Catherine Denueve/Brigitte Bardot/Marianne Faithful all rolled up into one.
ALIX BROWN: Brigitte Bowie.
PONYBOY: What designers do you favor? Do you primarily dress exclusively in vintage clothing?
ALIX BROWN: I like mixing vintage and new designers. I love Saint Laurent, Courreges, Ossie Clark, Miu Miu, Prada, Chanel and Reformation.
PONYBOY: You’re one of the stylish, beautiful female DJ’s that plays fashionable events, along with other lovelies like Leigh Lezark and Becca Diamond. What differentiates you from these ladies? What records do you enjoy spinning?
ALIX BROWN: I play mostly 60’s and 70’s rock’n’roll, soul, french, glam, and punk. I also like to play records sometimes too, whenever I get the chance.
PONYBOY: You’re also a musician. What instrument do you play? Are you in a band?
ALIX BROWN: I’ve been playing bass since I was 16. I’ve played in many bands and traveled extensively, but in the last year I’ve been focusing on mainly styling and DJing.
PONBOY: We see photos of you out with model Alexa Chung, musician Tennessee Jane Bunny Thomas, and other New York City “It Girls.” Do you go out every night? What clubs are your favorites?
ALIX BROWN: I try to be good, but now that it’s summer there’s just so much going on. It’s hard to say no to a fun night out on the town! I love going to the Soho Grand Hotel, Paul’s Baby Grand, Black Market, Cabin, and Baby’s All Right.
PONBOY: Will you stay put in New York City? What plans do you have for yourself in the future?
ALIX BROWN: I can’t quite say what’s in store for me. I miss the south a lot, but I’ve also been flirting with the idea of living in Los Angeles. I also feel really drawn to Germany for some reason, maybe it’s my heritage. But, for now, there is no place I’d rather be than New York City!
Ponyboy Magazine was excited to photograph New York City downtown girl/model Stella Rose Saint Clair. Stella has the most amazing nightclub looks so she was the perfect model for our Blitz Kid/New Romantic editorial. We didn’t even need a stylist or makeup artist! Such a creative talent with her own amazing outfits and make-up, our beautiful model donned different designers for our camera including Diane Von Furstenberg, Moschino, Yves Saint Laurent and Bob Mackie.
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.