Heart of Haute Blog
As a fan and collector of El Gato Gomez's iconic mid-century inspired art work, I couldn't help but reach out and ask her to collaborate with me for Heart of Haute. What first was imagined as a line of t-shirts, soon became an entire collection of full circle skirted dresses with a Black Cat & Asterisk motif, paired perfectly with tonal cropped cardigans.
This is the first time we've collaborated with an artist and we're excited to release this first fun collection featuring all new dress designs. All dresses and skirts are full circle to accommodate the engineered print to suit the swoop of the skirt. Our new cropped cardigan is now available to order in 3 color ways, and will be coming soon in 2 more as the seasons change.
The NEW Dresses are officially availble for PRE-ORDER. Shipments will begin on the dresses on September 15th. Cardigans are in stock and ready to ship today (if you just can't wait). We have a limited number available on each color. Be the first to rock this new collection and get your orders in early!
The Haute Circle Skirt in Red The Cropped Cardi in White with El Gato Screen Print
El Gato Gomez has gallery representation at the WonderGround Gallery at the Disneyland theme park in California, Creature Features in Burbank, California, The Harold Gollen Gallery in Miami, Florida, and the One-Shot Gallery in New York City. Her art work has also been featured at the amazing modernist cultural events, Tiki Oasis and Modernism Week in Palm Springs.
Disney enthusiasts will be glad to find her Disneyana inspired art pieces like these...
I've personally been collecting El Gato's black cat paintings. Part of the reason I fell in love with this artist is because she took elements of everything I loved and put them together. I mean....who doesn't dig a hip little kitty chillin' in an atomic-age living room?
and here's just a handful of some of El Gato's other works....
These few paintings are such a small sampling of her entire body of work. She's always coming out with new paintings and sells original pieces directly to her fans on eBay. You will rarely ever see prints of her paintings. If you're totally digging El Gato Gomez, head on her over to website to follow her social accounts and eBay sales.
With Love & No Regrets,
Phoenix based Pinup Photographer and long-time-darling friend, Tara O, is making her way to Sunny California yet again to capture the beauties we have in our sprawling land. Care to take a stab at Pinup modeling? Need a fun NEW never-shot-in-before Tiki themed location? Book this shoot! I'll be there, too ;) All bookings will also be entered in a drawing to win a Heart of Haute dress of their choice, up to a $120 value. Whoa! Yeah, I know. I wont enter the drawing, though.
To set up an appointment, please contact Tara directly at : Tara@taraophotos.com And if you're in need of some Tiki Tiki dresses, let's take a gander at some of the styles HoH has to offer!
Hope to see you there! Aloha!
With Love and No Regrets,
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Hey there Haute Honeys! Hope you are all enjoying the first month of the year! We've been busy bees here making tons of new products, and revamping the favorites with fresh & fun fabrics! Let's talk all about them...It's finally here! The long awaited 'It's Raining Cats' print has made it onto the Matey Dress, Ella Top, and Moxie Skirt by Mandie Bee. I just can't resist these adorable topsy turvy felines. Mandie Bee's collection is form fitting for a gorgeous silhouette, and remember the Moxie Skirt & Matey Dress are slightly shorter than the rest of the Heart of Haute products! A perfect fit for you flirty rockabilly babes to accessorize with your favorite ballet flats if you're running around all day, or a great pair of pumps for a night out! If you're not a cat lady, don't fret - we are on the lookout for a just as cute puppy print for all the dog mamas out there! The Amanda Dress is one of those timeless dresses that make a unique addition to any retro-loving gal's wardrobe. It's a vintage inspired dress that fits like a dream, and this particular print is just gorgeous. A striking tableau of cerulean, dark blue and bright white flowers with spectacular detailing. This sophisticated floral print is eye-catching and flattering on all skin tones. Florance is a one of a kind print, it reminds me of picnics in the meadow, a fun, flirty date maybe? Especially when on the Beverly Dress, oh Bev is such a flirt! The fabulous Florance print is an array of teeny tiny blue and red flowers. Also available in the popular Sweetie Dress and the Amanda Dress. I think they are best accessorized with the Pinup Couture Wicker Purse in black. I can't resist that adorable dainty fruit charm! Winter Blossom is sure to make any lady the belle of the ball! Stunning shimmery ice blue with golden florets that glisten as your skirt twirls. Sound too good to be true? It only seems like a dream, but it's the truth! It reminds me a little of an ice fairy, but really it's a piece that can work in any season. The fabric has a bit of a pearly sheen to it also, so if you're keen on standing out in a crowd, this dress is sure to make you shine your brightest. Also available in the Amanda Dress for those gals who don't like halters. Just as a reminder dear Haute Honeys - join us on Facebook through the end of January as we are doing another Test Kitchen. That's where we show you all the new prints and styles we've been working on and get your opinions on which we should keep! As always we really appreciate your feedback! Here's just a little sneaky peeky of what could be coming your way! It's up to you! <3 Ali for HoH <3
Twirl Skirt in Black Mystique (left,) Monte Carlo Dress in RedWhile I may not have ventured as far into the world of subcultures, I do love pretty dresses (and skirts!) and I'm excited to see what's to come from Liza and Riveting Gallantry in the future. In the meantime, you can check out the line on our website. With Love & No Regrets, Katrina Marie
Vintage weight gain ads.Let's take a moment to break down what that tells us: The media has been dictating to women how we should look, and teaching men what they should find attractive in a woman's physical appearance for decades! Let that sink in just for a second. I don't know about you, but realizing that alone, was enough for a lightbulb to go off inside my ever-analytical brain. I thought, “No amount of energy I spend trying to make others happy with my body image will do, because there will always be someone who will object. You can't make everyone happy. So, why not focus on making sure you're happy with yourself?” Now, I'm not saying I've managed to get to that point of ultimate and complete self-love. In all honesty, it will likely be a lifelong fight. What I have learned so far, is that once you get to the point where you can accept your body for all its perfect imperfection (see what I did there?), then other people's opinions don't matter so much. If it doesn't bother you, other people can't use it against you. This is why I look up to the women (and men) that constantly defy and rebel against the media to remind us that beauty truly does come in all shapes and sizes. Mindy Kaling, Tess Munster, and Christina Hendricks are just a few that come to mind. Tara O. Photos. While Tara is a talented photographer all around, she specializes in pinup photography, and always proclaims that ANY woman can try pinup modeling (and she's right!) While plus size fashion seems to have really only adopted contemporary trends in more recent years, it's still an area of fashion that I believe is often overlooked. Luckily, it's really caught on that “the chubby girls” have as much fashion sense as anyone else. So, plus-size girls (myself included) are starting to have more options when it comes to self-expression through clothing. Heart of Haute is proud to offer several styles in our plus-sizes (1XL and 2XL.) We're also proud to feature plus-size models who are not only rocking our clothing and working it in front of a camera, but who are also doing really awesome things to makes waves in the industry and beyond it. Miss Shana Nicole hails from Houston, Texas. In addition to the numerous pinup magazine covers on which she's been featured, she is also the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Atomic Bombshells Magazine. She's also proud to be a founding member of Benefit Betties, a Houston based, non-profit pin-up charity group. You can even catch this bombshell as a guest performer for the Houston Burlesque Revue.
Shana Nicole in the Diner Dress in Black (Photo Credit: Paper Moon Photography by Charlie Girl)Teer Wayde is a freckled beauty from down under, Melbourne, Australia. She is a fashion and editorial model signed with Bella Model Management in Australia, and she also runs the popular fashion blog Curves to Kill. You may remember her from an interview with Mandie Bee that was featured here on our blog in the past.
Teer Wayde in the Marleen Dress in Black (Photo Credit: Tara O. Photos)Two different ladies on opposite ends of the globe with at least one very important thing in common (aside from their killer fashion sense, of course): they know they're beautiful (inside and out) and they know that no one's opinion of them will change that. So the next time you look at yourself in the mirror (whether you've decided to strut your stuff in Heart of Haute that day or not,) take a moment to remember that you are wonderfully unique, and your perfectly imperfect awesome self is top notch, Heart of Haute loveliness! You go, girl! ;) With Love & No Regrets, Katrina Marie **Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Heart of Haute or any of its other employees.**