Recently revamped, the Malibu Tiki Dress by Deadly Dames has been fabricated from a rich stretch satin reminiscent of classic 1950’s Hawaiian designs. Each and every detail has been made to accentuate the natural curves of any body, where a fully built in bust with padding forms a super sweetheart neckline, crossing over into a side tie that flows into a tulip skirt. The straps adjust for a custom fit and the dress is accompanied by a double-lined bolero, which has been omitted in the second look due to the fact that is how the stock photo appeared. While these types of kitschy frocks are appealing to many tikiophiles, there are some who are not attracted to such bold prints and that is just fine – more palm frawns and exotic flowers for those of us who love them!
The cool blue tones reflect those found in oceans and skies alike, punctuated with bursts of red that somehow flow across the body in harmony throughout the print. An escape to paradise – be it a tropical vacation or just a tiki themed party – is not complete without Iron Fist’s Kokomoan, a platform heel that has a criss-crossed open toe, ankle strap and eye-popping turquoise paint job where flowers and other images are hidden all over the shoe, while a red and black print can be found the interior and sole. For me it is always fun to take decidedly feminine garments and give them a punk rock edge, accomplished here with Too Fast’s Suicidal Bag, a matte black purse that has a hard shell exterior covered in cone studs and a brass knuckle style handle. Protection from the sun is always important, so don’t forget those Cat Eye Sunglasses, the red frames a refreshing change from the traditional black yet with plenty of retro vibes in extreme shapes where stars and rhinestones serve as dazzling decorations. Humidity is a drawback of sultry hideaways so tame those curls by using a Perfect Pinup Scarf, the sheer red fabric flexible yet firm to provide sturdy hold for any ‘do, and then decorate using as many white and blue Plumeria hair clips for any stray strands that are tempted to run free. Lavish yourself in Tarina Tarantino Flower Earrings, the Nile blue gems dangling from filigree flowers accented with deep red swarovski crystals. Hand carved from the shell this jewelry gets its name from, the Paua Tiki Necklace is encased in clear resin, the tilted face augmented by gleaming natural Paua shell donuts. Fans of kitschy nautical trinkets can tie a Gold Anchor around the wrist using this blue leather bracelet by Michael Saiger, then slip on a Sterling Silver Mermaid Ring where the tiny detailed scales circle around your finger.
Melding the execution of a foundation and the comfort of a powder, Siberia by NARS is a lightweight product with a natural balance of pink and yellow tones which gives skin a soft matte finish. Embark on a journey to daring eyes as you pat Outremer on the lids, a bright true blue shadow that delivers refined and radiant color, then pull the royal hue of China Blue from the crease to the outer ‘V’, blending softly as you go along. Amplify their intensity by highlighting the brow bone with Hollywoodland, a pale gold Soft Touch Pencil that provides velvety and long-lasting sparkle. The Factory was where Warhol had his original NYC studio, located on 47th Street and reflected in this Larger Than Life Eyeliner, the black flecked with silver that effortlessly floats across skin to draw precise lines. Enable maximum lengthening power by pairing the liner with Larger Than Life Mascara, a formula that sculpts and separates each lash while making them impossibly long. Though the blazing burnt orange and gold shimmer in Taj Mahal may seem a bit too powerful for cheeks, a light application produces a natural looking finish. Lustrous lips are achieved with Norma, a Larger Than Life Lipgloss in an iconic shade of cherry red that stays put while giving your pout volume and shine. For once the manicure to compliment such a vivid face leans toward the neutral spectrum, using Candy Darling [sheer baby pink] as a base and building it up with coats of Zizi, the clear peach and gold glitter accumulating plenty of oomph.
This second outfit caters to more of a dark tiki aesthetic, where layers of green leaves are crossed on a black background and lavender blooms subtly in just the right places. A pair of Pinup Couture Tiki Heels make the ideal footwear, the carved wooden heels resembling ancient tiki idols while the bow detail over the peep toe matches the one on the dress. Mixing retro elements and contemporary textiles, Teaserama by Sourpuss is a textured black matte vinyl purse that has an over-sized kisslock, easy grip handles and silver Bettie Page hardware. Faux pearls embellishing the black frames of Highbrow Cat Eye Sunglasses from ASOS nicely set off the purple tinted lenses and sleek, comfortable design. Perhaps there is a reason that zombies come to mind when creating a tiki outfit, though one can choose kitschy accessories simply for the fact they bring a smile to the face. Lighten the mood with Green Heart Bows, the black satin bows splatter with mysterious green stuff and a zombie heart charm set in the middle, then ease into chic luxury in these classical Green Flower Earrings that have plenty of gleaming peridot crystals. Cater to your campy side in a Purple Skull Collection Necklace by Kreepsville 666 while also pleasing your lavish cravings with a rhinestone encrusted Gold Tropical Flower Ring and a 1970’s style yellow gold Serpent Bangle Bracelet.
Allow your complexion to emit a healthy glow using Loose Powder by NARS, the Flesh tone supplementing skin with a translucent appearance. Then take the High Society Trio Eyeshadow and paint your lid in the Forest Green, its matte finish setting the stage for Irridescent Amethyst to work its way from the outer corner to the crease, which is accented by Lavender on the brow bone and inner corner. The micro-fine pigments pack a powerful punch, blending effortlessly while still presenting plenty of color. Couple this with the archetype for accuracy and sharpness, the violet eyeliner pencil known as Manon that coasts across the lid depositing long-wearing product. Go for a natural glow on the cheeks using Nico, an award winning blush which has a silky texture and brightens the face no matter how much you choose to wear. Line lips in Borneo, a pencil that is soft brown with a hint of pink, formulated to be creamy yet prevents lipstick from bleeding or feathering. Similar to the first look, the lips are more muted as the eyes are meant to attract all the attention, so a few layers of Napoli to tint them a cool natural beige that has the same pink tinge and a sheer, sophisticated shine. A vintage manicure where the black and green pearls of Night Porter are balance by deep smoky lavender half-moons painted in Manosque imparts a conventional yet cutting-edge glamour to this guise.