Fashion

Red, White and Black

It’s a kind of unspoken honesty, a forbidden lostness in her icy Eastern eyes.

Fashion by Mindy Saad Story by Teo J. Babini - teo@citizenbrooklyn.com Photos by Icarus Blake

-Suspender overalls by Urban Outfitters -Satin gloves by La Crasia Gloves -Top hat by Urban Outfitters Photo © Icarus Blake

Suspender overalls by Urban Outfitters
Satin gloves by La Crasia Gloves
Top hat by Urban Outfitters
Photo © Icarus Blake

The room is hot with silence. It’s a steamy little burlesque joint up in Harlem, dark as country night save for the reflection of the stage lights in the jazzmen’s nocturnal wayfarers, hiding the emotionally empty eyes of unusually still gentlemen in fine suits. The spotlight is given a physical presence by the atmospheric twirls of smoke, which dance to the stale music of the occasional clinking rocks and ever so gentle cleaning of the upper lip by it’s downstairs neighbor. The beads of sweat drip down brow and glass alike.

-Ruched corset with sleeve by Trappola Di Venere -Scalloped trim shorts by Buffalo -Tights by Urban Outfitters -Lace glove by La Crasia Gloves Photo © Icarus Blake

Ruched corset with sleeve by Trappola Di Venere
Scalloped trim shorts by Buffalo
Tights by Urban Outfitters
Lace glove by La Crasia Gloves
Photo © Icarus Blake

It’s a good place to wander into on a lonely midnight, the bathtub Bourbon’s cool and the conversation non-existent. In fact, I only once struck a chord with the mopey ol’ piano player, barefoot and suspendered, in the wee small hours under his hat and over his ragtime special, red and ash covered. It was a long slow discourse that led to nowhere. He never did tell me the reason for his peculiar shoelessness.

Corset with metal fastenings by Trappola Di Venere Suspender overalls by Urban Outfitters Photo © Icarus Blake

Corset with metal fastenings by Trappola Di Venere
Suspender overalls by Urban Outfitters
Photo © Icarus Blake

But tonight it’s both eyes on stage in anticipation. I know her little number by heart, but she still captures me in a way that melts the ice in my cup. Blinding porcelain with strips of sheer black make for quite the contrast, not to mention a cherry on top. I’ve always liked performers, somethin’ about standing on stage all day gives ‘em that dancers build in the bottom half of the body. But this one’s different then all the rest of the flesh peddlers, meaty with long blonde curls… She never smiles… and, in my own strange way, I love her for it. It’s a kind of unspoken honesty, a forbidden lostness in her icy Eastern eyes.

Corset with metal fastenings by Trappola Di Venere Suspender overalls by Urban Outfitters Photo © Icarus Blake

Corset with metal fastenings by Trappola Di Venere
Suspender overalls by Urban Outfitters
Photo © Icarus Blake

I remember one gloomy night in autumn; she made a comment on my stature. Somethin’ like: “You look like the kinda guy who could help a lady with some heavy lifting”. Still sharp from the wind chill I fired back without hesitation: “… Among other things”. So she invited me to the dressing room, which was not more than a quick glance in the bare bulb enshrined mirror and the throwing on of a long fur… Over her stage garments… Needless to say I was intrigued. There I had been seeing her half-naked all night during the show and yet I still I wanted her all the more in that coat.

Leather gloves by La Crasia Gloves Tights by Urban Outfitters Photo © Icarus Blake

Leather gloves by La Crasia Gloves
Tights by Urban Outfitters
Photo © Icarus Blake

Anyway, it was just a box of wine the proprietor had given her for some occasion I can’t recall. I remember it was snowing when I loaded the trunk of the cab. That early snow that only decorates the wind but leaves the ground with just a bit of misty shine that captures the streetlight, which is good for the soul and the soles. She din’t say much, but in that magic moment between her cigarette hittin’ the pavement and slamming of the car door, she opened her coat that so I could embrace her, cold paws against warm skin. She thanked me by layin’ silk lips on my stubbly cheek; I could feel her frozen breath steaming my earlobe. And as she drove away she glanced out the back window, and I smiled for her. That was the last time I saw her with her clothes on.

Leather gloves by La Crasia Gloves Tights by Urban Outfitters Photo © Icarus Blake

Leather gloves by La Crasia Gloves
Tights by Urban Outfitters
Photo © Icarus Blake

-Corset with brooches by Trappola Di Venere -High neck sleeveless tank by Urban Outfitters -Sequin shorts by Buffalo -Tights by Urban Outfitters Photo © Icarus Blake

-Corset with brooches by Trappola Di Venere
High neck sleeveless tank by Urban Outfitters
Sequin shorts by Buffalo
Tights by Urban Outfitters
Photo © Icarus Blake

-Corset with brooches by Trappola Di Venere -High neck sleeveless tank by Urban Outfitters -Sequin shorts by Buffalo -Tights by Urban Outfitters Photo © Icarus Blake

Corset with brooches by Trappola Di Venere
High neck sleeveless tank by Urban Outfitters
Sequin shorts by Buffalo
Tights by Urban Outfitters
Photo © Icarus Blake

-Feather corset by Trappola Di Venere -Tights by Urban Outfitters Photo © Icarus Blake

Feather corset by Trappola Di Venere
Tights by Urban Outfitters
Photo © Icarus Blake

Styling- Mindy Saad www.mindysaad.com
Styling Assistant- Maria de Rohan
Hair/Makeup- Rommy Najor
Model- Margarita Babina (Q Management)

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