A Gothic Masquerade

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A Gothic Masquerade!

I received an invitation to a Venetian Masquerade Ball. The dress code: strictly requiring

masks, the venue: mysteriously somewhere in New York City only to be revealed the day

of the Ball. I was overwhelmed by excitement and began to plan my attire. My vision was

to look like an exquisite flapper-girl from a Gatsby banquet with influences from the

Phantom of the Opera.

Being a fashion enthusiast I was beyond excited! I love to dress up for all occasions,

especially so for a glamorous Masquerade Ball. This invitation was especially dear to me

– as I starred in the Fashion feature film in promotion for this Venetian Masquerade Ball.

I was so proud to have my handcrafted Tassel Lariat Necklaces and rings from the

OLGA PARKERS JEWELRY Collection highlighted in the film.

I immediately scouted for a mask but not just any mask, something authentic to the

theme. I found the perfectly flattering laser-cut mask in Black Gunmetal with crystal

details and scalloped edges. The mask was cleverly concealing just enough to make my

identity nearly unrecognizable, while revealing skin beneath and accentuating my eyes

creating a sultry cat-eye.

On my quest to find The Dress – I came across a breathtaking black Scala slender gown,

delicately beaded with black and silver sequins in an Art-Deco fashion. I instantly fell in

love with the long length, the revealing back and the deep V necklines, edges outlined in

linear silver sequins further accentuating the décolleté. I have always found backless

silhouettes to be extremely flattering to all body types. The backless neckline was very

modestly sexy, flattering and above all extremely Elegant. The gown fit perfectly over my

curvy physique, the ornate lines of the beading elongating and slenderizing. I love how

glamorous and extravagant it looked! The style was ideal and just what I had envisioned!

The day of the Masquerade Ball – I selected from my box of OLGA PARKERS

JEWELRY treasures the Grand Gothic Ash Tassel Necklace in metallic gunmetal. The

long length of the necklace allowed for folding the lariat in half and delicately

intertwining the beads before looping the tassel ends through the middle creating a

necktie. The matte and metallic texture of the dark Gunmetal Hematite beads

complimented the glimmering beads on the dress. The necklace ever so gracefully

positioned in the middle in my décolleté, framed by the silver edging on the extravagant

Scala gown. I selected several midi-rings to wear on each hand for a delicately poised

look, stacking the blackened Silver Black Widow rings alongside the yellow gold Square

shank rings.

My makeup look was inspired by the style of vintage Hollywood Starlets. I made sure my

complexion was porcelain-like, contouring where appropriate and highlights along the

brow arch, top of cheekbones, and cupids bow of my lips for an extra glow. I focused on

my eyes by creating a winged cat eye over natural tone eye shadows and volumizing

mascara. I finished the look by painting a red pout using a crimson matte shade lipstick

from YSL.

To complete the look I wore a pair of black patent leather stiletto pumps, sky high of

course and a matching miniature black clutch to enclose my lipstick, compact mirror and

perfume. The evening felt like a Whimsical Fairytale and I, Cinderella, attending a Ball,

except the banquet would continue past the midnight hours and I was swept away in a

black limousine. Dreams Do Come True!

*Photos by Victor Medina-San Andres.

Special Thanks to: http://www.OlgaParkersJewelry.com /

Victor Medina-San Andres http://instagram.com/vmsonline/