Recently, Pin Up Persuasion made an open call to all independent vintage inspired designers in hopes to showcase some fresh new talent and to support small businesses. Many may assume that these entrepreneurs might not compare to the household brand names but you would be quite surprised as their attention to detail and creativity often outshines their larger counterparts. On the flip side of the coin, those larger brands started somewhere years ago and most often than not…it’s these passionate creative minds that followed their dreams. It was so exciting when the lovely Alixis from Ains & Elke StyleHaus reached out, as I had heard such incredible things about her creations from several fellow pinups and can truly foresee the day when we can all say, “we knew her when…”. Luckily for all of you, this is a special two part feature to showcase the variety of designs you can expect from Ains & Elke StyleHaus. First up is the magnificent Aurora Dress in Botanic Print.
The wonderful thing about purchasing from a small independent shop like Ains & Elke StyleHaus is that most items are made to order therefore sizing can be customized to fit your measurements. In this case, I fell in love with the design of the Aurora Dress and was able to select from the wide array of fabrics that they had on hand. It was definitely like being a kid in a candy store being told you can pick whatever you want! The moment I laid eyes on the Botanic Print, I knew it was a match made in heaven. Since this was a complete custom order, I provided Alixis with my measurements (bust 36”, waist 27”, skirt length 27”) and patiently waited for my Aurora to come to life. Needless to say, when she posted a photo of my Aurora in Botanic Print…I was speechless and couldn’t wait for it to arrive. Without a shadow of a doubt, the Aurora Dress lived up to every expectation when I finally saw it in person. The fit was spot on from head to toe and I was pretty excited at the fact I could wear a normal bra with the perfect placement of the straps. The Aurora Dress features a darling sweetheart neckline with contrasting faux petal bust detail, a fully lined bodice accented by a nipped in waist with gathered full skirt, and back metal zipper. Since I prefer my skirts to fall a few inches below the knee, I opted for a longer length (27”) although I’m only 5’-4” tall in order to encompass as much of the print as possible.
The Aurora Dress has a truly a classic elegance that flatters the body beautifully. The fabric is quality medium weight cotton with vibrant and rich botanic print capturing the most gorgeous lush floral print. As you can imagine, the correct placement of the print is essential in making this design; clearly done to perfection by Alixis’s keen eye to detail with the flow of the bodice print in combination to the skirt. I absolutely love how comfortable and lightweight this style is, easy to wear to every occasion. The quality in craftsmanship is superb; I would compare it to Heart of Haute and other small scale locally made garments. A little part of my wishes this dress was one of a kind for selfish reasons but I honestly couldn’t do that to all of you because it’s just too gorgeous not to share.
With all the rich colours in the mesmerizing botanical print, the options to embellish are limitless. I chose to contrast with white accessories (belt and wedges) in order to not take away from the beauty of the bold floral. The wonderful thing about a gathered skirt is that you can wear a petticoat for added volume or go without and still have the right amount of fullness. As I mentioned previously, this particular style and print is versatile for work, an afternoon BBQ, or even a summer wedding. When I wore the Aurora Dress to work recently, I simply added a cute white bolero for added coverage and to keep warm from the chilly air conditioning.
The splendor of Aurora’s the classic style is truly reminiscent of its name. If floral print is not your particular cup of tea, there are a plethora prints and colours available from Ains & Elke StyleHaus and they also allow customers to provide their own fabric as well. This is definitely one of the great benefits of working with smaller independent designers, with superior customer service and many customization options available. Stay tuned for part two of the Ains & Elke StyleHaus feature…showcasing versatile separates that are sure to become instant wardrobe staples for every pinup.