Denisio was featured as a Natural Hair Style Icon on February 25, 2012.
Where are you from?
D: I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I’ve lived in Oakland, California for almost all my life.
Did going natural affect your style choices at all?
D: In a way it sort of did. Once I got over my hair anxieties, I think it kind of gave me the confidence to try new things and be more bold with my style. It sort of freed me up to be me!
How does your hair complement your style?
D: Currently my hair is very short, so I’d say that like my style it’s bold and unconventional.
How would you describe your style?
D: I am a vintage and thrift addict. I’d say about 70–80 percent of my closet comes from my friendly neighborhood thrift stores. I like being different and I also like the cut and quality of vintage clothes. I’m a curvy girl so silhouettes from the 40’s-70’s seem to suit my body type much more than a lot of contemporary pieces.
The base of my style is a mashup of 70’s ethnocentric prints, colorblocking, and bias cut/body conscious silhouettes of the 30’s and 40’s. I love anything whimsical. I love high-waisted pants and peplums. I love looking and feeling sexy, while still being a lady.
What are the three favorite things in your closet?
D: My nine west Aroundtown heels in teal, My vintage heart charm bracelet from Thelma’s Vintage (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThelmasVintage), and my orange vintage Leo Narducci maxi skirt, also from Thelma’s Vintage.
What are your three must-have items of clothing?
D: A bright pencil skirt, vintage ear climbers, and high waisted silk pants.
You mentioned in your style icon feature that you are a Vintage Reconstructor. Tell us about that.
D: I’ve been reconstructing clothes since I was a child. My earliest memory of a successful reconstruct was taking up the hem and removing the sleeves of a thrifted dress for my 7th grade dance. I love the idea of transformation. I like being challenged, taking something and changing it to suit my own aesthetic. It’s the same high I get from painting, just a different medium.
What’s your advice for pairing vintage pieces to create an overall classic look?
D: Start simple and begin with separates and accessories, paring them with contemporary pieces. Perhaps pair a vintage 70’s secretary blouse with some new jeans or a pencil skirt. I don’t like looking like I stepped out of a time machine, although I’m sure on occasion I do!
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?