This week we discovered dancer, self-employed top-hat maker and production-company manager Domino Pastore in a vibrant outfit on 16th and Champa streets. "I do a lot of performances with other artists, and my partner and I are about to start doing a play with aerialists and jugglers. Rather than a traditional theater, it's like a dance party," says Pastore, who is also an alternative model. She's originally from Galveston.
Pastore cites Helena Bonham Carter as a style influence; she says she finds the actress's role as Marla Singer in the film Fight Club particularly inspiring. "I relate a lot to Marla Singer," she says. "I just want someone to talk to, and no one understands where I'm coming from. I love Helena in Sweeney Todd and in the new Cinderella, where she played the Fairy Godmother. I also liked Hercules, The Little Mermaid and Cinderella a lot when I was a little kid." Here you can see the tattoo bearing an image of her name: Domino. Her vest features a gold crest that contrasts nicely with her colorful dreaded hair.
This head-to-toe look is laced with accents of red and gold with black. "Tank Girl is a fashion inspiration of mine," adds Pastore. "I like Kiera Knightly, mostly because of her roles in films like Domino and the fact that she is a strong female in most of her roles. Top hats are my favorite accessory, along with shoes, jackets and sunglasses."
Pastore's red high heels are a gift from her mother. "I love these velvet shoes from Wish.com. It's an app. I also shop at Forever 21, H&M and Buffalo Exchange. I like thrift stores a lot because you can find amazing things for cheap. There is a website I love called Meowingtons, which has a bunch of cat-themed fashion."
This cat-shaped bag from Meowingtons follows Pastore's aesthetic: "I am a feline," she says. Her style mantra? "Are you ready to be a boss today? Also, this may sound cliche, but Ruby Rose from Orange Is the New Black and the whole urban-chic thing is really great. She has androgynous swag from hell," says Pastore.
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Here you can see the intricate details of Pastore's fan, choker and sunglasses. Of her style philosophy, Pastore says, "The way I like to think about my personal aesthetic is that I don't look like anyone else. If I see two separate things that don't match, I put them together, because usually it comes out awesome. My advice to people trying to be fashion-savvy is don't be. Just be yourself. It does't matter what you do, as long as you make yourself happy."
Always be yourself, especially in your dress, Denver.