Stylist Celia Rose talks retro fashion and what it takes to create her unique looks

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Recently, fashion trends from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s have resurfaced. Vintage fashion is now embraced and celebrated by a variety of generations seeking to express themselves through fashion. As the trend grows in popularity, for the Colorado native, stylist, photographer and art student Celia Rose CaplitzRetro fashion has always been a wardrobe staple.

Styled look, photographed and edited by Caplitz and modeled by Ciara Symone

Caplitz uses fashion as a form of expression that has evolved into a career. She helped make vintage archive a retro thrift store in the basement of Aflora in Longmont, Colorado – what it is today. Caplitz also works with designers, models, musicians and local businesses to create retro-style photo shoots. Her new journey takes her to London this fall where she will attend the art school of Center of Saint Martin, where she plans to study textile design and creative direction. Famous designers like Alexander McQueen, Katherine Hamnett, Bruce Oldfield, Jenny Packham, Matthew Williamson and Christopher Kane attended this prestigious university. That said, Caplitz’s future looks bright.

Originally, Caplitz was supposed to move to London last year, but the pandemic has halted their plans. Instead, she took the opportunity to thrive building Vintage Archives alongside her dear friend rachel hunterowner of Aflorae.

During the pandemic,[Hunter] was able to take a risk and grow her business and she bought a new building on Main Street and then expanded her retail business and floral design. And with that, there was all this space down there,” Caplitz said. “She ended up contacting me and was like ‘hey, do you want to help me open a vintage thrift store and make it super funky?'”

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Photo courtesy of @Vintage Archives on Facebook

Along with a business partner Nathalie Gray, Caplitz has strived to make the Vintage Archives a place where shoppers feel welcome and excited about vintage fashion. Together they ran the store and searched for vintage pieces to sell. Caplitz also designed and painted the Archives mural, created the recording wall and lighting pieces, and sourced furniture and decor to create a funky 70s living room.

The team’s main goal was “to try to make it feel like a real hidden gem, because it’s in the basement of a flower shop,” she said.

Prior to its big move, Caplitz worked alongside its partners to create the best version of Archives possible. In the coming weeks, visitors can expect to see new objects, decorations and concepts. For example, Archives now offers small business group t-shirts. recycled karma. Overall, Archives is “a mix of vintage, thrift, everything second-hand and then there are a few new items to keep the vibe going,” Caplitz said.

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Photo courtesy of @Vintage Archives on Facebook

As a creative, Caplitz is well balanced when it comes to her artistic strengths. She has experience in both graphic design and fashion design, but continues to expand her horizons. Part of her future is to continue embracing her personal love for fashion. Caplitz has collected vintage fashion pieces all his life. “I was always going to flea markets and thrift stores, you know like vintage markets,” she said. She will often go to “random holey places and find strange things”. I’m kind of a hoarder, but I’ll call myself a collector.

However, when it comes to fashion, how can you be a hoarder? Almost all of Caplitz’s wardrobe and accessories are thrift stores, allowing her not only to express herself, but also to do her part in a sustainable way.

The fashion industry is a major contributor to environmental waste, especially large companies that participate in fast fashion. This term defines the concept of rapid production of clothing to align with current fashion trends. The result is excessive use of energy and resources to craft hordes of items that are unlikely to sell out completely.

READ: The evolution of sustainable fashion in Denver

To keep up with emerging trends, people often throw away or donate old items and buy new ones. The environmental impact is detrimental because the fashion industry, according to a Pulse of the Fashion Industry report in 2019fashion generates 4% of global waste every year, 92 million tons, more than toxic electronic waste.”

“You feel good because when you’re saving, you’re supporting a local business, you’re not buying a brand new one in a fast fashion…and it’s also a little bit easier on the budget. It’s like everyone wins when you save,” Caplitz said. To specifically address the issue of fast fashion, “I don’t like to limit myself to a certain trend,” she said. Therefore, saving is a way for Caplitz to do their part as an individual while embracing the essence of fashion by rejecting trends and wearing what suits them.

For Caplitz, the crazier the object, the better. Collecting unique and fun items led her to start styling photo shoots. This allowed her to use her fashion collection and share it with others. Over the past year, Caplitz has organized and executed photo shoots for various purposes.

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Styled look, photographed and edited by Caplitz and modeled by Sarah Spencer

In January, Gray invited Caplitz to help design a photoshoot. In turn, Caplitz gained the confidence to style her own shots and “create like a little kind of fantasy in a picture,” she said. “Working with Natalie and being around other creative people who are encouraging me has really helped me gain the confidence” to style these shoots.

His process of developing ideas for each shoot is extensive but meticulously organized and executed. Caplitz has several sketchbooks, even a small one to carry with her in a purse, to jot down ideas and concepts whenever some form of inspiration strikes her. She is mostly inspired by the stories behind the pieces she finds.

“You know everything is old, usually owned by someone else, you know it’s [stood] the test of time…it’s always been very interesting to me,” she said. “But I’m just going to have an initial inspiration of something. And it could be music, movies, you know, like any art form, [even] Life itself.”

His sketchbooks depict mood boards, sketches, potential themes and more. Caplitz often makes digital and physical mood boards to develop ideas for each photo shoot. This allows him to put his thoughts to work and create a process in order to execute a successful photo shoot.

Some of Caplitz’s stylish shoots include a retro bowling alley theme, 80s Memphis electro aesthetic, retro restaurant, boudoir shoot and more. Each photoshoot is incredibly detailed and reminiscent of a specific theme with fashionable pieces and accessories to match. For example, during a photo shoot at the bowling alley, Caplitz found a vintage jacket that she recycled with suede stripes.

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One of her favorite parts of the photo shoot process is the collaboration. “You can work with all kinds of interesting people and every person I work with [with] is so unique and special to me,” Caplitz said. During these uncertain times last year, she found it rewarding to interact with other creatives and create unique projects together.

Although Caplitz continues to embark on exciting new projects, “I’ve always cared about my appearance as a form of self-expression,” she said. “I’m a very visual person, like I’m excited by what I see.”

Throughout her life, Caplitz traveled back and forth from Boulder to the UK where she gained valuable cultural experiences. Through her travels and being raised by an artist mother, Caplitz was “exposed to all kinds of people and cultures and the uniqueness of life,” she said. Therefore, his inspiration today often comes from these experiences.

She started rocking retro looks in high school following her US history class. Caplitz felt a gratifying sense of learning from historical events while connecting fashion from yesterday to today. “Because of this intriguing thought process…I was naturally drawn to the clothes anyway,” she said.

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One of Caplitz’s graphic design pieces created from a photoshoot she co-styled with Natalie Gray and photographed

Caplitz is an example for young people who aspire to be creative and immerse themselves in fashion to seize opportunities to achieve their dreams. She continues to expand her passion for fashion and art in various ways to make a difference in her own life and those around her.

During and after art school, Caplitz hopes to continue doing what she does best – working and collaborating with other creatives to create something special. Specifically, she strives to work with musicians on stylish shoots. “I think the combination of sound and vision is so impactful and I would love to be able to work with people on styling music videos and doing promotional photoshoots,” she said. Before making the big move to London, Caplitz is using the month of August to start working with local musicians to pursue this dream. The end goal is to continue following the same path she is following, hopefully on a larger scale.

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Stylish look, photographed and edited by Caplitz. Modeled by Sarah Spencer

Another angle of his dream is to open a funky bar and lounge alongside his sister in London. “We actually have a whole sketchbook dedicated to what we would do, how we would support local breweries and distilleries and you know how to be eco-friendly,” she said. With its interior design, textile and graphic design work to date, Caplitz has the experience to one day create a unique space like this.

We’re “always learning new ways and making mistakes along the way,” she said of supporting sustainable fashion. “But a big part of that again is supporting local businesses and small businesses.” After all, shopping at places like Archives or the brands featured in Caplitz shoots reveals unique pieces you wouldn’t otherwise find.

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