As a longtime fan of rockabilly and pin-up classiness, Alicia Lopez enjoys incorporating rip-roaring style and sexiness into her clothing choices and fashion work.
The 30-year-old designer and model also is big on incorporating Mexican influences whenever possible and uses her creations to make a statement about her heritage, promote her culture, and illustrate her pride.
"That's why I designed my latest shirt to say 'No soy Latina. No soy Hispaña. Soy Mexicana,' meaning 'I'm not Hispanic, I'm not Latina. I'm Mexican. The term 'Hispanic' means [a] product of Spain," she says. "I just wanted to make my identity clear so my people could stop thinking the word Mexican is a ugly word."
"I think it comes natural to our culture, even though I am not Catholic, like a lot of my people are. I do celebrate the day and remember the deceased," Lopez says.
What are you wearing?
I have on skinny blue fitted jeans, a black Trucha Gear shirt (one of my own designs) that reads "Mexica" in orange letters and has an Aztec design below, Mexican sandals, and a brownish flower in my hair.
What's your favorite outfit to wear?
My Frida Kahlo dress. Not only is it stylish [and] unique, but also comfy. Plus I'm a huge Frida fan. I admire her not only as a artist but as a woman. She was amazing [and] strong. I think we need more role models like her. Very intelligent and artistic woman. Very proud of her roots.
What's the last item of clothing you purchased?
A little black dress I got it from Fiesta Mall at Deb Shops. It's the most I have ever paid for a dress. I go for bargins. It's comfort and style that counts, not the price.
Where do you usually shop?
That is a hard one. I have a hard time finding my type or style anywhere. I have to hunt around. No particular store. Just searching until I find clothing that not only looks great, but fits well. I am a curvy gal, so I love clothes that compliment my body. I also at times [have] shopped on eBay. Great deals.
What do you usually like to accessorize with?
Hair flowers and earrings. I'm an earring freak! I love handmade jewelry over gold or silver any day. I have tons of earrings. I shop at swapmeets. I love beads, cherry earrings, anything unique. I don't make the earrings myself, but I wish I could. Also, I have a box filled with hair flowers [of] all colors.
Where would you love to have a shopping spree?
At the online store Pinup Girl Clothing. I love that website. Definitely my style.
What item of clothing do you most covet at the moment?
I would love a new red dress and red heels from Pinup Girl, but can't afford it now, with bills.
What's your background in pinup modeling?
A few years ago I did a little pinup/alterative modeling. Now, I am more focused on my clothing line. Since I have always had a hard time finding clothing that was more my style, I have dedicated myself to providing women like myself with clothing that would fit their style. My style is still a little Mexican pinup-ish.
Why do you use Day of the Dead designs into your fashion work?
Honestly, it's in high demand, plus I love Day of the Dead art. It's beautiful.
Who are some of your style icons and influences?
As an icon, I really admire the late Selena. Not only as a woman singer, but also as a designer. She put a lot of passion into her work and, at a real young age, made her dream come true of starting her own clothing line. As for style, I really don't have a icon for that. I just like to make things my own. But probably the pinup models have influenced some of it. Ana Vergara is my top favorite designer. I admire her a lot.
Give us a childhood memory of you and clothes:
I used to make dresses and clothing for my dolls and draw sketches of clothing I hoped and wished one day I would design. Dresses, skirts, T-shirts, pants . . . everything.
Name five items every woman should have in her closet:
2. Little black dress
3. Comfy jeans
4. Comfy baby T-shirt
5. Stockings. Can't have enough stockings.
Name an item of clothing that's best when it's vintage:
Shoes. Specifically, Mary Janes.
What's your one piece of fashion advice for Phoenix?
Be you, be comfortable, be unique.