I adore the work of Miami-based artist Renato Armijo, particularly his “Glamadolls” series featuring the fun world of stylish girls and high fashion as seen through the eyes of an artist. I was introduced to his work several years ago when he was featured in DailyCandy, and I have been a fan ever since.
Renato recently created a series of illustrations called “The Summer Girls” to celebrate the summers of the glamorous 1950s. While it may technically be fall, it is always summertime here in South Florida, and I love the retro glam vibe of this series! The Summer Girls journey back in time to iconic summer destinations, donning their cat eye sunglasses, fabulous hats, brightly colored swimsuits, and chic swim caps. Let’s soak up some summer sun with them! Images and captions are courtesy of Renato Armijo.
summer girls have arrived. Polka dots, cateyes, and a suite
at the Fontainebleau, everything needed for the quintessential summer holiday in the Magic City.
summer girl has arrived at the beach. To look around. See.
Be seen. Especially to be seen… All was beautiful on a summer afternoon in Cannes. When
glamour was the word.
have checked IN at the IN spot. And you never knew, the
girl under the giant, fabulous hat next to you could have
been Sophia, Marilyn, or Liz. In other words, the IN crowd… All the girls wanted to dip toes and rub elbows at the Beverly Hills Hotel. To be IN. And have summer with the stars.
summer girls have arrived for the season. The city was hot
and a cool summer camp in the mountains was the place
to take in the breeze, wade in the water, and lounge by the
lake… But of course the stylish girls all stopped off at Bergdorf’s for
new sun dresses, swim hats, and bathing suits. Because
even at the lake the other girls would be watching… After all, it was the fashionable place for summer.
are here to enjoy the fun. No, it isn’t the Magic City nor yet
the south of France. And you probably wouldn’t be sharing an umbrella with Veronica, Lana, or Jane… Still, there was the boardwalk and the Ferris wheel, hotdogs
and cotton candy. And photo booths to take SELFIES! What else could you have wanted? It was a place for everyone where ANY girl could have a
little bit of the glamour of summer… So. Famous, iconic, classic – whatever you want to call it. It
was the ORIGINAL summer place.
Do you love Renato’s work as much as I do? His style reminds me of Ruben Toledo. You can see more through the Glamadoll Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr accounts. Email email@example.com to inquire about your very own custom Glamadoll! You can see the custom illustration he created for me on the “About Me” page of my blog.