You can’t miss Cassie Trainer. On this random Thursday, she is sitting in the apartment upstairs at 20 Lanes de Mahalls, dressed in a bright, red and white outfit that spans three decades. She wears a 70s white crochet crop top, a pair of 90s tri-tiered heart-shaped earrings, an 80s red striped maxi skirt, and a small pin that says “The Greatest Lover.” of the world “.
âI have ADD fashion, and that’s one of the reasons I love the savings because I love everything,â says Trainer. âI kind of try to incorporate a little bit of everything depending on how I’m feeling that day.
Whether you meet Trainer in a local vintage market or behind the bar at Mahall’s, his style transports you to another era, or rather a dimension of his own making. For Trainer, finding interesting vintage items has become a perfected skill thanks to his 12 years of working as a dealer for the vintage store, Flower Child. However, his love for the second-hand style began much earlier.
âI’ve been saving money since I was a teenager,â she says. And that has always been my passion. I kind of always wanted to have my own store someday and knew I always wanted to be connected to vintage and selling.
The Trainer’s Bartender Concert was closed when the pandemic hit in March 2020, but the unexpected downtime also allowed her to finally launch her own curated vintage collection, Fanciful Fawn Vintage, which she sells online, at Flower. Child, Mahall’s and via the app, Depop. A mix of whimsy and animation, her items range from fun graphic t-shirts to lacy bodysuits and Victorian-style blouses, which she finds at antique salons and estate sales.
Not only that, but Trainer has also teamed up with local artist Haley Himiko Hudson Morris to create vintage-inspired dance parties and events at Lakewood Bowling Alley. Their next project in the works – which will be an ’80s horror movie themed party on Halloween – is one of the many elaborate retro wonderland Trainer is passionate about creating.
âI think it’s a huge part of the nostalgia too, like we take parts of every decade and romanticize them where we want to because right now during the pandemic, that’s I mean, it’s got been stressful as hell, âshe says. “And we have people who want to look back on times that bring them joy.”
Through the ages
When aligning a timeline with Trainer’s wardrobe, one can find styles ranging from pin-up swimsuits from the 1960s to romantic corsets from the 1700s. However, she tends to look to silhouettes of specific outfits – think high waisted round skirts, perfectly cut tops, micro mini dresses and always a trendy earring. You’ll find pieces such as a meadow lilac dress in her wardrobe, as well as an 80s sequined mini dress with a glamorous leopard print.
Right now, she’s looking to romanticize her teenage years: ’90s jelly sandals and all. âI’m really passionate about ’90s fashion because I was a kid back then,â says Trainer. “And I was looking at all these magazines and I fell in love with fashion at that point.”
You might be able to tell from her Betty Boop earrings, but Trainer’s style also draws inspiration from many vibrant female style icons from the past. According to the pages of the brief, I am with the group by former groupie Pamela Des Barres, at the New York Club Kids of the ’80s and’ 90s that popularized straightforward and sexed fashion, Trainer has always looked to a wide range of sources of inspiration to compose his hyper-feminine and fun outfits.
You’ll also see inspirations from pop culture and TV, like her custom embroidery Twin peaks shorts or a skirt and top set with a pattern of The Smurfs designed by Trainer herself. âI am also passionate about the pin-up culture of the 60s and vintage Playboys, Bettie Page is one of my fashion icons,â says Trainer. “Vintage lingerie and swimsuits are one of my favorite things to find.”
Outfits aren’t the only colorful formulas that Trainer creates on a regular basis. As a bartender and drink mixologist at Mahall’s 20 Lanes, she blends her love for vintage and style into a perfect union. More recently, she devised a Y2K-themed cocktail menu, Cyber ââGurl Summer (only available for a few weeks!) Sherbet called ‘That’s Hot’) as well as blends inspired by the AOL and Dawn bulletin boards. other themes from the early 200s.
âMy favorite thing is when people choose the menu – it’s usually girls – and they’re so turned on by all the memories it brings back to them,â Trainer says. “And that sparks conversation, which is my goal when making cocktails.” While you’ll always see Trainer dressed in different colored outfits behind the bar, her pair of work shoes are always the same: a pair of trusty Doc Marten boots in vegan leather.
If you need some motivation to wear this bold pattern or colorful wide leg pants, Trainer will give you the pep talk you need. When it comes to color matching, she bravely goes for unexpected combinations such as purple and red, and when she mixes patterns it can range from 1960s dragon prints to gingham skorts. bright red inspired by picnics. Unsurprisingly, the trainer’s advice is to think outside the box and always wear what makes you happy. âI think it’s a lot more interesting and fun to challenge yourself. Like maybe you see something and you’re like, âOh, I wouldn’t wear this. âBut I really like it,â Trainer says. âPeople tell me that all the time. Like, ‘Oh, you can do it, but I can’t.’ But i wear this right now for no good reason! “
A big believer in all things local, you’ll likely find Trainer with different accessories and pieces that showcase local designers and vintage curators. One of her favorites that seems to fit into most outfits is her colorful daisy earrings or handmade color block crop top by local artist Haley Himiko Morris. With 80s inspired designs, these pieces are Trainer’s favorite color palette. âI love the rainbow, it goes with everything,â she said.