Basically everyone decided the Catching Fire Red Carpet Premiere called for #heroinechic. Which is wholly appropriate to the subject matter if you think about it (just don’t think about it TOO much or you realize we are not playing the part of the resistance…).
There are a lot of pictures so let’s jump right in with, appropriately, Katniss aka Jennifer Lawrence:
It’s not hard to find superheroine looks at the cray-cray world of the MTV Video Music Awards (or any Awards awarded by MTV or almost any music awards — there’s just something about music that translates to more cotumey looks…and there is nothing bad about that!). It’s mostly hard to narrow down the cray-cray into authentic heroine chic. Miley Cyrus absolutely looked like a comic book character last night but she didn’t read heroine chic at all.
THIS is heroine chic. This is a Look but it’s still a Red Carpet Look. It’s over the top but it’s not big top — to be fair it’s maybe not over the top ENOUGH for this venue. But Sarah wasn’t performing or presenting or accepting an award so she didn’t have to answer to anyone. And Miley didn’t have that luxury so it’s not really fair to compare the two. Still as far as being superheroine of the night, Miley missed the mark and Sarah swooped in to take the prize. Read the rest of this entry »
Oh those wacky Teen Choice Awards. Though at this point is there ANY Awards show that can’t be called ‘wacky’? I think no. Still, the one that gives out surfboards (because I totally equate surfboards with teenagers) (no, I really don’t, I equate surfboards with surfer dudes and dudettes, which are actually not synonymous with teenagers at all) (wait is this a Dylan McKay thing?) (you know what still makes me lol every time? how Luke Perry gets “and Luke Perry” in the credits of The Fifth Element… that movie is amazing for many many reasons and I love it but I’d be lying if I discounted “and Luke Perry” as one of them) (wow, I’m way off topic), still, the Teen Choice Awards have an edge on wacky. And wacky fashions!
Oh Mr. Styles. Did you know there is a reality TV series Amish Mafia? Like, that is a real thing. On The Discovery Channel. This picture reminds me of that. Not that he looks Amish or Mafia…mostly he looks adorkable like he always does…but LOL, nonetheless.
Better known as introduction to RASPBERRY TOWN. Which is easily the best and most reasonable answer to “Give me a word to describe this frozen yogurt so I can make a dress inspired by your word” (which is probably not the least reasonable challenge inception in Project Runway‘s history but nothing more absurd (yet awesome!!) is coming to mind right this moment). Even more awesome “Raspberry Town” was provided by a guy who resembled Thor just enough for me to imagine an amazing Avengers at Coney Island scenario. And that’s not all! Thor answered Raspberry Town to self-described faux Sorority girls Kate and Helen:
And it won. It was very clever of Team Katlen to use those sombreros and the result is nifty and chic and raspberry. Just two things. Read the rest of this entry »
Okay, I’m jumping the gun a little — this comic (by creative team Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios) isn’t even out until October — but I’m not the only one: it’s been generating buzz since its announcement and the fanart just keeps coming. I’m putting together ideas for outfits for con appearances in October and when I asked for suggestions Pretty Deadly‘s protagonist Ginny, the daughter of death, came up and I latched on. Here’s a first draft:
I can’t in good conscience call her a superheroine. She is wearing a cigarette and any superhero will tell you Smoking is Very, Very Bad for You. Yes, even Wolverine. I have the ‘Logan’ Heroclix with and without cigar because I used to collect Wolverine Heroclix — but Logan was my FIRST so even though I’ve stopped collecting them (there is at least one Wolverine every set, it just got to be too much when I’m not THAT big a Wolvie fan anyways).
Point is — superheroes may smoke to be “edgy” they don’t promote smoking and while wearing a cigarette butt as your hat is not precisely promoting smoking… what the hell else is it?
REAL point being, girl is 150% heroine chic. Read the rest of this entry »
The following were presented at a panel at Wesleyan University about dressing in the fashion of Wonderland using street clothes we already own.
For Alice I wanted to get away from the illustrated, Disney, or ‘Gothic Lolita’ version — so how do we create “Alice” without a pinafore?
1. Color: I retained the Blue and White color palette.
2. Hints: The thick headband is so married to Alice in Wonderland it is named “an Alice band” and along with Mary Jane shoes, the “girl” archetype is achieved without a poufy dress. I also selected the pleated blouse to hint at Victorian styles.
3. Talismans: Alice and Wonderland are equated with Rabbits, Keys, Playing cards, Chess pieces, Mushrooms, Potion bottles, Tea sets… any and all of which can be found or created as accessories.
Recently I was part of a little panel at Wesleyan University about dressing in the fashion of Wonderland using street clothes we already own. Anyone who has spent any amount of time with me, received an email from me, or followed me on twitter or tumblr or any of my various blogs knows how important the stories of Alice in Wonderland are to me. The Alice books and many adaptations are not simply my favorites, nor is it merely an intellectual captivation. It’s personal. Alice, Wonderland, Mirrors, Rabbits, Pills, Keys, Pawns… these are concepts I use to express myself and explain myself to the world, and in a very Alice way, to myself. Now, I’m hardly the only one — Alice has fascinated people since she was first introduced and that fascination, and how we all play with the imagery and ideas, are why I can use it all to express myself and explain myself — it’s become a shared mythology.
Wonderland is probably most often used as a metaphor for madness; as the text directs us. But whether Wonderland is mental dysfunction or simply a childish dream the lesson most important to me is that Alice has complete control over it. Alice gets herself into, around, and out of Wonderland all by herself.
The other panelist Elseachay put together the following presentation on “closet costumes” which is the other side of the mirror equivalent of my ready-to-wear outings. I deconstruct costumes to create “real world” fashions and she uses “real world” clothing to create costumes. The results by definition meet in the middle: mirror images!