The clothes make the Avenger

The EW Avengers pics were everywhere within seconds of their appearance online, and loads of fun to analyze. But this one is my favourite:

The Avengers 2

First of all, the whole thing looks like what you would find at a high end SPIRIT HALLOWEEN store circa the second week in September, which is perfect because they are costumes that are also costumes and there is just something so delicious about the meta-meta.

But when we break it down it gets even better:

  • Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor are colorful; Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Fury favor black with dark accents; Hulk has purple shorts
  • Iron Man, Captain America and Hawkeye have hard padded shoulders; Black Widow and Fury have soft padded shoulders; Thor has bare shoulders and Hulk has purple shorts
  • Hulk has purple shorts! So cheeky.
  • Captain America has that crazy cute Avengers insignia on his shoulder, do we think anyone else has one somewhere we can’t see in this picture?
  • Does Fury have two identical outfits or is one Hawkeye’s because he has two outfits? Because I can TOTALLY see Clint requesting two (or more?) hangers-ful of Avengers provided superhero clothes.
  • I am in love with Thor’s cape. Also Thor.
  • Hawkeye’s shoulder protector looks like something I wore when I roller bladed which just makes me like it more.
  • Black Widow’s piping makes me happy .
  • Seriously does Hawkeye have more hangers/clothes? I want this to be true. Hawkeye ALSO had the most amazing look in the living room pic:

Avengers in the Living Room

Like, Rhodey and Tony are vying for Most Stylish (Rhodey wins by virtue of being Rhodey) and Steve is so Steve in his super simple American Blue Button Down but I LOVE Clint’s “Yes, I’m wearing plaid and leather and I can’t sit like a normal human being because obviously I am the superhero Avenger Hawkeye!” How can anyone not LOVE it? He is probably my least favourite MCU Avenger and yet I am SO DOWN WITH THIS it has incited capslock.

So yeah, I would be really pleased and not at all surprised if Clint had more than one super suit and that will be my personal headcanon until proven otherwise.


X-Men: Days of Future Fabulous Fashion

I have a confession to make. I might be more excited to see X-Men: Days of Future Past than Captain America: Winter Soldier or The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Don’t misunderstand, I am poised to LOVE DESPERATELY both of those films even if they are disappointments. While Days of Future Past seems poised to be a train wreck of epic proportions: there’s time travel, killer robots, congressional hearings, and at least 50,000 characters, some new to screen, others returning, some are the same character played by two different actors in two different time periods and/or timelines and others are the same character as in another franchise played by two different actors and they might share the same name (maybe?) and parts of the same history (maybe not?) but nothing that happens in this movie has anything to do with what happens in that movie. Because that is not confusing at all.

And even though there have already been entire magazines devoted to this film and even though I have read the entire comic book story arc I have NO IDEA what this movie is about. Except:

The Seventies

Fabulous fashion.

Again, don’t misunderstand: the costumes are like to be just as much of a hot mess as everything else. But! They are also delicious. Look at those belt buckles. Look at that paisley. Look at that leather. Look at Xavier’s completely amazing loafers. Look at them!

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“the best thing a girl can be”

If you could travel to any time period, what would you choose?

a photo of a swatch of fabric

Ivy’s fabric was the best part of Project Runway All Star’s twenties style challenge (and the only part worth mentioning).

I’ve always answered the twenties. The artistry, the attitude, the culture, the fashion — that’s where I’d fit in. So of course I’ve been anticipating Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby since it was first floated around as a possibility. Fitzgerald by Luhrmann starring Leo!

I was initially sad when the film was pushed to next summer instead of this winter but a) Gatsby is more of a summer story, and b) it gives me more time to put together my look. I’ve been threatening to make my entire wardrobe twenties-inspired for years and this is the perfect moment.

a film poster for The Great Gatsby featuring Carey Mulligan as Daisy

I intend to catalogue my progress — if you would like to be involved or included, or if you have any ideas, let me know!


Ready-to-Wear: Spider-Man

I put together a set based on this earlier RTW Spidey design:

Ready-to-Wear Spider-Man

Ready-to-Wear Spider-Man by redcarpetsuperhero featuring a scoop neck tee

Don’t be surprised when Gwen Stacy pops up next:


January Jones, Betty Draper, and Emma Frost

January Jones is fascinating.

January played a sociopath, Kim Brody, on an episode of Law and Order (“Quit Claim”). She was a beautiful, calculating, manipulative ingenue whose visible emotions ranged from raising an eyebrow to pursing a lip. She was always a step ahead of the game. She played each moment with straight confidence born in the knowledge that she always got away with everything. She was an ice queen who hated everyone because they didn’t love her. This episode played on TNT a couple weeks ago and when my brother asked “who’s that?” I answered:

Emma Frost.

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Flashback Friday: James Bond

I have a confession. I’ve never seen Quantum of Solace. So it is partially my fault that they’re not making another one. But, see, (confession #2) I didn’t really like Casino Royale. It felt overly long and oddly slow for a BOND film. I liked Craig fine but I liked him in Tomb Raider, too, and basically, imagining a James Bond/Lara Croft crossover was way less boring than watching Casino Royale. So I just didn’t go to the next one. I have seen every other Bond film. We watched them all over a summer, as a project, circa Die Another Day. Now that we don’t have any new ones to wait for, it might be a good time to do it again — and I’d finally see Quantum of Solace.

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Uniform / Controversy

As costume controversy has swirled around recent redesigns and movie revelations, I’ve said a few time that if it were up to me and realism all superheroes would wear uniforms, like the military. And I’d like to clarify that a little. I would hope it is very clear that I L-O-V-E-LOVE superhero and comic book fashion. This blog should be proof of that, right? So what am I talking about calling for “uniforms”, right?

I wants this jacket!

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