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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Don’t Stop Baby Spice

This picture came across my screen and I just HAD to post it.

It’s not particularly heroine chic. It’s not that exciting a dress. But it’s Baby Spice. In front of a giant circle that quotes Journey. The me that really kinda STILL loves the Spice Girls just couldn’t let it pass without a shout out.

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Vampire Movie Week: Let the Right One In

All Vampire Movie Week reviews and profiles will contain spoilers of the films.

Let the Right One In (2008)

Written by: John Ajvide Lindqvist
Directed by: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson

Synopsis: Oskar is a lonely middle schooler with divorced parents. He is the target of bullies and collects articles about murders. Then he meets Eli, a girl more or less his age who moves in next door. The two become fast friends, bonding over the playscape and Rubik’s cube of childhood and the chocolates (that, well, she can’t enjoy, but she TRIES) and secret messages of early adolescent relationships. As they grow closer, Oskar grows more confident, joining the wrestling team, and finally standing up to the bullies, violently thwacking the leader with a stick and cutting off part of his ear. He gets in some trouble but the adults are distracted by the discovery of a dead body. See, earlier, Hakan, the man assumed by the community to be Eli’s father, dropped the body into the river after she’d sucked him dry. She’s the vampire in this vampire movie. But Oskar had said he’d still like her if she wasn’t a girl, and he does. He-who-is-not-really-Eli’s dad self-mutilates and then allows her to drink his blood. Lacke, the best friend of the murdered man, Jocke, pulls Eli off his girlfriend, Ginia, in time to save her from death but not undeath and she tricks a doctor into letting the sunlight kill her. So he goes after Eli but Oskar is there to warn her and he’s put out of his misery (the story was way hard on poor Lacke). Unfortunately, all these murders mean Eli has to leave town and she kisses Oskar goodbye and disappears in a cab. But when the bullies plot to exact revenge for Conny’s ear, she shows up to save him and exact her own vengeance. Oskar joins her in her escape, and we may infer he is taking up the role vacated by Hakan.

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Magical Emma Watson

The new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer has me, just like everyone, ENORMOUSLY EXCITED. I love, love, love Harry Potter, books and film — I consider them parallel universes so I can enjoy each on its own merits. Of which there are THOUSANDS. And if Hermione must be considered allegorical to Bella (Wrong! Harry is the comparative to Bella, Hermione is probably Jacob because Ron has to be Edward and the rest of the Cullens are the rest of the Weasleys. But IF, as has been done A LOT –) Hermione LAUGHS (politely) and Bella walks off sulkingly because that’s all Bella does.

Anyway. As was pointed out to me by spudsfan, about a minute in to the trailer we have this:

OMG, y’all. Hermione is Zatanna!!

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Vampire Movie Week: Eclipse

All Vampire Movie Week reviews and profiles will contain spoilers of the films.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

Written by: Melissa Rosenberg
Directed by: David Slade
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner

Synopsis: Bella wants to be a vampire. Edward wants Bella to marry him. Jacob wants Bella to stay human and stay with him. Victoria wants to kill Bella because Edward killed her one true love. Riley wants to believe he is Victoria’s one true love. Leah wants to be Sam’s one true love. But Sam is imprinted on Emily. Bella asks “Do I want to know what that means?” We answered “No.” but Jacob told her. Read the rest of this entry »


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