High Fashion BvS (And Civil War?)

The Valentino Super H and Star-Studded Collections are now in stores. Suddenly our tax returns don’t look that impressive.

I previously blogged about The Star Studded capsule collection, a Wonder Woman inspired collab with Spider Gwen Paltrow’s obscenely indulgent Goop Market pop-up. Well, everyone is now welcome to shop the full line, which includes a few extra pieces like a studded ballet flat, a signature of the label, and THIS STAR PRINTED DRESS WITH STUDDED LEATHER COLLAR OMG!!!

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We Can be (Valentino) HEROes

A few weeks ago, you learned about the superhero splendor that is the Valentino X Goop “Wonder Woman” collection. A capsule that was only a small part of a larger collection set to be released in April. Well, here now  is yet another glimpse of how Valentino plans to superpower your wardrobe. Continue reading

ENDitorial and review: Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark

Glamour and the Geek ENDitorial: SPIDERMAN: Turn off the Dark

Annie Leibovitz for Vogue

 

A few weeks ago, I finally got to see the highly talked about, ever changing spectacle that is Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark.

Since it’s rocky start, the show  has been no stranger to controversy as it has been plagued with a myriad of problems, including hospitalized actors, endless rewrites and the loss of it’s original director, Julie Taymor (whose artistic vision can be witnessed in Broadway staple,the widely successful The Lion King).

At first I was really excited about the prospect of finally being able to witness the production for myself. However, with reviews as horrible as they’ve been, I adjusted my hopes accordingly. I went in to the theater wishing two things: “please don’t suck” and “please…. nobody fall on me.” Well… no one fell on me.

Here’s the deal, it didn’t entirely suck. I’m a very visual person and I found the production absolutely stunning. I could clearly see Taymor’s aesthetic in it’s full glory in the beautiful opening number featuring women weaving on a massive scale via swings (exactly).

Also, I would actually purchase some of the costume pieces I saw, with there deliberate black, ink-like streaks. It was genius. A perfect example of interpreting comic art into fashion. I have half a mind to design an entire collection based around this idea…. maybe. The major problem lies in the horrible U2 written and composed score. Horrible is an understatement. I’m refraining from using the word I want to use. The singing of these lackluster, unmemorable songs was not much better. And actors singing over each other led to some off-key, cringe-worthy moments.

You do want to SEE this musical (if you can get tickets for next to nothing), especially if you’re sitting in the orchestra like I did, and Spider-man is flying overhead witty quips and all. Arguably, the high-flying action was the best part of the show. That being said, you don’t actually want HEAR the musical. Which is a bit of an issue, seeing as… IT’S A FREAKING MUSICAL! If you ever do go, my suggestion is to download the soundtrack to the first Toby McSpider-man movie, and listen to that during the numbers.

But back to the beauty of the production! I found the costumes amazing. So for this month’s enditorial” I’ve chosen a gorgeously geeky Spidey spread from Vogue, featuring the fierce Coco Rocha in some breathtaking Zac Posen gowns posing alongside costumed characters. Honestly, I found this editorial more compelling than the actual production. Thank goodness for high fashion.

GLAMOUR AND THE GEEK ENDITORIALS: Heroine Complex

BRINGING YOU A GREAT NEW HIGH-END FASHION EDITORIAL AT THE END OF EACH MONTH. KICKING IT OFF WITH: HEROINE COMPLEX

Ben Weller shoots Corina Ingenleuf for ELLE Magazine | SEPTEMBER 2012

(You werk that anime hair, gurl!)

 

New York Comic Con Round Up

COMIC CON

In a word, EPIC.

Every year, I look forward to my Geekcation, and every year it’s longer. Last year, 3 days. The year before that, a weekend, and before that, I spent one day at what was then the Big Apple Anime Fest. This year, Selly scored herself a 4-day Professional Pass, baby!

Here’s a breakdown of all the awesome I experienced, and what I wore when it happened.

THURSDAY: PRO DAY

PANELS:

-Brand Licensing and Product Management

-The Power of Community

POST CON: One year Con-niversary dinner with my dear friend Jamila.

THE OUTFIT: As Pro Day is a chill day, I attended as the “Mild Mannered Geek”, with an edge.

Belt: Jason Wu. Sweater: Missoni, Jeggings Xhillaration (all for Target).  Jacket and blouse: J.C. Penny. Boots as seen on KAREN GILLAN on DOCTOR WHO, Dr.Martens.

HIGHLIGHT: All the breathing room! I really appreciate how relaxed the first day is. It also allowed plenty of time to walk the show floor at your own pace. Even the Starbucks line was shorter. And trust me, that is saying something.

FRIDAY: THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM

PANELS:

-Aniplex of America

(EJ “The Aniplex Guy” shows off the autographed poster I won at the panel. W00T!)

-Anime Network

-Grant Morrison Spotlight

-New Methods in Digital Painting & Coloring with Brian Haberlin

POST CON:The Mary Sue + Her Universe meet up. This was an amazing event where I got to meet many amazing people. I worship The Mary Sue for their efforst in changing the way people view the geek girl, and making it not only okay, but cool (it is). And meeting the brains behind the TARDIS dress spotted a million times over at the con was a real honor too. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a possible collaboration. I want to design ALL the things!!!

THE OUTFIT:”Modern, Urban Steampunk.” Can you be steampunk without it looking like a costume? Yup. And nothing screams instant effortless style quite like this Ostwald Helgason Sea monster printed sweatshirt. I’m madly in love with it. You’ll see me continue to mention it in posts, because I’m just that obsessed with it. Here, I’ve paired it with a button down (MICHAEL Michael Kors). It’s secretly frilly, should I want to go more Victorian and swap the sweater for a waistcoat. Plain brown, or brocade? Hmm…

But as I didn’t plan on doing that, my nod to the era (and to the boudoir) is my silk, lace and tulle skirt (Rodarte for Target).  Capping the whole look off with a tall boot (boots and socks both Dr. Martens) and we’ve got a fresh new take on period and geek inspired dressing.

HIGHLIGHTS: Stumbling into a surprise acoustic set by Coheed and Cambria!

Walking passed a vendor and having her compliment me on my “costume.” Also, all the neat Photoshop tips and tricks I learned at my last panel. As a designer, I was so grateful to Brian for having shared all this invaluable information. I took notes like a mother, and I need to upgrade my Photoshop asap.

SATURDAY: THE EFFING STORM

PANELS:

-Once More With Feeling: 15 Years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

(Surprise appearance by Nicholas Brendon. XANDER!!!!!)

-Ladies Who Steam: The Publishing Industry on Women in Steampunk

-Marvel Television Presents

-Hip-Hop and Comics

POST CON: Nerdist party (For like, a minute), Bachelorette party.

THE OUTFIT: Superheroine Fangirl Chic (complete with costume change). Not “Cleopatra” as one person called me. This involved layering a printed geek tee OVER a buttondown (try it!) and then quickly taking off just that for post con partying.

Batgirl tee: Forbidden Planet. Button down: H&M. Studded silk skirt: Versace for H&M. My docs.

HIGHLIGHT:COULSON LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVES!!!!

I heart Clark Gregg. Heart him so much! And I was there to witness his surprise cameo, along with the grand announcement about ABC’s new S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series!

At the Hip-Hop panel, the moderator addressed Darryl as, “Mr. DMC.” And we got to hear him rap live for us. Awesome.

SUNDAY: KIDS DAY, or what I call CHIBI EVERYONE!!

PANELS:

-Arrow special video presentation with Q&A

Got there bright and early to get into the IGN theater. I’m actually pretty excited for   this Arrow show. Lets make it happen Hulu.

-Capcom presents DMC: The all new Devil May Cry

-FUNimation

POST CON: Hot Date! 😉

THE OUTFIT: Sci-fi Heroine dress from Modcloth. I mean, really, how could I NOT rock this dress? It’s name is just so apropo, and the story sold me!! Also, I have this love affaire with Modclath that cannot be shaken. Why? Because they are the awesome! The vast majority of my girlfriends (the best dressed ones) shop it, and I’m quick to spread the word of it’s magic to those that don’t. It’s a great day-to-evening piece. As is my Kirna Zabete for Target cardigan.  I was ready to conquor the con AND impress my date afterwards (for the record, I did!)

HIGHLIGHTS: Cute tiny heroes, and amazing lesson in design, research and development by the Capcom/ Ninja Theory team. I was not only entertained by the presentation, but they educated me. I left there excited, and wiser. I wish more professionals would understand how much we appreciate learning about how they go about their design process. It’s invaluable information, and I could not be more excited about this game.

What do I hope to find at Comic con? Inspiration. You guys, I totally got it. I wonder what next year’s Geekcation will bring? Is it too eary to start planning outfits?

GEEK CHIC BEAUTY: Marvel vs Miu Miu

 

It’s ultimate geek chic beauty! Whether you’re attending a screening, a con, a nerdy burlesque show—be ye guest or performer—or just planning your next Halloween costume, these looks below by Jangsara are simply Marvelous (see what I did there?) runway-ready must tries. At the very least, they are top-notch works of film-inspired art, you must see to believe. Note: you will need to set aside a bit of time, so plan ahead. View her website for product details and step-by-step tutorials.

Now, you know I can’t stop there. It wouldn’t be a F+G post without a little runway comparison. Especially seeing as the eye-makeup on the runways this season was truly out there and inspired. From the crystal encrusted eyebrows at the Chanel show that I showed you previously, to the wild, superheroine chic, greasepainted peepers of Miuccia Prada’s models at both the Prada and Miu Miu shows (top), runway beauty this season, boasted a near cinematic display of show-stopping and fanciful faces. And one can seldom speak of makeup marvels (don’t look at me that way), without mentioning the real-life superhero of beauty: the prolific Pat McGrath.

The Brit born, global creative-design director for Proctor and Gamble, head of Max Factor and Cover Girl cosmetics among others, has evolved the world of make-up artistry. The photoset featured above, highlights the looks she created this season for both of Ms. Prada’s shows. The models at Miu Miu, specifically, donned pant suits with psychedelic, clashing prints, reminiscent of early comic pages inked by the likes of Terry Austin (see comparison below) or Dan Adkins

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Some of the blazers, oversized and even capelike. These women were high-end heroines, ready to take flight, made-up to perfection by the team under master Mcgrath.

A “best of” photoset of McGrath’s most “action packed”, avant-garde looks to follow…

Here’s to showing off your new make-up know-how out there.

Oh! And don’t forget the nails. 😉

Spiderman nail polish by OPI