Game of Thrones Season 4 talk with WSJ and a Surprise Celebrity Guest

 

We got the surprise of our lives when we were invited to the Wall Street Journal to discuss our love of Game of Thrones and ended up participating in a candid camera experiment of blessedly geek proportions. Continue reading

RALPH LAUREN X DOWNTON ABBEY

I’ve been looking forward to writing this post for ages. Why the hold-up? Well, aside from a conscious decision I’ve made to spend a little less time away from social media to focus on my own collection (read: portfolio), when Ralph Lauren had debuted this fall collection, I hadn’t yet actually seen the series (!!!!) . I know, clearly you must think I’ve had no right calling myself a chic geek until this point. The fashionably geeky elite shake their heads disapprovingly.

However, having finally caught up to the rest of the world, via a little help from a friend’s Netflix account and a Hulu Plus free trail, (I am TV-less), I too have fallen in love with the fashions, the characters (BATES!), the fashions, and overlapping intrigues of the Abbey’s residents… also, the fashions.

And while I was giddy with excitement over the idea of comparing the ultimate fashion plus geekery crossover spectacular—The A-list cast is comprised of many familiar faces from other well-known series’. The Dowager Countess herself (Maggie Smith) seems almost a continuation of Smith’s Professor McGonagall from the Harry Potter films. Too, we’ve had our shouting at our screens “OMG, she’s that chick/ he’s that dude from Game of Thrones!” moments. And so on. (this a show that Vogue writers are obsessed with, you guys. Obsessed)— I found, that there wasn’t much to compare. Hear me out.

What I loved about the collection: It’s exactly what you’d expect from Ralph Lauren. What I didn’t love about the collection: ….It’s exactly what you’d expect from Ralph Lauren. I love the label. It’s known the world over for producing chic, luxurious, beautifully tailored garments. At some point or another, we’ve coveted many a timeless piece of his. But that’s just it. Those beautiful, timeless, luxurious pieces worthy of the English aristocracy will always be there (I suddenly NEED a gold cardigan). More than anything, this collection was more of just Ralph Lauren doing Ralph Lauren. Suddenly creating those pieces in tweeds, styling them with all the hats, doesn’t necessarily make it Downton Abbey.

Can we see the nods to Yorkshire? Absolutely. And I love that the inspiration goes beyond dresses to the menswear. Does it look like Lady Mary raided Matthew’s closet at the start of the show? Yes. Would Lady Sybil jump at the chance to wear ALL the pants? Yes. But I suspect a second reference is at work here too. Why? Because Ralph just can’t help himself….

Points:

  • Stage set with stunning chandelier over the runway? Check.
  • Downton Abbey theme opening the show? Check (wait, it has WORDS?!)
  • References to WWI era England? There were hunting plaids, smoking jackets, jodhpurs (albiet, in velvet)… umm… check.
  • A feather cape worthy of the Dowager Countess? Check.
  • Models gracing the runway sporting canes they could’ve borrowed from Mr. Bates?  Check.

To my knowledge, however, he only has the one. So where could the other have come from? What other fictional character could’ve said, “here, Ralph, the lady can borrow mine?” (Because, let’s be honest, the countess isn’t letting anyone touch her cane. Ever.) And this is possibly where the allusion to the second reference is made. The cloches, the bowlers, the top hats…. Yorkshire? Yeah, I see it. But what of the nods to the flapper towards the end?  Like I said, Ralph just can’t help himself. Did you see the Spring collection? The beading and Art Deco embroideries look less like a preview of Downton season 3, and more like a continuation of Spring/Summer, the Roaring Twenties and Ralph’s favorite go-to reference…. Gatsby.

Here, in a review of Spring 2012, Style.com writer Nicole Phelps, offers insight:

NEW YORK, September 15, 2011

In 1974, not long after he founded his company, Ralph Lauren designed the costumes for The Great Gatsby. They launched a mini Jazz Age trend at the time and jump-started his career. Today, with Baz Luhrmann remaking the film— are reprising the roles originally played by Robert Redford and Mia Farrow—Lauren took the opportunity to revisit the roaring twenties, half a year before the movie actually hits screens and everybody and his mother decides to “do” the decade themselves.

More like a whole year before, as Warner Bros. just announced on Monday that the film has been pushed back from it’s original Christmas release, to Summer 2013. But now, it all makes sense.

And now, something else to think about: In a fight (over a Lauren gown, of course) who would win: Lady Mary, or Daisy?

Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio

HELMUT LANG + GAME OF THRONES

In honor of the Twitter trending, get glue crashing, ALL CAPS LOCK REACTION EVOKING (!!!!) George R.R. Martin fan back-breaking (have you tried lugging one of those massive books around? Curse you kindlers!) fantasy phenomenon known as Game of Thrones…  I’m dedicating my inaugural post to the premier of HBO’s latest episodic giant.

While Helmut Lang himself may not have tuned in to last night’s premiere from the comfort of his Long Island home (having left his namesake label in 2005), It’s apparent that the brand’s creative directors, Michael and Nicole Colovos, were popping the popcorn, and probably the champagne too. 

This photo set features side-by-side comparisons of a small selection from the Helmut Lang fall/winter 2012/13 collection and their Westeros inspirations, the last three pieces with their, er, Westerian counterparts beneath them.

It serves to prove that the fashion world is full of geeks and people inspired by them and their subcultural interests-be it tech, sci-fi, comics, Steampunk, anime, etc… Designers teach us that what we often consider to be the most nerdy — a term that hasn’t always been viewed in the most flattering light — can, too, serve as a driving force behind a bevy of beautiful, wondrous things, that are seen by the general (read: fashionable) population as commercially viable, praiseworthy, and sought after.

Case in point, Helmut Lang’s latest fangirl swoon-worthy collection. “Dressed in the rags of savages,” they ain’t. Michael and Nicole Covolos have fashioned a wardrobe fit for a Khaleesi.

Leave it to the fashion industry to elevate geek culture to haute heights.