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.

TREND ALERT: From Lunchbox to “Tin Tote”

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“In France no one knew what a lunch box was because no one took their lunch to work. Mine was from Walt Disney and I wore it everywhere because I was obsessed with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. There was a shop on Rue de Canettes in the 6th called Western House that imported everything from America, and I found my Disney pieces there.”

CARINE ROITFELD

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All this talk about the Carine Roitfeld (former editor of Vogue Paris from 2001-2011) editorial in V magazine’s fall 2013 issue, in which she styles model Dalianah after her 16 year old self, left everyone with pretty much the same conclusion: “Now I need a lunchbox.”

Low and behold, shortly after the editorial was published, I took a trip over to Atlantic City and found myself in whimsical candy and novelty shop on the boardwalk called “IT’SUGAR” . Not 10 seconds into browsing this cute shop by the sea did I spot the first of them.

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CUTE. RETRO. (SUPER GEEKY) LUNCH BOX!

It was love at first sight for me, and though I didn’t succumb to the impulse just then, they’ve recently opened a Coney Island location, so my bank card will be seeing more action very soon. Wonder Woman tin, I’m coming for you. Fortunately at only $18, you’re not exactly breaking the bank. Which is great, considering I may need more than one. SO many options!!!

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This Hello Kitty tin is adorable and to the point: image

Check out the site for yourself, or better yet, find your local store to really get the full experience. GET UP AND GO to find more great “tin totes” to add to the bag collection, then ponder what to put in each.  Note: Not my fault if you end up buying all things in-store. It’s awesome and you’ve been warned.

Additionally, browse the eclectic collection of vintage lunch boxes over on Etsy.

CONSIDER: This might be a cute carry all for Comic Con Day 1. Before you get that MASSIVE WeLoveFine bag, that is. Which oddly enough you can then take back to IT’SUGAR and fill with their equally larger than life candy.

Put a Blazer on It!

Gentlemen! Dressing up has never been easier, faster, more affordable, or more comfortable. That’s right, there is NO excuse for showing up anywhere underdressed. Lose, the sweatshirt, destroy the CROCS (PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF COOKIES, DESTROY. THE. CROCS!), and … Continue reading

Editorial: The Total Lady Robots

The (fashionably late) “ENDitorial”

Glamour and The Geek Editorial: THE TOTAL LADY

Steve Klein for Vogue Italia

Because it’s MODELS and F***ING ROBOTS, PEOPLE!!! MODELS. AND. ROBOTS!!!!!

 

V for Vendetta on the Runway…?!

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V FOR VENDETTA ON THE ADRIAN WU RUNWAY | TFW FALL 2012

Well, we know of at least one designer who’s a huge V for Vendetta fan…. among a million other things, apparently. Not exactly how I would choose to reference a movie. What do you think of models parading around in, “look-at-me-trying-to-make-a-spectacle-I-mean-statement-about-politics,” Guy Fawkes masks?

Toronto Fashion Week didn’t know what hit it…and maybe neither did the designer….

Here, he attempts to explain:

“This collection is titled “Hierarchy of Needs”. I wanted to do a collection that ascetically looked dramatic, romantic, and a little bit wearable but very much a reflection of my own technique. Three years ago I came across a new way of sewing. I invented this sort of minimalistic bodice and ‘inverted pleating’ and it is these techniques that maybe have created a sort of new language in fashion. The cuts of the collection are taken by the ideas of old parisian clothing, the colours to the silhouette. Philosophically, I like my work to have context. I used the mask as a commentary to the specific comparisons between North American Politics versus European Politics and how it effects Human Rights by citing the movie “V for Vendetta”. My dream continues to be that one day I be hired by the house of Dior. I invite you to question every aspect of my work, from the pieces to the environment. I am inspired by people and people who effect my life. Enjoy”

And yet, I don’t think Raf Simons has anything to worry about.

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?

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

Watch it Wednesday: “Iron” by Woodkid

Watch it Wednesday: Fashion Plus Geekery in Moving Picture!

“Iron” by Woodkid

An epic WiW post, to help you get through the longest hump day of the year!

Featuring supermodel Agyness Deyne, this video looks like Karl Lagerfeld and/or Steven Klein shooting an editorial for Vogue inspired by The Guild, or Warcraft. It’s a sexy, stylized representation of the struggles befallen a band of MMORPG characters; and a stunningly realized work of art. A reason to watch music videos again.

Bonus: Iron has been embraced by both the fashion and geek worlds: The song itself was used for both the Dior Homme F/w 12-13 show, entitled “A Soldier on My Own”—A direct line from the song— AND the trailers for Assassins Creed Revelations. In fact, here’s some bonus videos! See for yourself:

(feel free to jump to the beautiful finale of Dior Homme at 8:29)

Seriously, how EPIC is this song?! This post?!