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.

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

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