Aurora

Own a Designer Disney Princess Dress

This time last year I was gushing about these stunning designer Disney princess gowns. Originally the stars of Harrods lavish Christmas windows, the gowns are making a reappearance this year as part of Christie’s annual Vintage Couture Sale, and are now being auctioned to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

Aurora

PRINCESS AURORA FROM SLEEPING BEAUTY, AN ELIE SAAB BLUSH PINK SILK EVENING GOWN

Once upon a time, some of the world’s leading high-end fashion houses including Versace, fellow Dominican- American, Oscar de la Renta and another regular contributor to the red carpet, Elie Saab, partnered up with Harrods and the team at Disney. The results far exceeded our wildest expectations. History in the making. Now, we have a rare opportunity to get our hands on a piece of it.

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BELLE FROM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, A VALENTINO BUTTERCUP YELLOW SILK EVENING GOWN AND CAPE

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POCAHONTAS, A ROBERTO CAVALLI PRINTED SILK EVENING GOWN

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PRINCESS TIANA FROM THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, A RALPH AND RUSSO EAU DE NIL SILK EVENING GOWN

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JASMINE FROM ALADDIN, AN ESCADA FUCHSIA SILK EVENING GOWN AND CAPE

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MULAN, A MISSONI TEAL AND FUCHSIA KNITTED SILK KIMONO

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RAPUNZEL FROM TANGLED, A JENNY PACKHAM LAVENDER SILK CREPE EVENING GOWN

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ARIEL FROM THE LITTLE MERMAID, A MARCHESA TEAL SILK EVENING GOWN

SNOW WHITE, AN OSCAR DE LA RENTA YELLOW SILK GOWN AND SCARLET SILK CAPE

SNOW WHITE, AN OSCAR DE LA RENTA YELLOW SILK GOWN AND SCARLET SILK CAPE

CINDERELLA, A VERSACE GOWN OF GOLD SILK

CINDERELLA, A VERSACE GOWN OF GOLD SILK

True, when bidding starts on Wednesday, you’ll need to be prepared to spend thousands of dollars–The auction house estimates their prices at £3,000 – £6,000  or  $4,827 – $9,654— but really, what price would you expect a one-of-a-kind princess-inspired dress to fetch? If I had money to burn, Belle’s iconic yellow ball gown would be mine in an instant. As it is, I’m willing to bet it’s going for a much higher price, and I’m tracking the lot to learn what the result will ultimately be! Which gown are you most in love with? What is it worth to you?

Harrods Disney Princess Holiday Windows

HARRODS’ DISNEY PRINCESS HOLIDAY WINDOWS REVEALED!

With fireworks, fanfaire, and Cinderella and her fairy godmother arriving by carriage, the unveiling of Harrods’ incredible holiday windows was quite the spectacle. One that makes a lowly boutique store visual merchandiser (with a teeny, tiny budget) like myself, marvel, take notes, draw inspiration, and….breathe a  huge sigh. Oh high-end department store visual merchandising job, how I covet thee.

Now if only I had a fairy godmother….

Harrods

(source: Vogue.co.uk)

If you want to see the gowns in action, and view the original designer sketches, check them all out here!)

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!)

 

Once Upon A Dream : Harrods’ Designer Disney Princesses

They’re here, they’re here! We’re witnessing a MAJOR Fashion + Geekery moment, thanks to Harrods. DISNEY geekery that is, and fashion of the highest caliber.

When Harrods announced at the begining of the year that they had asked 10 top designers, including Oscar De La Renta (fave!), Elie Saab, Marchesa and Versace, to create custom gowns inspired by Disney princesses, I was over the moon. The announcement came complete with a teaser sketch of Valentino‘s couture interpretation of Belle’s infamous yellow ball gown.

Now, with the windows to be unveiled on November 1st, not only does Harrods give us a look at ALL the sketches (scroll down), but some of the princesses, from Pocahontas to Tiana, to Ariel… are brought to life in this teaser. Can you instantly recognize all of them?

BELLE FROM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST BY VALENTINO
A fantasy-like dress in silk chiffon with a sheer hooded cape and layers of exquisite pleats, is accessorised with bespoke signature studded flats and a silver flower bag.

AURORA FROM SLEEPING BEAUTY BY ELIE SAAB
Encapsulating the natural grace and innocence of Aurora, this beautiful gown in pale pink is embellished with scattered exquisite beading.

ARIEL FROM THE LITTLE MERMAID BY MARCHESA
A chic and elegant deep blue silk evening gown has been beautifully crafted to combine luxurious draped fabrics, which perfectly embody modern feminine style – capturing Ariel’s adventurous under-the-sea spirit.

SNOW WHITE BY OSCAR DE LA RENTA
‘Someday your prince will come…’ This silk gown is divine with intricate embroidery across the bodice and a floor-sweeping cape in signature red.

RAPUNZEL FROM TANGLED BY JENNY PACKHAM
A magical dress in pale grey adorned with incredible beading that should never be locked away.

POCAHONTAS BY ROBERTO CAVALLI
Featuring soft, golden and natural earthy colours, this gown incorporates prints evocative of dream catchers with pearl detailing. The lightness of a feather and the wings of a butterfly, it is perfect for a princess in love with freedom.

JASMINE FROM ALADDIN BY ESCADA
An exotic fuchsia silk chiffon gown encompasses the fiery beauty of Jasmine, complete with an extravagant golden flower belt.

MULAN BY MISSONI
A land of silk and jade has inspired this oriental kimono-style dazzling creation, that features bold turquoise shades and red detailing.

TIANA FROM THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG BY RALPH & RUSSO
A dream come true, this mint evening gown with a sweetheart neckline and mesh overlay, features scattered crystals that cascade into a layered tulle skirt.

CINDERELLA BY VERSACE
You shall go to the ball’, in a stunning contemporary interpretation complete with golden layers, a tiara, a bold statement-necklace and of course, glass slippers – emblazoned with the iconic Versace medusa motif.

November 1st can’t come soon enough. Now, how do I win myself  a trip to London?!

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?