Halloween is fast approaching so it’s definitely time to start putting together costumes and ideas! This year, I was inspired by Lana’s Dark Carnival look from last year. It got me wondering how many other photoshoots might be perfect points of departure for that special costume. I did some time-travelling and it turns out there are a fair few that got my creative juices simmering.
Nikki won praise from the judges for her contemporary dance routine last week on DWTS and she’s winning praise from us for her fashion! Paralleling her dancing technique, her style game hit new heights with a pair of looks in black. For week three, the theme was “Guilty Pleasures” and Nikki chose Romance novels, dancing to a Viennese waltz inspired by 50 Shades of Grey to Rihanna's "Love on the Brain".
Brie: Nikki definitely kicked it up a notch for week three! Her red outfit was solid, the purple look was super fun, but this high drama concoction has me totally jazzed! Her halter gown begins with a seductive, corset-like lace bodice. It’s lined in nude, which both shows off the lace and ramps up the sensuality of the piece. From there, the dress transitions into a slinky jersey bottom half that flows beautifully with Nikki’s body. Its solidity contrasts with the delicacy of the lace and lends a darker mood and intensity to the look. I’m not often a fan of double front slits, but the Fearless One has me sold on them here, as they accentuate the movement and and work flawlessly for a performance piece, which can absorb more daring silhouettes and embellishments than streetwear. Her pale gold shoes act similarly to a nude sandal, elongating the leg line. Nikki’s choices of accents are equally stellar: the glamour of her long gloves coupled, the vintage vibe of her braided hairband, the searing passion invoked by her scarlet lip shade – each selection succeeds perfectly in bringing out the racy, titillating nature of this stirring, emotionally charged waltz.
Kim: At Hell In A Cell, we saw "The Queen of Black Harts" Natalya defend her Championship against the "Genetically Superior" Charlotte Flair. Nattie came out to the ring confident, and ready to dominate. I love how her gear is never boring. Some might hear leather black bodysuit and go... "Well, that's bland". Oh, oh no. Not when you add cut outs, sheer fabric, and embellishments for days. My favourite aspect of this gear is the halter neckline, and all of the orange and silver crystals. This is such a refreshing change for Nattie, who usually sticks with her more recognizable shade of pink.
WWE has released a gallery of never-before-seen (or “basically reeeeaaally similar but not exactly what you’ve seen before”) shots of Nikki. They’ve definitely dug back into the archives and given us some oldies, which is really fun, because we can how her style has evolved. But, equally special, is that they’ve given us a number of BTS snaps, so we get to see Nikki posing for a ‘shoot, lacing her sneakers and enjoying her title belt. She’s amazing about sharing her day-to-day life, but the prep that goes on before and around matches still mostly keeps under the radar. The gallery provides an enjoyable look at a side of her we don’t get to see enough of, as well as giving us a closer peek at all that fab, sporty gear she perpetually thrills us with! Black leather lined with red, cobalt blue gear accessorized with a studded baseball cap, a tee topped with a varsity bomber: it's all here to be savored!
I just wanted to give you some quick notes on finding things: I’ve moved Divas and KO’s who we only have a few posts for to the new “Other Alumni” or “Other Current” categories to try to make the list more manageable.
If you’re looking for posts other than FashionHaps, Inspiration Boards, Awards posts or photoshoots, look under Melange. That was the name of our editorial-style posts that we used to do tri-monthly and I’ve kept the idea and category. I’m working on adding posts to the new Inspo Bd seasonal and Inspo Bd item categories, so you can scroll looks by those sub-categories. Lastly, on the Favorite Things page, you'll find fashionable musings which are not connected to the Divas/KOs. I hope this is useful! XO ~Brie
This black monochrome look from Nikki was among the transitional outfits that signaled the advent of greater sophistication in her style. It highlights her core fashion principles: modern, chic, sexy and looks totally fierce! My guess is, though, that if she were styling this genre of look today, she’d make a few changes that would show her more honed and mature fashion sense. How might she do it? Well :)…
The simplicity of the look lets it translate excellently over the years; a few small tweaks would be more than enough to update it! The formula is a dose of urban, minimalist chic injected with a shot of sexiness. While then, that was represented with a leather-panelled mini skirt and a cut-out cropped top, today I think Nikki would reach for a midi pencil skirt: same sleek lines, far greater sophistication. Or, she might reach for a full-on leather skirt…perhaps with a statement detail, like a laced-up faux wrap or buttons. On top, she’d trade the cut-out tee for a classic sleeveless shell, an off-the-shoulder or boatneck tee or a bodysuit (possibly with a sheer detail). The black-on-black color palette she’d keep! But, she’d spice it up a bit with scarlet nails instead of cranberry and a flame lip. The major switch would almost certainly be in footwear. Then, Nikki completed the look with knee-high leather boots – plenty hot, but she’s since upped her shoe game dramatically! These days, she’d go for the dark drama of ankle booties in patent leather (see a similar here for the pair shown), the fun glamour of fur-embellished sandals or the iconic fabulosity of Chinese red pumps. As the weather turned chillier, she’d toss a varsity bomber jacket or simple cropped blazer with a strong shoulder-line over the top. And she might just reiterate her trademark red with a bold, massive pair of earrings or a statement ring. Feel like doing the look of today’s Nikki? Break out the black pencil skirts and slim tees, babes! Add a chic, urban shoe and a classic red lip and get that fearless feeling! Happy styling :)
WWE periodically dredges through its archives and gives us some throwback galleries and their latest is a look at Mickie James’ career, all the way back to when she was blonde (!!!) and being mentored by Trish Stratus. There are a ton of great action shots and ring gear snaps, letting the gallery serve as a tribute to the consistency of her gear silhouette and the long run of gorgeous, bright colors and strong fabrics that is has gone through. There’s no denying that Mickie has always brought a ray of light to the ring, each time she steps into it! It’s also a 101 course in Mickie’s streetwear style, which has distinctively girl-next-door tendencies. We often see Mickie in denim with cute knits: a tee or tank, styled with practical, yet flirty DIY knots, lace or crochet. The second snap here, of her ivory tank and turquoise-accented belt from the time of her first album release is one of my favorite shots of Mickie – stunning, strong and a spot-on representation of her style. Her favorite accessories include baseball caps, cowboy hats and embellished belts that reflect the American West. There’s an easy, rootsy sensibility to her looks that’s sexy in the most unstudied, casual way. For all her country-chick-bada$$ery, though, Mickie has never been afraid to show off her feminine side with beautiful floral dresses or glamorous hairstyles. The simple photoshoot snap n her burgundy halter top is rendered unforgettable by her divine half up-do. The curls, the tendrils and the complexity all combine flawlessly with Mickie’s pensive expression for a jaw-droppingly gorgeous shot. While simplicity often paid off for her, so did taking risks, as she did with this pose and facial in the snap from the multi-diva photo gallery entitled Vroom Vroom, a Nascar-themed ‘shoot. With its muscle car and checkered flag references combining with the flirty femininity of her tulle underskirt, the shot captures the editorial version of the essential Mickie keister-kicking-coquette style personality. Check out the rest of the gallery for a crash course in her fashion or a quick lap around memory lane!
Mon Night - Ballroom Night, Waltz
Nikki did two dances last week in DWTS, the waltz and the samba, with veeerrry different fashion for each!
Brie: I'm not used to seeing Nikki in anything quite as princess-y as this floral and sequin-embellished ivory gown. We've certainly seen her do sparkly pieces and feminine pieces, but in both cases, her natural inclination is to pieces with a modern edge that balance out the frills and glitter. Here, we get both, undiluted and I love how she carries it off! Her innate glamour and performance ability shine through, preventing the piece form overwhelming her. The spaghetti straps help too, adding a seductive twist that's missing from most princess gowns (imagine this look with puffed or floating sleeves!). That touch of sultriness is something Nikki is very comfortable with and it makes the gown harmonize with her style personality. I also found it interesting how lighting affects this piece; it really comes alive under the performance lights, taking on a magical quality.
Lana was a blushing beauty in this pale pink tank dress. She kept the look monochromatic by finishing it with chunky-heeled ankle strap sandals. I love the shoes in and of themselves, but I'm not sure I'm 100% sold on pairing them with such a casual dress. They should help to elevate it, but they feel a little off here and I think jewelry (a long semi-formal pendant necklace for example) or a wide leather belt might have helped the look be more cohesive. This way, without accessories, I might have gone with sneakers or light-colored ankle booties. I do love her low pony; it shows off her shoulders and fits with the laidback, sporty vibe.
Maryse turns the seduction on full blast in this criss-cross strapped dress from Hot Miami Styles (also worn by Lana last fall, in pink). The fiery red hue just makes the piece that much more scintillating and Maryse's pulled-back hair lets the focus stay on that head-turning central detail. Since she wore the dress around Independence Day, I'm fully supporting white or blue heels to complete the look! :). Next up is a white lace-and-sheer sheath dress from Revolve Clothing. Maryse paired it with black Nudist sandals from Stuart Weitzman. This look is not only classic Maryse, it's classic period. The white and black combo goes heavy on the white, making it feel just right for summer. The delicacy of the sandals enhances that light-as-air quality. They're echoed by Maryse's dark nails, while her peach-pink lip brings in a touch of warmth. This look is simply chic from head to toe! I'm even crazier about her second outfit with the Nudist sandals: this forest green satin slipdress. The midi length is sophisticted and on-trend, as is the slipdress silhouette, but what really thrills me is this color -it's glorious! This rich jewel tone looks amazingly luxe, especially done in this shimmering satin. We've seen Maryse have success with this shade before and this rendition runs true to form. It works for summer (although I might have considered silver sandals to lighten the look a bit more); add a faux fur jacket and ankle booties to transition it into fall.
McKenzie has consistently impressed me with her fashion since she popped on to my radar and this embellished dress she wore for Slammiversary doesn't tarnish her record. The embellishment is of perfect scale for her and on-trend, the fit of the sheath is splendid and the color combination is iconic. I like that she chose something a bit more formal for a big PPV event. I have one thing on my wishlist here: I wish she had gone with white (or black) shoes here, as I feel that the light nude hue can sometimes juts look dirty when paired with white. The strappy styling is a definite win though!
Streetwear looks have been few and far between from Natalya this summer, so it was wonderful to see her out and about in this black jumpsuit. The clean, edited styling is just what I'd expect from this Queen Of Classic chic. I love the addition of the belt for added waist definition - I wouldn't even have minded a more dramatic version with a touch of embellishment or a bit more hardware. I'd put good money she completed this look with black strappy sandals or pointy toe pumps. Either one would be an excellent choice.
Sooo…apologies: I went to link this review to Lana’s newest NY Daily News gallery and realized that apparently, I never actually reviewed it. And that is completely weird because I literally remember writing it. Total strangeness! The upside for all of you is that ….ta-da…you get a major bikini ‘shoot in autumn. This should get you warmed right up! ;)
She kicks things off with a bikini of palest aqua that is strikingly similar to one she wore while playing on a floatie in the NY Daily News set. While the NYD piece has an extra split band at the bust, this one is a faux-twist style with a pretty ruched detail at the center. Her bottoms are the simplest of bikini bottoms. The subtle detail and soft color create a peaceful, relaxing vibe that’s just right for “wasting” hours at poolside under a glaring sun, while the sweetheart-halter gives it a slightly retro vibe. Lana accentuates the carefree feel with long and loose blonde locks and adds delicate sheen with a collection of slim bangles. She can’t resist a touch of modern glamour, though, which she gives us via her mirror-finish silver t-strap platform sandals. They’re the closest thing to a spoken word in an outfit of whispers. The silver contrasts with the gold bracelets for a touch of current style philosophy and completes the look with a dose of panache. They’re the only nod to flashiness, however, as her poses –paused on the pool stairs or lounging at the water’s edge- reflect a more contemplative mood: she pauses on the pool stair
From there, she moves to a flirty ruffle-embellished French top, paired with matching slit-sided bottoms. The print is a bold geometric exploration of triangles, done in metallic gold on a black background. It’s sassy and sultry and, in spite of her quiet finish with ivory wedge espadrilles, has a much more intense and energetic vibe than her tranquil blue look. A selection of black and gold bangles brings in additional texture. In keeping with the glamour of this bikini, Lana kicks up the drama of her poses, working the hands-in-hair, skyward glances and dropped-eyelash smiles that make this look thrilling and beautiful. The stunning vegetation-lined lake backdrop doesn’t hurt either :). It makes a lovely variation on the traditional beach.
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Brie: shoe-lover :) fashion-lover and generally glamorous semi-dork
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