Barbie was backstage at Raw in Las Vegas in February and looking fabulous! As an aside, I'm so impressed with how she speaks about her time in WWE - how grateful she is for the start and opportunities they gave her and how respectful of the company. It's really nice to hear and reflects well on all parties. I love her pairing of a simple black tee with black denim. She adds just the right pop to the look with beige suede OTKs, which break up all the black and add a sophisticated brightness to the styling. Her Hermes belt brings in a hint of flash, but in a subtle way. This is precisely the kind of look that makes me head-over-heels for Barbie's fashion! Alongside her, Sasha was sparkling in a sequined romper, paired with flat OTKs - her tv look for the night. It's a simple combination that works nicely and ha enough flash to suit her persona. I'm also loving Alicia's outfit, as she dips into her trendy-meets classic side. Her monochrome look includes a sheer-panelled top, on-trend wide leg pants and a chic blazer. Pointy toe pumps complete the look flawlessly, lengthening the leg line (not that Foxy needs that ;)) and adding a subtly powerful vibe. Although as different as can be from Barbie's look, Alicia's outfit is an equally magnificent example of the kind of style that makes me swoon!
Barbie took her style even more casual with this relaxed look from mid-February. She paired a white tee with cut-off blue denim shorts - so far, so classic! Instead of the ubiquitous bomber, she chose to top the look with an iconic safari jacket in dark olive. Caramel Timberland boots completed the look. I love how her choice of heeled boots gives this look a bit more panache and distinction than flats would have. Barbie's winter also included a meet-up with bff Maryse. "Blondes in black" seemed to be the theme of the night, with both ladies reaching for the iconic neutral. Barbie paired her scoop-neck top with leather slim pants and a mixed media bomber jacket - I've been waiting to see her hop on that trend and she rocks it with off-duty model aplomb. Minimalist strappy sandals and a racy lace-up choker brought attitude and sultriness to her look. Maryse also went the scoop-neck top + black denim route (I guess super-stylish divas think alike! :)). She topped her look with a trendy capelet in a fantastic duster length and finished it off with taupe boots, which - as with Barbie's earlier look - add a refreshing contrast to the black. This pairing really hinges on the swirly fabulosity of the capelet; it's a statement piece that needs little other embellishment to create a chic and confident casual vibe - basically, a streetwear variation of her current-trademark tv apparel.
I'm not sure who turned off the color for January, but the lady Superstars were wearing a LOT of black. I think we could have officially called it the Color Of The Month! Fortunately, they gave a ton of great variations and unique personal style with it as well, which made it certain that black wasn't in the least boring!
Alicia Fox kicked off the black trend and I'm pretty sure that her sense of style doesn't even know what the word "boring" means..or that it even exists, actually. This look is totally AMAZING. It's a clasic Foxy funky, trendy, fierce cataclysm that pairs a v-neck top with leather shorts, which is simple enough. But she takes it to a whole new level with this high-low tuxedo jacket! The piece picks up on the flowy-topper trend and I loooove the way she pairs the long coat over a shorter underlayer. She gives it casual panache sheepskin-lined mid-calf flat boots, left open with the tongue rolled down in front. The styling is super hot and utterly fierce all at once. Foxy's style = #Goals.
Maryse did her part in the blackout via the Tatiana dress ( by House of CB London, sadly sold out) LBD which got a fab twist from the studs at the shoulders and short sleeves. This is classic style, done in a classically Maryse-way: simple LBD, spiced up with tough, glittering studs for a rock-queen vibe. She keeps the look more polished than edgy by finishing it with her current favorite crossed ankle-strap pumps. I enjoy seeing her play up the sleeker side of the studwork.
Charlotte is no stranger to black and this look found her exploring the color at its most minimal: black top, black leggings, black suede OTKs. It could all be a yawn, but it isn't - because she topped it all with an of-the-moment capelet that added just enough panache to give this look distinction. Sometimes, one choice is so incredibly significant! :) I also love the way she left her blonde hair long and loose, but with body - so soft and pretty!
Stephanie gave this high-stance blazer another turn and this time, she really cranked the sizzle by pairing it with a sheer-inset top with a super-deep scoopneck. Wowza! You probably couldn't get away with this at your run-of-the-mill office, so we're fortunate that this is WWE and risky is encouraged! After that jaw-dropping moment, she takes things back to refinement by adding wide-leg pants and simple black sandals. She accessorized with crystal statement earring that I'm 100% on board for - even with the daring statement of her top, one little extra detail is perfect - it hits just the right note with its tough of shine. This was apparently as great month for hair, as well as for black - I'm loving Steph's polished ponytail! It's youthful, but confident and shows off those earrings swimmingly!
Style with a classic bent always makes my fashion heart beat wildly, so it should be no surprise that this look from Alicia caught my attention! She paired a v-neck sleeveless top with a pencil skirt in an earthily opulent mahogany shade and spiked the whole look with a silk oblong scarf in a trendy dark floral print. It's a fabulous pairing that makes the most of textural contrasts and color harmonies. The first step to stealing..er...borrowing : ...this look is to swap the sleeveless top for a cool-weather-appropriate sweater. Stay with a v or scoopneck - that will be important later for highlighting the scarf. (If you need add'l warmth, consider a wool topcoat, blazer or refined bomber jacket). Next, pick your pencil skirt. You're looking for a fabric that's a bit tougher or more solid than diaphanous silk, so go with leather, like Foxy, or suede. Other equally workable alternatives include denim or classic wool (choose a coarser version, rather than a piece with a super-fine weave). Avoid fabrics like tulle and chiffon, which will tend to mute the scarf's floaty, delicate quality because of their similarity to it. Neutral or classic shades like black, burgundy, blush or navy make coordinating come easy. (PS Feel free to try this look with wide-leg pants if pencil skirts aren't on your agenda atm). Next on the agenda is the keystone: your silk scarf. Lean toward a print over a solid for visual interest. Do it Foxy's way with dark florals (or bright florals :)), or go with a modern, graphic print. Alternatively, give something whimsical like an animal print (I'm thinking actual cats, more than leopard - but the leopard will totally work if that's your jazz :)), or a sketch. The 70's vibe in this outfit comes from the scarf's positioning: Foxy used a side knot, which gives the scarf a similar look to a choker, but with a bit more presence. The classic positioning is to have one end drape in front of your body and one end in back, although if you use a very long oblong scarf, you could set the knot to the back of your neck and let both ends float down your back for an extremely chic look. Lastly: choose the shoes! Get fierce with pointy-toe ankle booties, enhance the 70's vibe with a chunky-heeled boot or keep it classic with a loafer or lace-up flat. I hope this inspires you to excavate a silk scarf from the depths of your dresser soon :)Happy (silky) styling!
In early January, WWE held its annual press conference to announce the location of the next Wrestlemania and it turns out that the 34th edition of the Granddaddy Of Them All will be in New Orleans! Laissez le bon temps rouler, lovelies :) It was good times as far as fashion at the conference, for sure! (And it was an especially good time por moi as the Undertakermade an appearance *marks out madly* ahem. Sorry. *smoothes hair and attempts to act like an adult again while continuing to do an inner happy dance* Did I mention I love the Taker? He's actually the guy who made me a wrestling fan, but that's a tale for another day). To fashion! Alicia Fox was devastatingly 70's-chic with her leather midi pencil skirt in a wonderful mahogany shade. She paired it with a lovely, drape-y ivory blouse and solidified the fabulousness of the outfit by knotting an oblong dark floral silk scarf at her neck. I'm head-over-heels for the simple sophistication of this look - Foxy just smashes it! On the make-up front, I can often find the dark lip trend harsh, but here, the choice carries the rich color upwards and ties this whole sterling outfit together. This is another amazing combination from Foxy Fierce!
Alexa Bliss's little black dress sports dotted-tulle embellishments that give a sweet-vintage vibe to the piece. It's a fitting choice for the girly-tough style sensibilities we've seen so far from Blissy. Although I might have reached for something more professional than playful, Alexa carries this well - she has an adorable vivacity to her that makes this look work. She finished it with simple black pumps and a dose of her trademark sparkle via a crystal statement necklace. She also wins Fierce points for her sweet and pretty pinned half up-do.
Maryse reprised the La Perla suit we raved over previously. Unlike that occasion, though, she chose soft blush shades for her make-up palette this time around and I love the effect! It's soft and has a natural-but-better glow that's completely stunning on her!
Charlotte's choice was a sheer-inset LBD that added a subtle dose of sexy to a classic dress. Char's instincts for these type of events are generally spot on and such is the case here. My only caveat with this dress is that the fit seems just a touch off. Fortunately, however, its not particularly distracting from this classy-meets-flirty look. Charlotte adds in a fun twist by completing the styling with glittered pointy toe pumps in a surprising and welcome addition of glamour.
Like Maryse, Stephanie re-uses a sheath for us: this beautiful robins-egg blue dress first caught our attention during Wrestlemania week this year and again during SummerSlam, when she dressed it down with a blazer. She's done the same here, adding a touch of cool-weather polish. Suede peeptoe booties finish off the look and I like the additional texture, as well as the way the black grounds the light, bright blue.
And then, there was the gallery that focused on the Divas' anatomy. No, not that way. This was an actual look at the muscle groups required to make a superstar. The focus ranged from Nikki's glutes to Foxy's hamstrings, Carmella and Sasha's abs to Becky's shoulders. (I would also have called out Beck's biceps and triceps! Seriously, have you seen this gal flex?! #Goals). One of the main benefits of these types of collections is that we get great snaps of the ladies' outfits, allowing us to appreciate details, harmonies or contrasts we might not have seen before. Becky's gear is so simple that it doesn't leave much room for that. Her non-standard poses help to allay that, though! Sasha gives us the cool stare I was hoping for previously and I like the way it works. If I were nitpicking (if :)), I might request that it have just a shade more attitude. This is cool and calm. But what about cool and challenging? I hope to see that from her sometime soon :) Alicia's snaps give us a close-up look at her incredible gear. It's a confection of straps, sequins, studs and sheer, all integrated with enough restraint and artistic sensibilities to give us a jaw-dropping ring ensemble. Foxy makes continual slight variations to the execution and every one of them has rocked hard. She's done a number of fine gear ensembles throughout the year, but this silhouette is unquestionably the top of the bunch. This cherry red shade looks spectacular on her and she gets additional props for the subtle make-up that enhances the look without competing with her outfit. Her hamstrings are what WWE is calling attention to here and it's no surprise that her gorgeous, long legs are a major weapon in her offense. Her leaping pose shows them off, as well as providing us with an absolutely killer action shot! If abs are your goal in life, you could do worse than to take Carmella's as inspiration. The Staten Island seductress has a crave-worthy set which her mesh sports bra and low-waisted athletic pants show off perfectly. While I admit her abs def make my #Goals list, so does her cascade of honey curls...ogh SOOO gorge!! We've seen plenty of variations of Nikki's sporty gear and we've seen her nail these poses many a time. It's a credit to her and her abilities that there is still novelty to be discovered, especially in the rarer looking-sideways stance. Her complete vision of a fearless athlete representing #TeamNikki is clear now, all the way through the reliance on just three colors, as a sports team would. As simple as it is, it retains a freshness due to its trendiness and distinctiveness form what any other lady is doing and it keeps a formidable-meets-sexy aesthetic that resonates deeply with both Nikki's personality and all of us fans. The gallery highlights her glutes as an asset (no pun intended) and basically...well, yeah :) Who wouldn't want a caboose like Bella 2.0's? She's a curvy dream goddess come to life. *admiring sigh*
Jumpsuits and risky pants seem to have reached consensus-status among the divas this fall. Cathy, along with Barbie, gave us a pair of them and handled both excellently. Her first was a navy square-neck piece with wide straps (I LOVE those for hiding bra straps!) and a subtly sexy front notch. The matte fabric of this piece keeps it slightly to the casual side, so Cathy ramped up the look by pairing it with strappy nude sandals. If you thought that was good, her next choice was even better: a stunning forest green satin piece, chosen for the Heroes Gala. First, I’m in love with this color right now – it’s luxe, elegant and looks stunning! Second, the high cross design of this piece is dramatic and sexy, especially with the little peekaboo situation just about her waist. The side buttons add just a touch of flash, which Cathy accentuated with jeweled fan earrings that make just enough of a statement. Her bright cranberry lip brings a festive touch to this fantastic look.
Carmella hopped on board the daring-pants-plus-neutrals vehicle and, as with both other ladies who have tried it, the pairing succeeds nicely. These windowpane-printed pants could get too busy in a hurry, but matched with this deep-v top and black leather jacket (I love how she got in a touch of her trademark leopard print via the collar!), they come off funky and experimentally modern. If I could swap anything, it would be her boots. I’m giving her a bye on this one because I suspect this was a rainy day (I would probably lean toward a knee-height version myself for a bit more polish), but for non-inclement weather, ankle booties with a block heel or flat OTK’s would give this pairing a little fiercer finish.
We know Brandi for many of her more formal looks, but she also rocks casual style. This simple pairing of an ivory peplum sweater with black leggings and flat ankle boots has just the kind of laidback, confident femininity that’s perfect for fall…or the post-holiday winter chill ;). On a more familiar note is this blush dress, paired with nude platform pumps. Brandi is a master at picking chic classics with a twist and this piece is a #HowItsDone101. This iconic silhouette gets an update from the wrap effect and the crossed front detail, which has the added benefit of accentuating the waist and creating the hourglass shape. Her color story of mixed pale neutrals keeps this fresh and modern.
Maryse also explored the wrap-look option with this Want My Look piece. (Aside: the wrap dress reflects the current 70’s trend, as that was the decade in which designer Diane von Furstenberg brought it to the forefront of fashion). This low scoop-neck silhouette pushes sexy to its limits, while Maryse adds attitude by finishing it with black suede OTKs from Sam Edelman. She brings an extra touch of attitude and drama by topping it with a metallic trench, a twisted-classic piece from Femme LA, which I love her use of! The sheen adds interest and chic to a simply sexy black monochrome look and gives it a powerful flair. Her blackberry lip brings a darker vibe to the look, which, while it might be harsh for day-time wear, works well for the drama of an evening ensemble.
You know that weird, blank space between the end of the holiday season and spring, where everything is blah? Let’s see if we can fill it with fashion! ;) I have a lot…like A. LOT….of catching up to do. So, let’s see if I can get it all jammed in. Are ya with me?
Eva can really nail certain looks and this simple gray dress fits that category. The gray mélange fabric is sleek, yet not super-formal, due to the visual texture. She pairs the look with black pumps and finishes it with a stunning, formal up-do, which adds an extra bit of polish that make sit appropriate for a party or an evening dinner date.
I’m pretty sure you all know how I feel about yellow anything, even yellow used in combination. Alicia has used this incredible powder blue + banana yellow combo in her gear before, but I still have to take a moment to stop call it out now. I LOVE it! The yellow adds a fabulous spike of sunshine to the cool blue. I love the design of this gear anyway – the complex pairing of mesh and sheer and satin and sexy and modern: it’s just amazzzzzzing. But when Foxy does it with a pinch of yellow, well, I’m in seventh heaven. *happy, savoring sigh*
Speaking of fun gear, this set from Bayley reflects the metamorphosis she’s been in the process of lately. It’s an excellent direction to be going in, as it combines the lighthearted effervescence of her previous iterations with a touch of more mature restraint. The end result is pairings that reflect her goofy, joyous persona, while still being aesthetically pleasing. This particular combo spikes red and cobalt with black and silver. The look is clean and cool and the overall fish-scale patterning ties the whole thing together. Setting the stars above that pattern makes them pop out, putting special focus on them. This is such a great example of how well thought-out complex gear needs to be, in determining colors,
placements and harmonies. This one is a gem!
From gear, we make an about-face to this lovely, floaty gown from Maria, worn for he sister’s wedding. We don’t often see Maria in a piece as minimal as this – her intrinsic style sense is much more dramatic and glamorous, but she looks equally gorgeous in this simple silhouette. I’m also loving this soft blush color on her. The whole look is sweet and feminine, and I’m really loving how well it works on her!
Speaking of things we don’t often see, how about houndstooth pants from Maryse? I have to say, I wouldn’t have selected anything as bold as this and made the prediction that she would wear it. An attention-getting pattern like this can be tricky to style. Maryse (as I would definitely predict) hit on one of the ways that works: keep everything else simple and neutral and let the strong statement come solely form the pants. She does so by pairing them with a graphic sweatshirt and beanie, all in predominantly black, and rounding things off with black OTK boots. The whole combo works nicely. I enjoy a surprising fashion choice when it’s styled well. Props to Maryse for pulling this off! Her next look, for the STARS Gala at Universal Studios, is much more in keeping with what we know of her fashion: forward-looking and chic! This white satin tuxedo dress is by BCBG Max Azria. Her pointy toe suede pumps in nude are Louboutin. Versace designed her metallic clutch. This look is flawless! It hits all the right notes with its lightness, its formality and its subtle edginess. It’s noteworthy to me that Maryse mentions she styled it herself, something she does for many events. While some of the ladies have switched to employing a professional stylist for certain occasions, Maryse puts her own sensibilities out there, in much the same way as Blake lively. Both ladies get mad respect form me for that, even more so because their choices are so consistently excellent.
It’s hard to resist the autumn vibe of Nikki’s outfit, put together for a visit with friends in CA’s Napa Valley, which also happened to be part of those same friends’ style blog (see the pics and write-up here). She paired this olive romper from Urban Outfitters with the Melaya boot from Vince Camuto in luscious burgundy suede. Her maple leather double-buckle belt cements the casual, modern-Americana vibe, while her wide burgundy choker ties the whole look together by carrying the red tone of her boots upwards. Nikki has a penchant for playing up the sexiness in a look and she does so here in a super fun way: by unbuttoning the romper to create a plunge-front style. This is basically a 101 course in casual chic. Take notes ;). And be sure to check out peacelovestyle.com! The blog has some great fashion ideas.
Alicia has long had a killer instinct for statement jackets and she exercised it again here with this dramatic white jacket, accented with metallic gold details and studs. Ogh – this piece is amazing! It’s fit for a rock star, a superstar, a glowing, high-flying celestial body of some kind, for sure! Foxy paired it destroyed denim, a fringed lace-up leather bustier and a statement ring or two. In many cases, the bustier would be a statement piece on its own and you might think that it would compete with the jacket…but it doesn’t – evidence again of Foxy’s brilliant ability to mix daring pieces with competence and aplomb. The simple color scheme and the difference in style – though both pieces are bold, the jacket is bold via complexity and detail, while th bustier is bold via strong, clean lines and movement – allows her to air these with casual panache. All hail Foxy Fierce!
Lana’s Other Versions Of You project provided us with some very different takes on her style, which I really enjoyed. Suddenly, there were printed tie blouses and polka dots – oh my! She paired the former (and ps, I love that shade of yellow!) with a pencil skirt, ankle socks and the lace sneakers which made such a fun statement in this Inspiration Board look. I love the retro-smarty vibe of this pairing – it’s so unusual for Lana and gives me Red-era Taylor Swift feels (never a bad thing). She takes the same theme into hipster territory with her next offering, a polka dot blouse paired with pinstriped overalls. The polish of the pinstripes elevates the casual silhouette of the overalls, making this outfit stylish in an offbeat, quirky way. It’s an unexpected combo that totally works, which thrills me to the bone! Also, can’t you totally see Renee wearing a look like this? She then switches up to a black monochrome look that would be perfectly at home behind the scenes of pretty much any major fashion photoshoot: black jeans, black tee, black ski cap. It’s practically a BTS uniform – for the same reason that Lana went with it here: it’s practical, casual, comfortable and stylish. It’s only flaw is that it’s not especially interesting, something Lana worked at remedying with her wide, black choker. It definitely helps! She completed the look with black high top sneakers (read: practical, casual, comfortable, stylish).
Alicia found just the right balance between simplicity and circus freak-ness with her look. Her ruched gold mini dress took (pardon the pun) center stage, while her striped stockings added the requisite zany twist, with some help from her super-sized fishnets and lacy glove. As a pure fashion moment, her strappy metallic sandals are a highlight of the whole photoshoot. Her turns with the black balloons are cool, but as a prop, nothing tops that incredible black feathered fan! The piece itself is amazing and Foxy works it like a pro. Her innate grace and athleticism is on display in her poses and the pics are the better for it - there's a haunting beauty to her snaps, and it continues even with her sitting poses. Her contemplative sideways gaze is both uplifted and sorrowful, a bittersweet expression of passion for entertaining and boredom with the continuous grind. It's no surprise that a flamboyant personality like Alicia's would excel in a role like this that really lets her explore her ability to take on a dramatic character, but it's still a thrill to savor the results! The more consistent lighting in her snaps helps to give them a cohesive feel. Lastly, if I haven't mentioned this before, I'm wild over the way she has her hair now. The coloring, the waves, the length: it. is. SO. GORGEOUS!
I now completely blame WWE for getting the Cranberries' Zombie stuck in my head. Literally can not stop the tune. It is -highly unfortunately- excruciatingly appropriate for the newest photo gallery, in which a variety of WWE Superstars take their turn at being undead...and rather bloody. One might suppose the undead would have outlived their need for blood, but perhaps I am pondering this whole concept too deeply...yes? ;) The Co. takes a number of it's most gorgeous stars and makes them look absolutely repulsive...witness nearly-faceless Bellas, a blood-spattered Maryse, with gaping holes in her thigh or one-legged Summer. The body-con dress ain't doin' nothin' to help that. Clearly, there are some things fashion can't improve. Being undead appears to be one of them, although I hope I never have to test that theory. While I do get occasional "We totally Photoshopped this!" vibes, I'm head-over-heartless for the backgrounds chosen. They are superb - lonely farms, train tracks to nowhere, disheveled mansions, destroyed bathrooms: all the places you would most expect and least hope to discover zombies wandering about (don't any of you guys ever sojourn in well-lit, bright, clean spaces...you know, like crowded atriums?). Alicia's expression is horrifyingly joyful and makes the whole picture come alive. Sasha looks like even more of a boss with two heads on a spike (note to Charlotte and Dana: beware! ( I was gonna say "heads up" but...). Crawling Natalya looks like the safest of the bunch to be within photobombing distance of, but even then I'm not sure I'd trust the situation. Exactly how fast can a super-fit superstar crawl? Becky's ghoulish expression denotes a real flair for the zombie state. She also does wonderfully well as a vampire (a one-off from WWE's new Monsters of the Mat gallery, which also contains a nice shot of Asuka doing a noir take on the Mona Lisa's smile). Magic and otherworldy characters definitely seem to work for Becks - I wonder if she has the powers of witchcraft to go with it? On Halloween, anything is possible! I think I'd stay away from challenging her to a match on Halloween. Maybe schedule something further down the calender ;). For tonight, skip the wrestling and just have a blast becoming whatever you decided to be! (And collecting candy. Candy is always good...even if you're undead :))
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