Kim: Well, well! It turns out it wasn't just Eva Marie who turned up at the 2019 ESPYS! We also got to see the Raw Women's Champion, Becky Lynch, social media correspondent Cathy Kelley, and the CBO of WWE, Stephanie McMahon. When I first looked at Cathy's dress, I was wondering how it even worked, until I saw a closer shot. Turns out, there's some nude sheer material between the cut-out that goes all the way down her right arm, keeping everything together. I adore the mix of long sleeve/sheer sleeve, and super high slit/full length gown. Stephanie kept things fierce, yet still professional in this bold red jumpsuit. The colour looks so nice on her, and I love how for accessories, along with a unique necklace and bracelet, she always wears a Connor's Cur bracelet or two. Becky's dress is hands down my favourite. Like Cathy (And Eva's), the material is so eye catching. I'm usually not a huge fan of one shoulder dresses, but the material alone is enough for me to fall in love - it looks like it was soaked in sparkles. She looks so elegant and sophisticated.
Brie: I just had to add in a couple of thoughts here :)..Hi! Yes, it’s me, Brie..I still exist! Life has been impossible lately but I am going to try my best to keep the site going. I have a bunch of post ideas…and no time to put them together. Ugh. My love to Kim for jumping in! Which brings me to some thoughts on this year’s ESPY looks: I’m a little bored with black, especially for summer red carpets, but my ennui was swept away by the unique cut and beautifully done illusion panel of Cathy’s gown! It managed to be dramatic and classic at the same time. The black tone worked in her favor by highlighting the standout silhouette and she wisely let that be the major statement. Her simple ankle strap heels were the perfect accompaniment, along with her sleek ,simple high bun – like, yaaaaassss, girl! I am so here for the up-do! I have wanted one in a number of Cathy’s looks so I am bouncing up and down over this. A+ from top to bottom! Equally stellar is Becky’s one-shoulder sequined gown! I’m gathering my jaw up off the desk honestly. The strong shoulder design gives the piece a super-trendy 80’s vibe, the exposed shoulder makes it subtly sexy and the white sequins are gorgeous, eye-catching and summer-appropriate. Her sideswept hair looks ahhmazing - the waves! The volume! I’m so jelly rn. And it makes her shoulder-brushing white crystal earrings stand out beautifully…which is perfect because they make a stunning accompaniment to her gown. Their bold but simple chic ties the look together in precisely the right way. A matching clutch completed her fabulous look. I’m over here wishing Becks would do something like this for the Hall Of Fame – it would make a good run at the top 3 for sure! (Speaking of which, yes, I still intend to try to get that post up (feeling so sheepish I could sink through the floor. It’s a massive post though and my free time has been somewhere south of zilch). Stephanie’s red jumpsuit is less formal than the two sequined pieces, but this brilliant red looks incredible on her and adds enough punch to make this choice appropriate for a less formal award show like the ESPYs. Her black YSL Tributes complete the look and work nicely, though I confess I might have been tempted to go for a fancier sandal to up the formality just a tad (these Sophia Webster’s would have done the trick). A selection of bead and natural stone jewels accented Stephanie’s look. Again, I might have gone for something a touch more formal, but I love how unusual her pendant is – the unexpectedness of the mixed jewels adds an intriguing twist of meaning, while highlighting her décolleté, pulling the look together so nicely that it succeeds marvelously.
Kim: The former WWE Diva who became known for her All Red Everything look has changed her signature shade since her wrestling days, now rocking what she calls Purple Reign. Natalie Eva Marie, and her husband Jonathan Coyle, went to the 2019 ESPYS in coordinating outfits that showed off her evolving style. This long sleeved, floor length, backless gown is form fitting, with a deep v neck and side cut-outs. The fabric is an absolutely stunning sparkly purple hue that is sure to catch everyone's attention - if the actual design of the dress didn't do that already! Jonathan matched his wife's look with a clean, sharp suit and purple dress shirt. With Eva's outfit being so bold, the more simple style of her necklace and earrings works so well because it doesn't distract the overall look. I also love how her hair is slicked back and all pilled up . I tend to prefer up dos with backless dresses, and this one is definitely an UP do - I don't think I've seen a braided top bun so stacked!
Prepare yourselves: a motley mix of posts is coming for the days ahead. I’ll be covering a random mix of whatever I have time to get up ..but I promise, it will be fashion. That’s as narrowly as I can define it :). Let’s start said assortment with a look at the rest of the Bellas Cosmo ‘shoot from last fall. I raved previously about the fun, on-trend color scheme of Nikki’s pieced, lace-up top (good eyes if this reminded you of the color-blocking trend form a few years ago). The chunky knit got a fun textural contrast from smooth, sensual leather via her pants (x Belstaff) . That statement was accentuated by her strappy lip-embellished sandals from Giuseppe Zanotti . I usually wouldn’t go for a cartoonish shoe like this but I love the quirkiness of the choice here. It adds such a fun element to an outfit that’s already buoyant and joyous due to its color story. Brie and Nikki took on long-sleeved knit dresses next (from Cynthia Rowley), a style that’s been a trademark one for them both throughout their careers. Brie sports bouncy polka dots, while Nikki wore bold stripes, both in a black-and-white palette – except for Nikki’s burgundy fur-topped slides :) (Brie’s matching pair is in black). The fur gives the two dresses an on-trend twist and – as with the lip sandals – brings that lighthearted vibe to the look. Brie was back in red again with a coordinating set of blouse and tie-waisted pants (from Marimekko). This luxe red is gorgeous on Brie and I’m a huge fan of the tie-waisted trend that’s showing up on everything lately: blouses, dresses, skirts, you name it! It’s a classic and pretty way to define the waist – so basically, yes, please!
Read the Bella’s Cosmopolitan article here.
Spring brought us a look at Katarina’s style for her return to Impact. This simple, sexy biker-chick look takes me back the accessible, straightforward attitude of her days as Katie Lea Burchill in WWE. The leather vest paired with black skinny denim and knee-high boots appears to be very much in Katarina’s comfort zone. I love how she threw in a sporty touch with her baseball cap; it’s a great way to update this look! We saw her push the envelope in a lot of fun ways as Winter, exploring gothic fashion. I’d love to see her use that same creativity as she evolves her street style.
Gail was looking as gorgeous as ever as she spent time with husband Robert Irvine. The magnificent plum hue makes this dress an immediate standout, and the cutaway at the bust only heightens the effect. I absolutely love this shade on Gail! Although she chose it for spring, it would be equally at home now, paired with other jewel tones – teal or gold spring to mind!
Lana was out and about in April wearing a fierce combination of a black crop top and red latex pencil skirt. I love the way the red and latex take this simple pairing and kick it into overdrive! The latex makes a major statement and Lana carries it off flawlessly. If shining plastic seems a little of your wheelhouse (with you!), try a less bold textural contrast: suede, velvet, corduroy, or a floral print. Pro tip: the ctop isn’t crucial to making this work – any slim fitting top will do nicely. Lana added a gold pendant and completed the look with black ankle strap sandals that have my 100% approval. She literally shone at the ACM Awards in a metallic gold gown by Anya Leisnick! It definitely did not follow the legs or décolleté rule, as it combined an on-trend thigh-high slit with a daring plunge neckline. This could easily get over-the-top, but Lana wisely kept the rest of the styling simple – I love love her stud earrings and tiny pendant! – and that, along with the single, cohesive fabric, allows this look to work. Her dark eyed+flushed cheek make-up look is one of my faves; that classic natural-kicked-up-a-notch vibe always looks amazing! Lana reprised the silhouette in a white midi dress, paired with strappy gold sandals and her shorter hair. The slightly less extreme neckline is more appropriate for day wear and brings a fresh sophistication to this rendition. I love how her black nails add punch to this much more pared-down look.
Natalya and Alexa attended the Make-A-Wish gala earlier this year, looking stunning in black. Nattie chose a lace mid dress with a sweetheart neckline. The sheer sleeves created a pretty variation in texture and allowed the beauty of the lace to be appreciated. I’m a little surprised that she completed this look with boots, thereby dressing it down. I would ordinarily imagine a more formal finisher. That said, the combination looks lovely, adding a hint of tougher attitude to the delicate lace. I also love her smooth, straight hair; the touch of volume looks so gorge!
Alexa chose a short party dress with cap sleeves and a tulle skirt with a nude underlay. I adore this dress, especially the exquisite artistry of the appliqué. It’s a fabulous choice, beautiful, appropriately formal and it looks incredible on Alexa, both chic and in keeping with her. As with Natalya, I could imagine different shoes. Although it’s hard to see all the details, these classic pumps feel a little bland for this dress (*if the detail on the pumps that’s very hard to make out happens to be a fur accent, this comment is withdrawn). I would have leaned toward black leather sandal-booties or simple, classic ankle straps here.
When is the next James Bond movie being filmed? In this black jumpsuit from Australian brand Nookie, Barbie is a Bond-girl-in-the-making! The slim, bodycon silhouette gives it plenty of sass, while the square neckline is sexy, but more importantly, super unique! The hardware accents on the straps and high neck give it just the right shot of attitude. Barbie completed the look up upping the sensuality factor with black strappy sandals. I’m also drooling over her blonde hair cascading down her shoulders in gorgeous waves! This 70’s-inspired styling looks incredible on her! Next up, she gives us a pair of sporty looks, which continue her love affair with black. One pairs a crop top with killer leggings that feature torn patches filled with fishnet fabric. Ogh…so hot I can’t even! Her high half-pony gives a bouncy, 80’s positivity to the look that I just love – it makes an effervescent counterpoint to the seriousness and focus of the black set. Black sneakers complete the monochrome look. She then adds white to the equation in this set from Missy Empire which pair a cropped tank with high-waisted leggings. The set gets a dose of streamlined sportiness from bold white striping on both pieces. I especially love the central positioning of the leg stripes and the way they flow into an additional horizontal stripe that highlights the hips. It creates a fun and versatile alternate waist visually and gives a sexy twist to this clean, straightforward set. Barbie rounded out the look with a cute black ski cap and white sneakers. Her next look heads into sweeter territory as she uses a satin floral robe as a topper for a white knit piece. The angle of the snap unfortunately makes it difficult to identify whether it is a pencil skirt (my first guess) or shorts. I love the idea of a robe over a skirt – it’s such a pretty and softly sexy alternative to a top! I could see it paired with an A-line midi skirt or denim as well. The one thing that niggles at me here is that the knit looks to be quite lightweight and possibly see-through. I hope that’s just an illusion created by the lighting because the appearance of poor quality material can drag a look down. From the sensuality and beauty of this look, Barbie moves to a highly experimental combination that collects a lace bustier bodysuit, cut-off denim shorts, a hooded robe and clear plastic OTK boots. The boots are the standout piece in this eclectic look and they’re so wrong they just might be right – they immediately make me think of the clear pieces shown at Chanel for this spring. With such a high-drama choice, my instinct would be to tone down the rest of the look, but Barbie goes full out and, even as much as there is going on here, it comes very near to rocking the heck out of my world. One small swap to a plainer bodysuit and I’m thinking I’d be here for it. And I’m in shock that I’m saying that about plastic! :) Props to Barbie – there are very few ladies who could make me a believer on that!
How much like a fairytale does Maryse look in this ethereal gown? Donned for her baby shower, it features a white backdrop with a delicate floral lace overlay in soft blush. I’m not used to this much sweetness in Maryse’s style, but it looks stunning and feels like an authentic facet of her style personality. I’d love to see her go to this place once in awhile now that her baby girl has been born – it would be such a fun change-up from the sleek, sexy sophisticate we usually see. She didn’t forsake that style, though, as we in her next look, which paired a heathered gray tee with a thoroughly fabulous studded denim jacket. Add a coordinating pair of distressed jeans and some combat boots to this and you’re good to go!
We got a quick update on Eve’s style when she attended Maryse’s baby shower. She wore a laidback black monochrome pairing of a black v-neck tee and jeans, topped with the welcome textural variation of a black motorcycle jacket. The wide silhouette of the v on her tee also gives the look a boost by virtue of its uniqueness. This look reminds me of the easy she described her comfort with during her Diva Couture feature (#tbt here to this sadly short-lived foray into the Lady Superstars’ fashion preferences, a really fun idea that I wish the Big Dub had given a better run). I find it very intriguing how Eve’s neutral, uncomplicated personal style differed from the bright hues and greater drama she tended to employ for her in-ring and tv wardrobe.
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