Hot on the heels of a pair of KOs group shots, we get a massive collection of snaps of nearly every Knockout, with one pic apiece..except Jade, who wrangled two ;).
Allie kicked things off with this sweet shot, in the same look we saw her in when she accompanied Maria about her business back in September. This time, she's accessorized the black peplum top+pencil skirt look with a pretty flowered statement necklace instead of pearls. I'm wild over this color - it makes me think of summer! And this necklace would spark a casual turtleneck and jean just as well as it does this pairing. I wonder if she echoed it with peach heels? ;)
Next up is Sienna. This is the first we've gotten to see of her in photo and I'm not quite sure what to make of this leather and lace melange of a look. It kind of gives me goth-hot-mess vibes - especially with the addition of the feather boa-collar, but I'm happy to wait and see what else she has to offer. Maybe it will make her style intentions clearer. I love the white block streak in her hair -the look is distinctive and super cool! I'm also loving her brandy lip shade!
And speaking of Brandi :) (nice segue, huh? :)), she gives us a peek at her ring gear, done in spectacular white, with a shimmering snake appliqué. For anyone who wondered why I chose the basilisk for her in our Fierce Beasts feature, this was my inspiration. I'm curious as to why she chose this unique symbol and what it means to her. Maybe she'll blog about it someday and tell us! This shot is simply fabulous - Brandi's pose, the classic juxtaposition of black and white. I love everything about it , right down to her gorgeous half up-do. I would happily take a whole 'shoot of these.
And then we come to Rosemary, who is very unique! She reminds me of a throwback to characters like WWE's Ariel and Katarina Waters' Winter persona for Impact. Her look is vampire-grunge and seems to have a lot of theatricality involved. It makes it a challenge to apply as street fashion (but I'll see what I can do ;)), but it's still wicked fun to enjoy. The red and black combo does its job flawlessly and the boots+dress pairing is an interesting combo. The modern dress with the almost-Victorian boots feels a little offbeat, but if you re-imagine this concept through the lens of McQueen, it's easy to see how it could work. Then again, this could totally go early-Hole too, so we'll see where she takes it. Should be a wild ride!
One amazing thing about fashion: it’s always there for you. It never lets you down. No matter what’s going on in your life, you can escape to fashion. It can be your solace when times are tough, your way to celebrate when they’re good and your personal form of expression and comfort every day in between. And, we’ve got a special treat today! After a big drought of Knockouts’ fashion, we’ve got a boatload of it to review! So, settle in and enjoy :-)
When Gail was inducted into the Knockouts’ Hall Of Fame, Christy and Taryn were on hand to congratulate her. Gail looked aaaamazing in her coral gown with its daring front slit. I love this color on her, as well as the chic simplicity of this piece. The color and hint of sex appeal bring just enough drama to the look, which she completed with gorgeous metallic gold strappy sandals. Everything about this look is spot on.
In the spirit of the Olympics, we have our own gold, silver and bronze to award J. Ours goes to the ladies’ who rocked our lives every time they appeared on our screen, the ones who slayed all day (and all night!) in their fabulous, glorious, so-good–they-couldn’t-help-but-get-us in-ring ensembles. Welcome to the return of Diva-Fierce.com’s Ring Gear Awards!
We’re kicking things off with the Knockouts. It’s taken some concerted efforts to get hold of KO’s pics this year, as things have been getting switched up in the company, but we’re pleased to say we’ve managed it. (Shoutout to all the ladies who have posted IG pics - thank you!) And we have some amazing looks to acknowledge and show mad respect to! And drool over…there’s definitely some drooling happening here. Whose looks made our jaws drop?
The photoshoot drought is still on at Impact it seems, but tiny drop by tiny drop a few pics are starting to leak out. The company seems to be back to it's old fondness for releasing just one snap at a time, which is a bit of a bummer when one is trying to do a photoSHOOT review (note: shoot..we on the same page now, Impact?), but still, it's better than nothing :) #SilverLining.
Hot on the heels of her title shoot, we get a quick snippet from Jade, wearing a gear ensemble with a very unique color combo: daisy yellow and rich plum. Yellow is such a rare color in wrestling gear that I'm always thrilled to see one of the ladies take it on. It also looks like Jade is continuing with the pared-down patterning of her title shoot gear, which is very exciting! With fun, surprising colors set in straightforward, bold pattern her gear could have a ton of..well, ...impact :) (pun intended :D). I'm not exactly sure what the printed square scarf is intended to convey, but it adds an interesting dimension. It will take seeing how utilizes it to tell whether it rocks or less than rocks :).
We also get a peek at a new ring outfit from Rebel, who has pulled out some very military style. I always love a woman who can wear a hat well, so that's a point in her favor. This jacket is also a really cool piece, with it's authentic shoulder detailing. She plays the commanding tone of those two pieces against very feminine shorts, crowned by a pink bow. She's resurrected the finger to teeth pose, an old sexy standard. This is quite a solid shot, with the style interplay between authority and sweetness being particularly interesting. Rebel's fashion sense is excellent; I wish Impact would let her turn it loose a bit more! If she were allowed to explore some of these themes less superficially and with a stronger fashion influence, I firmly believe she could create some stellar 'shoots.
Maria also gets a mini shoot. Hers gets up close and personal with the gear in which she won the recent ladder match that earned her the title of KO's Commissioner. The idea of the entire KOs division in the hands of Maria definitely thrills me! And now, can we take a moment and talk about those shorts? Holy holy. That silhouette is cheeky indeed! Maria emblazoned it with stars, a fitting tribute to her First Ladyship, as it was obvi she was one pretty much from day one. I LOVE that she chose orange as her opening color: it's fiery and intense! Few divas dare to embrace sucha color, but Maria looks fantasmic in it! She adds touches of black via her crystal-speckled belt and fishnet stockings, which is just enough to ground that scalding hot main color.
At long last, we finally get some pics coming out the TNA/Impact camp. Title shoots are rarely faves of mine, but at this point, I'll take anything I can get! Pose-wise, Jade hits all the standards. She does them well, although she's not breaking any new ground, and she explores a nice variety of facials as well. I'm impressed b the cohesivenss of her outfit here; the blue and purple combo, blended by the light aqua shade of her hair, is as sufficiently Harajuku-girls-ish as Dollhouse fans might wish, while still showing the maturing sense of style that a fashionista follower could crave. The side lace-ups on her shorts bring a rowdy sex appeal, while her military jacket is a nice step in a distinctive direction. Color is clearly one of her hallmarks, but that jacket represents intriguing possibilities for enhancing her persona and her style imprint. I hope she follows some of those inviting new paths, while keeping this daring but coordinated color aesthetic. There's an untapped, functional creative gold mine here and Jade can use her new title reign to blast it wide open, if she chooses :).
It's been really tough to catch up with Impact 'shoots lately. They've done - quite frankly - a lousy job of making shoots easy to find and cohesive. As a result, we're getting bits and fits and starts of things. Come on, Impact: get it together already!
Suddenly popping up on the radar are these shots form the baseball shoot done last fall. We get a simple, sporty ensemble from Jade: a zip front, color-block sports bra paired with plain black shorts. I like this combo; the simplicity packs a punch. I don't mind her chunky combat boots, but I'd have looooved if she kicked the fierce up with slim-heeled booties (like these). Marti also rocks this athletic look with a black and white halter-style top and black hip-huggers. I really like the pairing of her over-the-knee socks and sneakers; it's cute and mod at the same time! She also gets props for the swinging-the-bat pose! It's fab...and I think she's the only lady to do it, at least based on what we've seen so far.
Rebel also chose the over-the-knee sock look, going with a sheer-striped pair and matching them with platform heels. She completely works the flirty, flippy mini skirt and pairing it with an open-weave mesh top is one of my favorite combos of this set! It looks really fresh and trendy. Swap the platforms for leather ankle booties and add an oversized denim jacket and this look would be channeling iconic 80's Madonna...very cool! We already got a glimpse of Velvet's outfit, but here we get to see more, like all her tied skull scarves, the full effect of her fishnets...and the fact that she didn't forget her trademark pop of pink ;). Her crystal neon rose platforms are straight outta TBP. As usual, she nails the pose! I don't think an KO out there is as consistent with smashing poses as Vel. #ItsAnArt
In case you still were hesitating or unsure about whether you truly, madly, deeply NEED the Impact Knockouts 2016 calendar, the Impact Wrestling Instagram page has showcased a few more shots from it. And it looks like it is everything we guessed and dreamed it would be: HOT pics, killer neon colors and fab shots! Madison rocks a lime green bkini top paired with a barely-there purple swim skirt. Rebel makes her presence known in a foil-print string top and cute turquoise bottoms. Jade goes for some of her coolest fashion ever: a shimmering monokini paired with a jaw-dropping pair of strappy booties..oh my! Love those! Christy shines like the sun in a yellow bikini paired with print bottoms and rocks a bunch of gorgeous jewelry (that's how you layer necklaces, folks!)
Welcome to the place where wrestling & fashion join hands. #BeInspired #LoveFashion Let the Fierce be with you! ;) Peace & Glitter!
Brie: shoe-lover :) fashion-lover and generally glamorous semi-dork
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