Back when the Big Dub took their Summer Skin seriously and didn't just dash off a crumb to the anniversary with a mere four photoshoots *ahem*, they gave just about every diva on the roster their own day of swim snaps. I remember how freakin' amazing that summer was, waiting to see who was going to be next and what they had chosen for swimwear and the locations and just...ogh...so much fantasticness! That - and I can hardly believe this because it seems like this blog's been my baby forevevs - was back in the days before I was fashion writer. So, although I got to savor and be inspired by each 'shoot, I didn't get to review them. Remedying that as we speak :)...or rather as we share thoughts electronically via various networks. It's so funny to think back to those moments - I had a different car, different laptop to race to wwe.com on, different hair color, same love of wrestling in general and divas in particular (thank Maria and Michelle for that; they hooked me). The continual and unprecedented 'shoot releases kept the whole summer lit...not that lit was in common usage then :). It made a huge impression on me because it coincided with the first summer I was a huge diva fan. I don't remember what order the snaps came out in, but I do remember raving over Maria's, Maryse's (some things never change ;)) ...
Maria's set was as diverse as her fashion is, ranging through some girl-next-door blue denim-esque and skull-accented, rocker chick piece before getting to the heart and soul of her fashion: glam. This mint-and-gold set had me drooling with it's shining beauty. Maria went heavy with gold statement jewelry, adding plenty of va-voom to an already attention-getting look. She pushed her poses to the dramatic limits - sometimes blowing right over them, but whatever :) - now that's how you work some bamboo! And thennnnn, she busted out the bikini I can't forget. Well, ok, maybe I can forget those metallic boy shorts, but that triangle top covered in massive silver paillettes? Never. Oh, and there was a star charm dangling off the center. I still want that piece. Her roll-front side-pony was about as glam as glamour gets. And there were also stud bracelets. Not sure my heart ever left that shoot. So maje.
Then again, Maryse didn't go easy on the heartstrings with her looks. She included sequined sets in magenta and red, a pure white bikini shot in the spray, a glittering blue bikini and then these two: a black triangle set covered with crystals and the curveball of the line-up: a floral-printed french top paired with white bottoms which boasted super-long side ties. It was basically a "You'll need oxygen for this" set of snaps from stem to stern, but these two stood out particularly for the backgrounds and poses. The black bikini was shot with Maryse perched on an outcropping of rocks. It looked challenging, but that brought out the best in her, as she draped herself over the rocks for a stunning series of shots. The floral bikini was shot primarily on the beach, with Maryse half-in/half-out of the water. Her poses, all the way from laying in the sand to kneeling in the foam evoke quintessential summer.
We have the very great pleasure of getting to see some of Lilian's style this FashionHap - an event always worth the wait! She looked sweet and summery in this spaghetti-strap sundress in oh so classic navy. The buckle details at the sides give this piece a special twist...and additional versatility! Lilian's nude pumps make this look lighthearted, it could easily swing to the tough side of chic when paired with fierce black booties (and maybe a moto jacket ;)). Meanwhile, Jojo gets her bright on in this mesmerizing shade of neon melon! This is just the kind of color I gravitate to in the summer. Even though it's daring and attention-getting, it flatters both blondes and brunettes, so don't be shy about trying it out :) Jojo brings out the warm-weather vibe by accenting it with a white floral necklace and white ankle-strap pumps. The florals bring a wonderful softness to the edgy cutouts on the dress for a fab interplay between mod and femme. As a devoted fan of Lana's style, I am very unhappy to have to admit that this dress isn't my favorite of her choices. Somehow, it gives me nightgown vibes, likely a combination of the curved-up-at-the-side hemline, the spaghetti straps, the bodycon style and the print. Two, or even three, of those elements this look could have survived...just not all four together. There are shiny spots too, though! One is her super cute high pony - I just adore this look! Second is her shhooooooooooeeeessss *heart eyes*. These blush strappy sandals are killer and I want to see them again with another outfit! And again! And again! And ag...*Brie is clonked on the head with a rubber penguin and subsides* Now, Lana's next look -from MITB- is back to her usual stellar form. The lace bustier paired with her black sailor-style pencil skirt and topped with a cropped leather jacket is a trademark Lana look, which she rocks. But what reeeeeeeaaallly makes it stand out is her addition of a crystal choker and earrings. They're a touch 90's, a touch right now and a massive lot of glam. Slay me! (Can I get some crystal-studded heels with that, please? :)) It was a reprise of her Raw look, where she debuted a slim, black leather choker instead of the crystal. The look was considerably less glam...but still fabulous! Her next Raw look was this double breasted dress with contrasting trim. The different fabrics add interest to this sheath and I'm really enjoying seeing her experiment with something other than her pencil skirt sets, but which still retains that pristine, icy, temptation that characterizes Lana's style.
We're kicking off this FashionHap with a little MaryseFest! First up is this LBD, which Maryse paired with statement OTK boots. Seriously, these are NOT your everyday OTK's - look at the patterning! That craftmanship adds extra oomph to this classic look. Of course, it's helped along by Maryse's super-sized chain necklace. I love the presence this type of piece has, especially when set against a black-on-black look.
From there, we're heading over to a couple of her TV appearance looks. Maryse has made her return fashion all about statement dusters, set over a curated collection of bodysuits. This black lace-up front one-piece is the under-garment for both of these outfits. The first look incorporates a piece I completely adore: a gray, lace-embellished piece with a wonderful modern-femme vibe that could swing either gothic or boho. In this case, it looks graceful and feminine, but also FIERCE, due to being layered ovr the very right-now bodysuit. Maryse's second duster has a definite glam-rock vibe. Another gray background serves to highlight shiny, patent leather stripes. It has a look-at-me! quality that makes it perfectly at home on a stage...or on a WWE catwalk ;). Maryse finishes both outifts with those killer OTKs, showcasing a skill I have long loved about her: that of re-using pieces, but still keeping them fresh!
Her final offering is a surprising one. Worn at meet-n-greets on the Euro tour, this look is comprised of a cardigan layered over plaid pants, topped with a leather biker jacket and finished with knee boots. The plaid pants really made me look twice, as I'm not used to seeing Maryse choose something this busy for daywear. I'm not sure how many more times I'd like to see them, but they work really nicely with this outfit, providing the coordinating print for a complex selection of colors. Her multi-hued scarf does something quite similar in helping to connect all the shades in this look and adds a chic dollop of panache as well.
There's a reason I talk about (and Divas' wear) LBD's a LOT; they're nearly always faaaaabulous! So, even though I see a lot of little black dresses, I was immediately caught by this look of Lilian's. It has a similar vibe to the Maryse outfit that kicked off this FH, with a few mini changes: unembellished suede OTKs vs. statement ones and a cross pendant instead of the massive chain necklace. The latter piece lends a bit of a rocker vibe to Lilian's look and works well with the pretty, slightly boatnecked silhouette of her dress. While Maryse's look comes off fashion-forward and chic, Lilian's has a certain rebel-hearted simplicity. Which one speaks to your style soul?
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.
A couple of months before WrestleMania, Renee was debating outfit choices for the big day on her blog, prettyfunnyblonde.com. One of her thoughts was a chic suit...which turned out to be what she ultimately chose. While she came up with a number of cool options, I really like this particular choice. It's very clean and sophisticated, but still unique, which is something we've come to expect from Renee's varied and often offbeat sense of style. The suit itself is marvelous! This shade of ivory is crisp, without being harsh. The strong shoulder and classic tailoring give it a hint of a menswear vibe, but that color, along with he beautiful, drapey fabric bring out the feminine side as well for a very appealing dynamic. There's a subtle sexiness from the deep-v design, enhanced by her silver lariat (as an aside, ivory and silver is one of my favorite color pairings!). Her polished, refined low bun is a wonderful way to enhance the precision and minimalism of the look. She completely nailed this one!
*Edit: the suit is Elizabeth & James, as confirmed by Renee. It is the (sadly sold out) Morin Shawl Collar blazer. The (on sale at the Outnet) Natalie blazer from Rag & Bone is a sim.
Like Renee, Lita tends to put pieces together in a creative way. She was on hand at the Granddaddy Of Them All to reveal the brand new Women's Championship belt. She paired a lace and sequin embellished bodysuit with wide leg pants for a look that, at first glance, came off as a pantsuit due to the monochrome color scheme. No stranger to killer shoe choices (remember the bowed pumps that got us all talking at WM 3 years ago?;) ), she finished the look off with heeled oxford booties. Again, similar to Renee's outfit, this one had a wonderful interplay between masculine (the haberdashery-esque suiting pants and oxfords) and feminine (that gorgeous, glittering lace and the sheer inset). It was appropriately formal, but also professional. So, yes...I'm making it official: Lita slayed again.
We also get a tiny peek at Lilian's dress...and I so deeply madly wish we'd gotten a better look at this because I'm pretty sure it's my #1 favorite of all her looks from this WrestleMania. Firstly, the rich grape color is magnificent. Second, while the embroidered/jeweled high neckline reminds me of Jojo's HoF dress, Lilian's then blossoms into more embellishment at the wide waistband. This piece is divine and makes her look like a modern-day Maharajah. I'm in beautiful agony...more, please!
WrestleMania week continues ... :p
Eden generally shows us her glam side on tv, so it's fun to get to take a look at her casual style. She wore this bohemian-feeling printed top as she visited 6 Flags with Cody during WM week. She paired it with a laidback pencil skirt and enhanced the chill vibes by finishing it off with caramel leather sandals. I also love her use of a baseball cap! It definitely keeps the outfit low key and, with this flirty outfit, it's a great way to appropriate a little guy style...and keep the sun out of your eyes ;) #WinWin :) She also showed off this printed long sleeve sheath at another WM week event. I like the freshness of this bold print, as well as the fact that it's not something we see from Eden regularly.
Meanwhile, Lilian was stunning in this black fit-and-flare dress, which combines a plunge front with a high neck for a bold, mod vibe. The straightforward fierceness is hard to miss! She accented it with a perfectly place - an on point!- crystal pendant. This is a fab look from Lil! I'm imagining clean, classic peeptoe pumps finishing this off. We also got to see Lilian in this sweet, stripey pink strapless dress, which is a complete 180 from the previous look. This has a casual chic to it that is feminine and confident and has a wonderful spring-ready vibe! She gets bonus points for the magnificent pink statement ring, which I ttly adore! I'm thinking nude woven heels or pastel pointy-toe pumps here ;) These two shots are such a wonderful illustration of how Lilian handles two very different looks masterfully; despite the genres being quite disparate, she still looks very much herself. It's an enviable style trait!
The Superstars For Hope benefit is one of the many highlights of WrestleMania week, not least (for us fashion-obsessed) because the ladies come out to rock the red carpet in some amazing outfits.
Lilian was looking gorgeously glam in this glittered ivory sheath. The patterning of the sparkle brings strong impact to this sheath dress. She outdid herself with the accessories though: that delicate, drizzled cuff is glorious! The subtle shimmer is the perfection addition to her glittery dress. And those shoes! I'm always down for a fab pair of ankle straps and the multiple fabric, plus the cut of the vamp make these killer!
Maryse was slaying red carpets all over the place this year! In addition to being the runner up at our Hall Of Fame Fashion Review, she easily wins Best Dressed here. The cobalt color of this modernist gown is everything! Pair that with the uber-unique neckline and you have an utterly crave-worthy piece. Note how the jersey fabric makes it formal, but not overly so; her HoF gown was dressier yet. The appropriateness of her choices wins high praise from me. Ditto her slicked-back long, loose hairstyle; it's sleek polish is a flawless accompaniment to this gown.
Jojo continues her run of impressive style with this ivory V-neck mini dress. The sheen of the fabric assists the deep-v and sparkling band at her waist in creating just the right amount of formality. The look exudes freshness, coupled with growing sophistication...and I love it! She also gets Fierce points for her make-up - the warmth of this palette is a totally gorgeous choice.
Stephanie McMahon chose a pink and gray sheath for this event. The strong but feminine shoulder immediately suggests it is an Alexander McQueen piece, which indeed it is. I love the shape of this dress and the ruffle detailing at the shoulder and collar - they create a subtle but elegant detail which make this dress stand out. My only reservation is that the fabric appears to be a knit, which makes it a bit less formal than I would ideally love, although formal shoes could allay that. However, I am madly (like bouncing in my chair) excited to see Stephanie adding new (and haute couture!) designers to her collection. She's been a fan of Michael Kors for quite some time; McQueen represents an intriguing and thrilling new direction. More please! :)
Are you on tenterhooks yet? We've seen the Ever So Fine and the Fab...but which gorgeous divas fill the ranks of the Fantastic and the Flawless?...
Beth Phoenix: Beth often chose black dresses for red carpet events while with WWE, but I always had a special love of seeing her in color. She rocked some this year with this softly beautiful lilac-silver gown, which makes her look just radiant (her pregnancy may be helping with that too ;)...CONGRATS Beth & Edge!). The satin waistband is a beautiful and sophisticated detail, as is the diamond pin that secures the wrap design of this gorgeous gown. Beth accented it with a delicate, layered necklace and a feminine half-updo set off by twists and curls. The whole presentation is subtle, but striking, and without a doubt one of my all-time favorite red carpet looks from Beth! I'm so happy to see her looking so happy ...and so stunning!
Jacqueline: I really love the dress Jacqueline chose for her Hall Of Fame induction: it's so much more than a classic, black gown! The crystal-embellished scrollwork at the top adds one glamorous detail, while the unique and becoming draped wrap - completed by a glittering flower- provides another. Together, they make this dress truly special. Jacqueline accented it with a crystal bangle and slim earrings, for a cohesive and chic ensemble, well worthy of her magical night!
Jojo: This girl continues to impress me with her maturing sense of style; she is one of the highest-ranking new additions to the count-up in recent years. Her dress is a wonderful combination of modernity and glamour! It has the feel of a coord set, but the embellished black skirt and simple bandeau are connected by a cascade of magnificent jewels. The sleek, high pony adds both polish and a sense of fun, while tiny stud earrings add all that's needed for baubletry. I love the confidence and command of style this choice shows; it's such an amazing look, totally appropriate for both the Hall Of Fame and for Jojo. Very nicely done!
Lilian: If Lilian didn't slay the red carpet, I'd probably do something drastic from the shock :). This glittering strapless ensemble is, as usual, an unerring choice. The shimmery fabric and swirling sequins make it an adventurous choice, which Lilian intelligently counters with a plain black clutch and laid-back hairstyle. I love how she doesn't shy away from the formality of the gown, but works with it. She gets bonus fierce points for utilizing one of my favorite accessories: a statement ring in a coordinating color, which brings harmony to the look. Fantastic, as always!
The Divas were celebrating their holidays in a cozy, rural establishment, by the looks of this shoot. One of the things that immediately made me smile when I saw this is that it bears a striking similarity to a shoot idea we had proposed last fall on Diva-Fierce.com (see below). Cool, huh? I love it when our ideas get utilized...even if it's only by happenstance :)
Renee's look is one of my favorites. Her textured, cropped sweater is so cute and feminine, and I love the combination of pink with gray. Her striped leggings keep things super-cozy, while she adds more warmth and texture with that completely awesome, furry scarf. I'm also a fan of her fun and functional shearling-lined ankle boots! I might have been tempted to go with black instead of camel, but the earth-tone works well. Her poses are all playful and relaxed, and the whole shoot gels beautifully!
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Brie: shoe-lover :) fashion-lover and generally glamorous semi-dork
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