The last of this batch of Kim's hard drive excavations is a look back at one of my favorite recent photoshoots: WWE's homage to the Little Black Dress! A trip of divas posed for us in their favorite noire frock and gave us some insight as to why it inspired so much love. The snippet quotes made these snaps especially memorable and engaging because the ladies were able to communicate their thoughts via the printed word, as well as through their photos. As a devotee of classical fashion, a focus on the LBD naturally gave me great joy :). And the feeling just intensified while scrolling through the stars' choices. One over-arching standout theme for me was how authentically each dress represented each diva's sense of style. Rosa's bodycon selection was a blend of modernity, sparkle and seduction, combining a form-fitting silhouette with sheer insets and touches of crystal embellishment. The piece looked amazing on her and it was easy to tell from her sultry poses that Rosa was feeling its effect She nailed a variety of them - sitting, standing, glancing sideways, a cheeky smile, playing with her hair -all flirty, fun and hot! There's just something about putting on that perfect outfit that makes you feel like you rock the world, am I right? She finished the look with a fab pair of black leather Rockstud pumps, a favorite shoe of Rosa's...and mine! ;) There's no need to add much in the way of accessories due to the multiple fabrics and crystals in the dress and Rosa wisely left well enough alone.
Layla's fashion definitely hit high gear during her time in LayCool, and it retained that aura of fierce glamour after the duo's break-up. She showcased that theme with her favorite dress, a stud-accented sheath which mixed stud sizes and metals with impunity, creating flash and shimmer befitting a Flawless One. One of my favorite things about this dress is the to-the-knee length; it's brings polish and maturity to the look. LayCool was fond of shorter hems, which paired better with their trademark OTKs, so this longer style was a nice evolution. She accessorized with statement earrings, which could have been a bit much with all the metallic going on below, but they're rescued by her loose hair; it partially obscures them, allowing just hints of shine to show through, which works perfectly. Gold metallic pumps complete her outfit. The massive platforms were spot on for that moment in fashion; I might go with suede ankle booties or black leather pointy toe heels right now :). As with Rosa, the dress inspired Lay to take some extra risks with her poses, resulting in a bunch of unique and intriguing snaps.
Natalya has a host of killer black dresses, but she chose this as her favorite and it's not hard to see why! Its cut flawlessly, kissing every curve, without ever showing too much - an especially praise-worthy feat for a piece done in a satin fabric like this, which can be terribly unforgiving if cut wrong. The sheen of the satin elevates this dress and gives it more refinement than, say, a wool or knit cotton fabric. Along with the dramatic scoop-neck, this elegant cloth creates just the right distinctive flair. I'm a huge fan of this piece because the simplicity of it will allow it to hold up well over time - even though this 'shoot was several years ago, she could pull this out today and wear it and it would look as current as it did then. The same will be true five, ten and fifteen years from now. Nattie described it as "timeless" and I heartily concur! Because it's so simple, she added slim but bold earrings and several touches of delicate jewelry which enhance the look just enough. Nude pointy-toe pumps were a perfect finish, adding a touch of edge and extending her leg line - a smart fashion choice with a longer mid-length silhouette. I also adore her hairstyle - it's a more dramatic version of the poofed half-do I was loving at this year's Rumble, so no surprises there :). Equally unsurprising is Nattie's slayage of her poses - she's competent and confident in front of the camera and with an LBD as additional inspiration, there was no stopping her!
Among the many fabulous collages Kim dug out of obscurity for us is this stunning set from the Bellas' annual Bella Bowl - a tradition beloved by football fans and diva fans alike! The year represented here was one of my favorites - the navy and red combo looked amazing on Nikki (and, in a way, served as a precursor to the sporty ring gear she rocks these days!) and Brie's hair and make-up were spectacularly on point! I love how she worked in her trademark waist-tied plaid shirt too :). In honor of this collage, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at ALL the twin's looks from their six Bella Bowl 'shoots :) The ladies' style ranged from gridiron-worthy to made-for-the-front-row (how about their platform pumps and off-shoulder tee variation? I don't think football fandom has ever looked fiercer! Or sexier! Brie's low pigtails caught my heart both years that she wore them - she makes them look sooooo super-cute! Nikki's orange jersey was also a standout. I know it just happened to be the Bronco's shade, but that color was just so fab on her! We tend to see Nikki reach for red instead of orange, but I'd like to register a request for a gear in the latter hue some time! Of course, the very BEST part of all the Bella Bowl 'shoots are Nikki and Brie's poses! They always kill them. Always. And they utilize the competitive spirit to it's fullest, capturing pugilistic playfulness perfectly! Their mock-scrappiness and sisterly smack made me smile every single time. It's such a great side of the twins to see: vibrant, hot and lighthearted all at once. You don't get that combo in too many photoshoots and it always makes the Bella Bowls a special and memorable affair. Just how memorable were they to you? Can you match which year (1-6) belongs to which 'shoot? Give it a try and then get the answers below the break :)
Long-time diva-fierce.com readers will remember the incredible Kim, who was a massive and well-loved part of our team here for many years. Not too long ago, she touched base with me because she had found quantities of past site collages buried in the depths of her computer and we had a little freak out party with all the feels :'), which I am now passing on to you! (Love ya!) Over the next few weeks, I'll be spicing up the current posts with some time-travelling backward looks at where diva-fierce.com has come. Hope you enjoy!
While WWE has been serving up their latest version of a Barbie/Kelly redux, we did our own back in the day, complete with a style synopsis! (Keep up with that, Big Dub!). When there were more of us putting the site together, we were able to feature a Fashionista Of The Month, culminating in a fashion fisticuff (ok, it was just a poll, but still ..:)) in December for the Fashionista Of The Year.
We always analyzed both in-ring and street style. Remember this pink and white gear from Wrestlemania? The reversed brassiere cups were super-creative but didn't translate particularly well. Barbie flipped them over immediately afterward into a classic push-up bra and, from then on, slayed us all with gear after gear in gorgeous, sherbet-esque colors and plenty of crystal accents! Random trivia: her black sequin outfit is special to me because her photoshoot in it formed the basis of the first complex collage I made. Dawww :) .The street style line-up highlighted the wide array of fashion choices she graced us with. Everything from glittering evening gowns to simple tee+denim combos can be found in her 'shoots, all of them handled with competence, authority..and plenty of girl-next-door seductiveness :). The Barbie-love is strong with Diva-Fierce! ;)
It seems to me that, if you have a love of fashion, you have a beast inside - a kind of style spirit animal (or animals) whose aura you tap into when you go to your fierce place. So what if, instead of using that spirit as inspiration, you let it out to play? What if you actually became the beast? This Halloween, we're going to explore exactly that through the Divas and KO's and the animal instincts they conjure up for us. We're going to seek the fierce in it's raw form - complete with fur and claws and blazing eyes! - and let it run wild for a night, with us inside instead of the other way around. The true uncharted territory, the real safari, the forest where these creatures roam is a place we can all travel to - if we dare! Come with us and seek the beast within!
If lust for gold and jewels is more your scene, your fierce beast within might take to a Maryse-like dragon. The fire-breathing creatures of legend hoarded gold and precious gems and guarded them fiercely. Their protective nature and fearsome temper made them both revered and reviled. Either way, with their strength and magical powers, they made for superlative - and glamorous! - enemies. Clothe your inner dragon for All Hallows' Eve in the style of Maryse - a zippered bodysuit (leave the collar standing if it has one) with a glittering brassiere or bikini underneath. Alternatively, use a mermaid-scale top to suggest dragon scales. The look can even be done as a coord set with matching shorts. Add fishnet stockings (that scale-like thing again), a wide, jeweled belt and a dragon mask (I love the sophistication of this laser-cut piece!). Finish with OTK boots for a very sensuous, be-glamoured Halloween beast.
I didn't immediately think of Brandi's inner fierce beast as reptilian royalty. It was only when I saw the snake on her new gear that the similar qualities became apparent: wise, powerful, creative, a bit dangerous, and more than capable of biding their time until the right opportunity to strike. If, like Brandi, the snake calls to your beastie within, dress it for Halloween in head-to-toe snake print. Go with python shoes if you have pair, or finish with basic black. Feel free to get wild with snake-eye contact lenses, or glue flat-back crystals on a pair of sunglasses in the vesica piscis (pointed oval) shape. Add a smattering of low, curved horns for a little extra ferociousness and you're ready to slither your sultry way through any Halloween party.
Maria’s inner beast? Oh that creature’s a sexy thang for sure! And what mythological beats was sexier than the sultry, come-hither sirens who lounged on sharp rocks at beach-side and lured sailors into wreckage with their songs? I’m sure many a man (and likely a number of women ;)) have been lured into dangerous territory by Maria. If you inner beast shares that talent for temptation, dress her up for Halloween in a ruffled skirt (or use a dark neutral skirt or pair of pants and add a sparkling net hip shawl), paired with a glittering top. Try a sequin bikini, bra top or cami, or go for something with feathers (the sirens of legend were part bird). You could also bring the winged concept in with a feathered headband or earrings. Alternatively, try a seashell crown and/or pendant. Stay with cool shades: blue-greens, blues and purples, accented with touches of sandy beige or taupe. Finish the look with (what else?) flip flops :)
Soooo woops... I guess I should have counted my collages a bit better because I missed one of the most important ones for this season: VELVET! (I know, you're thinking "Velvet Sky!"...and I am so with you :). Velvet Sky would indeed be an awesome trend. However, the one ruling Planet Fashion atm is velvet, the fabric. It's plush, it's luxurious, it's been away for awhile and now, it's having a moment. And that means, you either need to excavate the velvet you already have bured in your wardrobe, or you need to get you some, stat! :) Velvet is dressy by nature, so it can be used for formal events (do a Lana-like bustier atop a silk maxi skirt for a holiday party or winter wedding), or to dress down more casual pieces (consider a velvet blazer paired with distressed denim for a luxe-meets-laidback look). If you're looking to invest in velvet, camis, bustiers and other tops will be the easiest and most cost effective way to add some to your look. Chokers are another budget-friendly and totally on-trend option. If you're looking to invest a bit in a piece you'll have for awhile, go the blazer route. or be daring and try velvet shoes!
This is going to be one FUUUUUN fall, fashionistas! There are a bunch of amazing themes and key pieces that are making waves in fashion this season. The overall vibe is laidback, but thoroughly stylish, with a little kick of attitude: romantic, but with a dark edge. Easygoing luxury is encouraged. Color tones are warm and restorative: jewel tones both punctuating and used as neutrals. Chunky heels are on point, as are OTK’s. Pointy toes and single soles are sticking around, but platforms are popping out of hiding too, as are other toe shapes, as designers experimented with round and square. And that’s just the beginning! Ready for more?
We’ve followed Maria’s example and taken a look at how to Parisian-ize your wardrobe. But what would WWE’s Queen of all things French have to say? Weren’t you wondering about Maryse’s take on all this Francophile styling? Yep, so were we! To that end, we went collecting. And now, we present to you Maryse’s most Parisian fashion moments!
It’s not often that we see the Sexiest of the Sexy break out her pearls, but when she does, she knows how to make a statement! In this incredible ‘shoot, she styled them with a lace bustier and neutral lace pencil skirt. Being the glamorous gal she is, she topped it all with a luxe fur coat. I’d hedge a bet that you might see a Parisian girl toughen up all that lace by topping the look with a leather biker jacket. And I’d further bet that Maryse would be right on board with that! On a different day, she might even have topped this look with the military-inspired jacket we see in her next look, which is all about casual style that still has that je ne se quoi. This is one of my all-time favorite ‘shoots of hers, set in Strasbourg and capturing Maryse’s journey around the city. She perfectly demonstrated one of my tenets of fashion: dress (stylishly) for the occasion. As glamorous as she can often be, Maryse knew just how to keep it practical for exploring, while staying completely fabulous. She paired blue denim with a simple tee and this incroyable hardware-heavy statement jacket. My favorite part of the look? Her broken-in, chocolate leather flat boots! (Wait…Maryse wears flats?! :) Oh yes…and looks fantastic doing it.). This outfit it a 101 course in keeping “laidback” seriously chic!
Were you loving Maria's Paris outfits? Totally on fire and inspired, like I was? And ready to add a little Parisian flair to your look? My hand is up! I've been obsessed with the concept ever since I saw her photo-tsunami. Parisian fashion is the last word in chic! Sound daunting? Fear not, oh Fierce Ones! It's easier than you imagine to bring the vibe of the French capital to your style. And we're going to have a little tete-a-tete about just how its done. So put on a little Edith Piaf, pour yourself a glass of champagne (ok, that one's optional), ensconce yourself in your most sophisticated chair (no prob if that's a bean bag chair; we've all been there!) and envision yourself strolling down the Rue de la Paix, climbing the white staircase to Sacre Coeur or waving to the passengers on a boat drifting down the Seine. Like Dorothy with her ruby stilettos, fashion can take you there. So click your heels three times, loves...
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Brie: shoe-lover :) fashion-lover and generally glamorous semi-dork