Halloween is fast approaching so it’s definitely time to start putting together costumes and ideas! This year, I was inspired by Lana’s Dark Carnival look from last year. It got me wondering how many other photoshoots might be perfect points of departure for that special costume. I did some time-travelling and it turns out there are a fair few that got my creative juices simmering.
Soooooo believe it or not, this is the last of the Catch-ups. I'm sort of in shock myself..kinda felt like I'd never get through it all :).
Nikki kicks off the ending with a bright royal blue iteration of the Self Portrait lace dress we've previously seen her wear in white. I like the piece just as much in this shade! The gorgeous lace is feminine and lighthearted, perfect as a sundress when styled with neutral wedge sandals, as Nikki as here, or as a fancier piece when done with pointy pumps or more formal sandals, as we've seen her do in the past.
Next up is a super-cute pairing that infuses the best of now with some trademark Nikki stylings. She paired a sleeveless lace peplum blouse with a modern-vintage aesthetic with black skinny jeans. The black ribbon at her neck makes a fun way to connect her top and pants. While Nikki has used it like a necklace, with a loose knot, it could also be done in a bow to up the throwback vibe. Red pointy pumps add that dash of Nikki-esque spice and really pop the look. I wouldn't have minded seeing her carry that color upward with a bright lip.
This polka dotted mermaid midi skirt gave me immediate #tbt vibes to the Bella's late 2013 50's pin-up era withere they were all about the high waists, polka dots and hair scarf bows. Nikki keeps the look a little more polished here, pairing the skirt with a simple black scoopneck top and a slim gold choker. A burgundy and gold chain-strap purse adds a bit of modern attitude and brings in her trademark shot of red.
She continues her black-and-white streak by pairing this minimalist ruffled sheath with simple black ankle-strap heels and a black tote for Bridal Fashion Week. I love the pristine, edited feeling of this look - it acts as a palate-cleanser after all the lace, pleats and other embellishments we've seen lately. Sometimes, the plainest ensemble has the strongest impact!
Her trusty Prada boots are back in evidence with yet another look, this time a super-chill long-sleeved sheath dress from Veronica Beard. The bold presence of the ankle boots injects some attitude into this relaxed look. I'm still loving the chain handle on her bag, although I would have loved if she's gone for a chocolate, nude or mixed-browns hued one to tie in with her shoes.
Velvet is back with some new shots from her pink electrical tape 'shoot - this time with a fun addition! I remember when the Knockouts first gave the tape-as-clothing idea a try - I loved the creativity of it and still do! Velvet has done a couple of variations on the theme since (I think the white-tape Samurai has been my fave ...so far :))and this pink version is soft and dreamy, albeit smoking hot! She skips the patterning of some of her early explorations and goes with simple and practical; I suppose we could this minimalism at its finest ;). She also gets props for not taking her pink gloves too seriously - she goes for flirty, tempting and innocent and succeeds beautifully!
She also has a pre-Valentine's Day offering which bring an intriguing goth element to her repertoire. She pairs a leather corset with red skull-print fabric accents and grommet details with a fringed skirt. Dark fantasy has been ruling the runways so I looove seeing Velvet go here and work with this concept. I could have gotten behind a pair of lace-up pointed booties to enhance that theme, but these tiger-ish print pumps throw a dash of the un-tamed into this zipped-in and buckled-up fashion. We haven't seen Vel do chair poses in awhile, so it's fab to see the return of that prop. It's an amazing way to show off her killer legs! All these pics are available at her Rated V online store..so show off your killer fingers, head over there and get you some :)
As promised, a closer look at Steph's outfit is at the far right. This pic really shows off how well it's put together!
I'm completely loving this outfit from Mandy as well! She pairs a white cropped turtleneck with blue jeans, gives it a touch of flash with her Hermes belt and then makes it totally winter appropriate with her faux fur vest. The lightness of this still-wintry color palette, as well as the casual glamour of the styling makes it an instant hit with me! Her make-up is soft and natural and creates a girl-next-door vibe and her high ponytail is super-cute! That's one of my favorite placements for a pony - it's polished, fun and sp pretty!
Michelle may not be wrestling any more, but she's clearly kept abreast of fashion trends in a way that would be totally LayCool-approved! She pairs black leggings, which were a fave of hers throughout that era with a slouchy olive sweater, draped off of one shoulder for a sexy vibe. She added an of-the-moment choker to keep the look trendy and finished it with her Louis Vuitton Seduction boots that took the Divas' Fashion Universe by storm back in 2010 when she debuted them. They're proof now that a classic never goes out of style and the zippered details (which allow the boots to switch betwen ankle, knee and OTK height) add a distinctive edgy fierceness to this casually trendy look. The only thing on my wish list is that Michelle ease up on the braids a tad; they're pretty, but in this case look the tiniest bit harsh ..and she's been doing variations of them almost nonstop since April.
Maria was also feeling the casual feels in this October snap, where she paired a simple black tee with gray distressed denim. I'm a fan of the unique color choice of her jeans; it makes a fun change-up! She layered a multi-striped shirt over tee for warmth and an unusual way to play with both color and proportion (love that!) and then topped the look with a black leather biker jacket. Finally, she added a big pop of color with red ankle boots! The whole theory of this outfit completely works for me. In practice, I might have leaned toward a solid red, red stripe or red plaid shirt to infuse the color throughout the outfit. But the basic principles work perfectly. (And PS, you could mellow out the drama a touch by going with black boots, if you wanted to create the look without the boldness of red footwear.)
Ogh..I get so nostalgic going through all these collages! I really can't believe we've had all these amazing years of Diva-Fierce and fashion and awards and memories. All the feels, loves, all the feels!
Since we've moved to the new hosting site, I've been trying to keep the history of Diva-Fierce alive and recorded for newbies to catch up on and goldies to take a hop, skip and a trip down memory lane with. I don't know who here at the site came up with the original concept of the Ring Gear Awards, but it was -and is!- an amazing fit with our nexus of wrestling and fashion; gear is the couture of the ring! And we're the only site to consistently, year after year, give great gear the call-outs and podium placings it so richly deserves, which makes the RGAs a very special and unique part of the Diva-Fierce lexicon. So, let's strap in and take a look ...all the way back to the first days of fierce when we were just a cute, tiny, fledgling website with nothing to our name but passion and a dream :)
One perk of Velvet having a bit more free time is that she is able to give us a veritable flood of new pics, available at her RatedV.net site. If you remember me mentioning Vel in her Calvins, here's the snap. For real, shove over Kate Moss, right? Can you not see that shot on an NYC billboard? Although, putting V on a billboard would probably be dangerous ..cause too many traffic accidents from distracted driving. Like insurance rates need to be any higher. So, maybe just go buy the pic at RatedV. Think of it as helping to keep the planet safe ;). While you're there, you can also check out this punk-rocker girl shot, which includes a classic denim vest topping a killer studded bra. That piece is so crazy cool I can't even! Vel pairs that same skirt with her referee top for a fighting shot, which she totally nails, facial expression and all! I love the extra pop of color form her hair and her deep blush lipshade. Lastly,s he does a bit of modernist-sexy, pairing a lace-up, azalea-toned-lace-embellished onesie with matching thigh-highs. Strappy satin peeptoes complete this look, as Vel shoes off her amazing legs while working a chair prop. So, def make sure y'all check all those out :)
We'll be winding up WM week (finally!..rt? :)) with the fashion of the day itself and a little GearFest this week, but for now, it's all about the last vestiges of non-ring fashion before the big day.
Stephanie rocked WM 32 Media Day in this robins' egg blue sheath. The color is utterly gorgeous and couldn't be more perfect for spring! (Aside: this shade of blue is famous as the trademark color of the jewelry store, Tiffany's). The front pockets add a bit of casual modernity to this dress. Her mesh ivory sandals keep th whole look soft and light, and that's enhanced by her pastel make-up tones. Everything about this speaks of newness and a flush of youthful, spring colors. And it works flawlessly!
Soft and light seems to have been on everyone's mind, as Charlotte chose this ivory sheath for her look at Media Day. She paired it with her nude Kendall + Kylie Abi pumps. I love the classic silhouette of this dress, and also the on-trend lace detailing, which keeps it ultra-current. Charlotte's simple pumps, with their unique, swooped detail, keep this chic, minimalist outfit interesting and chic.
Stephanie's Hall Of Fame dress only recently came to my attention; it's this stunning tulle-fringed confection of a high-necked halter dress from Alexander McQueen. Ogh...I'm in heaven! This high-neck style generally carries a very sleek,modernist connotation, but with the graceful, fluttery embellishments, it feels feminine and light. It's an absolutely beautiful and fabulous piece, typical of Sarah Burton's flawlessly tailored romantic vision for the house of McQueen. It's such a jazz to get to see amazing pieces like this out and about on ladies whose style we adore! #ThankYouSteph
Wrestlecon came to Dallas the same week as WrestleMania, so it was truly a wrestling takeover of Texas! It also brought out stars by the airplane load...which meant more fashion for us! :) Oh, darn.
Brooke showed off two outfits at Wrestlecon. The first was this wine sheath, which she paired with lace-up gladiator heels (shove over, Kendall :)). I love the warmth of the burgundy-with-caramel combo - doesn't that just sound so inviting and decadent? A lariat necklace and a pretty headband brought out the bohemian feel to this earthy color pairing. Next up was Brooke's take on the L(ong)BD, as she went with a black maxi dress, finished off with a beaded statement necklace. The look is uncomplicated, but amazing! I also commend Brooke wholeheartedly for her adorable and modest poses. I love how she's let us know about her forthcoming arrival, but doesn't make her belly the center of attention. It's refreshing and beautiful to see how's she's handled this. I didn't know it was possible to respect her more than I did previously...but I do. Very best wishes, Brooke...as always!
Also during WM week came NBC's Summer Press Day, which included Barbie Blank-Souray, wearing a stunning midi LBD. The color and silhouette of this sheath is ultra-classic, but the straps at the bodice create the impression of a sexy cutout, making it oh so modern! It's a perfect representation of the best of Barbie's style - chic, but with a dash of sass! She finished the look with au courant slim ankle strap sandals of the SW Nudist or SL Jane variety - flawless choice!
We've seen Natalya's incredible HoF dress...but did you know she topped it with a leather jacket en route to the venue? Tres cool! Even cooler is who she ran in to: Velvet Sky, who was in town for Wrestlecon. Velvet paired this graphic print tunic with black leggings for her trademark grunge-glam look. I love the flutter sleeve on her tunic - sooo pretty! Rose pink lips and nails give the whole ensemble a bright pop.
WrestleMania week is always jam-packed with fashion, so get set for reviews aplenty coming this week, including Superstars for Hope gowns, appearance fashion (including a TNA star or two!) and Wrestlemania gear.
Eva Marie completely nailed this look for her recent appearance on the Hallmark Channel's Home & Family show. This crossed-halter black jumpsuit is sexy, without being overblown. It's chic and trendy and works fabulously with Eva's cascading waves of red hair. I like the nude platform heels completing the look - they're less basic than a black pump would have been. Her dark nails bring a smidge of extra pop.
Stephanie's Raw look got me like "OMG...me!" lol. Seriously, her cami+denim+blazer look is pretty much my wear-to-work go-to, especially when I'm in a time crunch, which is basically daily. This combo, although easy to put together, still packs a punch! I gravitate to pairings like blue denim with black because I'm not generally an all-black kind of girl, so I loved this match-up. I also completely second Steph's decision to finish this with fierce shoes, in this case suede peeptoe sandals. Easy polish never fails to get an extra boost from smoking hot footwear ;)
Nikki and Brie were busy promoting Total Divas this last week (the first episode of the new season aired 1/19. Check it out on Tues nights on E!) and consequently, we got some rather fabulous outfits :) First, from the episode itself, we saw Brie in this cute black and white checked cut-out skater dress from Charlotte Russe (sadly, no longer available, although the brand is carrying a few similar styles), Gingham made a huge splash on the spring runways so expect to see a bit of it floating about in a month or two ;). It's such a cute, fun pattern but simple enough that it can work as a neutral too. The Bellas then cranked the fashion into high gear, with Nikki turning to current Bella-fav brand Alice & Olivia for her sequined jumpsuit - a stunner of a piece which offered a wonderful mix of trendy and glam. Nude peeptoe pumps warmed the look, while keeping it daytime-appropriate. Brie chose a metallic snake print jacquard dress from Topshop (info on both of the Bella's pieces can be found at fashionofthedivas). When you say "metallic snake", it sounds really wild and over-the-top, but this version is super pretty: soft, dreamy and beautifully feminine - with just a touch of wild heart thrown in :) Brie's silver pumps complement it flawlessly, picking up the dress's shimmery cool shades and contrasting with the glimmering warm tones.
Welcome to the place where wrestling & fashion join hands. #BeInspired #LoveFashion Let the Fierce be with you! ;) Peace & Glitter!
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