Woops – I’ve been so focused on keeping up and catching up that I nearly forgot about Pt. II of the Rumble gear! Fixing that now :).
Maria Menounos went for full-on athleisure in this sporty jumpsuit. Zipped up and paired with sneakers, it could easily have felt underwhelming, but she intelligently spiced it up with a gold bodysuit below and unexpected metallic peeptoe booties. The shoes, in particular, shifted the vibe of this look toward Fiercness and I approve! Statement earrings cemented that direction.
I’m on board for the Gothic leanings of Nia’s gear: the shield-like red lace looks powerful and imposing set against the black leather, but still retains beauty, preventing the gear from looking too stark and brawn-heavy. She previously did iterations of this look where the upper edge of the colored front-piece was extended farther to each side, creating a visual empire waist. That look is excellent for Nia and I wish she would explore it further. While the sections of black lace break up the leather nicely, they also reduce the cohesiveness of the piece. A simple sheer fabric could have a similar, but simpler, effect. The concepts she has for her look are fantastic and super-fun; just a few small tweaks to the execution could really put them in a class by themselves.
The Bella’s triumphant reunion was more about the feels than the gear, but it delivered so well on the feels that I can overlook the absence of anything novel on the attire front. Both ladies slayed in red. Nikki reprised her most recent era of sporty gear, with a short-sleeve cropped tee accented with lace-up detailing and paired with color block shorts. Red knee socks and black+red sneakers rounded out the look. Brie went for red latex in a one-piece silhouette, embellished with slashes and a plaid waistband that recalled her grunge-tinged Brie-mode looks. The sisters rarely fail to deliver and these looks are both solid, competent and visually impactful – the work of women who know exactly what they’re about.
Carmella’s gear looks like gray marble print from a distance, but on closer inspection it is revealed to be a graffiti print. I’m totally in for either print; they both look fab! And I’m really impressed by the way that the look works so incredibly well from both vantage points. Many times, something can look amazing close-up but lose impact from further back, or vice versa, but this look covers it all! The orange piping was an awesome choice and works brilliantly, bringing the shot of color that makes this gear pop. Surprisingly, I can even get behind the faux high waistband created by her fishnet hosiery showing above her shorts. You gotta be fab to sell me on that kind of a look! :)
Naomi’s look gave us another iteration of her incredibly successful Glow gear. I love the way the criss-cross stitching gets broken up with the sharp, clean neon lines. It keeps the gear form feeling too zany and gives a sporty shading to it. My favorite part, though, is the black latex panels…like yaaaaas, girl! So fierce! I’m wild over the way they play against the matte neon. This gear has precisely the right blend of simplicity and surprise and I love it! My other favorite part :) of this look is her lime and olive shimmer eye-shadow. That is craveworthy af! #WantIt
I almost missed Vicki’s outfit because I was fan-girling over hearing that stentorian “Excccccuuuuuuuse Meeee!” reverberating through my world again. Oh the nostalgia! The Divine Ms. V has lost none of her fashionable edge, pairing an on-trend printed flare-sleeve blouse with cobalt shorts. Her trademark “Cougar” necklace was back in place (hurrah!) and her killer haircut is even more killer, with the addition of honey highlights in that piece-y pixie cut. I forgot just how much I missed this magnificent villain!
Molly Holly’s look was the height of simplicity: a black corset, paired with black leggings. It got just the right boost of color, though, from the red trim, as well as a wonderful shot of trendiness from the embroidered roses on the leggings. I’m in for this – it’s functional and nearly-all-business, but still conveys a femininity and dva-ness that I can’t help but love and admire. When simplicity is done right, it looks like this: edited, but never bland. Brava.
While many past Lady Superstars chose throwback looks, Trish’s had a forward feel to it. She wore a black jumpsuit, made from a combination of leather and sheer fabric, pieced to create the impression of cutouts. The pattern was accented with a row of grommets for a sexy-meets-punk connotation that suited Trish perfectly. The look and effect of this gear is stellar; it’s super cool without being flashy and projects confidence. I love that Trish chose to go with an updated style, rather than recreating something that might come off dated. This design is current, while still seeming to be completely in Trish’s style wheelhouse. Excellent job!
For many years after her retirement, Torrie ran her own boutique clothing shop, so there’s no doubt she knows fashion! Because of that, it’s no surprise that her gear was new, unique and took some big risks. She combined a halter top and shorts pure white for an attire that referenced the 90’s via the waist-wrap and current trends with the sliced detailing and cutouts. The ones at her hips were particularly interesting because of their shape and positioning. She gets full points for distinctiveness here! I can’t help feeling that I might have liked this better if it were done in a slightly thicker fabric. This jersey material looks like it rolls and shifts a bit, whereas something a bit stiffer would have allowed the architectural vibes of the styling to shine a bit more. That said, there’s no doubt this ensemble is totally HOT!
Becky continues to evolve her gear and it makes me feel like she’s still trying to find her style. I can’t wait to see what she finally lands on because she’s had a number of excellent ideas. This Rumble gear is another one! I love the minimalist, sport-tech look of this one-piece; it’s very clean and almost futuristic – a far cry for her steampunk looks! The red, orange and black color combination is fantastic because of the way the shades are used. The two bright colors could be overwhelming if they made up the bigger portion of the look, but here – as accents – they add intensity and spark to the black. She also gets props for the leather pieces incorporated into the jersey fabric. The textural shift is subtle, but makes a welcome aesthetic variation and adds depth and maturity to the gear, as well as defining the silhouette more precisely. I’m definitely in for this!
Mickie’s gear can sometimes get quite complex, but this one is a perfect balance of visual interest and cohesion. The fiery red is stunning, while the black, gold and silver ground it just enough. I love the way the flame design is used in this look, particularly on her shorts and leg-pieces. It’s crazy effective and looks ahhhmazing! It is repeated on her halter top, but with a bit less depth to the curves. It looks great, but it does leave me aching to see what a more amplified reprise of the fame shape there might look like. That said, the cleaner feel of this gear gives it a big impact and makes it one of my very favorites of Mickie’s recent iterations. This landmark event was a flawless time to pull out such a magnificent ensemble!
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