Maria has been teasing new photos for some weeks and now...She. Has. Delivered! Hallelujah! :) Several of the pics are available for purchase on her official website: mariakanellis.com (just click on the "store" link). The others seem to be teasers from Lee South photoshoots...which hopefully means we'll be getting more snaps from them :). In the meantime, check out Maria's Instagram for the snaps, which open with one of the coolest shots I can imagine. Maria apparates into Diagon Alley, bearing a wand and theeee caaaaa-utest little stuffed owl. (Aside: I found the shot especially timely as I happen to be re-reading book 7 atm heehee). When you get past the owl (ok, IF you get past the owl ;)), you can appreciate Maria's grey pleated mini dress, with it's very Gryffindor border and vintage-feeling platform oxfords. The whole look is such a fun, lighthearted idea that it's difficult not to be completely enchanted with it!
When you see a whole bunch of snaps from Maria in succession, you are really able to appreciate her ability to swap genres, styles and characters with competence and ease. Her next ensemble is about as far from Hogwarts as you can get. Actually, it reminds me more of Julia Roberts waiting for Richard Gere one night in Pretty Woman. It has that luxurious, sexy New York City feel, due to the piano, the fur coat ( I love how she's tossed it carelessly across the piano!) and, of course, the skyline :) Lacy lingerie in mesemerizing black and white forms the basis of the fashion, embellished with an opera-length string of pearls and - in a classic Maria touch - raw an wild leopard pumps. Her pose flawlessly expresses that moment when the one who is awaited arrives on the scene set by his lover. Can't you just imagine the dry wittiness of her "How was your day, dear"?
From sexiness in the city, she moves breezily into a Sex And The City closet, as we get a peek inside Maria's dressing area. Her lacy unmentionables and innocent expression shade this snap into the flirty realm she's intended for it, but what really caught my eye in this snap was that crave-worthy sea green corset. Just..wowza. It's a beautiful piece, done in an amazing color and I would be wildly, madly overjoyed to see her use it for ring or street fashion sometime in the future. I can just picture it with with a demure pencil skirt or set against fierce distressed black denim. I love how she paired it with a bold collar necklace and added a feminine ribbon belt - so pretty and vintage! As with her Harry Pooter snap, I think the whole concept of this shot is just super-exciting and interesting. And again, that color! *shivers* :)
Ok, if that green corset didn't get you fired up, how about the apple green backdrop of this snap? The wrong shade of plain green can be hideous (as anyone who remembers WWE's original NXT site photos will attest to), but this incredible, light-shifted neon lime, with it's complementary electric mint flooring? This looks modern and intense and hypnotizing! And Maria has used it as the canvas for FIERCENESS. Capitals required. I love the warmth of her ivory bikni nd the way it pops off the green. I love the rebellious rocker vibe of her layer over layer of jewels: chains, strings, beads, crystals all twisted and dripping in a glorious mélange of dark, backstage glamour. I love her bold bracelets, channeling the same bold, frontman muse. I love the gorgeous styling of her half up-do - clearly ready for that moment the first note hits and the world fals at her feet. And, on the subject of feet, I love her lace-up booties. Seriously, what else would a fierce, glam-rock stage queen pair with a bikini and chains? #BowDownGroupies. She's gonna rock your world.
From there, Maria draws us into a magical, vintage scene. The shadowy green filter and wood pile background somehow make me think of fairy tales and witchcraft, with Maria as one very tempting witch :). Her fishnets and brassiere are sexy, but commonplace. It's what Maria does with them, however, that makes them anything but common! The strap of her scrunched crop falling off her shoulder is your first clue that this isn't your ordinary dark magic. Your second hint is that fabulous antiqued silver statement ring. And your third and final one is that killer hat, which Maria slays, as she peers up from under it with an angled glance that would entice many a soul to volunteer to be turned into a gargoyle. The interplay of darkness, vintage styling and dramatic setting harmonizes perfectly, like an adult-leaning version of Once Upon A Time.As with her other shots, the premise is unique, intriguing and brilliantly executed. Aaaand this is why pics from Maria just light up my world. And your world. And pretty much the whole world. All worlds, actually. :)
Welcome to the place where wrestling & fashion join hands. #BeInspired #LoveFashion May the Fierce be with you! ;) Peace & Glitter!
Brie: shoe-lover :) fashion-lover and generally glamorous semi-dork
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