WWE managed to give us a holiday-themed ‘shoot again this year, albeit with a bit of noire twist: yes, there is the usual holiday décor and cute outfits, but this year, the Riott Squad is giving us their best Grinch-impersonation and attempting to make the celebration a bit more …well, riotous :).
Things begin sweetly enough, with Alexa looking appropriately wintery in a layered look comprised of a white tank, black vest, white and black checked button-down and leggings. I love the way she’s styled this: the open cardi lets the textural and graphic play of all the layers shine, while the belt keeps everything tidy and adds needed definition at her waist. She takes this look from “any ol’ weekend” to holidays status with her gorgeous shimmery eye make-up. The glittering silver-blue looks incredible on her! We’ve seen her reach for it a number of times and its always on point. She warms it up with a wash of blush at the outer corners that ties in perfectly with the pink tones in her hair and her rosy lip shade. I’m so here for this, head to toe!
Mickie slayed in an ivory off-the-shoulder sweater, paired with burgundy velvet shorts. I adore this combo – its on-trend, luxe and sexy all at once! I’m firmly on the fence, though, about her leg warmers. There are definite waves being made about a comeback for them and I kind of think they’re best left in the 80’s. However, here, the Fair Isle pattern adds a nice touch of contrast and they serve to carry the ivory color through the outfit, echoing Mickie’s sweater nicely before she rounds out the look with another touch of burgundy via her suede ankle boots. Let’s say that I might have preferred ivory over-the-knee socks, but I can live with this, especially since they don’t negate the incredible fashion statement of the top two pieces in the least. Nicely done, Mickie!
Interviewer Charly Caruso got in on the ‘shoot in a midi sweater dress that I love for its on-trend mock-neck and chunky knit. I could have been fine without the massive arm-holes though, which require and underlayer. Charlie’s choice of a bandeau works nicely. I can’t help but wonder though, given that it appears to be black, why she chose brown suede boots to finish the look? Black would have been my preference. I love the festive nod of her metallic gold belt and the way it defines her waist, giving a classic and sexy shape to the knit piece.
And now, we come to the Riott squad themselves who are, naturally, dressed thoroughly inappropriately for the holidays…unless maybe it was Halloween. Ruby has her trademark one-legged pant scene going on, aired with a DIY-“cropped” tee. A lot of black, a lot of punk-grunge influence, basically exactly what we’d expect from Ruby. I like the patterned contrast of her checked belt and the black Santa hat was a nice dark-humored touch that made me smile. Holiday? Nah. Fashion? Very nah. Very Ruby? Yep. I tip my hat for her commitment to staying true to herself! Sarah coordinated with Ruby in terms of her DIY-“cropped” tee and pairs it with brown leather shorts, knee pads and boots. It’s kind of your basic, very general ring-gear, with a bit of a native-exotic-Wild Woman influence thanks to the use of chocolate brown and her braids..oh, and the reindeer hat (does it have things living in it? :)). If she’s trying to play the role of that someone who looks up to the group leader and pays them homage through dressing similarly, but with their own, less strident take on the theme, she’s succeeding. I get Ruby-lite vibes. That doesn’t bother me much, though, because this is still really her first foray into the big-time and defining your personal style and brand with confidence is generally something most of the ladies grow into. Liv echoed Ruby’s black-and-white palette with her own spin.I love the shorter sleeves on her crop top (as opposed to the longer, classic-tee length) and I can get on board for her ripped leggings, especially with the nodding-to-trends star print, which also has a somewhat-holiday feel, however tangential. She is clearly the fashion queen of this squad – there’s a sharpness and intention to her fashion choices which I find intriguing. I can stick around to see more from her. I also expect her to either break out on her own to take over squad leadership sometime in the future ;). All three ladies get points for making this a veeery unique holiday ‘shoot due to their poses – it’s pretty much never that we get to see a trio wreaking havoc on decorations, stomping up presents and graffiti-ing the fireplace. They do a fantastic job at being bad and disrupting the celebration. The shots are unusual and communicate the concept perfectly and I love that aspect of this set of snaps. Well done, Riotters!
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