So there I was complaining about not having 'shoots and WWE slammed us with a couple, including this one from just prior to WrestleMania, which, yes sadly, I am just getting to now. Mea culpa. The theme was quintessentially Western, befitting the Dallas setting of WM and the ladies ran with that.
Charlotte put together a creative mix of pieces, starting with a metallic polka dot mini dress. She layered a vest/short-sleeved denim jacket above (which might be a DIY cutoff-arms kinda thing). Her accessories included a cowboy-esque hat, a narrow cognac belt and a cobalt bandana twisted at her wrist. She finished the look with fringed boots.The play of textures keeps this look really spunky and fresh. The polka dot has a mod-vintage feel, which is an unusual combo with the American West influence, but it works, albeit in a surprising way. I like the pop of color from the bandana and the way she used it as a bracelet (as did some other divas). And those fringed boots...omg..those are seeeeeeerioulsy killer! I hope we get to see those again! :)
Next up is Lana, who paired this wonderful fringed skirt with a tied-high plaid buttondown. Black OTKs completed her look, while a bold gold collar added a bit of flash. Her high half-pony is a perfect laidback style to complement this outfit. The one tweak I would have made would have been to swap her striped rainbow bralette for a lace one in white, ivory, nude or red to harmonize the color palette. ...And the dash of sexy wouldn't have been out of character either ;) This isn't a genre we tend to see Lana explore and she did a creditable job for something that's a bit new to her comfort zone.
I am super impressed with Naomi's work on this shoot! Her set is my top out of the whole group. She just nails EV.VER.Y.thing. First, this lace-up suede romper, omg! It's spot on trend, sexy without being too racy and the warm sand color is magnificent! And completely gorgeous with her dark skin! She pairs it with on point lace-up peeeptoe OTK's in caramel suede; the color contrast works flawlessly. She pops it with touches of silver and the cool gleam is a welcome contrast; it matches her stunning pearl eyeshadow ( that color tho!!). She finishes with a beautiful dream catcher necklace that enhances the theme of the shoot perfectly. She also experiments a bit more with her facials, pushing beyond the cool-girl stare and her trademark smile to a soft, pensive expression and then a proud, confident glare that makes her look like a warrior princess. Finally, the lighting behind her creates a glowing haze that is magical and compelling. The whole set is fantastic from stem to stern and definitely in the running for a Silver Snap this year. Brava.
Becky created an attractive combination of coffee and metals, with this pretty, swingy fringed dress and OTK boots - which have a fun whipstitched detail at the side. A pile of silver+crystal bangles, a tortoise shell cuff and -my favorite piece - a feather pendant comprise her accessories. Her outfit color matches the wood tone, giving the set a muted feel, which is restful and nostalgic. Like Naomi, she experiments with her poses and facials here - the one in profile could become a trademark shot with a few tiny tweaks. She even shows a bit of humor by chewing on a piece of straw in one shot - that playfulness is endearing, and wonderful to see a diva be able to bring it to life on camera. I'm beginning to have this feeling that in a year or two, Becky's shoots are going to be in that category of those we wait on the edge of our seat for!
I love the scalding pop of Sasha's red leather corset. It's a dramatic and exciting piece and she follows up that strong statement by grounding it with tan suede pants, which make a perfect foil. She polishes off the look with a crave-worthy studded belt with a distinctive and flawless brass buckle. I love the way the orange tone of her belt bridges the red and the tan; it's a sophisticated use of color which thrills me. A red bandana at wrist adds a bit more red. If I had my druthers, I think she could have skipped the collar and let that amazeballs corset have the spotlight. Also, I'd have gone with oxblood or chocolate ankle booties instead of black mules. She gets massive kudos from me for being one of the few divas to try to work the saddle as a prop - not an easy task - and for her use of the ladder, which works FABulously and produces her best shots of the set. There are a few tenuous shots here, but some truly brilliant snaps as well. She's going to earn the title of 'Shoot Boss in not too long.
Paige goes full-on cowgirl on top with an embroidered Western shirt, tied to a cropped height. She segues into army green chino shorts and then slides into grunge on the bottom, with fishnet stockings and suede OTKs. While I could wish she'd committed a bit more to the wild west theme in her outfit, I love how she made use of the hay bale as a prop and I'm super jazzed over her variety of poses/facials. Her tip-of-hat shot is a highlight, but her smoking gun pose is absolutely killer! She slays that one beyond all comparison and from it, I can totally see her as a modern-day Annie Oakley. Her winged eye and taupe lip also suit this shoot flawlessly - they are strong, but raw with an au courant vibe
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