First, let me register my displeasure that Natalya didn't get a set here. With that gear, it's a shame not to have the chance to get a closer look at it. However, WWE did give us the opportunity to appreciate the gear of a number of the divas, which is welcome because it's often a challenge to do more than get a quick overview in the excitement of the big event. It's super cool to get the chance to really savor the amazing gear that accompanies the splendor and hoopla that is Wrestlemania.
For example, Lana's gear begins with a classic piece: the trench, which she gives a futuristic vibe to, via the holographic graphite-and-purple fabric. It then gets an infusion of glam through the addition of sequin-encrusted epaulets. But the amazingness doesn't stop there! The piece then receives the royal treatment: a train fit for a queen. The piece made a massive impact during her entrance, and with good reason! From there, she disrobed into a smoky purple bodysuit, which melded a sequined brassiere with jaw-dropping crystal-embellished floral embroidery. This piece isn't merely glam and functional, with 'sexy' incorporated tangentially; it breaks new ground with its boudoir feel, emphasizing the sultriness over anything else. It's practical too, but that feels like an afterthought. This entire outfit is a showstopper! She finishes it with edgy-classic leather OTKs, a killer high ponytail and lavender lips - a risky shade that often looks a bit odd, but which works here brilliantly, echoing the color of her gear, while still being credible and beautiful, as opposed to shocking or comical. Clearly, Lana knows how to utterly OWN the fashion side of the ring. And her poses? Well...Maryse, you have some competition.
Stephanie arrived in equally head-turning gear. Her outfit, like Lana's, included two pieces - a three-quarter coat and a bodysuit. We got a better look at her fabulous coat in the non-shoot photos, so I'll discuss that in the next review ;). Although she also finished her look with OTKs, the similarities between Steph's and Lana's ensembles stop there. While one was all about sensuality, this leather one-piece of Stephanie's conveyed raw, goth-rock power! The material created the vibe, which was enhanced by studded accents at her hips, collar and shoulders. The only thing that could have made this piece more perfect would have been a more stylized hip design - not as exaggerated as Lady's Gaga's Jean Paul Gaultier piece at the 2009 VMA's, but along those lines. I mean, if you're going to do futuristic goth-rock, you might as well go all the way, right? ;) She put the exclamation point on the styling with her accessories: dagger earrings (LOVE those!) and a spiked headband - ain't nothin' boho about that item! ;) Her strong smoky eye was a flawless accompaniment to the look, while her beach-wave hairstyle was shockingly unexpected and totally GORGEOUS!
Although I'm not a huge fan of the scale-like pattern on the black fabric, I like the clean, space-age feel of Emma's gear. The metallic steel shading, spiked with touches of frost white and royal blue was an amazing color combo, conveying an almost alien-industrial iciness. The zippered shoulder-piece with the high collar was also a fun addition - unique and forward-looking, with a Star Wars-meets-Ziggy Stardust feel. She gets SERIOUS points for the blue lipstick. That would look outrageous in so many applications, but here, it's creative, funky and mad cool! I'm also a massive fan of the aviator sunnies!
I love absolutely everything about Charlotte's gear. Everything! We get a better look at her in-ring ensemble in the event pics so I'll break it down there, but the photoshoot really allows us to appreciate her cape! For starters, I love that it's a nod to her father's entrance look - all the feels from that! The unified color scheme keeps this from seeming too wild and all-over-the-place. The jacquard-like scroll is done in blue-on-blue, so it's subtle and adds depth instead of confusion. The silver lining provides a nice contrast and the sky blue sequins and clear crystals add just the right amount of glam for a champ who is making an impression, both in and out of the ring. It's daring, but thoroughly cohesive, making it dramatic, impressive and an artistic achievement.
Long, flowing fabric seemed to be a trending thing at Wrestlemania. Summer got in on the look with a black be-crystalled cape. I really love the choker neck-fastening on this piece; it's unusual and super-trendy. Another highlight is the sophisticated color combination of black, deep violet and lilac, with hints of palest pink. The distinct but coordinated tones make this gear shift beautifully in the light. While the silhouette is Summer's trademark peek-a-boo top+shorts style, its colors, along with the placement of crystals, make it something special. The periwinkle piping and subtle scrollwork at her hips and knees adds one more feminine, graceful dimension and give this gear a magical quality.
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Brie: shoe-lover :) fashion-lover and generally glamorous semi-dork
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