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What would Daenerys wear?

Style Inspiration: Daenerys Targaryen

Unless you’ve been living under a (Casterly) rock, you’ll know that season seven of Game of Thrones is in full swing! …Even if you don’t watch it.

I’ve already written one post on GoT, but, the force of nature that is Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, deserved her own post.

Dany’s style is forever evolving along with her character, much like Sansa’s, and as we all know, WINTER IS COMING so her costumes are getting darker as she prepares for war.

Let’s get to the part where I dress up 😉 I thought it would be fun to interpret Dany’s style if she were to live and breathe and walk through fire in our realm in 2017 (you know, if she wasn’t fictional) and I feel this gunmetal foil jumpsuit would be the kind of thing she’d wear.

*Disclaimer* This has not been photoshopped; that wild dragon happened to be there.

Jumpsuit: Topshop (colour out of stock) same jumpsuit in grey | Earring: Amazon | Necklace: Topshop (Out of stock) similar | Boots: Topshop

Although I don’t think she would pop into Topshop to try on outfits, cos for sure I think she would resurrect Alexander McQueen to custom-make her clothes from 24k gold spun silk and lizard skin, Topshop was the next best thing.

After all, she is Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, first of her name, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men (claimant), Protector of the Realm (claimant), Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Mother of Dragons, The Unburnt, Breaker of Chains, Princess of Dragonstone… and all round feminist badass. Whew, that’s so long. Hands up if you just glanced over that part. I feel a meme is appropriate here:

10 Daenerys costume facts

  1. It took two and a half months and seven wigs to find the perfect tone of that ‘Daenerys silver-white’ hair. In my look, I put a few of her signature plaits in my hair.
  2. Sticking with the theme of hair, in the book when Dany emerges from the flames, her hair is completely burnt off. So, if the show had followed the books, she would’ve been bald for at least a season before her hair grew back!
  3. As blue’s a Dothraki colour, Dany wore a lot of blue dresses in season four, as a sign of respect and mourning for her late husband Khal Drogo.
  4. However, the following season sees her wearing white and pale colours as she asserts her authority. In the episode “The Dance of Dragons“, Dany wears white to show her neutrality as gladiators take to the fighting pit to battle to the death. Michele Clapton, GoT costume designer said:

    “Now she’s got this sense of power and also a sense of immortality. […] I wanted to give this rather untouchable quality to her. The idea behind the white and pale grey is the sense of removal, a removal from reality”.

    Michele Clapton

  5. Not a little-known fact, but for those who don’t know, Dany’s eyes should be purple. They tried filming the first episodes with Emilia Clarke wearing lilac contact lenses, but they were too uncomfortable, so they decided to film without.
  6. Dany’s armour-like dragon necklace, which she wore in the scene I referred to in no.4, was commissioned by a London jewellery maker Yunus & ElizaI drew Daenerys in this necklace which I added below 🙂
  7. …and YOU CAN ACTUALLY BUY THE ACTUAL JEWELLERY! (It’s pricey though).
  8. Dany always wears trousers and boots underneath her dresses, no matter how extravagant the dress. That’s why I chose to go with a jumpsuit for this look. It’s the best of a dress and trousers; the silhouette remains feminine, but is still more practical than a dress, whereas the boots toughen it up a bit.

    “There’s always a fear in her that she will have to leave so it gives her the freedom to always escape and run. If she had silly shoes on she’d lose all her strength.”

  9. In this new season, Daenerys is leaving her blues and whites behind and going for the dark colours like steel, charcoal and burgundy. After all, her house colours are red and black and she’s here to claim the throne in the name of House Targaryen. I love this necklace that I paired with the silver jumpsuit: with its layered silver chains and purple stone that looks like it could be a dragon claw, its the perfect touch to finish this outfit.

    Now you do finally start seeing [red] creeping in through the scaling and embroidery on her dresses. It’s just a touch. And she now has this fantastic new chain we’ve created. I didn’t want her to have a crown, I wanted her to have a chain.

  10. Gone are the floaty gowns in season seven. She’s going to a colder climate, so she’ll be more covered up and now that’s she’s a conquerer, her outfits are more structured and sharp to reflect that. Ironically, we see Dany’s outfit looking very reminiscent of her sadistic brother’s in season one – perhaps Viserys’ costume actually foreshadowed Daenerys’ success?

    Dany’s setting foot on the shores of her homeland and preparing to reclaim her birthright which means she needs an outfit that reflects her position of power.

    “She’s this figurehead of her army,” Clapton says. “I wanted her to be able to stand in front of the Unsullied and be their leader.”

    Michele Clapton

I hope you enjoyed this post!
If you think I’m a bit of a nerd after reading this, then you’re right! 😛 Let me know what you think of my interpretation of Daenerys’ season seven outfit in the comments ♥

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My drawing of Daenerys for my bestie!

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Game of Threads: the fashion behind the Thrones

Game of Thrones: what are the secrets behind the show’s fashion?

The most successful and expensive show of all time needs no introduction. HBO’s Game of Thrones returns to our screens on 16 July and I CANNOT wait! What better time to delve into the world of the Seven Kingdoms and its fashion?!

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Style Inspiration: GUCCI

Gucci is back.

Alessandro Michele has revived the brand after its style and business started to tire under former chief Frida Giannini. Now, the revamped designer label is back on the map, with everyone either seen wearing Gucci loafers, belts and handbags or coveting the Gucci style. The high-street is taking note.

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Is Feminism Just a New Fashion Trend?

Trend?

Ah, Feminism, the ‘F-word’… A couple of years ago, few people would admit to being a feminist. But, now, it’s written on T-shirts in every high-street store you pass. So why the U-turn? We’ve gone from being embarrassed to say the word to wearing it in capital letters emblazoned across our chests.

Feminist T-shirt by Tee & Cake

It would be interesting to see how many impressionable young people are wearing these clothes because they identify with feminism. Then again, maybe they’re just following another trend that will be out of style next season…

So, has everyone suddenly become loud and proud to be a feminist or have fashion brands just tapped into a market to make some big money? I would hope that it’s the first option, but that seems less likely looking at these facts:

  1. Only 36% of British adults define themselves as feminist yet 76% support gender equality as of 2017
  2. Only 20% of Americans consider themselves feminist

Which probably comes down to the fact that the definition of the ‘F-word’ is misunderstood.

“Feminism has had exactly the same problem that “political correctness” has had: people keep using the phrase without really knowing what it means.”

Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman

Dior: Feminism, a Clever Marketing Trick?

We should be jumping for joy that a designer like Dior is celebrating feminism… Yet, why is this excitement just coming out as confusion? I check the website and it’s retailing for £490 (I was expecting it to be expensive, but woah), however, that isn’t the disappointing thing.
The disappointing thing is the lack of information and lack of credit to whom it owes its slogan: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. There is NOTHING. ZERO. It’s a missed opportunity – why wouldn’t they celebrate a woman who’s as inspiring as her? Yes, she sat front row at Dior’s show, but that’s as much reference there is.

(If you haven’t listened to her speech, then watch it here – it’s a perfect summary of what feminism is. I also got the mini book – it only takes about 20 minutes to read and it’s a cute bed-side table book).

And then I’m annoyed that it doesn’t reference anything apart from what it’s made from. Nothing about raising awareness for gender equality. Nothing about supporting female charities. At this steep price some proceeds must go to a charity?

Well, it turns out it does. A ‘portion of the sale’ will benefit Rihanna’s charity Clara Lionel Foundation (no mention of what percentage). But I only find this out by digging through the internet. Maybe they made this announcement as an afterthought to dampen the criticism they received…

So, some part of the profit of this T-shirt will go to charity, but how much is not specified. It could be 1% or 100%; but what I’m willing to bet is that it leaves Dior with a hefty profit.

This lack of information makes Dior seem so non-committal to the feminist movement that it just seems like a marketing tactic. And its clearly working, as its now sold out worldwide and high-street retailers like Topshop and River Island are following suit… as are consumers.

“What does [this Dior T-shirt] say about the person wearing it other than: ‘I can afford a $600 T-shirt’? Feminism has been entirely co-opted by consumerism.”

-Jessa Crispin

When I saw this tee on the catwalk, I loved it, because I love the quote, Chimamanda’s speech and Beyoncé’s song where part of her speech is sampled… and I wanted it. (So I guess their marketing has manipulated me too!) So that’s why I decided to dig deeper.

Hannah in 'We Should All Be Feminists T-Shirt'

So I made a stand and got a copy from Etsy for a £12 which is 98% cheaper (lol) than the Dior and then donated 100% of what I paid for it to a feminist charity: The Fawcett Society.

Just a disclaimer: I don’t usually advocate buying fake luxury items and I’m not going to pretend this top’s real Dior, but in this case, we’re all winners, because:

  1. A charity received a donation and I actually know how much was donated
  2. A local small-company in London got some business
  3. It prompted me and maybe another person to think about this feminism ‘trend’
  4. I get a T-shirt with the quote on : )

(If you want to donate too you can here)

This top was one of the only pieces from Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut collection for Dior that I liked. And it’s a plain cotton T-shirt with someone else’s quote on it, so that says it all! But that’s another matter. As its first ever female Creative Director in the Fashion House’s whole history, you would’ve thought that she could’ve made a really big feminist statement and taken it a lot further than just this one piece in the collection.

But, does it really matter whether the motivations were in no way altruistic or informative?

At the end of it all, the high-street is following and people are wearing the word ‘feminism’ more than ever. Whether it’s because it’s a statement they believe in or they’re following a trend, it must be heading in the right direction. All publicity is good publicity, right?

‘Feminist’ Fashion done the best way

This brings me to Elle Magazine’s campaign This is What A Feminist Looks Like from their 2014 December issue – their first ‘Feminism edition’ on which Emma Watson covered.

Their T-shirts, worn by nearly every celebrity you can think of, female and male, had a clear purpose of raising awareness… and they donated all the profits.

100% of profits from the ethically-produced range go to gender equality lobby group The Fawcett Society.

-Elle

A version of this T-shirt is still available on the Fawcett Society website.

So, is Feminism a trend?

Yes. It is. But, it’s not just a trend. Slogans will always be a thing in fashion. Right now, it’s a statement about female empowerment. But, feminism being a fashion trend isn’t a bad thing. It’s starting to open up more conversations about it. It doesn’t necessarily mean this trend will fade away either. It might just be the push some of us need to stop feeling afraid of or embarrassed by the ‘F-word’.

And I will disagree with what some of Jessa Crispin says in the article I quoted above: that young girls who are now starting to identify as feminist are bland and lazy. If people are wanting to wear a T-shirt with the word Feminist on it, then no-one should discourage them.

Maria Grazia Chiuri’s T-shirt wasn’t just the stand-out piece from this Dior collection, but from the whole of this year’s Paris Fashion Week. Regardless of my scepticism, this T-shirt alone got a global conversation going about Feminism and I think that is what we’ve been needing for a long time.

I think this quote nicely sums up why fashion is fully on board with feminism:

“When you are a woman making clothes for women, then fashion is not just about how you look. It is about how you feel and how you think. Feminism for me is about equal opportunities. If I am going to stand for something, I would like to stand for this idea: that if you are a woman you can have these opportunities in life.”

Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director at Dior

So, yeah, why not fully embrace this trend?!

What are your thoughts?
Is is just a marketing tool for retailers or do they really care about raising awareness about gender equality?
And will you be following the trend by wearing a feminist T-shirt?

Thanks for reading my first ever blog post! ♥

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Update!

As of 15 July 2017

Look how similar this H&M T-shirt is compared to the Dior T-shirt! Like, so similar that I’m surprised they got away with this being the world’s largest clothing retailer?! But at £17.99 it’s a steal. Any lawsuit coming their way from Dior, I’ll let you know!

H&M The Revolution is Female T-shirt
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