Enlightened despots were always a strange concept to me. The idea of somebody ruling iron-fisted over an entire empire never seemed enlightened to me, but I suppose back then things were different. For Russia, Catherine the Great brought the land into a new age. Despite her empowerment of the oligarchy, she caught the country up with western Europe—effectively solidifying Russia as a global power. Though she rose to power in questionable ways, she sought the counsel of some of the most cherished thinkers of the time as she lead her country. That’s cool I guess.
1. Coup d’etat? No. Not happening:
Coat by Carven, dress by Dolce & Gabbana, shoes by Lanvin
2. I’m pretty great, I guess:
Coat by Prabal Gurung, dress by Chloe, shoes by Jean Paul Gaultier
3. Meeting of the minds:
Dress by Valentino, shoes by Dolce & Gabbana
Eowyn is a secondary character in Lord of the Rings, but one of the most important. We don’t see her until The Two Towers, where she’s introduced as strong, independent and proud. She cares very much for her kingdom of Rohan and its king, Theodan. As the land slips closer and closer to Sauron’s hands, Eowyn refuses to be silent. Disguising herself as a man, she rides into The Battle of Gondor where she encounters Witch-king of Angmar, Lord of the Nazgul. After beheading his beast, she goes head to head with him to accomplish what no man before her was able to do.
1. To Helm’s Deep
Coat by Billy Reid, dress by Prabal Gurung, shoes by Isabel Marant
2. Holding Court at Edoras
Cape by Hermes, dress by Derek Lam, shoes by Chloe
3. “I Am No Man.”
Coat by Giambattista Valli, dress by Christopher Kane, boots by Prabal Gurung
I think this is the third time I’ve posted about Daisy Buchanan, but the hubub about the upcoming movie put me in the mood to look at The Great Gatsby. Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan and is in love with Jay Gatsby, commonly known to all American High School Students as The Great Gatsby. And certainly, after the movie comes out, they’ll all know him as Leonardo DiCaprio. Shame. At the climax of the book, shit gets out of hand and Daisy basically ruins as many lives as she can in one night. Stupid Daisy, you used to be cool.
1. Mrs. Buchanan
Coat by Prada, dress by Christopher Kane, shoes by Chloe
2. But I love Gatsby
Skirt by Christian Dior, top by Christopher Kane, shoes by I forget.
3. I ruin lives and I don’t care
Dress by Celine, Coat and fur by Miu Miu, shoes by Oscar de la Renta
Hey you know that crazy spinster who wears the same clothes every day? That’s actually Miss Havisham from Great Expectations and it’s her wedding dress. Once jilted and swindled out of her fortune by the man she loved, she grew into a bitter old woman. She raised Estella to be distrustful of men and to manipulate them. When Pip, the protaginist, came into her midst, she had Estella test her tricks on him. She also only wore one shoe, which I probably could’ve photoshopped above but IDGAF.
1. He fucked with my money
Coat by Marc Jacobs, dress by Chloe, shoes by Band of Outsiders
2. I’m crazy
Dress by Dolce & Gabanna, shoes by Marc Jacobs
3. Estella, you should completely destroy Pip
Dress by Dolce & Gabanna, coat by Chloe, shoes by Chloe
Phoebe Caulfield is one of the more underappreciated characters in literature. Although Catcher in the Rye focuses on the exploits and development of Holden, much of his character is based on his relationship with his younger sister. In fact, his entire fantasy about catching children “in the rye” is centered around his desire to protect her and childlike innocence in general. Phoebe, when contrasted with her older brother, is far more mature than he and sees him as an idealistic and misguided young adult. Eventually, Holden learns from her judgement of him as he reluctantly grapples with adulthood. They’re both well-born kids of Manhattan, but the strike me as cooler than your average Dalton or Spence student. Phoebe definitely would’ve grown up to run shit, and been more into The Bell Jar than Gossip Girl. In conclusion, the Caulfields dominate.
1. Buffalo plaid is big in this crowd.
Coat by Michael Kors, dress by Chloe, shoes by Derek Lam
2. Holden, you’re crazy, I like you, but you’re crazy.
Coat and skirt by by Altuzarra, shirt by Band of Outsiders, boots by Fendi
3. Hanging out on a cliff, near that rye.
Coat by Billy Reid, shirt by Creatures of the Wind, skirt by Carven, shoes by Altuzarra