Well, this post has been a long time coming. There have been a lot of requests for Cinderella but I’ve been avoiding it because it’s so, it’s so Disney. Disney is wonderful when you’re a kid, but they actually take classic stories and saccharine-ize them so much that they’re not nearly as entertaining as they should be. For example, the near-murderess Little Mermaid and the almost cooked to death Sleeping Beauty. The original telling of Cinderella is actually quite tame. Let’s fast forward to the evil stepmother. Lose the fairy godmother and throw in a tree growing from her mother’s grave, planted from a branch that once hit her father in the face. See what I mean? Trippy. The young Cinderella prays to the tree and it grants her beautiful gold dresses to go to the festivals at the palace where nobody recognizes her when she isn’t in rags. The final night of the festival, the prince puts some super glue on the stairs and her golden shoes stick, enabling him to track down the one he loves. He finds his way to the home of Cinderella. The wicked stepmother instructs her elder daughter to cut off her toe to make the shoe fit, but a bird on the magical tree whispers to the prince that he’s being fooled. The younger daughter hacks off her ankle, but her bloody shoe gives her away. Finally, Cinderella is united with the prince…but it’s not over. In hopes of royal favor, the stepsisters attend the wedding and the birds from the magical tree peck out their eyes, leaving them blind beggars forever. That’s awesome.
1. Listening to Wilson Phillips while cleaning the house
Dress by Rodarte, coat by Celine, shoes by Derek Lam
2. Tree, I need a gold dress.
Dress by Prabal Gurung, shoes by Miu Miu
3. Tree, I need an even better gold dress with gold shoes.
Dress by Jason Wu, shoes by Lanvin
Revision: It’s not actually the tree that gives her the dresses, it’s a magical bird. Thanks for the info, queenofwolves!
As you well know, I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter books & films. With the impending release of Deathly Hallows, I’ve decided to dedicate this week to our favorite Harry Potter characters. Many of them have made appearances before, including my all time favorite post, Luna Lovegood. Today, I tried my hand at Hermione Granger. Hermione was exceedingly difficult because the runways of Paris, Milan, London and New York don’t really cater to the denim and striped sweater wearing Witch we’ve all come to love. So imagine this as a “high fashion Hermione,” lame I know but whatever. Enjoy.
1. “We’ve looked a hundred times!” “Not in the restricted section…”
Suit by Proenza Schouler, coat and clutch by Michael Kors, shoes by Dries Van Noten
2. “Is that Hermione Granger? With Viktor Krum?”
Dress by Jason Wu, shoes by Nina Ricci
3. Casting a Confundus Charm on Cormac at Quidditch Trials
Coat by Derek Lam, dress by Jonathan Saunders, shoes by Paul Smith
Any suggestions for the next character?
All images from Vogue UK.
Do I really need to explain Belle? I know you’ve all seen the movie…She’s got her nose stuck in a book and she fell in love with a beast. Done. Enjoy.
1. A beauty but a funny girl
Skirt by Jonathan Saunders, top by Derek Lam, bag by Proenza Schouler, shoes by Matthew Williamson
2. There’s something there that wasn’t there before
Dress by Erdemn, shoes by Dolce and Gabbana
3. Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme
Dress and shoes by Christian Dior
All images from Vogue.
AHOY! Below is an e-mail I got from a reader/friend yesterday. I laughed, so it’s the subject of today’s post. p.s. e-mails are always welcome (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Was just reading your textbook post on the Little Mermaid, and thought you should look at Undine by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué. It’s pretty twisted.
This water sprite girl (Undine) is raised by two old people all alone in seclusion until a knight who is scared by ghosts in the forests finds her. The knight falls in love and they get married. Cool, cause now she has a soul. Apparently she didn’t before? Hard to say. Then he takes her back to the city where the rich girl he was supposed to marry is royally pissed off and is all like bitch, I can’t believe you married some water sloot instead of me. Cat fight ensues. Well guess what? That girl is actually the two old people’s real daughter and she was switched with Undine as a baby. Woah. So she’s upset because she was super rich and now she has to go to her poor real parents and she is still single. Eff. Undine feels bad is all like no, cmon you can come with us to the castle. Mistake. Because of course the knight and the other girl totally have sex and Undine is betrayed. She ends up (for reasons I can’t quite remember) being obligated to stab the knight to death with some coral. Then she is so sad about what she did, she turns into a river that circles his grave forever.
I don’t know, I just feel like she could be wearing some pretty cool things.
1. I’m just a poor sprite from a poor family
Skirt by Jonathan Saunders, shirt by Derek Lam, shoes by Peter Pilotto
2. Now I’m a princess, yaaay
Dress by Peter Pilotto, shoes by Gucci
3. I’ll cut a bitch
Dress by Christian Dior, shoes by Meadham Kirchoff
All images from Vogue.
do you enjoy blanketing far away lands in an endless winter? are you curiously aligning with dogs and against cats? do you turn people to stone with your creepy scepter? well…if you’ve answered yes to all these, you’d probably get along with the white witch. she’s quite a nasty ho and until the pevensie kids came along to destroy her reign there wasn’t much anybody had done about it. gotta hand it to her though, there’s something so badass about keeping narnia in a frozen haze. brrrr.
1: i saiid brrrrrrr: coat by burberry prorsum, dress by erin fetherston, boots by derek lam
2: it’s cooold in herrreee: dress and tight legging things by rodarte, fur by chanel, shoes by fendi
3: there must be some witches in the atmosphere: fur by giambattista valli, dress by celine, shoes by john galliano
All images from Style.com.