seriously, who doesn’t love bellatrix lestrange? she’s too crazy not to like even if she killed sirius black and tonks. also, who could forget the battle of hogwarts when mrs. weasley screams, “get away from my daughter you BITCH!” amazing. she’s voldemort’s most loyal servant, a devoted death eater, an azkaban alumni and bat-shit crazy to boot. not only is she a gem in the books, but helena bonham carter takes her role to a whole other level in the movies. give it up for bellatrix lestrange.
1: you filthy half blood: cape by phillip lim, dress and tights by givenchy, boots by balmain
2: i killed sirius black, i killed sirius black!: dress by elie saab, cape by givenchy haute couture
3: battling ginny, luna and hermione: coat by givenchy, dress by elie saab, tights and boots by bottega veneta
god harry potter is so good.
All images from Style.com.
yolande de polastron is more commonly known as the duchesse de polignac. she was born into an impoverished aristocratic family, poor thing. her life took a turn when she was invited to versailles by her sister-in-law. shortly after arriving she became a favorite of marie antoinette. determined to stay close to the duchesse, the queen set up her husband with a royal position and plenty of money to continue on comfortably in the palace. her new fortune drove the duchesse to spend riotously (although most at versailles did) and other courtiers resented her extravagance and royal favor. outside versailles, parisians hated her and considered her a bad influence on an even worse government. when the revolution flared up, she remained a staunch monarchist and was forced to flee the country. i’d equate with one of those party girls today, perhaps not so trashy but you get what i mean.
1: heading to versailles: alexander mcqueen
2: hanging at versailles: dress by balmain, fur by elie saab, shoes by lanvin
3: fleeing versailles: dress by john galliano, shoes and fishnets by bottega veneta
catherine howard was henry vii’s fifth wife, but who’s counting? you can’t help but pity any of henry’s wives, none of them fared very well in his company. catherine is perhaps the saddest of all. she was very young when she came to court to serve as a lady in waiting for henry’s beloved jane seymour and was just seventeen when she married henry. her family were impoverished aristocrats and she had something of a wild past behind her. as she climbed her way to being queen, her history began to catch up with her and eventually her affair with a music teacher and the blackmailing of her peers earned catherine the axe. legend has it she escaped from the tower and banged on the doors of a chapel where his majesty was hearing mass to beg forgiveness. her ghost is said to re-enact this every night. too bad, so sad, you’d think the well to do laides of england would have learned not to cross henry viii by then.
1: lady in waiting: dress by reem acra, shoes by christian dior, bag by dries van noten
2: all hail queen catherine: dress by nina ricci, shoes by lanvin, fur by elie saab
3: catherine’s ghost: christian dior
continuing with the music theme, let’s look at roxanne. for those of you not familiar, she’s the subject of the police’s song roxanne. she is a hooker and it’s about a man who’s in love with her and saying the hooking part of her life is over. the song is posted below for your enjoyment. she’s actually not the first hooker to show up on textbook either, lady marmalade is around here somewhere. anyway, this one was pretty interesting because it’s kind of hard to look at clothes and ask yourself, “would a hooker walk the streets in this?” although i would say that this roxanne would’ve been the best dressed streetwalker on the corner. lots of short dresses, fur and crazy shoes to be seen.
1: roxanne, you don’t have to put on that red light: dress by balmain, fur by isabel marant, boots by burberry prorsum
2: you don’t have to sell your body to the night: dress by elie saab, shoes by proenza schouler
3: you don’t have to wear that dress tonight: dress by carlos miele, fur by balmain, shoes by givenchy
elie saab haute couture s/s 2010
thoughts: beautiful pieces and impeccably made with painstaking detail no doubt. anybody would be happy to shoot or wear these ethereal gowns. i only wish that the house would’ve taken things further, a little more vibrance, a little more variety and joie du vivre. it pains me to say that the above spread makes me think of juvenile fairytales. and if chanel and dior were the mortal kombat of haute couture…these girls would be the ones holding the signs that say “round 1” aka super delicate.
1-5: elie saab’s sirens