Still not over this little Egyptian pantheon kick. Isis, the goddess of children, nature and magic and the title of my favorite Bob Dylan song was worshiped as the ideal wife and mother. According to myth, the tears she shed for her brother/husband Osiris’ murder were what caused the Nile to flood every year. In her spare time, she enjoyed protecting and watching over the dead. Her headdress, includes a small throne which associates her with the ruling Pharaohs of the time who were often depicted as her child. I’m a little hazy on all the Isis details, but that’s the gist.
1. Do your thing, Isis.
Dress by Peter Pilotto, shoes by Balenciaga
2. I said brrrrrr
Dress by Balenciaga, shoes by Balmain
3. It’s cold in hurrrr
Dress by Christopher Kane, shoes by Altuzarra
The Greek and Roman Pantheon of gods and accompanying mythology is really great. However, Norse mythology kind of owns everything. They have Odin, Thor, the Valkyries, Loki and of course, Frejya, pictured above. Frejya is the Norse equivalent of Aphrodite, invoked in matters of love, fertility, beauty, gold and war. In addition to her regular duties, she is responsible for 50% of deceased soldiers. After the Valkyries claim the fallen in battle, half will go to Odin in the mythical after-plane Valhalla and the rest go to Fólkvangr, under Freyja’s protection. Her attributes are a feathered cloak and a mythical necklace called Brísingamen. She’s pretty badass I guess, one time she convinced Thor to dress up as a woman and marry a giant. Norse mythology is crazy!
1. Hi guys, welcome to Fólkvangr!
Coat by Carven, dress by Altuzarra, shoes by Dolce and Gabbana
2. Thor, just put the dress and shut up about it.
Dress by Mary Katrantzou, shoes by Alexander McQueen
3. Where are my cats?
Dress by Balmain, shoes by Altuzarra
Greek and Roman mythology has its place, but Norse mythology is way better. Of the Norse pantheon of gods, the Valkyries take the top spot. Their job was to choose who lived or fell in battle. Half of those chosen would be taken to Valhalla, the kingdom of Odin, to prepare for the epic final battle of the world, Ragnarok. Crazy. The other half would go to Fólkvangr, a field ruled over by the goddess Freyja. The Valkyries would ride into battle to claim their soldiers and shuttle them to either place, pretty badass. More modern depictions of the Valkyries have them riding through the skies with shield and sword to complete their mission. In reality, they probably wouldn’t have cared what they were wearing but idgaf.
1. So you’re gonna go to Valhalla
Pants by Altuzarra, shirt by Balmain, boots by Lanvin
2. So you’re actually gonna to Fólkvangr
Dress by Versus, coat by Reed Krakoff, shoes by Versus
3. I don’t even know where you’re going, let’s just blow this popsicle stand.
Dress by Prabal Gurung, coat by Altuzarra, shoes by Dolce & Gabbana
So this past weekend I was boning up on my Greek Mythology, you know by watching Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief because I’m 13 and I thought I’d give Persephone a try. Traditionally she is known as queen of Hades but before that she was just a goddess who was chillin. One day she was hanging out with her nymph friends and Hades kidnapped her. TWIST! Meanwhile, back at Chez Olympus, her mother started flipping out and demanded that she be returned. Hades bowed to the gods’ will but before she left, Persephone ate some pomegranate seeds. As fate would have it, those who eat or drink in the Underworld must stay there FOREVER. However, Persephone was able to spend one season of the year in Hades and live the rest above. The Greeks believed this to be the reason behind the four season—when Persephone is in Hades, her mother’s sadness keeps us in winter. Fun.
1. Um, guyssss, what is Hades doing here?
Dress by Tsumori Chisato, shoes by Vivienne Westwood
2. Great, just great, I’m stuck in the underworld. BUT LOOK AT MY NEW DRESSSSS!
Dress by Christian Dior Haute Couture, shoes by Alexander McQueen
3. Peace out Hades.
Dress by Stella McCartney, shoes by Peter Pilotto
All images from Vogue UK.