Sansa Gets Married: Part 2

So our girl Sansa has been real busy in the marriage department because she debuts wedding outfit number 2 while tying the knot with Ramsey. Other than his sadistic, psychotic, murderous, and violent personality Ramsey is alright I guess? We’re back in the North, with snow on the ground and the weather as cold and brutal as Ramsey’s nonexistent heart, and Sansa is bundled up for an outside wedding.

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The thick quality of her gown is perfect for a chilly night, and the textured braided material gives this look an extra wow factor. Because the color scheme is pretty simple with monochromatic winter whites, the texture of the material, the clasp details, and fur shrug add more visual interest to her outfit. We also see that her hair is done in a chic braided updo, which is different from her usual style of loose waves.

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I love how her braids act like a headband, and it ties together the look because of how it closely resembles the fabric. Also, her hair works well pulled up because of the high collar of her shirt—if her hair was down, it would’ve been too overwhelming. These pieces from Alexander McQueen’s 2016 F/W RTW collection were similar to Sansa’s wedding gown, from the textured material to the fur lined coats to the color scheme. These looks are ready for any winter formal affair—they seem amazingly warm, while still feeling sophisticated.

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Sansa Gets Married: Part 1

Weddings were in abundance over the last couple of seasons, and wedding episodes are bittersweet for me because on one hand, I love the bridal costuming, but on the other hand, someone almost always dies (Red Wedding, anyone?). Sansa’s marriage to Tyrion was one of the more bizarre twists that Tywin conjured up, but we’re lucky that beneath all the scheming and dreams of political domination, Tyrion is actually a decent guy and not evil scum of the earth like Joffrey.

Back to the dress: it’s AMAZING. The intricate stitching and embroidery is difficult to truly appreciate until you see it up close.

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On a television screen, the symbolism that’s depicted in the fabric seems barely noticeable, but in these images it takes center stage. The wolf, trout, and lion are all animals from the Stark, Tully, and Lannister houses, respectively, and symbolic of the constant war between them. The fact that the lion takes up the entirety of the Victorian-esque collar at the center of the neck suggests that Sansa should put her new Lannister name above her familial ties to Stark and Tully.

The hip details resemble the cap sleeves, and the wolf motif is repeated on the harness-like straps crossing in the front. Between the pattern and sheen of the fabric, the delicate beadwork and embroidery, and well-placed pleats, this wedding gown is seriously perfection.

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Similar shapes were popular in Simone Rocha’s Spring 2016 RTW collection, with harnesses fit to wear at any royal wedding in King’s Landing. Screen Shot 2016-03-08 at 11.55.20 PM

Pretty in Pink

So apparently I have some rewatching to do, because I almost completely forgot about Tyrion’s foreign lover Shae and her major betrayal when she sleeps with his dad Tywin and lies on the witness stand knowing she’s sending him to his death. From that sentence, you’re probably thinking, “How could you forget all that?” And the truth is I have no idea, because that was one drama-filled season 4 finale.

Shae was someone I was rooting for because everyone else in King’s Landing wanted her dead and gone, including Tywin (ironically) and scheming Cersei. We see her grow into becoming a real political player when tasked with making herself invisible, so she won’t come to harm. Shae’s outfits mirror the fact that she’s foreign because they’re so unlike the proper, structured gowns we usually see in King’s Landing. And we can tell she’s obsessed with pink, because well, the photos just speak for themselves.

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The girl clearly knows her color and just ran with it; literally all of her outfits are a different shade of the same hue.One look that she often repeats is this draped and flowy piece, giving it a backless effect. It’s very Greecian inspired and as I mentioned before, the complete opposite of the often stiff and heavy-looking brocade and satin gowns we normally see.

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The subtle embroidered belt gives Shae’s dress a hint of detail without upstaging the drapery. It also has a similar collar like Missandei’s dresses, but less severe where it’s not a choker. I thought it was interesting to note that the only time she wears a more modest, more traditional wrap dress with sleeves is when she is testifying in front of citizens of King’s Landing. That was probably Tywin’s clever strategizing.

I thought these pieces from Stella McCartney’s Resort 2016 collection conveyed the same shape and billowing effect of Shae’s dresses.

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And in honor of Shae’s signature shade, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pink pieces from the recent Fall 2016 RTW collections.

 

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Giambattista Valli, Chanel, Valentino 

Missandei’s Signature: Halterneck Dresses

I have yet to touch on Missandei’s style on this blog, and I regret it because first of all, Nathalie Emmanuel is so incredibly beautiful and secondly, her character Missandei is one of GoT’s hidden treasures. It would be easy for her to be completely overshadowed by Dany, but her sincerity and genuine goodness is refreshing against the violence and chaos of the show. And plus I love the whole romantic subplot between her and Grey Worm, although I’m not entirely sure how that would work out.

The first time we meet Missandei in season 2, she is a slave translator in Astapor before being rescued by Dany. Because of her position as a slave she has a literal leather and metal collar around her neck that starkly contrasts her soft yellow gown. Even after she becomes free, her collared, halter-like dresses have become part of her signature style and carried on throughout the seasons.

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This silhouette works great with her petite figure, and shows off her toned arms and shoulders. Sometimes halter dresses can overwhelm with too much fabric and look like a tent, but a belted look defines the waist.  Even without a belt to cinch everything in, the color blocking gives a similar illusion.

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She’s also been known to break out some two piece looks, with cropped tops and full length skirts that I just wanted to throw in here because she looks absolutely amazing. Can you tell I have a little bit of a girl crush?

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Balmain is one designer I’ve noticed who alludes to this same silhouette, and I think Missandei would definitely appreciate. In both his Spring and Fall RTW collections, Olivier Rousteing incorporated high necklines, wrapped tops, and collared necklaces that would work well with her style.

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Game of Luck

Lucky Brand is one of my favorite stores for jewelry because they have such a variety —and I’m a sucker for their signature turquoise. Over the years I’ve gathered quite the collection of earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets from Lucky Brand, and while looking through them I’ve noticed that some pieces could very well be worn by certain characters on Game of Thrones.

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Starting on the left, this bronze necklace reminded me of House Tyrell with its floral and romantic characteristics. Each of the designs is reminiscent of a garden, which would suit the southern-dwelling Tyrell’s. I’ve had this necklace for about three years so it’s become a little dull and discolored, but with a little cleaning it could definitely be worn on Margaery or any other Lady of House Tyrell.

Moving to the right, my immediate reaction was that this necklace could be worn by Cersei Lannister. It just has that Lannister appeal to it because it’s bright gold and it also resembles chain male. It makes sense that it would be worn by a Lannister because this house has fought in many battles, and it also has an intimidating and powerful look to it.

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I got these earrings from Lucky Brand a little more than two years ago and they look like they could be from Qarth. Qarth is a unique city across the Narrow Sea, a paradise in the middle of a desert. The turquoise coloring reminds me of Dany’s dress that she wore in Qarth (as discussed here). If the silver in these earrings were gold instead, they would be perfect to wear with her outfit. Thanks to my sister for modeling, the picture on the right provides better lighting and a better idea of what the color looks like.

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I’ve hardly touched on the Dothraki clan in this blog, and seeing this bracelet made me regret it. The Dothraki are unlike any House or family in the show because they are horse lords and known as savages and brutes. However, they have such a different lifestyle than the proper Lords and Ladies of Westeros because they are nomadic and constantly roam on their horses. Because of the arid climate across the Narrow Sea, wearing heavy silk, satin or velvet is useless. The Dothraki wear cloth and leather that is suitable to constantly riding horses and moving through rocky dirt and rugged terrain. This Lucky Brand bracelet reminded me of this clan because of its metalwork, leather adjustable cords and utilitarian feel; it is decorative, yet practical.

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GoT Braids are all the Rage

Yes, this is a fashion blog and I’ve been focusing specifically on clothes, but anyone who watches the show simply cannot ignore the masterful hairstyles worn by the Game of Thrones women. This post goes out to the incredible hair team of GoT and, of course, the fantastic actresses who can seriously work any crazy up-do and still look fierce.

Daenerys definitely sparked the braid trend for the rest of the show. Especially when she becomes Khaleesi, the braiding becomes more prevalent and more intricate. Even after she is abandoned by most of the Dothraki clan, she keeps on braiding (as we see in seasons 2 and 3). They turn out to be convenient for keeping her long platinum locks out of her face when enduring the constant change of elements.  I’m also in love with that claw necklace. What an intimidation factor.

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The Khaleesi is Grace Kim’s favorite character, and the rest of the GoT nation is probably in agreement. Kim is a student at the University of Florida and majors in public relations.

“She’s my favorite because of how bold she is and how she never takes no for an answer. And probably in real life that would get her killed, but I think it’s pretty cool all of the things she can accomplish,” Kim said.

“I think a lot of her stuff is really pretty because it’s feminine and romantic, but I actually focus more on her hairstyles. I think it’s cool that they incorporate a lot of braids.”

You can follow Grace Kim on Twitter @SocialMedia_PR_

Here are some other famous braided hairstyles from the show:

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No need to look sad, Sansa. You look positively darling with this half-up half-down hairstyle.
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This severe braided look, popular in King’s Landing, makes Cersei look even more evil. I didn’t think that was possible.
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Back before Arya became “Arry”, she could actually have a variety of styles with her longer hair. This braided bun that divides into pig tails gives her a playful look.
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The Red Lady Melisandre needs to have hair that matches her signature color. This braided side ponytail hidden partially under her cloak gives her that extra sense of foreboding and mystery.

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Click here for GoT braid tutorials by Lucky Magazine 

Zuhair Murad’s “Enchanted Forest” parallels The North

The name for Zuhair Murad’s 2013 fall couture collection was “Enchanted Forest,” which meshes perfectly with the forests and sense of magic and mystery of the North. The North encompasses Winterfell (the Stark’s residence), The Knight’s Watch and everything beyond the Wall: white walkers, wargs, wildlings, you name it.

The North is a much more savage and brutal place, free of the South’s petty politics and frivolous royal events which are merely excuses to showcase wealth and dominance. In the North, the words of House Stark are echoed in the back of everyone’s mind: “Winter is Coming.” And with Murad’s collection, those words definitely ring true and match his enchanted forest inspiration.

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Lady Stark, or Catelyn Tully, is a dedicated fan of mossy green, as we see her wear the same variations of the color time and time again. This color compliments the Tully’s auburn hair and is reminiscent of the great trees in the North especially Winterfell’s Godswood.

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Joining the Night’s Watch is also called “Taking the Black” and from Jon Snow’s clothes we can see why. Everyone at the Night’s Watch is required to wear black, and they keep warm by wearing multiple layers of what looks like leather, wool and fur. Murad’s fur shawl replicates Jon Snow’s; whereas he wears the fur out necessity, on this model it just looks like she needs to shave her arms.

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Beyond the Wall where the Night’s Watch guards the realms of men, lies the unknown and mystery of the North. White walkers and wildlings roam this icy and frigid territory, although many people (mostly those in the South) remain ignorant of their existence. These two looks from Murad’s collection perfectly convey the snowy wastelands and the electric blue eyes of the frozen dead. It’s even giving me chills.

You can see Zuhair Murad’s full collection here