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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Character Profile: Tyrion Lannister

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“He’s witty, smart—and short.” – Chris Rivera, student

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Christopher Rivera, 19, a rising sophomore at Florida State University (boo), started watching Game of Thrones two years ago when it first debuted. Tyrion Lannister is his favorite character because “he’s witty, smart and short.” Rivera’s response when prompted about his favorite looks from Tyrion? “I like his poofy pants and his poofy shirts.” Honestly, an expected answer when asking a man about fashion. Below is the rest of my Q&A with Rivera as we talk about Tyrion, GoT costuming and, of course, the Iron Throne.

Q: How does the costuming contribute to the show?

A: The costuming gives the show that otherwordly feel… and it really helps set you in the scene of where everything is going to take place. It makes it easy [for viewers] to meld with the environment and let yourself really feel what’s going on.

Q: What do you like about the costuming or what makes it interesting?

A: The costumes are really based on the surroundings the [characters] encounter and it communicates a sort of necessity to us, so we know it’s necessary to wear these to survive in their respective environments.

Q: If there was one piece of clothing or accessory or prop from the show that you would want in real life what would it be?

A: The Iron Throne. Because I would just sit in it and look badass.

Q: Do you have another one? Because a lot of people would choose that, is there anything more specific?

A. The Hand of the King pin. (Which is available for purchase here)

Q: Why is Tyrion your favorite? What do you admire about him?

A: In King’s Landing they’re all looking to defeat you or humiliate you in some way because it’s such a cutthroat hotbed of politics, and he shows everyone that he’s a force to be reckoned with.

You can follow Chris Rivera on Twitter @jungleboi2008

Calvin Klein’s 2013 Men’s Fall Collection had some enviable outerwear which we all know would spark Tyrion’s interest; he is famous for his long quilted jackets and leather vests. I felt like this men’s collection was pretty spot on in regards to the dark umber and black coloring as well as the various textures, but let me know what you think by commenting below.

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Roberto Cavalli Evokes Highgarden

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Blue Rose NecklaceRed Rose EarringsBlue Rose RingMulticolored Floral Earrings

Wearing these jewels, it’s easy to picture yourself basking in Highgarden, the southern realm of Westeros and home of House Tyrell. The Tyrell’s sigil is a rose which reflects the lush groves, flora and fauna that Highgarden is known for. Their house words are even “Growing Strong,” an obvious nod to their reputable gardens.

This collection of jewelry by Roberto Cavalli evokes the scenery of Highgarden through its floral characteristics and bright coloring. Any of these pieces would look right at home if they were ever worn by Lady Margaery Tyrell. Margaery is famous for wearing many shades of blue gowns and all of these accessories have hints of blue or would compliment the hue. While she is in King’s Landing, these necklaces, rings and earrings would allow her to pay homage to Highgarden while still wearing jewels fit for a future queen.

Although no doubt, this jewelry seems maybe a tad too decadent and colorful given the sometimes dreary feel of the show, it is a modern twist to the Tyrell’s fashion inspired by the descriptions of Highgarden.

Below are some of Margaery’s clothes from Game of Thrones to see how she incorporates the landscape of Highgarden into her wardrobe. Shoutout to Margaery for her dedication to cleavage-bearing blue dresses and wavy half ponytails. You go girl.

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Cersei Lannister’s Red Dress

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The colors red and gold are synonymous with the Lannisters, a house known for its ostentatious wealth and power. It’s no surprise that we see the colors of Cersei’s sigil replicated in her wardrobe. The Lannisters are the richest family in the Seven Kingdoms and reside in their formidable domain of Casterly Rock as well as King’s Landing.  Cersei is the Queen of Westeros and then later Queen Regent in King’s Landing, so these high-ranking positions are taken into consideration with what she wears.

Cersei is the character everyone loves to hate, which is also why red is a perfect color for this villainous lady. Who knew being bad could look so good?

The crimson dress pictured has large sleeves and a V neckline, only constricting slightly at the belted waist. There are almost no formfitting clothes in the show because it is supposed to convey a medieval feel, but a cinched waist allows the women in GoT to show their figures without being too revealing. The waist on this dress is also reminiscent of the metal waist details on Dany’s gown in the post below.

Adorned with gold embroidery and a gold lion necklace, Cersei truly embodies House Lannister with this outfit. Surprisingly however, this is a rather casual style in comparison to some of the other clothing she wears. Normally for more grandiose occasions her hair is worn up and her gowns are even more lavish, sometimes giving off the shimmering appearance of satin or silk instead of cloth, which is what the dress pictured above seems to be made of.

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This Marchesa dress worn by actress Olivia Munn at the 2013 Oscars is absolutely Lannister certified. Although it is strapless, it has the perfect touch of gold embroidery on the bodice and, like Cersei’s dress, it hugs her waist before it drapes into a flowing train. This regal gown is a modern take on Lannister fashion and undoubtedly fit for the Iron Throne.

Also check out these lion inspired accessories from Chanel:

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Daenerys Targaryen’s Qartheen Gown

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This blue flowy gown that Daenerys (Dany) wore in Qarth during Season 2 has become an iconic piece of clothing from Game of Thrones. It showcases the wealth and power of Qarth through the fine fabric and gold embellishments, but also the mystery surrounding the city with its ethereal and whimsical look.

This dress conveys the paradise that Qarth was to Dany and her Dothraki followers because without the city they would have perished in the Red Waste. However, the metal caging around the waist and shoulders, while ornate and delicate, also convey the message of danger. It possibly foreshadows her being trapped and chained in the House of the Undying after finding her dragons.

The blue reflects the ocean that Qarth so much relies on with its trading ships and its port. Qarth was made into such a wealthy city through trading and this is shown by the the people’s elegant and expensive looking clothing and jewelry. All of the people in this city wear the finest fabrics with gold threading, beading and embroidery which truly displays the magnificence of this city on the sea.

Marchesa was a designer that instantly came to mind because, like the fashions in Qarth, their designs are extremely ornate and ethereal. Here are some Marchesa looks inspired by Qarth and Dany’s gown:

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The two gowns on the left are more simplistic than their couture counterparts, but it was difficult to leave them out. All of the above Marchesa creations exemplify Qarth and accurately depict the vividness and detail of Dany’s dress.

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