Game of Thrones Season 4 talk with WSJ and a Surprise Celebrity Guest

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7FnnCLLOi4

We got the surprise of our lives when we were invited to the Wall Street Journal to discuss our love of Game of Thrones and ended up participating in a candid camera experiment of blessedly geek proportions.

Game of Style

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Looking around the waiting room of the Dow Jones in the Newscorp building--where they had us all gather--I couldn't help but notice just how..... well dressed we all were.GoT WSJ Yissel

Button downs and blazers abounded and you'd think we were all there for interviews. Maybe location subconsciously played a part? Maybe we all thought we'd be joining my friend Rachel on the red carpet later that evening? Maybe, GoT fans are just the best dressed fans. But then, I've never been to a Downton Abbey panel.... This (maybe not so) random sampling of fans (the woman next to me was the sister of a WSJ employee) had only 1 person in a t-shirt.  As a Winter is Coming contributor, John, the lovely gent on my left was a 10-out of 10 on the geek scale. Even then the shirt itself wasn't an obvious GoT shirt either. Hey, the gent directly behind him sporting the shawl collar cardi even made a GoT APP! And sadly, no one showed up in full armor.

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The star of my outfit was my favorite Ostwald Helgason Seamonster Print Sweatshirt. It's a subtle nod to the Greyjoys, and a perfect blend of fashion + geekery. John Jurgensen himself commented on it, and every time I wear it, I'm grateful I put myself on the waiting list for it at Opening Ceremony. I needed nothing more competing with it so the rest of my outfit was simple: A white collared shirt from Uniqlo, red jeggings* from Target, white fitted H&M blazer, and zip-front heeled Dr. Martens booties. (The Jolene. Not available yet. Company perk!) Watching myself on the tape--my Dominican Gemini talks-with-her-hands-self-- I was eternally grateful for Sally Hansen INSTA-DRI in "Wined Up." (matches my hair.) I'd totally just done my nails on the way there that morning!

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*I know, jeggings! Never will you meet someone to rock a more polarizing garment with more confidence than myself. It's not what you wear, but how you wear it, and I'm a professional.

Prologue

I picked the BEST seat in the house. We'd had some small talk before filming in which I proudly bragged about my awesome geek girl besties, Rachel and Jamila. Then filming started as we'd all discussed. John Jurgensen and Marshall Crook of WSJ Speakeasy (who was totally rocking classic Made in England DMs) were interviewing us about our relationships with the books and the series. I was actually a little surprised at how quite most people were, considering we'd been invited to TALK.  Ah well, chalk it up to nerves. I got to shamelessly plug talk about this very blog and my first ever post on Helmut Lang's GoT collection. To this day it remains one of my most favorite posts. It really set the precedent for future pieces.

I could've gone on, and I did! Even after... the epic game-changer.......

The Three-Eyed Con

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Don't call it winter. None of us had seen this coming. The ol' switcheroo! Marshall leaves the room only to be replaced by none other than John Bradley. a.k.a Samwell Tarley! The tables had turned and suddenly we were the ones doing the interviewing. Despite being completely thrown for a loop here, past experience has taught me that dead air does not make for a good show. Remember that.  At the very least, I thought to myself, I could buy the others time to come up with things to say. Besides, when would I ever get this amazing opportunity again?! I took a deep breath and suddenly all the right questions came to me:

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"What's your favorite thing about playing Sam?"

"Is there anything in the books you wish they hadn't cut out of the series?"

"Could you play evil?"

"Who were you most sad to see go?"

(And what I didn't ask but we were all thinking: "Why isn't there a handler stopping the filming to wipe the sweat off his brow? Stupid hot lights!)

.... for all of his answers to these questions and more, check out the video.

Epilogue

According to one of the staff present, John Bradley said that was one of the best interviews he's ever done. We asked really smart and interesting questions.  ::pats self on back::

I immediately knew I had to run down to meet Rachel for lunch and share this information before her big GoT red carpet debut.

That was an amazing experience and I hope I get more opportunities like that in the future. Thank you so much to John and Marshall and everyone at Wall Steet Journal for making this possible for us. And Samwell Tarly himself for stopping by. Now if only he'd stayed for pictures!

Game of Thrones premieres April 6th at 9pm on HBO . The first episode: "Two Swords"

RALPH LAUREN X DOWNTON ABBEY

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJci8b4YgGM?wmode=transparent&autohide=1&egm=0&hd=1&iv_load_policy=3&modestbranding=1&rel=0&showinfo=0&showsearch=0&w=500&h=281] I’ve been looking forward to writing this post for ages. Why the hold-up? Well, aside from a conscious decision I’ve made to spend a little less time away from social media to focus on my own collection (read: portfolio), when Ralph Lauren had debuted this fall collection, I hadn’t yet actually seen the series (!!!!) . I know, clearly you must think I’ve had no right calling myself a chic geek until this point. The fashionably geeky elite shake their heads disapprovingly.

However, having finally caught up to the rest of the world, via a little help from a friend’s Netflix account and a Hulu Plus free trail, (I am TV-less), I too have fallen in love with the fashions, the characters (BATES!), the fashions, and overlapping intrigues of the Abbey’s residents… also, the fashions.

And while I was giddy with excitement over the idea of comparing the ultimate fashion plus geekery crossover spectacular—The A-list cast is comprised of many familiar faces from other well-known series’. The Dowager Countess herself (Maggie Smith) seems almost a continuation of Smith’s Professor McGonagall from the Harry Potter films. Too, we’ve had our shouting at our screens “OMG, she’s that chick/ he’s that dude from Game of Thrones!” moments. And so on. (this a show that Vogue writers are obsessed with, you guys. Obsessed)— I found, that there wasn’t much to compare. Hear me out.

What I loved about the collection: It’s exactly what you’d expect from Ralph Lauren. What I didn’t love about the collection: ….It’s exactly what you’d expect from Ralph Lauren. I love the label. It’s known the world over for producing chic, luxurious, beautifully tailored garments. At some point or another, we’ve coveted many a timeless piece of his. But that’s just it. Those beautiful, timeless, luxurious pieces worthy of the English aristocracy will always be there (I suddenly NEED a gold cardigan). More than anything, this collection was more of just Ralph Lauren doing Ralph Lauren. Suddenly creating those pieces in tweeds, styling them with all the hats, doesn’t necessarily make it Downton Abbey.

Can we see the nods to Yorkshire? Absolutely. And I love that the inspiration goes beyond dresses to the menswear. Does it look like Lady Mary raided Matthew’s closet at the start of the show? Yes. Would Lady Sybil jump at the chance to wear ALL the pants? Yes. But I suspect a second reference is at work here too. Why? Because Ralph just can’t help himself….

Points:

  • Stage set with stunning chandelier over the runway? Check.
  • Downton Abbey theme opening the show? Check (wait, it has WORDS?!)
  • References to WWI era England? There were hunting plaids, smoking jackets, jodhpurs (albiet, in velvet)… umm… check.
  • A feather cape worthy of the Dowager Countess? Check.
  • Models gracing the runway sporting canes they could’ve borrowed from Mr. Bates?  Check.

To my knowledge, however, he only has the one. So where could the other have come from? What other fictional character could’ve said, “here, Ralph, the lady can borrow mine?” (Because, let’s be honest, the countess isn’t letting anyone touch her cane. Ever.) And this is possibly where the allusion to the second reference is made. The cloches, the bowlers, the top hats…. Yorkshire? Yeah, I see it. But what of the nods to the flapper towards the end?  Like I said, Ralph just can’t help himself. Did you see the Spring collection? The beading and Art Deco embroideries look less like a preview of Downton season 3, and more like a continuation of Spring/Summer, the Roaring Twenties and Ralph’s favorite go-to reference…. Gatsby.

Here, in a review of Spring 2012, Style.com writer Nicole Phelps, offers insight:

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In 1974, not long after he founded his company, Ralph Lauren designed the costumes for The Great Gatsby. They launched a mini Jazz Age trend at the time and jump-started his career. Today, with Baz Luhrmann remaking the film— are reprising the roles originally played by Robert Redford and Mia Farrow—Lauren took the opportunity to revisit the roaring twenties, half a year before the movie actually hits screens and everybody and his mother decides to “do” the decade themselves.

More like a whole year before, as Warner Bros. just announced on Monday that the film has been pushed back from it’s original Christmas release, to Summer 2013. But now, it all makes sense.

And now, something else to think about: In a fight (over a Lauren gown, of course) who would win: Lady Mary, or Daisy?

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HELMUT LANG + GAME OF THRONES

In honor of the Twitter trending, get glue crashing, ALL CAPS LOCK REACTION EVOKING (!!!!) George R.R. Martin fan back-breaking (have you tried lugging one of those massive books around? Curse you kindlers!) fantasy phenomenon known as Game of Thrones…  I’m dedicating my inaugural post to the premier of HBO’s latest episodic giant.

While Helmut Lang himself may not have tuned in to last night’s premiere from the comfort of his Long Island home (having left his namesake label in 2005), It’s apparent that the brand’s creative directors, Michael and Nicole Colovos, were popping the popcorn, and probably the champagne too. 

This photo set features side-by-side comparisons of a small selection from the Helmut Lang fall/winter 2012/13 collection and their Westeros inspirations, the last three pieces with their, er, Westerian counterparts beneath them.

It serves to prove that the fashion world is full of geeks and people inspired by them and their subcultural interests-be it tech, sci-fi, comics, Steampunk, anime, etc… Designers teach us that what we often consider to be the most nerdy — a term that hasn’t always been viewed in the most flattering light — can, too, serve as a driving force behind a bevy of beautiful, wondrous things, that are seen by the general (read: fashionable) population as commercially viable, praiseworthy, and sought after.

Case in point, Helmut Lang’s latest fangirl swoon-worthy collection. “Dressed in the rags of savages,” they ain’t. Michael and Nicole Covolos have fashioned a wardrobe fit for a Khaleesi.

Leave it to the fashion industry to elevate geek culture to haute heights.