Menswear Monday: Medieval Magic at Dolce & Gabbana

DOL_0107.450x675 What is a well dressed, well-to-do Game of Thrones Fanboy to wear out and about, but  pieces from Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's fall/winter 2014 collection?

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We're channeling Robb and Jon here.

A blend of modern and medieval luxury, modeled by a collection of refined, rugged, and crowned nobility. The show featured chainmail hoods reimagined as knitted wool balaclavas, breathtaking jewel encrusted gloves and chunky knit mits as modern gauntlets. Rich, silver filigree embroidered court shoes and antique gold studded lace-ups. Oversized sheepskin, beaded fur and stitched leather armor-like sweaters printed with heraldic keys, saints and churches, and portraits of the rulers of the seven kingdoms 8 Norman Kings of Sicily. And what was for me the ultimate show-stopper: A suit of amour. As in, an actual gorgeous green velvet suit with armor printed onto it! Then they did it again on a luxurious, silk front shearling overcoat.

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I wouldn't put it past GoT cast members to start sporting these looks. Would you? (oh, and there may be a surprise at the end of this post)

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The gloves... the F***ing GLOVES!!!!

Okay, so the collection may not be directly influenced by the series a-la Helmut Lang (According to Style.com god Tim Blanks, the designers don't actually watch Game of Thronesbut I highly suspect everyone else on the staff does.) but it is a brilliant and romantic retelling of the Norman conquest of Sicily--Dolce's birthplace, with lots of highly covetable pieces for history buffs and the Westeros bound alike.

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His lordship's shoe porn

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Taking the almost black in style.

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DID I MENTION THE GLOVES?!?!?!

(all images via Style.com)

Great show or AWESOME show? Let me know what you think after you've recovered from the following image..... you're welcome.

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Oh look, it's Kit Harington (Jon Snow) in the February '14 issue of Esquire UK in... DOLCE & GABBANA

RED Valentino + Snow White

Snow White never looked so sweet street. RED_Valentino_007_1366.450x675

Once Upon a Time, we witnessed the appearance of Star Wars characters on not one, but two runways and eagerly wondered if there would be a third. Why? Because the unofficial rule of fashion is that three makes it a trend. And while Paris fashion week has only just begun, in an interesting twist designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli may have already delivered on the real trend here. No, it's not a Star Wars collection, but much like Disney had approached the designers of Preen for collaboration, it looks like Mickey's Marketing Team had their hand in the hig-end pot once more (<---interpret that as you will). The result: The Ultimate Snow White Collection for the modern urban princess.

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"We didn't want the story to stay in a childish territory, but to take the dreamy idea in a direction that's younger, more street, and a bit rock 'n' roll," - the designers via a phone interview with Style.com

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The very point of RED Valentino, is that is a modern fairytale collection. It's for the girl who wants to feel like a princess without wearing a costume (though the designers get very close to it, and to me is actually a plus). Which is why this collaboration could not have been more perfect. It has all the charm and whimsy that you expect from the collection, yet stops itself from getting too cutesy with the addition of edgy, modern elements, like a leather biker jacket and clear trench. A carry-over trend first spotted at the Valentino and Burberry Spring '13 shows. We even see the theme carried throughout the collection via the return of roy lichtenstein-like popart prints and intarsia knits, a la 3.1 Philip Lim's pre-fall 2012 . Primary colors are your friends, people!

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Bonus: having once been Maison Valentino's in house accessories designers, before being made creative directors, the duo's accessories are just as to-die for. Which may or may not be a poor choice of words when eying an ominous-looking poison apple....

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RED Valentino's Snow White collection is a fresh, fun and welcome retelling in exceptional fabrics and bewitching details. Also, I'm a girl. I like bows on things. Now speaking of details, do mine eyes deceive me or is there a hidden Mickey in those hearts...?

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(Special thanks to my rockstar Wonder Woman friend on The Wall @DarthRachel for the heads up! )

TREND ALERT: From Lunchbox to "Tin Tote"

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“In France no one knew what a lunch box was because no one took their lunch to work. Mine was from Walt Disney and I wore it everywhere because I was obsessed with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. There was a shop on Rue de Canettes in the 6th called Western House that imported everything from America, and I found my Disney pieces there.”

- CARINE ROITFELD

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All this talk about the Carine Roitfeld (former editor of Vogue Paris from 2001-2011) editorial in V magazine’s fall 2013 issue, in which she styles model Dalianah after her 16 year old self, left everyone with pretty much the same conclusion: “Now I need a lunchbox.”

Low and behold, shortly after the editorial was published, I took a trip over to Atlantic City and found myself in whimsical candy and novelty shop on the boardwalk called “IT’SUGAR” . Not 10 seconds into browsing this cute shop by the sea did I spot the first of them.

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CUTE. RETRO. (SUPER GEEKY) LUNCH BOX!

It was love at first sight for me, and though I didn’t succumb to the impulse just then, they’ve recently opened a Coney Island location, so my bank card will be seeing more action very soon. Wonder Woman tin, I’m coming for you. Fortunately at only $18, you’re not exactly breaking the bank. Which is great, considering I may need more than one. SO many options!!!

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This Hello Kitty tin is adorable and to the point: image

Check out the site for yourself, or better yet, find your local store to really get the full experience. GET UP AND GO to find more great “tin totes” to add to the bag collection, then ponder what to put in each.  Note: Not my fault if you end up buying all things in-store. It’s awesome and you’ve been warned.

Additionally, browse the eclectic collection of vintage lunch boxes over on Etsy.

CONSIDER: This might be a cute carry all for Comic Con Day 1. Before you get that MASSIVE WeLoveFine bag, that is. Which oddly enough you can then take back to IT’SUGAR and fill with their equally larger than life candy.

GLAMOUR AND THE GEEK ENDITORIALS: Heroine Complex

BRINGING YOU A GREAT NEW HIGH-END FASHION EDITORIAL AT THE END OF EACH MONTH. KICKING IT OFF WITH: HEROINE COMPLEX Ben Weller shoots Corina Ingenleuf for ELLE Magazine | SEPTEMBER 2012

(You werk that anime hair, gurl!)