Dress the Iconics — Hakon

Hakon, the iconic Skald, was unveiled on many Thursdays ago, but vacation kept me from posting. The class is a barbarian/bard hybrid, which might have presented an interesting sartorial challenge.  How to meld the rough hides of a barbarian with the clean look of a bard.  Hakon’s robes, though tend towards the bard side of things.  They are, in a word, impeccable. They don’t have the usual, worn-in, adventuring look about them. (Is it safe to assume that prestidigitation is on the Skald’s spell list?)

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Valentino Couture Spring 2009

The real world equivalent for Iconic’s fashion that doesn’t look lived in, is surely Valentino.  Also impeccable.  Always.

This picks up the two contrasting green, clean lines (I worked really, really hard, not to say “impeccable” there), interesting trim (which is important in Hakon’s backstory), and even fur-like trim, to keep the Ulfen warm.

Valentino Couture Spring 2009

 

Other impeccable green clothes on Hakon‘s pinterest page.

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Dress the Iconics — Enora

Thank you Paizo! For lobbing a nice, slow pitch right over home plate.  The new iconic is a caster, wearing the classic hooded robe (so much easier to dress than those peskie heave armor wearers):  Enora, a Halfling Arcanist (Wizard/Sorcerer hybrid).  Because of this, you are forgiven for not announcing an ‘Evil Queens of Golarion’ paper doll book at the Paizocon Banquet last night.  *sigh* There’s always next year.

There is a real shortage of hooded capes on the runways, something that clearly needs to be rectified.  The few that existed were riffs on classic looks from Azzedine AlaÏa, so there’s no reason not to use one of his looks for Enora’s literal interpretation:

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Grace Jones in Azzedine Alaia

The hood is great, but the rest of the look doesn’t really scream “until recently, library-only based researcher”.  (It’s a black catsuit, for the curious). Also, Grace Jones would make a awesome “Evil Queen of Numeria”.  But I think I’ve already crowned about five.

 

Luckily for Enora, the absence of hoods is made up for with an abundance of capes.  She could rock any of these three dresses:

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(Alexis Mabille, Ready to Wear, Spring 2014.  — Love the scarf in her hair, she looks like she just put it up with what ever was at hand, because it was distracting her from her books.

Zang Toi. Ready to Wear, Spring 2014. — Beautiful and dramatic, even if it skews a bit Ustalav.

Valentino, Fall 2012 Couture Collection — You can always count of Valentino for dramatic, elegant looks; and recently, often with capes)

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Juanjo Oliva Spring 2012

 

This captures Enora’s essence as a magical researcher. (Sadly, without a cape, which is the next best thing to a hood) The belt and covered buttons take it sort of Librarian, and the length and flowiness (yep. real word.) take it Magician.  Juanjo Oliva, Spring 2012.

 

 

More looks for Enora on Pinterest.

Dress The Iconics — Lem

I had been working on a post to dress Lem, using a lot of Balmain: elaborate jackets, skinny jeans, and a ton of swagger.  Looks like these:

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(Balmain Fall 2010 Ready to Wear, Balmain Spring 2010 Ready to Wear, Balmain Resort 2012)

But then Saint Laurent’s 2015 Spring Menswear collection came out. And said everything I had had to say about Lem, making references to Keith Richards, Chris Robinson, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Plant, Lenny Kravitz.  I have nothing useful to add.

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Dress The Iconics — Crowe

Crowe is the new Bloodrager iconic.

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Chanel Fall 2008 Couture

The literal interpretation of Crowe’s look comes from Chanel. Because isn’t that what you think of when you think of raging barbarian? Actually, some of Lagerfeld’s recent work with the line has brought out the raging barbarian in some (he’s responsible for the Evil Queen of Hoth insanity), so it may be an appropriate choice after all.  The dress is grey and linear sort of evokes Crowe’s lamellar armour.  (Chanel Fall 2008 couture)

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Diana Eng 2010

 

A big feature in Crowe’s story is the occurance of violent storms that accompany his rages.  Here’s a lightening storm in dress form, courtesy of Diana Eng. (Too literal?)

 

 

 

croweRodarte gave me the most Shoanti looking thing I found.  The styling helps a lot with that, this was probably chosen as much for the clothes as for the fake tats. Rodarte Spring 2010, Ready to Wear.

 

 

 

Dress the Iconics — Oloch

‘New Icon Thursday’ has come and gone, giving us Oloch, the half orc warpriest. There are no new ways of saying “awesome iconic, awesome backstory”, and there are 7 more to cover, so let’s just take that as given.  Paizo made flail snails cool and cloakers sympathetic, so obviously the iconics are going to rock.

The most notable characteristics I wanted to capture in Oloch’s look were his bulk and the hardness and angular shapes in his armor. No flowing chiffon with a nipped in waist for Oloch.

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Louis Vuitton Fall 2011 Ready to Wear

 

The literal interpretation of Oloch’s look is this Louis Vuitton skirt from Fall 2011 ready to wear. (Warning, you might not want to click the link, as the full outfit is very un-orcish.  The skirt is the only good part. The complete look is, in fact, nipped in at the waist.)

 

 

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Yoshi Yamamoto Fall 2013 Ready to Wear

 

This look (Yohji Yamamoto, Fall 2013 ready to wears) contains all three of my Oloch characteristics and then adds a purse that matches his flail. (Flail-purse is the new flail snail?)

 

 

 

 

Three more looks for Oloch (including one actually made from a metallic fabric!):

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(Alexander Wang Fall 2013 Ready to Wear, Gianfranco Ferré Fall 2011 Ready to Wear, Christopher Kane Spring 2012 Ready to Wear)

More hard, angular looks for Oloch on Pinterest.

Dress the Iconics — Quinn

Quinn the stylish investigator iconic was revealed this week. He lists three things he needs to change the world.  Obviously, the most important is “a stylish coat”.

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I’m not gonna lie.  The prospect of finding a literal interpretation of Quinn’s coat on the runways was daunting.  Long, camel coat with silver plates sewn onto it?  But Burberry Prorsum to the rescue (Fall 2013 Ready to Wear).  It doesn’t capture Quinn’s essence though.

 

I’m embarrassed by how long it took me to make the connection between “Stylish Coat” and “Investigator”.  Sherlock Holmes, Philip Marlowe, Harry Dresden — all investigators with really great coats.

Taking the Philip Marlowe Classic Trench direction, it’s no surprise that Burberry and Hermès always have fantastic cots on their runways.

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(Hermès Fall 2012 Ready to Wear, Burberry Prorsum Spring 2006 Ready to Wear, Burberry Prorsum Fall 2013 Ready to Wear)

Ultimately, this is the look that, to me, is most Quinn-like:

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Dolce & Gabanna Fall 2006. It’s a dramatic coat (or is it a cape? Hard to tell)  That covers a waistcoat surprisingly similar to Quinn’s (Is it a remnant of his previous life in Taldor?)  All she needs is a sword cane.

I really hope that’s stylish enough to help Quinn change the world.

Stylish coats for Quinn on Pinterest.