By Hannah Lodge As the popularity of geek culture and comic book movies surges, retailers have seen a significant increase in the demand for stylish, tailored geek clothing. That demand is responsible for the niche market of cosplay-centric, fandom-inspired fashion retailers, who compete to score the best licensing deals for their customer base. “When I […]
By Hannah Lodge Black Milk Clothing appeared at the San Diego Comic Con DC Entertainment booth to show off their licensed line of DC-inspired clothing and to announce a second release in October, which will feature Harley Quinn and The Riddler. The new release will include A Riddler catsuit, and a Harley Quinn skater dress, […]
There is only one night of the year to challenge the Oscars as the fashion highlight of the year, and it’s the Metropolitan Museum of Arts’ annual Costume Institute Gala, this year celebrating designer Charles James and Vogue icon Anna Wintour. (You may recall many moons ago the theme was superheroes!) Everyone who is anyone […]
Hopefully by now you’ve all seen the debut of new contributor Kate Willaert’s column “By Its Cover” which looks at the best of the week’s cover designs—I’ve been wanting to add more craft-focused pieces to the Beat and this really fits the bill.
Speaking of Comic-Con, Ashley Eckstein of Her Universe, the Star Wars themed clothing line, has announced a “geek couture” contest for designers at this year’s show. Eckstein showed up at a Pi Day party wearing a Darth Vader Dress and her website provided some sketches to inspire potential designers, such as the Transformers Windblade outfit […]
I don’t even watch basketball, but while passing TVs of late I noticed some guy playing basketball who seemed to be wearing a sinister mask that made him look like Doctor Doom’s henchman. Turns out it’s Lebron James, who broke his nose a few weeks ago and has been wearing a protective device since then. […]
Elizabeth Olsen is a lovely, normal young woman, but she isn’t a superhero or a fitness model, and she’s nixed the idea of wearing the Scarlet Witch costume for the next Avengers movie. My favourite piece is my secrecy cloak that prevents anyone from seeing what I’m wearing. There’s a hood, and a robe – […]
Rodarte is a fashion line designed by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy—the clothing is often cerebral (and ethereal; I treasure my ochre spider web sweater from the Target collab) and the sisters are known to be SF fans. And their fashion show today from NYC FashionWeek just proved thatas it featured evening gowns adorned with […]
Speaking of One Piece, my wardrobe is full (a little too full, I think) of One Piece merch from the Japanese retailer Uniqlo, which has a growing number of outlets here in the US. Uniqlo does great lines of clothing based on various cartoony things, and they had one for Tove Jansson’s Moomin , which […]
As a comics fan, it’s always nice to see the medium get wider recognition from other fields, although perhaps not as surprising in the past few years of pop culture dominance, thanks in large part to blockbusting comic film adaptations. But there’s Marvel and DC influencing ‘wham!’ sweatshirts from Topshop, and then there’s the slightly […]
Which superhero has the best grooming habits? You may never have considered this, but a couple of ad agencies for skincare have recently teamed up with superheroes to present the idea of male grooming as a manly, bench-pressing activity. And who’s to say it isn’t practical? After a long day in exercising in anything from […]
What is the Harlem Shake? It involves gathering your friends in a messy room and jigging about merrily while wearing costumes and/or masks. Good old fashioned fun, really. Although the Harlem Shake is a real dance going back a decade or more and performed in Harlem, the new dance is for those too uncoordinated to do it Gangnam Style.
The doubters came out for yesterday’s story on the Russian girl who makes herself look like a real-life anime character. Some in the comments called for video. So here it is. And more pictures that give you more of a handle on how she does it. Answer: maybe it’s Maybelline! There are several videos out […]