The Capitol Portrait campaign concluded today, and I think it’s safe to say that we’re all feeling a bit of a hang-over from all the excitement, and then the lulls, and then the finger tapping whilst waiting, and then EXCITEMENT! Well, all that’s good and all, and so is a bottle of ibuprofen at the ready, or a glass of red– whichever, but the let down (not that kind of let down), of it being over is still a little hard to adjust to. Yesterday my fellow Victor’s Village residents and myself did a little chat break down of the portraits revealed to us up to Finnick. However sadly, if you think I’m going to go into the nitty-gritty, the pulp, and sinew of the President Snow’s portrait which was revealed to us today, I’m going to have to let you down easy, or hard. Not going to do it, unless you want me to talk about his chair!? It’s Victorian, with motifs from the Jacobean era or Charles I, William and Mary, and Queen Anne. There, that makes me happy.
Okay, okay, I’m a little disappointed with Snow’s portrait, not because of the way it was executed, because just like the others it’s impeccable. I’m disappointed, because the costume was ruined and/or spoiled for me, and many others by the paparazzi last summer, or summer in the Northern Hemisphere if you happen to be a “Southerner”. With “the paps” taking those photos, and selling them to the highest bidder, and us unlucky few who happened to still be frequenting Tumblr a few months ago, the cat got out of the bag, or better yet, the fur shrug, and the white rose in the tiny vase, got out of the bag– way, way, way too early. Can’t un-see it now, but I was hoping that Snow would be presented to us in something that the shit-heads with flashbulbs, and no sense for boundaries hadn’t gotten their grubby hands on. Oh well, best focus on the good, which is what I will commence to do in five, four, three, two, one.
I like fashion, all kinds of fashion, hand-made fashion, off the rack, designer, vintage, hard, soft, crazy, and traditional. What I like more at this moment though is knowing that Trish Summerville the illustrious costume designer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, went a totally different route from Judianna (the designer for The Hunger Games), because Trish has gathered pieces from established and up-and-coming fashion designers to be featured on the cast. Starting of course with the discovery I made myself minutes after her portrait was released, and also with the help of my friend Joan– Alexander McQueen is the brain who came up with Effie’s poofy portrait costume. It was literally a mad scramble, much like when casting announcements were released, but in this case it was Joan and I screaming at each other via Twitter, saying things like “I think Effie’s in Alexander McQueen! That looks like McQueen!” to “I’m googling the shit out of this!” less than a few minutes later we had the runway shots, and the look-book photo of the exact same dress and shoes Elizabeth Banks is adorned in in her portrait. If only we got paid for this ability to google things? I’m a McQueen fan, which I said in the break down piece yesterday, and I was hoping so very much that Trish would see his work and think the same thing as me, which is “Capitol“. Well, turns out we think somewhat alike, and I’m tickled, tickled a fuchsia color, with red accents. I actually get the feeling that Trish talked to Elizabeth about what she liked most about her costumes from the first film, and I’m only guessing here– but I think she said she liked her shoes, and her hair. Which are the only elements that have apparently stayed, because McQueen designed Effie’s shoes, and she’s still sporting a pink French Neo-Classic era wig. Or maybe those are the only things that Trish liked from the Effie side of the costume trailer, who the hell knows? We also know now that Effie will sport more McQueen creations, thanks to this article. In fact, if my googling skills are still up to snuff, Effie’s going to be pursing her painted lips whilst wearing this lovely avant-garde piece to the right, and to the left, along with these fancy things.
More details have surfaced however, and they made me spend an exorbitant amount of time googling stuff again. It is the information that Katniss’ gown in the Capitol Portrait
was designed by an innovative designer from Indonesia called none other than Tex Saverio. He’s pictured to the right with a very similar gown to the one he was charged with designing for Katniss, and I think he’s a little bit on the adorable, and sexy side– but that’s just me. Anyway, Tex’s designs mesmerized me for a good part of the afternoon I have to say, especially his bridal collection, because his ability to layer fabrics together to make these full, and textured skirts is something I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. Seriously, if you’re curious go and google “Tex Saverio bridal”, and marvel at his skills. Which brings us to the next name revealed to us this fine day– Rick Owens. Unbeknownst to me I’ve been a fan of his work for years, I just didn’t know his name. Owens is a designer whose gift seems to mostly lie with leather, and me– well, I’m always on the look out for the perfect leather jacket, with the right mix of the classic bomber jacket of the ’40s, and the classic biker jacket of the
’50s. He’s made several versions of both, and I’ve been drooling over them virtually for much too long, only problem is is that his price points are a bit rich for a post-grad who writes for a Hunger Games humor blog. Beside the point, Owens is the fine mind who designed not only Peeta’s boots in his portrait, but also Cinna’s, and possibly Beetee’s, I also wouldn’t be surprised if he also designed Finnick’s– but my eyes are ready to pop out if I do anymore pouring over digital images. Speaking of Peeta, we now also know who designed not only his boots, but his white tuxedo look. His name is Juunj, they’re out of South Korea, and to the left is the a runway model wearing the jacket (possibly a capri-pant version of the trousers as well), that Josh is so artfully posed in in his portrait. Are you fashioned out yet? I’m not– no, really. Truth be told these 11 portraits have only wet my appetite for what Trish Summerville has in store for us next November.
To that I say, bring it on, baby. Bring it on– my googling skills are only getting warmed up.
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About an hour + ago we got one of the first tastes of the wonders yet to come, other wise known as we got a shiny, glossy, new, fabulous, highly styled, pretty-pretty, white rose laden, poster featuring our beloved Peeta, and our treasured Katniss promoting their Victory Tour! And the world wept, rejoiced, fan-fared, other stuff. No, really, everyone, guys, girls, whatever you identify your selves as– this may be short and sweet, but if this poster is signs of things yet to come? Visually speaking The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will surpass Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games, and quite possibly eat it for breakfast, with maybe a little salt and pepper on top?
Personally, I love the look, it’s polished, as in they look like they’ve been through a body polish a la The Capitol, it’s also streamlined, and the lighting is fantastic, and god knows I love me some good lighting (photographer, I’ve literally left locations because the light sucked), and of course the pièce de résistance– the costuming. Katniss’ dress is gorgeous, a sort of throw-back to the 1930’s with its pleated top, and of course it is white symbolising the image that the Capitol likes to project of her– that’s she’s pure. And then there’s Peeta, looking handsome as ever, also in 1930s style garb– check out the trousers, they have metal tabs instead of him wearing a belt– that’s a throw-back to old school styles right there (yes, I study fashion as well, sue me). I like that Trish Summerville has decided to keep continuity by using the 1930s styles Judianna established in the Districts, I think it falls in nicely as the 1930s was hard-times for most everyone, and also a booming time for Art Deco architecture, jewelry and clothing– which is reflected mostly in the avant garde styles in The Capitol. The way I like to think of it is, the Districts are stuck in the Depression, the Capitol is fully embracing the Victory Rolls, the shoulder pads, and mad fashions seen later in the 1940s, it’s all there if you’re paying attention, promise.
Be forewarned, this is just the beginning– because more is to come, we have months on end of nibbles that’ll hopefully only wet our appetites for the main event, and personally I cannot wait to see what they unfurl at us.
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Blacksparrow Auctions are taking the costumes from the first Hunger Games movie on a nationwide tour and then auctioning them off. ALL of the costumes. So what do you need to know?
Well, they’ve announced some dates all over the US where they would be taking the costumes. If you want to see them, now is your chance because after they’re done, the costumes will be sold to the highest bidders. They will be choosing from all the costumes so who knows what will and displaying different sets of outfits at each location.
And this auction is not just for the rich and stupidly wealthy. There should be some for more modest price ranges too.
I must say that if you can make your way to a stop on the costume tour, you should go. I’ve gotten to see them up close, and they are great. Seeing the costumes in person is a whole lot different from seeing them in the movie. You get to appreciate the detail put into the costumes, like how Katniss’s hunter shirt is so raggedy looking up close. Imagine being able to size yourself up next to one of Effie’s outfits
They have announced these dates so far:
Seattle, WA – Emerald City Comic Con – March 1-3
Chicago, IL – C2E2 – April 26-28
New York – New York Comic Con – October 10-1
But keep an eye out because more dates may be added. We’ve just gotten wind that they may be at FIDM in Los Angeles. If you’re in the LA area and didn’t get to see them at The Hollywood Show, you still might just get your chance.
So check them out if you can! There are pics of me doing just that after the cut.
I wish they could auction off Seneca Crane’s beard
Today I screamed a little bit, but not at anyone personally, just let out a sharp, shocked cry from my mouth. Why? ‘Cause, oh dear god… Plutarch Heavensbee! Yeah, yeah, you can hate on whatever the hell you want, nit-pick everything to within an inch of its life, and just be a complete knob, but today you can’t ruin my joy, because we got our first real, glossy, edited, official photo-stills from our new favorite film we haven’t seen yet, AKA The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Oh, and we also got the first Catching Fire Entertainment Weekly cover of 2013 revealed to us. But obviously that’s not what got us all screaming– nope, t’was the photo-stills. Yep, if you haven’t seen them, and also if you consider anything that shows costuming, hair styling, or pretty much anything from the film as a spoiler, read on at your own risk, ’cause I’m gonna gush all over you, and it won’t be pretty, also the photo-stills will be there, staring at you… judging.
Well, I was going to write on something entirely different, but then all these Elizabeth Banks interviews starts filling up my Google alerts, and I got distracted by her articulate and naturally funny nature, so bear with me while I gush over the lady who gets to embody the amazing, stupendous, fantastic, very pink, very punctual, Effie Trinket. Or better yet, lemme go crazy over one thing that Ms. Banks brought up – the fashion!
Doesn’t she look amazing, guys? She’s so, well… very, um… pink? Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m all for the fuchsia dress and the pink eye lashes, and the funky multiple colors of lipstick, not to mention the wig and the massive Fascinator (thanks Kate for changing the face, I mean heads in fashion).
When I first read The Hunger Games I have to say that besides the characters being the most impacting aspect of the books, the next most fascinating for me was quite possibly the fashion, and so far the stills and the trailer’s glimpses of what we’re in store for are doing wonders for my closeted fashionista tendencies. I mean, I’ve watched a few seasons of Project Runway, hell I even watched Project Runway Australia and Project Cat Walk out of the UK. Some people like to envision Capitol fashion to be like Lady Gaga on crack, but I somehow doubt that as bizarre as Katniss likes to think the Capitol is, for some reason I doubt that meat dresses were ever all the rage. Anyway, when I envisioned the Capitol, I thought of the oddly colored people like I thought of the aliens in the original Star Wars Trilogy, and the fashion to be distorted versions of the ballet in An American in Paris, early 20th century France in Gigi, Holly Golightly’s bright orange coat, the courts of Marie Antoinette, The Wizard of Oz, The Fifth Element, Blade Runner, and lastly - The Neverending Story. So far, I’ve been pretty spot on with that vision as far as the nibbles we’ve been given.
Judianna Makovsky is the head costume designer on this project, and now I shall give you a little bit of background on her. First things first, she’s amazing – just gotta get that out of the way. Now, she’s probably best known for her work on Pleasantville, where she outfitted everyone in period costume, that while to us now they seemed ridiculous – I assure you they were entirely authentic to the era in which the film took place. However, for some of us, the first time we may have seen her work was in the absolutely gorgeous 1995 film, A Little Princess. You know, the one where Sarah Crew is sent to boarding school at a strict school in Manhattan, and the school looked like a brick version of the Emerald City, and all the girls uniform dresses matched the school in a deep rich emerald green color? Yeah, that one – also, it’s the one that if you have a heart, makes you cry like a you’ve lost your favorite parent too. And then there’s the fact that she was a costume designer on the very first Harry Potter film, that’s right folks, she designed those amazing witches and wizard hats!
All right, if you’re not excited to see more of these Capitol fashions, you may as well blind yourself now – ’cause we have this to look forward to! It sparkles, people!
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