We all know that pop culture influences fashion. We take cues from books, movies, tv shows, and even sports, that later start trends that eventually become fashion and make their way into our closets. We can flaunt our love for certain tv shows and movies with fantastic wardrobe pieces as well as some uhh… pretty... horrible ones!
For example, thanks to Black Swan (movie) doing a version of Swan Lake (play), we can sport all the feather plumes we want because Natalie Portman made it cool! I also attribute the bun-head hairdo to the popularity of the film. Not sure of the bunhead look? Check out Posh's review of the TV show or check out any fashion bloggers profile pic- yep, samesies. The film certainly upped the ante of designer fashion (Rodarte/Amy Wescott) on a twenty-something. It also made for a pretty awesome Halloween costume by moi!!
Black Swan is at the higher end of a fashion influence on pop culture, but it's always more fun to take a look at the dark side. (Pun intended because we're starting with The Dark Night Rises!)
With the latest Batman release we have been subjected to many bad ideas that pass for fashion. Check out what Asos did with the Batman logo.
To me the most annoying thing is the price $102.18. Huh? Really? You're charging me an additional $0.18? Just round it for us Americans! This dress is retro so can be fun to wear… once... with a black leather jacket covering most of it. But if you're a Batman swimfan, I think the old- school Lazy Oaf graphic illustration is the way to go.
The oversized Batman shirt is just. too. much. Who needs an oversized Batman shirt that you'd have to wear as a dress?? No one! Sorry, I'm not wasting any more time on this one.
Moving on to KStew's latest flick, Snow White and the Huntsman got together with the Home Shopping Network to create am "inspired line" for their shoppers. Some of these items are cute things, that at a distance, can possibly be related to a movie about Snow White. Others, beg the question… Serz?
These leather cuff bracelets are good in theory. Leather cuffs are indeed in style but what makes them a little random is the Maltese cross they enlarged AND bedazzeled before putting it on the cuff. Charlize Theron would not approve!
Strangely, in this movie, it doesn't seem like Snow White would ever wear nail polish but honestly, I'd wear BOTH of these colors, together, on one hand! I am very surprised that the nail polish is even an option. Debs, you're on HSN?? I can't find your polish anywhere! Good move to Home Shopping Network! QVC better check themselves.
Speaking of KStew… I couldn't leave out this absolute treasure discovered by Erica of Casaverde (where you can FNL swimfan shirts and other goodies):
You better stock up on this fabric before it sells out. I am envisioning an entire room of this stuff! Curtains, bedspreads, pillows, psychiatric help after being in the room longer than 5 minutes, the works!
So, gang, what I think we are learning from critiquing swimfan fashion is that beyond a good graphic tee, it's a challenge to create pop culture fashion that's also stylish.
Or maybe pop culture fashion is so bad that it's actually awesome.
(Got any swimfan fashion suggestions for a critique in my next post? Leave 'em in the comments!)