when does Game of Thrones return?

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answer: in about 96 days

emotional answer: not soon enough!

while closing up shop tonight, one of my favorite coworkers asked me when our rather geeky guilty pleasure comes back on air. i answered “some time in march?” and went on to detail the horrible events of the Red Wedding (which of course, he had already seen) and the disappointment of the season finale (platinum-blonde Khaleesi supported on the shoulders of a thousand brown people that she had quasi-pseudo “liberated”).

having not read the books (besides the first, which convinced me that the HBO show is in fact a better production than the books) i do not know what to expect from Season 4, and i’m very curious to see how the show will move on without Catelyn and Robb Stark, and with the other principals wandering ever farther apart. To think that Jon was so close to Bran, just outside the mill, without there being a reconciliation!

the outfit of this post is a medieval costume that got a lot of use while i was interested in SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) reenactments. it’s a dense cotton velvet in alternating panes of burgundy and midnight, with braided gold trim. it is lined, but does not have a label, which leads me to believe that it was a much-beloved home-sewn costume.

i could not find my old torque, so i accessorized with a vintage brass and pearl medallion. the closest thing i had to appropriate shoes were Marc Jacobs driving mocs, which suggest something of a Saracen influence — i’m alluding to the European presence in the Arab world during the various Crusades. (a lot was improved in european culture based on what they learned about during the crusades, e.g. cotton, paper, chess, coffee, and lemons, spices, medicine, and math.)

the other accessories are my sword, which is a Spanish steel Excalibur replica, and my hooded velvet cape. my grandma Helen made the cape for me when i was 12. i was wild to have one, and i still love capes — the longer the better. (she had been a seamstress for the Russian Army during the second world war.) the fur shoulder piece is a vintage, rabbit, and removable. braids, because that is the one thing that every female character of GoT has in common.

Shua’s illustration is great because if you imagine the background is forest green, stone gray, or frigid white, it could easily be a character sketch for the show.

ysl x tom ford

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when i unearthed this velvet Yves Saint Laurent jacket in the Buffalo Exchange*, i had a straight-up emotional response. the sash was gone, but i remember this 2003 runway — how sexy it was, how….Lanvin, in a way (the ruffles and jewel tones and sense of play). in the first composition i’m trying tone-on-tone it with a draped satin H&M dress, sort of celadon in color. the second idea is much more about showcasing the incredible peaked shoulders and the long row of buttons at the cuff; just a black pencil skirt from H&M with leather accents. both times i paired the jacket with strappy champagne-leather gucci heels… another nod to the incredibly dapper career of Mr. Tom Ford. the jacket is fashioned with an antique rhinestone brooch. it’s missing a bunch of stones, but there’s no sense in being precious about such things.

*BuffEx usually has a general policy of not buying garments that have been damaged, but this jacket had a ghastly rip in the shoulder area. it’s a very fitted jacket, and someone must have tried to shoehorn themselves into it. in any case, i took it to a tailor (Alfred on Oak) and he was able to mend it. the pile of the velvet mostly conceals the scar. all of this is to say, if you see the potential in a garment, taking it to a repair shop is worthwhile, whether it’s shoes, jeans, or a dress. and it’s true what the magazines say — ready to wear always looks high-end when it’s been tailored to your measurements.