It’s easy to understand why Ralph Lauren is still considered to this day as one of the most successful brands of all time, not only by those inserted in its aesthetic sphere, but by every reputed personality in menswear, regardless of personal style and taste. In my opinion, Ralph Lauren owes its success to brilliant storytelling and the early adoption of the “lifestyle concept”, the introduction of narrative and context to fashion.
This concept has been so exquisitely explored throughout its life cycle that the Ralph Lauren aesthetic is an immediately recognisable trademark. Even if the quality of the lower tier lines isn’t what it used to be, they still provide timeless garments that don’t compromise the integrity of the brand as a whole. Another superb aspect of Ralph Lauren is the ability to adapt and expand to new markets without ever losing its DNA - be it on RRL, RLX or Home, lines who seek to attract distinct consumer profiles, traces of the brand’s universe remain.
A perfect example is its AW17 collection from the luxurious Purple Label line. If you haven’t seen it in person I recommend doing so the next time you visit one of their flagship stores, trust me it’s worth it. This top tier line delivers some of the most high-end garments around, made from luxurious fabrics and portraying an uncanny attention to detail in both design an construction. Usually associated with a more formal style due to the outstanding suiting offerings, usually accompanied by the expertise of their in-house tailors, Purple Label has been evolving, currently offering a wide range of styles as seen above. From 3-piece suits, to tuxedos, playful ikat patterns and sweatpants, the collection sees the Ralph Lauren man as a whole, providing spot-on options for different occasions - what’s not to love?
could you share your thoughts about the ladies costumes on got? like whose costumes you liked and when, which ones you didn't etc?
Ah, sure! Be warned—naturally I have a lot of thoughts.
I think the GoT costumes are stunning. In fact, the production design has always been one of my main reasons for watching. Most designers only dream of having that kind of budget and that many talented people in the costume department (including a full-time embroiderer like Michele Carragher). So the product is bound to be pretty great. I preferred Michele Clapton as designer, and the overall concept really remains hers. Clapton left after Season 5 and was replaced by April Ferry.
As I’ve mentioned before, I believe the costumes were strongest in Seasons 1 and 2, before the budget exploded. Sure, the extra resources help secure the best fabrics and quality garment construction/detailing, but I liked a lot of the simpler (messier?) designs. i.e. what we saw with Robert’s visit to Winterfell, in the very beginning. I found the earlier hair and makeup much better too, though Cersei’s stuff was a little wild (I’ll make a few comments on wigs/makeup/styling as well, though note that these form separate departments in TV production).
okay so werewolves ot4 where akaashi is younger than his boyfriends so he's still out of control during full moon and his boyfriends're trying to take care of him and control him and soothe his pain caused by shift into wolf. i just love werewolves,so can you write it, please? i love you so much, i will sacrafice my soul really, just please, could you write it for me? i will sing love songs for you or something
“I refuse.” Tsukishima growls, crossing his arms. “I won’t do
“Kei.” Kuroo sighs, “Don’t you remember what it was like?”
“I do. That’s why I refuse to chain him up like an animal.”
“No.” Akaashi grunts, the change already causing his skin to
sweat, and his eyes to burn, “I don’t…if I…if I hurt you guys…”
“There has to be another way.” Tsukishima watches Bokuto
pull the chains tight, locking Akaashi against the radiator in their basement.
Okay so our leaders are so special because they have links to the legendary birds. HC Where they all have affinities aligned to their birds and it marked them physically in some way!
Candela: Most of the right side of her body is covered in burns she got literally fighting Moltres in order to bond with the damn thing. That’s why she wears so many layers and a high-collared cloak. She’s not ashamed of her scars, but they get her weird looks, and it made it hard for her to gather Valor members at first. So she covers up, and uses her charm to gather as many people as she can. Most everyone knows about the scars now, but when the new members catch her at the gyms working out with trainers and pokemon in a tank top, she has to explain to them that it’s rude to stare.
Blanche: Blanche used to have really pretty black hair and they always wore it down and grew it long. When they gained their affinity of ice, they meditated on the island in the presence of Articuno for five days. They almost froze to death, their hair turned white and now Blanche is always cold, which is why they wear a long coat and layers all the time. Blanche used to dye it all the time, but it always faded remarkably fast. They stoppped trying eventually, but Blanche always wears a ponytail now.
Spark: Okay so they can’t all be sad right? Spark actually didn’t have a hard time bonding with Zapdos. The bird zapped him on sight and when he woke up, his hair would never lay flat again, and he blew up his pokedex. He had to wear gloves all the time because he couldn’t control it at first. He accidentally sucked all the power out of his apartment building once only to blow up ten minutes later. The building caught fire and was without power for weeks. Needless to say he was kicked out. Spark has better control now, but he still drains a pokedex in half an hour if he doesn’t wear his gloves.
Lucy absolutely loved her magical creatures class. She had a way with the animals, though she’d never admit it. They were all quite comfortable around her, and she’d often stay after class and help Professor Scamander care for them.
That was another thing she loved about the class. Professor Newt Scamander. Most of the girls- and some of the guys- in this class had crushes on Professor Scamander. He wasn’t much older than most of the students, and rather attractive too. However, for Lucy… it was a bit more than a crush. Quite a bit more. They had gotten to know each other fairly well after school as they tended to the creatures together, and had come to be about as good friends as a teacher and student could properly be in the eyes of others (probably a bit more so). And to Lucy, he wasn’t just attractive. He was kind, he was brave, he was intelligent, he was great with creatures, he had a wonderful voice- in summary, Lucy was head-over-heels for her professor. Not that she thought she’d have a chance even if she wasn’t his student. She contented herself with what little contact she had with him, the after school sessions, their hands brushing occasionally as they reached for feed or to pet a creature, their voices mixing as they sang to them, the knowing grins that passed between them.
Then, suddenly, something changed. Lucy’s grades dropped, she grew quieter. She never made eye contact with anyone even more, even Newt. She didn’t stay after class, she didn’t crack little jokes or hum little tunes. She didn’t talk to anyone in class but the creatures unless she had to. Her clothes changed too. Long, long sleeves, long pants, high collars, layers upon layers of makeup on her face and neck. Often she would pull out a small mirror and apply more, her eyes widening whenever she even thought any of it had been wiped away. She stopped doing her work, preferring to simply speak to and watch over the creatures than to do the assignments. She tried, it was obvious that she tried. She wasn’t rude or careless. She was just… tired. And sad. And frightened.
She sat with her head in her arms, one hand up as she watched a bowtruckle climb about it. She was supposed to be writing down her observations, but her paper lay untouched under her elbow. “What can I do?” She murmured under her breath with a sigh, her eyes never leaving the small creature. He gave a little squeak and she shook her head, “no… I can't… I can’t tell him… I can’t tell anyone…” @ofthelune (hope this is ok!)
Can I have a review on the art for this guy? I’m very young and a beginner so i have a long way to go but I feel this is decent??? Idk lol. Excuse the colouring, it’s always been one of my weak points lmao. Anyway, thanks for the time :3
I think he is really cute! :D
1. The shoulders are too wide… I tried to show proper proportions, but the image is taken at an odd angle so it may be a little inaccurate.. But what I try and do to keep shoulders roughly the right width, I draw the shoulder muscles in. Even if it’s just a quick little thing, it helps a bunch!
2. His ear is drawn too far from his head. Ears are generally flat alongside the head, so it would be much smaller. But, depending on stylistic choices, it could be fine with practice. :D His ear, since it’s a long pointed ear, could still curve out a little.
3. His coat. So, I did this one a bit quick, so it’s not entirely accurate! BUT I hope it makes sense. With these coats, you should try layering the collars… And, since you had buttons on them, I tried to make sense of it. The upper collar wouldn’t have buttons unless it became a turtleneck and the lower fold/collar would overlap on one side. So buttons at the corners wouldn’t work out.
4. As just a coloring tip: always color in the same direction! I used to use primarily crayola.. Hell, I still use crayola a LOT. And the only real way to make crayola look GOOD is to make sure you are keeping your strokes the same direction. It doesn’t have to follow the curves of the hair (it could though). It could just all be straight lines downwards. It’s only a small doodle, but I hope this is a good visual for this one:
I tried to use a pencil-like brush for it.
I bet he’s gonna evolve a bunch as time goes by and just get better and better! :D
so the opening to prototype 1 has alex mercer laying on a slab in a morgue with two guys about to do an autopsy, right
one of them takes an 8" scalpel and is about to perform an incision when alex jerks awake and the guys flip out and run off. okay? all well and good so far?
until you take a moment and ask yourself
WHY WERE THEY PERFORMING AN AUTOPSY ON A COMPLETELY CLOTHED GUY???
ive seen crime dramas and autopsy photos you dont just leave all their shit on especially when theyre weird nerds wearing three layers with their collars popped to high heaven. they didnt even unzip his hoodie. what exactly were they hoping to accomplish
enjoy, you will never be able to unsee this hilariously bizarre and massive oversight
I was checking out your Fenris cosplay pics and I was wondering how did you come up with the tunic that is under his armor? I plan on cosplaying him when I get the chance but this part is slightly confusing to me
Motorcycle rider jacket — cut off the sleeves into the shape of his, add the extra material for the layers around his collar and to extend the bottom to a longer tunic.
Hi! I want to buy this yukata: item(.)rakuten(.)co(.)jp/furifu/60-6-031 (there is a short sleeve version) in blue but I can't seem to find the obi sash on their website, or a similar one anywhere. Do you think you could help me? :) thank you!
Do you mean this one?
Actually, that’s not an obi, and that’s not a yukata ^^’ The thing you see that looks like an obi is a datejime (link to how to put one on) which is used to hold down the nagajuban (the underclothes layer), pull down the collar, add padding to the waist (to get rid of an hourglass figure), and stiffen underneath the obi.
It’s much thinner than an actual obi (in both breadth and thickness of material).
Since this is a datejime, does that mean this cat kimono/yukata is underwear?
It does indeed. This is a nagajuban, for wearing under your furisode. If it comes in a short sleeve version, it’s for wearing inside a kimono (you just match sleeve length with juban).
The main tip-off is the white collar. No matter what color they are, juban always have a white collar, which is standard and formal. It’s made of cotton, because sweat and makeup will get all over it. The rest of the juban is sometimes made of silk, but the cotton collar is washable. You can then cover the white with another piece of fabric which will show slightly under the finished product.
Many juban are colored or printed, like this one, but only a tiny sliver of it would show at the edge of your sleeve. I assume the cute print is just to entertain you while you get dressed (and make you want to spend $200 on it…).
Another interesting helpful bit, which is NOT found on all juban, is on this back view:
That strip is used to pull down the collar. A cord or datejime is passed through the loop of this tab and tied tightly around your ribs, which anchors the back of the collar to your body. The kimono is then draped around this iron-hard collar and if done correctly, won’t sag or slide forward during the day.
(I hope this is the yukata you meant, as I didn’t see any other yukata on that page!) Thank you for the ask, and please feel free to ask more about kimono any time!