8.05.2010

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to let you guys know that I've more or less moved over to Tumblr:
Fashion Tips From Comic Strips



I may still do some posts here, but for now, daily comic-fashion eye-candy will be posted over there :D

4.22.2010

"Hey... Anybody ever tell you that you look like one of those hero-girls?"

Ladies' Night: Diana, Zatanna, & Barbara.

In the latest issue of The Brave and the Bold, Zatanna rounds up Wonder Woman and Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) for a spontaneous, yet much-deserved night on the town. For a fair majority of this issue, the ladies have traded in their costumes for classy club-wear. Each is wearing an outfit that is not only stunning, but perfectly exemplifies their distinctive personalities and traits, very much like their on-duty attire.

Diana's outfit in particular manages to juxtapose elements of her normal combat wear and her attire on Themyscira into tasteful evening wear without looking too costume-y. The Grecian draping of the white fabric elegantly softens the black structured bodice of her dress, while the outfit is completed with silver-toned jewelry, black gladiator heels, and of course, her metal wrist bands. Plus, it's a getup that she feels comfortable flying away in at the end of the evening!

While Zatanna looks fantastic, her outfit is probably the least noteworthy of the three. With an outfit comprised of a black asymmetrical body-con dress, opaque black tights/leggings, black ankle boots, and gold statement jewelry, this is probably one of the few moments where Zatanna isn't donning her standard showstopping magician ensemble. Considering that she virtually has an infinite amount of control/variety over what she wears (i.e. how she offers to modify Barbara's shoes through incantation), her choice to wear something more subdued is probably a conscious one.

And finally, there's Barbara's pink ensemble. Her hot pink cross-over bandage dress highlights her titian hair and her pale skin, spotlighting her from her raven-haired dates, as well as from her personae as the librarian and Batgirl. This is still the Barbara Gordon that we know and love, except we're seeing her away from her duties to books and Bats. As the story progresses, you quickly realize that Barbara is the focus of this particular issue, which makes her outfit choices all the more notable. With a matching clutch, simple gold jewelry (including a watch - same Bat-time? etc, etc...), and strappy heels that the Commissioner got her for her birthday, Barbara's outfit is feminine and mostly practical (aside from the shoes):

It's cool, Zee... but could you fix my combat boots?

Despite the fact that the issue started off with all three protagonists in their standard heroic apparel, it wasn't until Barbara complained about her painful high heels that it truly hit me that this story is set during the time when Barbara Gordon is Batgirl, not Oracle; it was at this exact moment when I realized that this story was focusing on something bigger than just your average super-girls' night out. Though, that is not to say that they didn't sing and dance to "Single Ladies." Because they totes did:

All the hero ladies, all the hero ladies...

[scans from The Brave and the Bold #33]

4.20.2010

"She looks likes the Wednesday comics." of Blogger... RISE!

So yeah, I've been neglecting my fashion avenging duties here for a couple of months, primarily due to the fact that I've been too preoccupied with fashioning myself as heroes, villains, and Pokémon, oddly enough. However, that is not to say that SLLTWC wasn't on my mind during this hiatus - in between sketching patterns and all-night sewing sessions, I found time to scan and record every notable point of fashion in every comic that I read during this time, that I knew would eventually end up here. With all of these panels and notes under my belt, I am fully reviving She Looks Like The Wednesday Comics! I'm shooting for updates 3-4 times a week, primarily featuring panel shots of full outfits and subtle fashion details.

With that said, I think that it's only proper to show that even a young William Hand found the time (in between stuffing the family dog and stabbing his best friend) to express his sentiment over a grieving girl's dress:

I wonder if Black Hand would like any of my dresses...

[scan from Blackest Night #6]

2.10.2010

Lois Lane - yellow dress

Personally, I would've worn black heels with this outfit, and I'm not particularly crazy about the beige scarf that she's wearing, à la The Girl with the Green Ribbon...

But that dress.
I need that dress.
[scan from Superman: Secret Origin #4]

2.09.2010

S. Brown: "This is what I get for dressing to impress."

"Which technically makes me the best stalker ever, I guess."

Since Batgirl #7 comes out tomorrow (yay!), I figured that it'd be appropriate to kick off this blog with Ms. Stephanie Brown herself. At the end of Batgirl #5, Stephanie spots classmate (and potential crush) Francisco at a diner, who appears to be in a bind. In an attempt to drop in casually, Steph quickly raids Oracle's closet and borrows the only two items that fit her - a tan trenchcoat and a black slipdress.

"No batarangs. No grapples. This is what I get for dressing to impress..."

In the next couple of panels, we see that her makeshift ensemble from the dregs of Oracle's closet is punctuated with a pair of killer knee-high boots. Literally.


Honestly, not a bad ensemble at all - while this look originated during the early 90's grunge phase, the slip dress and combat boots combo actually suits Stephanie quite well. It's the ultimate juxtaposition of femininity and tough edge, both of which Steph balances within her new role as Batgirl. However, it isn't until the first few pages of Batgirl #6 (above) when you get to see the whole outfit in full detail... and a closer look at those sick boots:


Now those are combat boots.

[Scans from Batgirl #5 and #6]

2.08.2010

Fashion Tips From Comic Strips

"Viens petite fille dans mon comic strip..." - S. Gainsbourg

If there's anything that I've learned from years of soaking in comic art, it's that fashion has no boundaries within the realm of panels and halftone. From cat-eyed masks to bullet-proof bracelets to hip-slinging utility belts, heroines and villains manage to maintain an impeccable sense of combat chic. Honestly, who wouldn't want to have an artillery of fashionable weapons and gadgets?

Capes and spandex aside, even the most seemingly average characters are extraordinarily styled, particularly when it comes down to their fashion staples. Betty and Veronica showcase the complementary aspects of both the girl-next-door and the glamorous fashionista, while Lois Lane still rocks the business casual like no other. Likewise, newer characters, such as Bleu and Clover (from Chynna Clugston's Blue Monday) or the ladies of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim, each have their established stylish trademarks, from neo-mod elements (scooter dresses and blazers) to sporty chic details (track jackets and goggles).

The evolution many of these key female characters over the decades, in terms of both character development and costume design, has almost always correlate with the current fashion trends. Meanwhile, the world of fashion and pop culture has revisited the world of speech bubbles and thought balloons a multitude of times for inspiration. Adversely, the frequent critiques and debates of what comic ladies are (and aren’t) wearing are further proof that these wardrobe changes definitely don’t go unnoticed by the average reader.

“She Looks Like The Wednesday Comics” will capture the points of convergence between the comic and fashion worlds. When designers suspend their disbelief during Fashion Week, and when comic artists channel fashion icons to embody heroic strength and sass. The do’s and don’ts of combat wear, choosing the right mask for your face shape, and style guides for civilian disguises…

STAY TUNED – THE WORST IS YET TO COME!