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Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger

Today, Fashionable Reader, I present to you outfits, vintage pieces and retro looks that match the cover of the fourth Parasol Protectorate Book, Heartless.

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger

 This cover has Alexia looking very girly in front of Woolsey Castle wearing a fetching purple combination the background mostly greys. Here are a few picks from my closet to go with this cover.

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
A casual look pairing a plaid BCBG fishtail pencil skirt ($50) with a jersey cowl top (Marshalls $20) my favorite cream textured Via Spiga peep toe stilettos (Nordstrom Rack $50) a vintage green bag (Hubba Hubba $35) and a jellyfish bracelet, gift.

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
A more formal option with a print blouse (Kohl's $20), floaty Donna Karen skirt (now gone), bow earrings (can't remember), Miz Mooz boots (Nordstrom Rack $75), cream hat (Bone Marche $15), a vintage vinyl purse (moon Zoom $20), white gloves ($20), and a silver chain rose necklace, gift.

A few little pieces to go with this cover.

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
 Retro bathing suit. Very flattering.

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
 Ombre tights. I really want some of these. 

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
Prabal Gurung Spring 2012
Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
 1940s Dress Clips  Sotheby’s

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
 1939 La Sirène  Charles James  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1910s Earrings   1stdibs.com

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
Octopus tentacle handkerchief, gift from a reader.

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
Flower arrangement from Mum's tea party.

And now . . .

Something for the characters to wear!

For Lord Akeldama...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1770s  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

For Alexia pre-Biffy...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1872-1876  Manchester City Galleries

For Alexia post-Biffy...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1878 Charles Fredrick Worth,  The Kyoto Costume Institute

A gift for Alexia from Conall...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1870s Bracelet  Sotheby’s

For Ivy after Timeless...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1883-1889  The Goldstein Museum of Design

A hat to go with it...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1909 Dinner Toque  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Some sparkles...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1880s Suite   Christie’s

And a fan...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1885-1895 Fan The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And for Evilyn...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
 1885  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
 1900  Toque  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Something Prudence to wear...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1899  The Victoria & Albert Museum

And for underneath...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1890s  Augusta Auctions

Something for Lady Linette in the Finishing School series...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1840  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for Sophronia...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1860s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

While Etiquette & Espionage is officially not yet out, I was pleased to debut the cover of Curtsies & Conspiracies in my author blog today! As I have done for Etiquette & Espionage I thought I would do some fashion items that seems to match the book cover. Here we go!

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

 First let's start off with things from the past.

 Something for Sophronia's mother, perhaps?

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
1842 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
And an amazing broach to go with it:

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
1845  Doyle Auctions

Something for Sophronia herself to wear:

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
1850-1852 Evening Dress  The Metropolitan Museum of Art




Something for Alexia to wear in the Parasol Protectorate books.

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
1874 Afternoon Dress  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And something for underneath.

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
1884  The Chicago History Museum

Something for Prudence to wear in the Parasol Protectorate Abroad books.

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
1900s  The Goldstein Museum of Design
And to carry.

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Fan  1900  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

And how about some pretty sparkles?


Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Boucheron Plume necklace

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Harry Winston Skyscraper ring via Harry Winston on Facebook

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Vhernier necklace at vhernier.it
Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Sapphire Ring  Tiffany & Co., 1920s-1930s   Lang Antiques

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Willow Pattern Plate Set Necklace

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
The Rockefeller Sapphire via  Christie’s

Some Modern Looks


Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Zac Posen short sleeve dress;  Elie Saab Spring 2013 Blue Suit

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Roland Mouret Jarndyce Gown
And a peak at what Gail might wear to launch this next book!

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
 Blue brocade shirt, made from an 80's dress.

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Blue and white print dress & over jacket.


Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Four Red Gingham

Gingham always seems to have a bit of a retro feel to me, no matter what you do with it. It says homey country kitchen, apple pie, picnics.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Four Red Gingham

Oh what a beautiful morning,
Oh what a beautiful day,
I've got a wonderful feeling,
Gingham is coming my way.

Sorry, getting a little carried away there. Where was I? Oh yes, gingham. A member of the check family, I believe. Most often seen in black and white, red and white, or blue and white.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Four Red Gingham


But I really came around to gingham when I spotted this adorable tennis dress in a local vintage shop. It was muslin and looked very cool and light, and something that woudl pair with flats. All top concerns for my wardrobe and upcoming Comic Con.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Four Red GinghamGail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Four Red Gingham

 It was labeled 1970s but I think it might be more late 1960s.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Four Red Gingham

It's actually meant to be tighter and shorter on someone a bit larger than me, but I liked it so much as a more 1920's loose feel (and this way it fit the Rack). I walked away from it the first time and then went back after contemplating it for a couple weeks, luckily it was still waiting for me.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Four Red Gingham

I wore it with cream accessories and cream flats. I made a silly little hat out of a knitted pettit four that a reader gave to me in Portland. (More on that in a separate DIY blog to come.)

As I said, gingham as been around forever. Here's a little retrospective . . .

Before the turn of the century:


Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Four Red Gingham
 1840-1845  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Next up, silly DIY hat. I leave you with self much appreciating a lovely cup of tea at Comic Con mid day. Small pleasures make all the difference.
Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Four Red Gingham

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs

I love cuff bracelets, particularly the ones you can squeeze shut. 

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs

I have these little boney wrists (the only thing boney about me ~ well, and my nobly ankles) and bangles never ever fit me. I know I could take links out but I'm terribly lazy. A nice flexible cuff is wonderful and I'm seeing these fab graphic styles all over the place.
Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
 Pierre Hardy cuff via vogue.it

 I'm hoping the style trickles into Target and JC Penny and the like in the not too distant future. (I am very fickle in my jewelry taste, so I tend to buy cheap and costume so I don't curse myself for the expence when I suddenly go off a piece, loose it, or get bored with it.)

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
 $15 from a consignment shop

In fact, I have a mad passion for those cheep elasticized bracelets because they are the only ones that fit properly. I also love the stretchy rings because I can wear them on my bare hands or over a glove.

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Ring, $6, It's a Wrap, Burbank

 But we were talking about cuffs. I also think they are very elegant and slimming and make for a great unexpected statement piece. So many opt for the necklace for an event but I think a cuff can make for a very nice touch.

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs

I tend to think a solid shine cuff is a little too wonder woman, and you shoudl be wary of wearing one on each wrist for the same reason.

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs

So I like the cut through better, and one large one, on one wrist.

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Jessica Ricci Abundant French Lace Cuff Bracelet at jessicariccijewelry.com

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Pamela Love cuff visit pamelalovenyc.com

And some cuff inspired other jewelry:

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Watch.

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Boot thingies from the runway.

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Shoes.

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Earrings. 

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Marc by Marc Jacobs

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Necklace.

And something metallic for Sophronia to wear.

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Afternoon Dress  1848  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

Gail Carriger's New Hats and Follies

Some new hats have come into my life recently, Fashionable Reader. They are very silly.

Gail Carriger's New Hats and Follies
No, not quite that silly.

Gail Carriger's New Hats and Follies
This one is hard to see when it's not on but it's one of those follies (or fancies) that is on a band, has net, a silly bow, and black feathers. I look forward to wearing it soon with one of my black and white outfits. It looks a little bit like this when it is on:

Gail Carriger's New Hats and Follies

I'm strangely excited about it. It may come to ComicCon with me.

Gail Carriger's New Hats and Follies

Here's one that started out black and white but I changed the dots to red, I thought it would be more useful that way. It's very spiky and outrageous. Both of these were gifts from my Mum, I believe she found them at Ross.

Gail Carriger's New Hats and Follies

For this one, the tiny hat portion was a gift and the decorating and feather poof were my own additions. It has an almost Renaissance noblewoman feel to it. I think it's going to become one of my steampunk hats, it will travel better than the tiny top hats and so be more useful for distance conventions.

Gail Carriger's New Hats and Follies

Speaking of tiny, this one is about two inches wide. It's on a little hair clip and was made for me as a gift from my grade school art teacher. (She is one of the teachers I thank in my forward to the first Finishing School book.) I love it because, apart for the emotional connection, it really will pack well. These days, everything is about packing. Here is one about the same size:

Gail Carriger's New Hats and Follies





And here are a few other silly hats, just because . . .

Gail Carriger's New Hats and Follies
 1943
Gail Carriger's New Hats and Follies

Gail Carriger's New Hats and Follies
 1949
Gail Carriger's New Hats and Follies

Happy four day work-week to all the US readers. I hope you had lovely weekends.



Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.
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