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Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger

In honor of Steampunk Invasion Day this Saturday at San Diego Comic Con here are some fashionable images ~ vintage, retro, and modern ~ that felt a little steampunky to me. Enjoy, fashionable reader!

Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 Alexander McQueen rivet-detailed leather waist belt net-a-porter.com

Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 Fun DIY project
Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
Made by Cake Wrecks reader Lisa N

Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 self.


Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 1952 Cossack  Charles James,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail CarrigerSteampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 1908 Golf Ensemble The Victoria & Albert Museum; 1896-1898  Cycling Ensemble  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 1890-1910  Spats The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 1905  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail CarrigerSteampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 1908  The Philadelphia Museum of Art; 1900  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail CarrigerSteampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 1885  The Philadelphia Museum of Art; 1885  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Steampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail CarrigerSteampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail Carriger
 1880  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1873-1879  The Metropolitan Museum of Art


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

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger

Upon occasion my characters will hijack my author blog. Today, Madame Lefoux has hijacked this blog. She hopes you enjoy it, Fashionable Reader.

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
 Right: 1828-1830  The Victoria & Albert Museum
A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
 Left: 1937  The Victoria & Albert Museum

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
 First: Evening Suit  1885  The Victoria & Albert Museum, Last: Tuxedo  Jeanne Lanvin, 1927  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
 Wedding Stock  1835  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
 Sally Victor, 1944  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt

I don't know if I've posted in the past about how, before I was published, I had this dream about flying to New York. I think every wannabe author has a similar dream. Only mine was very specific and very fashion orientated. My dream was that I would go to New York to meet with my agent and editor and I would be wearing a black and white skirt.

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt

It's not often dreams come true.

In 2009 Orbit flew me to BEA in New York, before anyone had even heard of Soulless, to present the ARC to the unwitting masses. While I was there I would meet, you guessed it, my agent and my editor! I was understandably excited. I was also, as you probubly might have guessed, in a veritable shopping frenzy looking for the perfect black and white pencil skirt.

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt

I hunted, I searched, I looked everywhere. I tried all my favorite stores both vintage and modern. I did the Height Street treck. I visited Santa Cruz. I couldn't find one I liked.

Crisis!

But low, my darling Mum came to rescue. She is a fabulous seamstresses and offered to make me the skirt from a vintage pattern and we could choose whatever fabric I wanted. Well I found this great black on white irregular spotted fabric, and she made me this wonderful fish tale pencil skirt.

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt

Did I wear it to BEA in 2009 and meet my agent and editor? You bet your booty I did!

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt
Ah, look how young and innocent I look. Lee sigh.

I paired it with red for that occasion. I do like black and white with red.

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt

Sadly the skirt hasn't had much play since then. I guess I felt like it was meant for the dream, and the dream had been satisfied. But I rustled it out of my closet last weekeend to take down to Sunnyvale for a little event at the library there.

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt

Here I am posing with the lovely young lady dressed as Alexia from the over of the Soulless manga. For this occasion I kept the whole outfit black and white.

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt

So, with an eye towards wearing this skirt more often I've collected some inspirational images of how to wear a cute black and white skirt.

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White SkirtGail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt
 With red, retro and modern

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White SkirtGail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White SkirtGail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt
 With teal or turquoise.

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White SkirtGail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt
 With pink or blush.

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt
 With olive.

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White SkirtGail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt
Just pure black and white with modern touches.

Inspired I put together these two outfits which I intend to wear soon.

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt
 A retro take with blush, silly shoes, a chunky necklace, and olive bag.

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt
Modern take with some mixed patterns and steampunk ankle warmers.

Both looks require high heals and I'm off them for the moment, but I can't wait to try them out soon.

Here's a evening idea, going with golds and neutral accessories.

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt

It doesn't have to be a skirt these days, either. I've seen some patterned trousers turn up too. I'm not certain this look is really for me, but I have seen a few who could carry it off. And, of course, I'm on the perpetual hunt for the perfect black & white check pedal pushers.

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White SkirtGail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt

While I adore my dotted skirt, the one I want to buy did finally hit the stores a mere two years too late, in fall of 2011. I'm hoping some day this Marco de Vicenzo will turn up in a consignment shop in my size. A girl can dream, right? After all, dreaming is what started this madness.

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt

How about something black and white for Prudence to wear? Since I'm working on the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series right now my life if filled with 1890's dresses.

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt
1900-1902  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This one is a little late period for her, but so pretty, I couldn't resist. It won't make it into the books though.

What to read when wearing black and white? How about Jane Yolan's marvelous Sister Light, Sister Dark and White Jenna?

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt

The best thing about this lyrical almost mythological two part series is the world building. I've not seen anything like it before or since and it's, simply put, amazing. The writing is definitely on the side of strong and empowered women (showing feminist 1970s roots, I believe). I think the world and story are complex enough for any reader, although I believe the target audience is YA. (When she wrote it I'm not certain there really was a "YA" concept yet.) Anyway, I love it, it's brilliant! I've kept these two books since I first read them over 20 years ago. It's a rare series that travels with me, as I move every 2 to 4 years.

Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White Skirt

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

Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro

Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro

Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White RetroGail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro

Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White RetroGail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
 Adia Kibur crystal bulb ring at shopbop.com
Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro

Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro

Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
 Amorir+Sunglasses+2
Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White RetroGail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White RetroGail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro

Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
 london-skyline-tights
Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
 McQueen-Resee
Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
 Cold Comfort Farm
Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White RetroGail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White RetroGail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
 Norman Norell, 1960s  The Goldstein Museum of Design; Sarmi, 1960s Vintageous; Schiaparelli evening dress, 1938-39

Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White RetroGail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
 Mae-West; stylish ladies

Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White RetroGail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
 Oscar de la Renta stone-embellished bib necklace at theOutnet.com; ombre tights
Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
 Prada-Gendarme-Stripe-Canvas-Covered-Pushlock-Tote
Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
 Marlene Dietrich

Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
 rupert-sanderson-dieppe Mary Jane Wingtips

Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White RetroGail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White RetroGail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro

Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro

Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White RetroGail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
 These Trasparenze Nairobi zebra patterned tights from AlexBlake.com; 1950s

Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White RetroGail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
Amazing Cake; Merle Oberon

 And for some of my characters?

A corset for Alexia:
Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
1880-1885  The Royal Ontario Museum

And the dress to wear over it:

Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
 1866-1869  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A corset for Prudence:

Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
1900  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

 And the dress to wear over it:

Gail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White Retro
Evening Dress  1902  The Chicago History Museum

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

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 1952 Valentina  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Bondage purse. How fun, the bits all move around and can go on the purse or one the wrists. It's like a transformer bag! (The good transformers, the ones from the cartoons.)

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro NeutralGail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

These tights are very like a pair I used to own, there were gifted to me by a bride afer her wedding. I was 10. It began my life-long love of hosiery.  I adore the dress, I could see it on many different figure types. No certain about the belt but it is lovely.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
Graphic print neutral peep toe pumps? Yes please.
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 1920  Christies
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 Infanta  Charles James, 1950  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral


Neutral Mary Janes are nice and practical.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Adorable pink blazer. I already have one of a different cut but I love the retro color wit the slightly modern cut.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

I have a passion for clutches, although I rarely use the ones I have and they aren't practical because the occupy a hand.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 By We Love Yan's Cakes
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro NeutralGail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

I love love love this printed dress, although the cut isn't great over a Rack. And the grey peplum jacket with the military detailing works multiple duty for everyday, event, and steampunk.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

1950s faux book bag.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

This season's retro look.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Fantastic cherry blossom nail art. I've never had or done nail art on my nails but the more I see it the more appealing I find it.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

 I am on the active hunt for this slip. I have one already like it but it's about to die and it is endlessly useful.
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Cutest most impractical little purse ever!

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro NeutralGail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

I've been hunting for and craving the perfect cream colored suit for a very long time but the blue sure is lovely. Perhaps I shoudl switch loyalties.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Not in my size but so adorable.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Perhaps better in ideal the actuality, this kind of ring gets caught on everything.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 By Melania's Exquisite Cakes
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Such a cute little spare stool, I'd like a whole little collection for company. Except that we rarely have company because out apartment is so tiny.


Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral


Too expensive for what it is, but the idea is sound. I'd like something like this for travel, would work for both the computer transport for convention events and for tourist trotting about foriegn climes.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

I covet these scissors. How amazingly cool are they?
 

And, something for Prudence.


Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 1890  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 1906  The Indianapolis Museum of Art


From the Mum's Lady's Tea. 

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral


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

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

As I just blogged about on my Author blog, this here is my new cover for the Spanish edition of Blameless.

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

There is something very Spanish about it, perhaps the color pallet. Perhaps it is her profile. Perhaps it is the little lace gloves. Delving into my own wardrobe I uncovered the following items of clothing that might go with this book.

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

And here are some fun fashion items from around and about the interwebs to match . . .

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
This Prada necklace at prada.com
Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Ombre patent leather Vernice Bowler from Prada
Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Bow Pumps

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
 Abbey-Lee-Kershaw-Vogue-Russia-Design Scene Net
Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Diane von Furstenberg

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Ruby and Diamond Necklace Michele Della Valle  Christie’s
Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Moustashe Pumps

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Dita; Monique-Lhuillier

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Emilio Pucci from a magazine

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Amazing bloody nails

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
 Vena Cava; Derek Lamb

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
From a magazine
Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Kendra Scott Maxine earrings

Vintage looks

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1961 Cocktail Hat  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Marilyn Monroe

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
 1950s Cocktail Dress  Pierre Balmain  Whitaker Auctions; 1950s  The Frock

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1948 Cocktail Dress  Cristobal Balenciaga,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1945  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
 1940s  Timeless Vixen Vintage; 1930s  Timeless Vixen Vintage

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
 1925 Coco Chanel  The Chicago History Museum; 1910s  Antique Dress

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1910s  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1902  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For the Characters


For Alexia after the Parasol Protectorate series

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1880s  Whitaker Acutions

For Countess Nadasdy after the Parasol Protectorate series

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1885 Charles Fredrick Worth  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
 For Ivy after the Parasol Protectorate series

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1885-1886 Charles Fredrick Worth,  The Museum of the City of New York

For Prudence after the Parasol Protectorate series

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1884-1887 Mantle  Emile Pingat, The FIDM Museum

For Primrose in the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1896  Whitaker Auctions

And for Prudence in the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1890s  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1890-1899  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Then & Now ~ Red DressSteampunk Inspiration in Browns and Creams from Gail CarrigerA Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger Gail Carriger in Sunnyvale in a Black & White SkirtGail Carriger's Lust Objects ~ Black & White RetroGail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro NeutralThen & Now ~ Blue SwirlsThen & Now ~ CreamBook Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

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