I’ve been getting into cosplay more and more recently. I love dressing up, whether it be costumes or formal wear. For me, this is a large portion of going to conventions. It is also why I’m so partial to Halloween and weddings. Having interesting costumes is a lot of fun, and brings a sense of accomplishment when you can create something that looks how you want it to—whether it being creating garments and props from scratch or simply piecing together an ensemble that feels just right. But frequently, people will ask: “why do you like cosplaying?” I’d like to discuss that for a bit.
There have been eleven seasons of Project Runway and two full seasons of Project Runway: All Stars. Usually the show turns out lots of pretty dresses and other things you might imagine on a high-end-ish (this is reality TV after all) runway. Sometimes they go a little funky or costumey or tacky, but rarely do they ever pick something truly outside of these norms for the win.
This time, however, they did.
Michelle Lesniak Franklin from Portland, Oregon did her take on a steampunk collection. I personally liked her since the first episode of the season, where she described her ideal client as “a hip girl who can recite the entire periodic table of elements”. So sort of like me and a lot of the women who probably read this blog. I rooted for her all season (even when she was getting screwed over by the judges) and she finally came out on top a couple weeks ago! Yay!
In geekdom, there are a lot of different points of view when it comes to fashion and you see it at cons; our version of a catwalk so to speak. In general, you have your cosplayers, your more goth kids (who Saika calls “the people who fell into Hot Topic”), and your steampunk. If you follow more mainstream fashion, you know costumes, Hot Topic/goth gear, and steampunk are not exactly trending right now (or ever). So to have a popular reality TV show acknowledge someone who has more of a steampunk aesthetic is a big deal. It says that geekier fashions have a place outside conventions—that your leather jacket with 5,000 buckles is cool and not bizarre.
So congratulations, Michelle, and thank you for making the fashion world acknowledge that steampunk has its place there!
Once again, I am aware that I’m straying into slightly off-topic territory, but I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love these guys and think that you would. Not to mention everyone wears clothes, so fashion relates to everyone and everything.
Anyway, this week’s Web Crush is Tom and Lorenzo! They are a gay couple (Tom and Lorenzo shockingly enough) who blog about fashion and various other things, which include the TV series Falling Skies (which I reviewed here). I got introduced to them through a friend and Project Runway watcher. This is where I confess my love for the crazy-ass show. It’s my guilty pleasure; let’s have y’all accept that and move on.
These guys always find a way to share my exact feels using the correct words. They are very sassy and do not hesitate to speak their mind in a very hilarious way. For a while I’ve been wanting to do a post on these guys, but I didn’t think they were the most relevant and put it off. Then I read this (full post with a lot of pictures here) about an outfit at the Total Recall premiere:
You got a big-ass science fiction film coming out? You don’t wear something demure and colorless; you wear something big and science-fictiony. You break out your muthafuckin Lizard Queen dress, bitches, and you conquer that red carpet like it’s loaded with potential slaves for your Space Lizard Empire. This is the kind of dress that immediately causes its wearer to stand up a little straighter and resist the overwhelming urge to shout things like “SEIZE THEM!!!!!”
I proceeded to laugh and write this post. I mean, go look at the pictures below and tell me Tom and Lorenzo weren’t spot on.
So there you have it folks. Granted, not the geekiest thing on this blog, but we all love a good lizard queen and some gay guys blogging about her.