A style icon is someone with the power to dazzle by simply being themselves and Gwendoline Christie, (best known for playing the part of Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones) is as bright and compelling as any of the celebrity fashion role models regularly spoonfed to us by the synthesised, visually generalised media. But with added spice..there’s something powerful, complex and original about her..made all the more special when you take into account her six foot three inch size..
As someone who has at times felt genderless because of her height, it interests her to challenge our assumptions of femininity and what it is to be a woman.
The role of Brienne – unfeminine in appearance, an object of scorn, clinging naively to the idealised concept of knighthood but always being treated with contempt and resentment for her gender, despite her considerable skill – is a role she relishes as a gift and the most extraordinary opportunity to portray the type of feminine outsider we rarely see in the mainstream.
It’s a part that crosses the invisible line between an actors vanity and personal vanity..you have to be prepared to be displayed as unattractive, large and masculine..and for people to believe that’s what you truly are.
When the reality is very different..
This is a lady who knows how to dress and is unafraid to push boundaries.
(All photos Google and Pinterest)
It must be rather satisfying to hear the crushing sound of misconceptions crunching under the designer soles of her stiletto clad feet every time she walks…
Laters, Kate x
The gorgeous Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones (with the new series coming out it’s the first time I’m gutted we don’t have Sky..) has been named as the male face of Jimmy Choo. Rumour and intrigue has it he’ll be fronting a new fragrance…Blood, sweat and tears with base notes of wolf?
I’ll be there..
Laters, Kate x
I freely admit I am behind the curve on the whole Game of Thrones phenomena. Forsooth, I only devoured my first box set after New Year..but I’m learning fast. The obessesion has bitten and Season 2 is already underway – of course the joy of coming late to the party? There’s no horrible wait for next Seasons to start (yet)..they’re all lined up like the most delectable dishes at a banquet. But it’s not only the storyline, I’m also smitten by the fashions..and it’s the men’s rather than the ladies: The leather, the studding, the macho winter layering and enormous shaggy shoulders. I lust. A little bit of searching revealed that Helmut Lang’s 2012 Fall Collection was inspired by the series. And how very very appropriate it looks as the Polar Vortex attempts to do it’s worst. I’d bet good gold that that sheepskin coat above would be ready to fight beside any wolf in a storm…
(A touch of the Katniss Everdeens? I wonder what came first?)
And then there’s Chloe Pre-fall 2014, showing that layering can be warm, furry and coloured. Might need a pair of woolly tights though..
For this night..and all nights to come..
Laters, Kate x