Fashion inspiration is everywhere. And frankly, it may even be healthier to take one’s sartorial motivation from characters who aren’t even capable of being Photoshopped into non-human status. It’s implied - they look the way they do as a direct expression of artistic vision - not necessarily as part of some effort to sexualize being. As a recognition of this observation, the Lessons in Style series will continue until I run out of faux women to emulate. This week: Pixar’s ladies.
From top to bottom, these ladies are so inspirational to me. None of them are weak in any way. They are strong, resilient, resourceful and bold. If you don’t think that’s a form of fashion inspiration - think again. Note how they hold themselves. How they choose clothing for function and beauty. In truth: Wardrobe exemplifies what makes each their own person. That’s a good lesson for our own stylistic choices.
And yes, I refuse to promote the new Merida. She’s ridiculous. And she’s a victim of the aforementioned fashion culture that relies on turning the human to inhuman standards in order to poison our culture with self-loathing. I liked Merida as she was conceived. So I’ll leave the plastic surgery version for the Disney store.
Something really cool happened yesterday.
I told you all about the business of Spider-Man and the Decay Rate Algorithm, which was fun and yay. But the big, happy moment came when the director of The Amazing Spider-Man, Marc Webb, tweeted the video. I was pretty jazzed. Like super jazzed. I know it’s just a tweet, but the fact that the man who directed 500 Days of Summer watched my video made my day. Probably made my whole weekend actually.
So that happened and I’m hurriedly working on some other cool stuff to share with you next week. In the meantime, let’s review the other news of the week.
5 awesome women from Nora Ephron films
I’m making my boyfriend watch When Harry Met Sally this weekend in honor of Nora Ephron. He’s never seen it and that’s a shame. We all owe Ephron a debt of gratitude for her honest writing and her unforgettable characters. RIP Nora.
Guardians of the Galaxy next from Marvel?
Rumors abound! The basis? “Marvel has apparently filed various trademark applications for its Guardians of the Galaxy brand; Bleeding Cool states that everything from, “jewelery to beverages to furniture to cosmetics” has been covered in the applications, which span numerous international classes and also cover the usual merchandising materials (toys, video games, food, retails services, etc).”
Pixar backlash post-Brave
I agree with a lot of this, so if you have time, read it. In summary, it seems that the Disney-Pixar creative merger has caused two very distinct things: more Pixar-esque Disney movies (Meet the Robinson, Tangled) and more Disney-esque Pixar movies. (Cars 2, Brave) Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Hard to say just yet, but I’m over-the-moon excited for Wreck It Ralph.
My stuff elsewhere!
I’m creating in a lot of other places lately, so I wanted to be sure to share it.
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Spider-Man and the Decay Rate Algorithm on the Internets
Trailer for Pixar’s New Film: Brave
Plus, it’s Pixar’s first female-led film!
From Pixar’s announcement of their next endeavor:
Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, “Brave” features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right.
Sounds a little Katniss Everdeen-ish doesn’t it.
Side note: when did archery get so popular? I love it!