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Stupid Capitol fashion - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
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Stupid Capitol fashion
Since the next story takes place in the Capitol (spoiler, from the POV of the last person introduced in Hanging Tree), there will probably be a lot of bizarre fashion.

What are some of the stupidest trends you could see gripping the Capitol? Weird materials, weird body parts to focus on, bizarre ways to do make-up (male and female)... Let's have a blast and get them really crazy looking.

Of course, so far, nothing I've thought of has so far been unable to find hits in Google images of things ALREADY BEING MADE.
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lilacsigil From: lilacsigil Date: March 25th, 2014 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Pokkuri sandals! You could have whatever kind of insets you liked - jewels, live animals, unique art - and yet they're incredibly difficult to walk in.

Also codpieces for everyone.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 25th, 2014 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Those are great. They can light up, too.

And decorated codpieces. With peep-window? (Kind of like those weird keyhole cleavage peeps.)
sonetka From: sonetka Date: March 25th, 2014 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Wearing food, like the infamous Lady Gaga meat dress? It would get extra points for hacking off all the victors whose districts could really use some of those thousands of fillets/onions/durians being destroyed by temporary preservative spray and then discarded.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 25th, 2014 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
[Emperor cackle]Good... good! Let the silly flow through you...[/Emperor cackle]
akilika From: akilika Date: March 25th, 2014 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
An obsession with enough layers to make it difficult to move, but all sufficiently transparent that they're not actually concealing anything.

The sci-fi story I was reading off of Gutenburg last night involved women whose hair was grown very long, then woven about them as clothes... particularly with hair extensions, that seems Capitol-worthy. :P

We know from Tigris that, at least in certain years, animal-mods were popular... and some designers took them too far to pass as human anymore.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 25th, 2014 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Right, the animal motifs. I almost forgot about those.

Hair clothes... ITCHY! And totally Capitol appropriate.
vesta_aurelia From: vesta_aurelia Date: March 25th, 2014 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I can see the Capitol doing "box" clothes--it's a very Scandanavian style, where everything's square bags of cloth with rigid panels. The Danes seem to like this in the fashion schools.

Galliano, McQueen and Katrantzou are pretty good at EXTREME couture. I have to follow fashion for work and they always seem to be the outliers.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 25th, 2014 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I know the movies use some of the actual lines out there for couture, so that's probably a good resource (though easier to stun with visually than in description). I should go back through some of the wackier collections on TLo, too.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 25th, 2014 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Holographic clothes that reflect the mood/thoughts of the wearer. Become all the rage after some cute, slightly scatterbrained, actress wears it for a show (to great success). Fad stops when enough prominent citizens end up with private/embarrassing/seditious thoughts projected for the world to see
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 25th, 2014 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Rapidly growing live plants! Start with a set of seed-garters, which grows out throughout the day. By the end of the day, you'd have a totally unique, irreproducible outfit to wear to the parties. Also, by the end of the day, the plant would have matured enough to bear flowers, fruit, weird vegetables, or (for the really depraved) carnivorous and/or poisonous mutt-plants.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 25th, 2014 09:35 am (UTC) (Link)
How about an creepy-crawlies fad. Spider-web dresses, brightly colored beetle carapaces instead of buttons or sequins, live glowing fireflies as hair ornaments etc

Until someone takes it too far and ends up dressed in maggots or stung/bitten by something lethal of course

-Maraudercat
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 25th, 2014 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Am I...

Crazy, but that actually sounds pretty... (I have a serious weakness for Tiffany dragonfly lamps, etc.)

Of course, someone would take it beyond where it should go...

Sara Libby
gabrielladusult From: gabrielladusult Date: March 25th, 2014 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
First thought: bird perch earrings with live mini-mutts designed to sit there. Would really freak Haymitch out.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 25th, 2014 11:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Two Things...

First, our mutual friend, Sharona, is working on something set in Ancient Japan, and she says one of the fashion trends was to black your teeth. Eww...

Second, if you find yourself stuck for ideas, you should look at some of the challenges from "Project Runway." Some of them can be pretty wackadoodle.

Sara Libby
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 26th, 2014 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Two Things...

I vividly remember a birdseed dress. Perhaps the point can be to attract bird to peck the seeds off suring the day...??? There was also the metal washer and pick string bikini disaster
upupa_epops From: upupa_epops Date: March 25th, 2014 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
How about wacky hairdos a la 18th century France? Hair pinned up a few feet high, with things like miniature ships, cages with living birds inside, or replicas of idyllic rural landscapes on top?

And from the other side of the spectrum -- a ragged tribute look. Clothes based on Arena outfits, makeup imitating bruises and gashes etc.
redrikki From: redrikki Date: March 25th, 2014 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can see a revival of old-time fashions but in a weird anachronistic mish-mash. So, hoop skirts with exceptionally tall top hats for the ladies and striped pants and leg-of-mutton sleeves for the gents. Or some crazy combination there of. Also, weird shoes. During the 1300s there was an obsession in the European courts for shoes with long, curled toes on men's shoes, even on armor, and it got so ridiculous that the toes had to be attached by string to the knees so they could be lifted to walk. Something like that would be hilarious.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 25th, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you seen those weird "hoof" heel shoes that make your whole foot look like an animal hoof? It could go along with the animal trends.
vesta_aurelia From: vesta_aurelia Date: March 26th, 2014 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I think, with the Capitol's sense of gross excess.... food-based clothing. Because the districts are starving and the Capitol puts food items near their underarms and privates....
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 26th, 2014 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
On that note, a "impoverished District-dweller" fashion would be similarly insensitive, featuring a meticulous count-the-ribs look. I'm sure the Capitol citizens would find a way to be adequately nourished and fed while looking like they are starving, further desensitizing themselves to the plight in the districts.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 26th, 2014 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Michellin Man
All over metal in different textures
Swamp style (channel Fred and George)
And for that matter - Fireworks (Freg and George again)
Lollies
And outfit that cunningly makes people look like they're walking on their hands when upright (basically applying padding and putting clothes on up side down)
Fairies and elves
Orks
And bright, horrible, dense pastel flower patterns ala grandma's curtains. Thats probably the one thing that will NEVER be done in fashion.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 27th, 2014 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Games inspired trends

I can see glittery fish scales being a fad, perhaps after Finnick's Games. Similarly, a victor from an industrial district might cause something of a steampunk movement, with gears and intricacy and actual moving parts. A Distict 7 win might mean clothes made of patterned paper, origami flowers for hair accessories, and folded paper fans. Paper clothes seem like Capitol level impracticality. Stiff, uncomfortable, easily torn, and with an unfortunate susceptibily to rain.
buckbeakbabie From: buckbeakbabie Date: March 27th, 2014 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some form of poulaines. Because why not? :P
reannanshaw From: reannanshaw Date: April 1st, 2014 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Everything covered except for knees and/or elbows. Sexy.
Something for men that reveals a lot of thigh but not the lower leg.
Everything designed as if it's being worn backward.
Clothing made of dried entrails.
Invisible clothing that only the special people can see (which of course means no one can see it and everyone pretends they can).
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