Sunday, January 15, 2017

Victor/Victoriana






Top: Marshalls
Skirt: Kohl's
Shoes: Payless
Bag: Candie's, Kohl's
Jacket: Candie's, Kohl's
Sunglasses: Kohl's







Creepy Castle Necklace


Dress: Macy's
Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless
Bag: Xhilaration, Target
Belt: Apt. 9, Kohl's
Sunglasses: So, Kohl's







Top: J. C. Penney's
Skirt: Decree, J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Payless
Bag: Betsey Johnson, Macy's
Belt: J. C. Penney's
Jacket: Candie's, Kohl's
Sunglasses: Kohl's

This time the Victor in question isn't a Broadway cross-dresser but a well-preserved soap star (which, come to think of it, isn't all that different).  Eric Braedan's Victor Newman has reigned on CBS's "The Young and the Restless" since 1980 -- solidly putting him in the camp of the restless.  It's odd for me to mention him because I haven't watched the soap since I dealt in hall passes, but to this day I can't hear the name Victor without thinking of Genoa City's leading man.  Seasoned but still attractive, Slick Vic is as classic as a floral fan or lace parasol (and you thought that the soap opera part was what was girly).  Like the Victorians, the daytime Emmy-winning actor has a few skeletons in his (albeit fictional) closet.  He got his start playing Nazis and cowboys, his rugged good looks no doubt helping to sell the ruthlessness required by such roles (unless he played rodeo clowns).  Unlike the Victorians, Braedan hails from Germany instead of Great Britain. This was news to me; I always assumed that he was British on account of his proper, high-tea-sounding voice.  Which helps explain why I shoehorned him into a post about 1800s England.

I've always loved the era of bows and ballgowns.  So much so that when taking British lit in college (Tennyson, Dickens, and Bronte, oh my!), I wrote a research paper on Victorian fashion.  So of course I'd end up channeling this ladylike aesthetic into the accessories and outfits of at least one post.  I loved embellishing these bargain bow barrettes (J. C. Penney's) and stringing up this necklace with vintage cabochons and fan charms (Etsy's MK Supplies), then pairing them with sweet but salty somethings, like this mesh-backed scroll-print dress and lace-edged pleather mini.  Perfect for a lady's lunch, bridal shower -- or an ingenue's entrance on an episode of your favorite afternoon saga -- they bring the bold (but not the beautiful; I'll poke fun at that soap some other time) and punch up the pretty.

Now, that's what I call daytime drama.    



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