{{{DAY 6:}}} End of the World Couture/Cult Chic {{{House of Amy Christine Parker}}} #NovelFashionWeek

It's Tuesday!  I'm so glad you could join us on day 6 of Novel Fashion Week .  This hour's designer is House of Amy Christine Parker presenting her Collection: End of the World Couture/Cult Chic, by way of Madrid! 
Novel Fashion Week- day 6

The Collection:
End of the World Couture or Cult Chic
Fashion in my novel, GATED, has more to do with being included as part of the group overall than it does with standing out and being your own person. Lyla, my main character, has a very practical way of dressing, not necessarily because she wants to, but because she has absolutely no say in what kind of clothes that she gets to wear. Her clothing is bought in bulk at Walmart or through a mail order catalogue by the adults in her community. This means that every teenaged girl she knows has the exact same clothes as she does. On any given day, they all look exactly the same. Lyla is unconcerned by this overall because she hasn’t given a lot of thought to her wardrobe choices or to the idea that most people have the freedom to choose their own wardrobe. She’s too wrapped up with helping to prepare for the end of the world to worry about what she’s got on. Her daily outfit consists of shorts or jeans depending on the weather and a t-shirt similar to what I’ve shown here. I’ve added her backpack because she usually has her sketchbook and colored pencils/charcoal pencils with her for drawing since it is her favorite thing to do. I’ve also included a rifle because guns are a big part of the community. They are concerned that the outside world is dangerous and that it is up to them to defend what they have against anyone who might want to take it from them, especially once the end times draw closer. Lyla wears boots like the ones here all the time because she spends a lot of time in the barn caring for her horse, Indy, working in the woodshop making furniture with the other community members (their source of income), and hiking through fields to get to the community’s shooting range for target practice. For Lyla, life is all about survival and anything that isn’t one hundred percent practical or geared toward the goal of living through the upcoming apocalypse is inconsequential. But, there is one character—Lyla’s best friend, Marie,—who does care about the way she looks and whether or not she stands out. She is the only one in the community who alters her clothes to make them as different as possible. She uses vegetables like beets to dye her t-shirts or put colored patterns on them. Although she still has to work within the framework of jeans/t-shirts/shorts, she does whatever she can to be unique and yet similar enough to everyone else that she doesn’t anger the community leader, Pioneer. Cult chic for Lyla and Marie and everyone else that lives in the community, is the visual definition of conformity and to what level each of them adhere to it.
The Novel Highlighted:
Gated Gated
by Amy Christine Parker
384 pages
Expected publication: August 27th 2013
by Random House Childrens

Available on Amazon!
Do the gates keep the unchosen out or the chosen in?In Mandrodage Meadows, life seems perfect. The members of this isolated suburban community have thrived under Pioneer, the charismatic leader who saved them from their sad, damaged lives. Lyla Hamilton and her parents are original members of the flock. They moved here following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, looking to escape the evil in the world. Now seventeen, Lyla knows certain facts are not to be questioned:
Pioneer is her leader.
Will is her Intended.
The end of the world is near.
Like Noah before him, Pioneer has been told of the imminent destruction of humanity. He says his chosen must arm themselves to fight off the unchosen people, who will surely seek refuge in the compound's underground fortress--the Silo.
Lyla loves her family and friends, but given the choice, she prefers painting to target practice. And lately she'd rather think about a certain boy outside the compound than plan for married life in the Silo with Will. But with the end of days drawing near, she will have to pick up a gun, take a side, and let everyone know where she stands.

Presented by The House of Amy Christine Parker!
AMY CHRISTINE PARKER earned her degree in elementary education at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, and then proceeded to try out many different jobs, including collectible doll maker, fondue waitress, and inner-city schoolteacher. It wasn't until she became a mom and began making up bedtime stories for her children that she finally realized what she was meant to do. Now Amy writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat. Her first novel, GATED, debuts with Random House Children's.
Door Prize:
Signed copy of the book, bookmarks, owl ring in honor of Lyla’s nickname, Little Owl.
Ends 8/13 @ Midnight


  1. Conformity is necessary sometimes and I'm glad that fashion helps define the tough situation in Gated. Nice post.

  2. Whoa, I didn't expect to see a gun in a fashion post!

  3. I believe that the whole outfit is very apocalypsy-I love it! It's also very interesting that many could end up wearing the same outfit on the same day.

  4. It is very end-of-the-worldy...lol!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  5. I love how it looks like "I'm not gonna take anything from anybody"


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