{Day 3} House of @KristenTaber #NovelFashionWeek

“I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.” —Diana Vreeland


Welcome to Novel Fashion Week! This hour's designer is House of Kristen Taber presenting her Collection: Kingdom Couture: Fashion for Villains and Monsters, by way of Copenhagen

Novel Fashion Week- day 7

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The Collection

Kingdom Couture: Fashion for Villains and Monsters 
As we move from summer to fall, it can be difficult for villains and monsters to find a balance between being fashionable and striking fear into the hearts of those they wish to oppress. Layering is a must, of course. After all, you don’t want to be shivering while you’re strangling your latest victim; chattering teeth are guaranteed to break that ominous mood you’ve cultivated. But you also don’t want to be sweaty either. Perspiration can be mistaken for fear and fear for weakness. Then the next thing you know, you have an uprising on your hands. So what’s a villain or monster to do? Here are five tips to help you navigate the world of fashion, while also staying the course in the world of terror you’re fighting hard to protect. 
1. Cloaks – Every bad guy knows that capes are a terrible idea, but cloaks are another plot line altogether. They’ve been used by super villains through the ages, from Doctor Doom to the Phantom of the Opera to even the legendary Jack the Ripper, for good reason. They’re easy to discard when they’re no longer needed, and when you’re cold and use them to drape your body, the shadows they cast on your face are downright menacing. This fall staple is a win-win classic. But it’s also due for a fashion refresher. Our male villains and monsters should consider incorporating new colors (see tip #3) and our female evildoers should follow this year’s hottest trend: a laser-cut overlay. Your victims won’t know whether to stare at you in awe of your haute style, or scream in horror as you rob the last breath from their dying bodies.

2. Footwear – Lace-up oxfords might look great with those bespoke suits you’ve had hand-stitched by a fleet of tailors in your dungeon and stilettos might make you the envy of every villainess in town, but let’s be practical here. How well do they really hold up when you have blood flooding the floor around you? How good do they feel when you have to chase your nemesis into a disgusting sewer? And when you fight? Don’t get me started on the drawbacks of four-inch heels or leather-soled shoes. It’s autumn and boots are back en vogue! Use them to your advantage. Weather-proof your leather. Accessorize with steel toes and hide blades in those heels. Nothing surprises your enemy like a kick to a face that has a little extra bite!

3. Colors – Black exudes fear, plus it helps you lurk in dark shadows and it’s slimming. It’s a no-brainer, and as mama used to say (before we froze her with our evil stare), if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Yet it’s so played out that our victims have started to roll their eyes and yawn when we slink out of their nightmares and reveal our evilly black ensembles. Has black begun to fail us? Of course not! The problem is there’s no contrast to showcase how soulless black can be. It’s time to add a pop of color to that attire. Red is the way to go. Just a few accent pieces will do the trick—some piping on your sleeves, red soles on the bottom of your boots, satin lining in your suit jacket—take your pick. But don’t overdo it or your victims will lose focus of the sinister black. Does red make you look washed out? Royal purple or rich blue works too, and if you’re intent on destroying a kingdom, it’s a great way to usurp those colors from the current King and Queen. Are you a villain who appreciates irony? Wear white. Just make sure you have a good drycleaner held captive. 

4. Fabric – Without question, leather is the fiercest choice for the best villains. Form-fitting and flattering, it’s a great way to show off those muscles you’ve earned by running from your enemies, wielding heavy swords, and tossing around minions. But is it the only choice, as some purists believe? Of course not! The aforementioned satin is a great accent choice. Velvet also adds a dash of flair, or if your tastes tend to be classic, chiffon can add a dramatic and swirling touch. On the sleeker side, vinyl makes for easy cleanup after a bloodbath. Finally, if the kingdom or continent you command is in a tropical climate, breezy cottons and linens can be just as formidable and maybe even more so, since you won’t be flush from heatstroke while you’re glowering at your armies. 

5. Accessories – Now that you’ve assembled the perfect outfit, it’s time to accessorize. If you’re wearing a suit, a tie is a must. Belts are also a given—something strong and functional, large enough to hold the various weapons your twisted mind has designed. But you can’t stop there. You need something else to set your style apart from the vile competition. You need a signature. Think hand-designed necklaces made from twisted metals, body part earrings, swords etched with grotesque death scenes, or better yet, try to cultivate a power that no one else is using. After all, if you’re throwing lightning bolts at people, they’re not likely to notice that you left your cane at home, are they? 

The Novels Highlighted 
Aerenden: The Child Returns
Aerenden: The Child Returns (Ærenden, #1)(Ærenden #1)
by Kristen Taber
Paperback, 382 pages
Published May 21st 2012 by Sean Tigh Press
Seventeen-year-old Meaghan has no idea her perfect life has been a lie — until she witnesses her parents’ brutal murders at the hands of red-eyed creatures.

After nearly sharing their fate, she escapes with her best friend, Nick, who tells her the creatures are called Mardróch. They come from another world, and so does she. Now that the Mardróch have found her, she must return to her homeland of Ærenden or face death.

Left with little choice, she follows Nick into a strange world both similar to Earth and drastically different. Vines have the ability to attack. Monkeys freeze their victims with a glare. Men create bombs from thin air. Even Meaghan’s newly discovered empath power turns into a danger she cannot control.

But control becomes the least of her worries once the Mardróch begin targeting her. When Nick confesses he knows the reason they want her, she learns the truth behind the kingdom's fifteen-year civil war — a long-buried secret that could cost Meaghan her life.

Aerenden: The Gildonae Alliance  (Ærenden, #2)
Aerenden: The Gildonae Alliance
(Ærenden #2)
by Kristen Taber
Paperback, 366 pages
Published March 6th 2013 by Sean Tigh Press

Several months after Meaghan's return to AErenden, the kingdom's war has taken a turn for the worse. The Mardroch army hunts the new King and Queen, destroying villages in its wake. And Meaghan and Nick, training for battle in a remote section of wilderness, are far from safe. Danger hides in shadows and behind innocent faces. Allies become foes. Each day is a fight to survive. But in the end, only one threat matters. And it's a threat they never see coming. 

Aerenden: The Zeiihbu Master (Ærenden, #3)Aerenden: The Zeiihbu Master
(Ærenden #3)
by Kristen Taber
Paperback, 482 pages
Published 2014 by Sean Tigh Press

Separated and on opposite sides of the kingdom, Nick and Meaghan face different pursuits which could change the balance of power in Ærenden forever.

While Nick trains the villagers to be soldiers, Meaghan and a small rescue party venture into Zeiihbu to find Faillen's young son, before Garon can use the boy's power to destroy those still fighting against his rule.

Everyone knows Meaghan could be on a suicide mission, but when Nick stumbles upon a secret concealed in one of the southern villages, he realizes that Garon might not be Meaghan's greatest foe. The enemy most likely to kill her is someone who has also promised to keep her safe.

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  1. Ha! I love the fashion commentary for villain wear. I think I'll buy my own copies of the books so that I can contribute to such a brilliant mind.

    1. Thanks, Sheena-kay. I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

  2. Fashion advice as excellent as it is evil. Love it! Great post, Kristen.

  3. I have to show this to my gf, btw that cover with Grim Reaper art on Ærenden #1 is just awesome

    1. Thank you! My cover artist really did a great job, didn't she? Gives me the creeps still!

  4. Great outfit do! I think the amazing cape is the best bit about it ;) But I do have to say I like the shirts as well. I just can't help but wonder what it's really like to wear a cape ^^


    1. I've always wondered the same thing. One day I'll have to get one just to see :)


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