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pokemon go accessories

By now, several of us have begun our journeys as trainers in Niantic Labs’ hit new augmented reality game, Pokemon Go. The new mobile title based on Nintendo’s hit game franchise is helping people explore their surroundings in new ways, and it’s getting tons of us out of the house. But when it comes to long-haul trips like those required by the game, even the most physically fit trainer can find themselves weary.

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The following guest post/tutorial is by Gillian Conahan, editor for McCall’s Vogue Patterns Magazine.

If you’re making a gothic gown for your themed wedding, cosplay, or alternative fashion event, you need the right accessories to finish it off. And what could be more appropriate than a matching bouquet? All you need are a few silk flowers and some basic supplies, and you’ll have a gorgeous lasting memento of the occasion. Read on to see how you can create your very own customized floral accessory.

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McCall’s has teamed up exclusively with Fashionably Geek to premiere the third wave of patterns in the Cosplay By McCall’s collection.

Two new patterns BELLE ROGUE and BELLE NOIR were developed in partnership with Ichigo Black, a designer known for her Japanese fashion inspired line of handmade clothing. Like all of her pieces, these new McCall’s patterns draw their inspiration from gothic, lolita and steampunk styles.

But wait until you check out the pics below. The patterns pop even more thanks to custom pieces from Extasia Jewelry, wigs from Arda Wigs, and some gorgeous DIY bridal bouquets (tutorials for the bouquets will be available soon).

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Artist Camilla d’Errico’s adventurous pop surrealism has been seen everywhere: from convention halls to private galleries. Where some artists leave droplets that ripple onward to inspire, d’Errico has taken the reigns on where the inspiration from her art is directed by penning books on pop surrealism and encouraging a new generation of female artists to find their place in the world. Some of her biggest fans/clients include the likes of Stan Lee, Scream Queens’ Emma Roberts, Geek & Sundry’s Felicia Day, and legendary author Neil Gaiman to name a few.

Now d’Errico is branching out with a gorgeous eyewear collection in collaboration with Derek Cardigan.

We sat down with the artist to talk about the collection, her books, her inspirations and where things will go from here.

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New York Comic Con is a great experience, but it can be exhausting, too. The crowds, the lines, the early hours if you want to get into the premier panels. But there’s one group for whom getting out of the con sane and uninjured is an even taller order: Cosplayers who wear high heels. This is their tribute, NYCC 2015 style.

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For everyone who’s ever wanted to suit up in a fancy gown and/or battle armor, fantasy movies can be quite the sartorially aspirational experience. But sometimes… not so much. From peacock capes to Ye Olde Leather Sports bras to boob armor (oh, the boob armor!), fantasy fashion does occasionally like to walk on the weird side.

Please note that “weird” doesn’t necessarily imply either “good” or “bad,” though a lot of the latter is certainly represented on this list. Qualifying requires a certain je ne sais quoi, a little bit of “A kid’s movie is going to put a guy in pants so thin and tight that you can clearly see the outline of his junk?… Huh.” Speaking of:

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fairy tale fashions

I recently read Uprooted by Naomi Novik, which is a fantastic read for anyone that loves fairy tales. I also read Alice by Christina Henry which isn’t technically based on a fairy tale, but it will take adult Alice In Wonderland fans down a rabbit hole that is very deep and very, very dark.

At any rate, these books got me thinking about some of the amazing fairy tale and fantasy-inspired fashions we’ve featured over the years. Head after the break for a collection of some of the best examples.

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(image: Autumn Wheelock)

The #WEWANTWIDOW international cosplay flash mob was a huge success. Fans from 16 cities participated in the event, dressing in black and red while holding signs intended to promote the idea that Black Widow should have more exposure in movies and in merchandise. Participants started posting pictures online with the hash tag and social media users began to follow and share. At one point the hash tag was even trending:

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The Black Widow cosplay event inspired others to join in too. Suddenly tons of cosplayers and fans got into Black Widow attire and starting posting their pictures to share and show support. And in Tennessee, where we didn’t have a scheduled flash mob, fans got so inspired that two mobs appeared at both Fanboy Con in Knoxville and Memphis Con!

Our main goal was to bring awareness to the fact that Black Widow, and female superheroines in general, should be more visible on screen and in stores. By promoting her image as loudly as we could with a multi-city flash mob event, I think we nailed it. I hope that this is the beginning of a more inclusive superhero universe for future movies and merchandise. I hope that the companies making awesome movies and fantastic toys and clothes realize that they can do even more because they have a bigger demographic than they originally thought.

Check out the photos of the amazing cosplayers, supporters, and artwork after the break.

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Star Wars Day is a very special day for me, because it involves Star Wars and bad puns, which are two of my favorite things in life. A third favorite thing: Awesome clothes. I’ve scoured the Internet, from Her Universe (who are running a Star Wars sale today) to itty bitty Etsy shops, to bring you some of the choiciest Star Wars wearables the Internet has to offer.

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Reliving the fashion disasters of Buffy the Vampire Slayer got me thinking about why in God’s name anyone would wear a mushroom shirt, sure (I’ve yet to figure that one out), but also about how fashion of our beloved geeky shows changes from season to season. To a large extent that change is a result of shifting trends in the real world, sure, but there’s also something to be said for character development and its impact on sartorial stylings.

For examples, look no further than…

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