For my first “Fashions off the Field” post I have, using Masquerade as my inspiration, styled four different outfits. Each of these outfits is designed for a different context and all are intended to explore various facets of this mysterious, masked pony – from her vibrant green and yellow colour scheme to her presumed penchant for disguise and costume.
With her flair for disguise, deception and intrigue, Masquerade makes the ideal secret agent. Here, a floppy hat and and large glasses conceal just enough of her face to give people the impression that you she has something to hide…although I’m a little dubious of her ability to hide anywhere while wearing that trenchcoat. The stylish suitcase (containing only the essentials, of course!) provides her with the means to take off for hernext mission with only a moment’s notice. Finally, a good spy never leaves a trace of where they’ve been, so don’t forget those gloves, agent Masquerade!
The form-fitting dress, bold block colours and, of course, tights that make up the foundation for the outfit mimic the sleek yet flashy look often favoured by comic book superheroes, and the onomatopoeic brooch brings this point home with a resounding “BIFF!” However, if TV has taught us nothing else (and it hasn’t), it’s that if a person puts on a pair of glasses no one will be able to recognise them for the spandex-clad, omnipotent fighter of evil they may actually be. With this axiom in mind, our hero has decided to don not one, but three pairs of spectacles…just to be on the safe side.
It would seem silly to me to write a style post relating to Masquerade without exploring the more traditional connotations associated with her name itself, and that’s just what I’ve sought to do here. Masquerade has, for a change, toned down her usual palette in favour of a predominately black and white look for something elegantly feminine… although a small nod is still made to her more standard livery by way of an unlikely-coloured wig and one of Illamasqua’s highly pigmented lipsticks. The theme of concealment and disguise is carried throughout this outfit with accessories depicting female masks and silhouettes. The whole look is topped off with a mask so stunning, this belle may be reluctant to take it off come midnight.
Now, here’s a very different kind of mask! Cheeky, too. It may help to conceal Masquerade’s eyes from the observer, but I highly doubt she’ll have much trouble seeing out from that fringe. This makes it perfect for getting to to all kinds of shenanigans after the lights go out, such as…reading comic books and eating snacks under the cover!
There you have it, the many faces…er, masks…of masquerade! If any of you out there have worn outfits yourselves themed around masks, disguise or subterfuge I’d love to see them. Just post a link in the comments.
I must admit, I’ve never really worn an outfit themed around masks or disguises, but this weekend I may have a special reason to…but you’ll have to wait til Monday to see what that reason is!