Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Super Power of Primary Colors

The Super Power of Primary Colors
The Super Power of Primary Colors by LeighAnneD featuring a wooden umbrella

From the Kent Farm in Smallville to the Daily Planet in Metropolis, the Kryptonian is one super man and an American icon. So, in honor of the man of steel with those dark wavy locks and piercing blue eyes, this outfit features the primary colors of Superman's "uniform."

A quick history lesson and a personal connection to the man able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Superman is a fictional character who debuted in DC Comics and has gone on to "appear" in books, newspaper comics, films, on television, etc. Back in 1932, he was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in Cleveland, Ohio, where I live…and, in fact, the very house where I live was owned by one of the co-creators descendants.

My own first exposure to the Superman legend was Christopher Reeve's portrayal in the 1970s, so it holds a special place in my heart, but I've grown to love the alternate continuity and characterization of Tom Welling's version of Clark Kent/The Blur. As such, I drew inspiration from both these super guys.

So, on to the outfit! Of course, "Smallville" (the show not the imaginary town) has spent many seasons on and been a true innovator with creating Superman-themed day-in/day-out attire (i.e., the suit without an actual suit). The wardrobe team for the show has had no end of fun in costuming the primary characters in shades of red and blue--not to mention some of the other wild outfits they've come up with over the years for other Smallville superheroes, villians and civilians.

This particular ensemble is built on the foundation of a vintage-inspired blue dress. I consider it an homage to the era in which Superman was creation so many decades ago (although this dress may be more 1940s than 1930s inspired). While you could pair it with tights ala the man faster than a speeding bullet, delicately seamed hosiery in a barely there neutral (not pictured) is probably more appropriate and better suited to this outfit.

Two distinctively dressy pairs of pumps are available--as are handbags in a matching fabric. Choosing the blue combination creates balance with the dress while the red accessories are a dramatic contrast and more closely represent the superhero's outfit.

A long flowing red coat tops off the look while accessories (and makeup) in bright shades of our single sun yellow accent the outfit. Diamond-shaped yellow earrings are intended to pay tribute to the symbol on his chest without taking the look so far as to include the enormous "S" anywhere. Since Superman is all about fighting for "truth, justice and the American Way" (of life), a pair of patriotic earrings are included as an optional accessory.

A rich, luscious brown-black hair dye could yield super tresses, if the wearer is so inclined. Soft pale pink cheeks lay a subtle background because the eyes have it--the focus of the face and makeup, that is, with a strong true red lip.

With Clark's love and fellow reporter, Lois Lane, in mind--we slip a reporter's notepad into the set (as it can easily be stowed in either of these pretty purses) to jot down notes for that next big headline. A newspaper umbrella stands in for The Daily Planet.

Finally, while we would never suggest it for Lois or Clark, what Superman wardrobe would be complete without a nod to Krypton? For this, I've added a green (kryptonite-like) stone bracelet formed of dainty gold coils…never to be donned by or worn around the man of steel, of course, lest he no longer be as powerful as a locomotive!

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