Our House Brand at White Hot Room should honestly just be capes. We love capes. Give us all the capes. Thankfully, Musterbrand is out there providing. I adored their X-Wing pilot inspired cape and the Vader inspired one is equally awesome although more subdued. Subdued doesn’t mean it’s not recognizable though as I got compliments from multiple coworkers the first day I wore it. It is comfy, cozy, and stylish and really, what more could you ask for from a work wear piece?
Vader Cape: Musterbrand
Gray Shirt: Amazon
Pencil Skirt: Michael Kors
Black Pumps: Nine West
Just like with their other products, the Vader cape is a more subtle twist on a well-known character while still being identifiable to fellow geeks. And, as is the Musterbrand trademark, the cape is very well-made and feels worth every penny of its list price. The only bad thing that I have to say about this cape actually applies to their other products but is most noticeable with the capes. My hair routinely gets caught in it which can get really frustrating at times.
Disclaimer: Musterbrand provided the Vader cape but only requested honest feedback and did not ask for a positive review in return.
Any day is a good excuse for more Aphra pictures but it tends to be a really good day when you’ve recently been approved as the first Aphra in the 501st. (I actually got the news during this photoshoot!) Even better… I have a chance to take pictures with my friend and garrisonmate in his Darth Vader!
Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra: Bria
Darth Vader: SL-2469
Photography by Lafhaj Studios
Thank you to Haythem of Lafhaj Studios for all of the rad pictures! There was a lot going on at the shoot and I’m happy that we were able to get these shots especially for the ones that were aiming to recreate panels!
Such as, you know, one of the early panels from the first volume of the Darth Vader comic.
Whatever it is… it wasn’t Aphra’s fault.
Celebration is coming and Star Wars is definitely on our mind. And since Unique Vintage started carrying some Star Wars inspired fashion… well, you know how we work here at White Hot Room by now.
I fell in love with Aphra the very minute I saw the cover of Darth Vader #3. That was about two years ago and I’ve yet to find a reason not to love this sassy, rogue archaeologist who managed to survive working for Darth Vader. (Just barely but it still counts!) It means the freaking world to me that I have a character to cosplay in the galaxy far, far away who actually looks like me and who I love whole-heartedly. I will forever be indebted to Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca for creating her.
I’m especially excited because she got her very own comic book which debuted today! (And all of you should go read it ASAP!) And hey, if you need proof of how much I love Aphra, I’ve made upgrades to the costume since first making it back in July and I already have other upgrades planned AND I even want to make more versions of her various costumes because she has so many. Aphra is MY GIRL and if you need proof… well… this happened entirely by accident.
Dr. Aphra: Bria
Photography by the ever incredible Zhobot!
Double thank you to Heather of Zhobot for venturing forth to a random parking garage with me during what was decidedly winter so we could get these pictures!
One of the best things about Dragon Con is that you can pull together some pretty amazing costume groups because some of the best cosplayers around bring their A-Game to the con. My friend Ned and I assembled a pretty fun group of Original Trilogy costumes last year for Dragon Con but this year… this year we went all out and got people from the entire freaking Saga.
While we didn’t have quite as full of a group as we’d hoped, we’re still really freaking pleased with how things turned out. Plus, I had an excuse to make one of my favorite Leia costumes! Spray painting that poncho was way more fun than you’d think. I want to wear this costume forever.
I can’t wait to get some better shots of the costume out in the woods or something but for now, have some awesome moments from our giant photoshoot that we had to shift from the Hilton lobby because we were literally stopping traffic.
Princess Leia Organa: Bria
Han Solo: Ned Cox
Chewbacca: Ruby Rinesko
Darth Vader: Kevin Spooner
Anakin Skywalker: Aaron Rivin
Rey: Jennifer DeVoll
Photography: Dan Ethan