When it comes to speculating what characters might wear from the runways of our world, it’s well established that I like to play favorites which means it’s time to take another look at Tenel Ka, Queen Mother of Hapes and Warrior of Dathomir. This time though, we’ll be looking at both sides of the
Dathomir’s aesthetic is very much informed by their culture of warrior clans. While no one would try and claim that any of the below looks by Burberry and Michael Kors are fitting for riding rancors, they definitely capture the feel of Dathomir.
Hapes, on the other hand, doesn’t embrace their hardcore warrior or snake skin side quite that much. Both this Versace and Zuhair Murad definitely give off a Hapan vibe with the fabric of the Zuhair Murad being something that would likely appeal to Tenel Ka.
While I recognize that this Versace isn’t something that Tenel Ka would jump at to wear, there are elements to it that I think would definitely fit with the Hapan look combined with Tenel Ka’s own preferences. In particular, I’m referring to the arm pieces and the hood and the skirt itself definitely reads Hapan.
For a bonus round, have this Valentino dress which I could see Tenel Ka wearing in a more casual Hapan setting that would still restrict her from dressing more Dathomiri.
All pictures taken from Style.com
I love Tenel Ka and spent a good deal of my childhood wanting to be her best friend. Truth be told, I still want to be so it really was inevitable that I’d do an outfit for her. So maybe the heels make this outfit a little less than rancor riding ready but it was still fun to do. I always loved the descriptions of her lizard hide armour so I wanted to try and invoke that. Also, completely by accident, I seem to have created this ‘asymmetrical top=one arm’ connection in my mind but her determination and her independence are things that I’ve always really admired about her character so I’m certainly not trying to make light of her disability. Honestly, I just think she’s the best. Or was that not apparent yet?
This is also the first of my outfits to feature a nail polish. I’m not really a nail polish aficionado but when I saw this colour in the store, my mind immediately jumped to Tenel Ka. She’s also not really the type to wear nail polish but the way that the colour shifts from a metallic copper to a copper with a greenish tinge. It definitely invoked the mental image of her lizard hide armour. It’s also stayed on rather nicely as of a week later without a top coat.
Asymmetrical Snakeskin Top: BCBG
Snakeskin Jeans: DKNY Jeans
Bamboo Tassel Heels: Gucci
Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Lustre Shine – Plume