So a very long time ago, Abby made me watch Avatar: The Last Airbender. It went only sort of well because Abby also decided to start the show when I was already half asleep but I liked what I remembered of it. Essentially ever since then, we’ve been trying to find a time to cosplay as Mai and Ty Lee because they are basically us in a nutshell. Several years ago, we ended up doing their beach outfits at Dragon Con but have always wanted to do the costumes properly. The problem always came down to how Mai’s a great winter con costume and Ty Lee’s a great summer con costume and we always dragged our feet on picking a con where one of us would be miserable.
And then the Fire Nation attacked. Actually no wait: the stars aligned. My friend Tini Howard was cleaning out her cosplay closet, sold me her Mai costume, and Abby basically went “JUST TELL ME WHAT CON” as soon as I told her I’d bought it. AND THEN THE STARS ALIGNED EVEN FURTHER because Katsu this year was actually reasonably warm so Abby didn’t freeze. What I’m saying is that this was meant to be.
Ty Lee: Abby Rou Cosplay
Thank you to my amazing British Clone Anna for the photography at Katsucon!
In case you thought I was kidding about Mai and Ty Lee basically being us, there was very little acting involved in these pictures.
We’re clearly Team Fire Nation here at White Hot Room so it was only a matter of time before we put together an inspo post for our favourite Avatar kids. The Fire Nation has such great colours to draw inspiration from too. Red! Gold! Black! Oh wait, that’s also a list of some our favourite colours. No wonder we’re doing this post.
Let’s start with this Strapless Ombre Bandage Dress from Herve Leger and this Sheath Dress from BCBG. I’m betting Azula goes for the ombre and Mai goes for the colour blocked. They’re just such sharp dresses.
Ty Lee, however, would totally go for something way more fun and a bit out of the box like this cute dress from Desigual. Mai probably went shopping with her and convinced her that black was not a bad colour.
I could absolutely see one of the Fire Nation ladies rocking this Gold Bandage Top from Herve Leger beneath a red jacket or blazer. (We vote blazer.)
If Azula’s going to be the Fire Lord then she obviously needs a chic power suit. It’s all about the gold, darlings.
It probably gets cold in the Fire Nation occasionally, right? Or maybe Mai just needs a fabulous coat to keep her warm while she’s bored stiff in the Earth Kingdom colony. The fabric invokes the embers of a dying fire.
And of course, what’s a fashion inspo post without a little couture? Play us out, Elie Saab and Marchesa!
So we ladies are back from Dragon*Con 2012, which was its usual debauched affair. Slowed down a little by con crud, we still did our best to ~bring the party to you~ Spoilers: the party is a giant alien pokemon worm. But more on that later.
To tide you over till a proper cosplay & convention report, we have a few tidbits from instagram — follow us at whitehotroom. Not game? We also use twitter and tumblr to liveblog events, so come and join us there! <3