The purpose of this intermittent feature is:
- to draw style inspiration from the world of words. I'll be taking a favorite book and using it to create an outfit.
- to create wearable outfits (not costumes!), with things I already own.
WHO: Witch Baby, a.k.a. Lily or Nina Bruja.
WHY? To me, Witch Baby represents the relentless search to grow into our true selves. In some ways, she reminds me of the Coyote/trickster figure found in so many cultures' folkore -- sometimes things need to be broken before we can approach the fragments with fresh eyes and build something new.
HER LOOK/STYLE: She has tilty purple eyes, tangly hair, and curling toes like cashew nuts. She simultaneously wants to burrow into the earth and ascend on wings. She carries a bat-shaped backpack (a nod to one of her family names, Bat). In "Witch Baby," one of her prized possessions is a shirt embroidered by Angel Juan's mother. In "Missing Angel Juan," Weetzie gifts her with a skeleton charm bracelet before she heads to New York.
"My mother says that pain is hidden in everyone you see. She says try to imagine it like big bunches of flowers that everyone is carrying around with them. Think of your pain like a big bunch of red roses, a beautiful thorn necklace. Everyone has one." - Angel Juan
"I remembered the way I'd seen the world when I was young. I'd seen the smoke and the pain in the streets, heard the roaring under the earth, felt the rage beneath the surface of everything, most people pretending it wasn't there. Only those who are so shaken or so brave can wear it in their eyes. The way you wear it in your eyes."
"Dear Angel Juan,
You used to guard my sleep like a panther biting back my pain with the edge of your teeth. You carried me into the dark dream jungle, loping past the hungry vines, crossing the shiny fish-scale river. We left my tears behind in a chiming silver pool. We left my sorrow in the muddy hollows. When I woke up you were next to me, damp and matted, your eyes hazy, trying to remember the way I clung to you, how far down we went."
WHAT I WORE:
- purple plaid, purple to represent Witch Baby's beautiful eyes. I thought plaid shirts might be Witch Baby's style, too ... I definitely don't picture her dressing in a stereotypically feminine way. After all, she likes slithering through mud and playing the drums, and I doubt she does these things in a frou-frou dress. (Not that either activity can't be enjoyed in a frou-frou dress, mind you.)
- tee with an angel. It represents both Angel Juan and Witch Baby's own pair of wings (mentioned in "Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys.")
- tiny rose earrings. Roses, as the classic symbol of love and as a key fairytale element, are woven throughout Block's work.
Planet Gold buttondown, Macy's
Any book you'd like to see me take on?