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Calling All Designers! Submissions Are Now Open for the 2016 Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con

Last year, GeekGirl World attended the Her Universe Fashion show, and it was a spectacular event for geek couture and nerd fashion! Her Universe and fashion retail partner Hot Topic will be hosting their premiere geek couture runway fashion show again this year on July 21 at 6pm at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel during San Diego Comic-Con. The third annual Her Universe Fashion show will once again offer fans and aspiring designers the chance to submit their pop culture inspired designs to compete on the runway for the unique opportunity to design their very own collection exclusively for Hot Topic stores. The Her Universe Fashion Show has been one of the biggest special events at Comic-Con since it’s inception, and this year it is poised to be even bigger as they make bold strides to further enhance the experience of the show.

The submission process is NOW OPEN for up and coming designers 18 years or older. One of the biggest changes this year will be the opportunity for designers in the Southern California area to submit their designs to Her Universe and Hot Topic judges at the Hollywood and Highland location of Hot Topic in Los Angeles on April 23, starting at 10am. If you don’t live in the Southern California area, or can’t make it to the open call, no worries, because ALL designers (including those who attend the open call) will still need to submit their entries online. However, online submissions will now have the additional option of adding a video explanation to present their idea to the judges. Get those submissions ready, folks! The deadline for ALL applications (including those planing to attend in-person at the open call in LA) is 11:59pm PST on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Submit your designs for consideration here! GOOD LUCK!

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Original sketches from last year’s winning fashion show designers, Kelly Cercone (Joker’s New Look) and Leetal Platt (Usagi’s Transformation). The design competition submission process for the 2016 Her Universe Fashion Show is now is open for designers to submit their own women’s fashion designs based on anything that is celebrated at Comic-Con, original or inspired by popular media

Once the call for submissions closes, twenty-five designers will chosen and notified on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. These twenty-five finalists will be given the opportunity to compete on the runway in the Her Universe Fashion Show at SDCC for the grand prize. The entire process from start to finish will be filmed as part of a docu-series set to air on the new Comic-Con HQ channel. Plus this year, in addition to the judges choice winner and audience choice winner at the show, a third winner will be selected by the viewers on the Comic-Con HQ channel at home!

Designer Kelly Cercone models her own geek couture design, Joker's New Look: Batman, which won last year's Judge's Choice in the 2015 Her Universe Fashion Show.
Designer Kelly Cercone models her own geek couture design, Joker’s New Look: Batman, which won last year’s Judge’s Choice in the 2015 Her Universe Fashion Show.

“My favorite part of The Her Universe Fashion Show has been getting to know all of the designers behind the scenes…With the new docu-series on Comic-Con HQ, fans will get to know each designer and follow their process and journey to the runway at SDCC. There are so many talented designers out there that just need the opportunity and platform to showcase their skills. I encourage fans to submit and no experience is necessary!”

– Ashley Eckstein, Her Universe Founder

“We always put the fans and community first at Her Universe and the fashion show is an example of our mission.”

– Michael Rego, Chief Executive Officer of The Araca Group, Eckstein’s partner in Her Universe.

Chloe Dykstra models last year's Her Universe Fashion Show Audience Choice winning design, Leetal Platt's Usagi's Transformation: Sailor Moon.
Chloe Dykstra models last year’s Her Universe Fashion Show Audience Choice winning design, Leetal Platt’s Usagi’s Transformation: Sailor Moon.
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Sneak peek of the new upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens collection, coming soon to Hot Topic, designed by last year’s fashion show winners – Leetal Platt and Kelly Cercone. Captain Phasma jacket (designed by Leetal) and Captain Phasma leggings (designed by Kelly). Image credit: Hot Topic

Along with her hosting duties for the fashion show, Eckstein will serve as Executive Producer in association with the Ashley and Jennifer Tisdale company, Blondie Girl Productions (Young & Hungry) on the docu-series for the Comic-Con HQ channel.

Her Universe:

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Twitter – twitter.com/HerUniverse

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Blondie Girl Productions:

Facebook – facebook.com/blondiegirlproductions 

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Her Universe is Promising Exciting News and Exclusive Debuts at WonderCon!

Her Universe is returning to WonderCon! This year WonderCon is at the Los Angeles Convention Center March 25-27, and Her Universe will be hosting two panels and a portfolio review. So aspiring artists, designers, and writers, here is your chance to get noticed!

The Her Universe “Geek Couture” Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con, co produced by Hot Topic and Her Universe has been a hit for the past two years. GeekGirl World was there last year when the winner was chosen and we covered some of the amazing outfits hitting the runway. In preparation for this year’s 2016 fashion show, during the “Her Universe Fashion Show Update” panel at WonderCon (Friday, March 25, 2pm to 3pm in room 502B), attendees will hear the latest information on submissions for the fashion show and get to be the first to see the new collection designed by last year’s winners, Leetal Platt and Kelly Cercone. Ashley Eckstein, SVP of Her Universe and voice of Star Wars Rebels‘ Ahsoka Tano, will be headlining the panel along with executives from Hot Topic to give aspiring fashion designers advice on how they can get their designs in the market.

Her Universe Press, the publishing imprint of Her Universe, will be sponsoring the “Calling All Aspiring Writers/Her Universe Press” panel (Saturday, March 26, 2pm to 3pm in room 515A). Ashley Eckstein is hosting this panel for fans and writers who are working on getting their novel published. During the panel, attendees will be able to get advice from published authors Heather Nuhfer (Weirdest), E. Anne Convery (The Confidence Chronicles), and New York Times, USA Today and #1 International bestselling author Christina Hobbs who writes under the penname “Christina Lauren” with her writing partner.

At the “Her Universe Geek Fashion Portfolio Review” (Saturday, March 26 from 10:30am to 11:30am in room 150), fans and designers looking to either submit entries to the The Her Universe Fashion Show or just break into the fashion business, can share their portfolio with industry professionals from Her Universe and Hot Topic and get tips and advice on how best to prepare to show their work.

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Finally, for those attending WonderCon, you can go check out the Her Universe boutique (booth #1225) where they will debut new geek fashion designs and apparel from  Star Wars, Marvel, Doctor Who, Star Trek and more. Her Universe continues to make their mark in geek fashion by offering a bevy of option for all sizes with fun casual to dressy choices for ladies to show off their geekyness to the world. One of the major debuts at the booth will be the Her Universe Marvel activewear collection for juniors inspired by Captain America: Civil War. This first of it’s kind collection will be sold at Kohl’s stores nationwide and at Kohls.com the end of March in anticipation of the movie hitting theaters in May.

Check out Her Universe online at  www.heruniverse.com.

Follow Ashley Eckstein & Her Universe on:

Facebook (facebook.com/HerUniverse)

Twitter (twitter.com/HerUniverse)

Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/heruniverse/)

YouTube(https://www.youtube.com/user/HerUniverseChannel?sub_confirmation=1).

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Sneak Peek at The Geek Couture Hitting The Runway at SDCC Her Universe Fashion Show!

The second annual Her Universe fashion show, brainchild of actress and Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein is ready to invade San Diego Comic-Con with one of a kind geek couture! Hosting the event for the second time in a row, Ashley Eckstein is no stranger to geek culture. She is the voice actor of Ahsoka Tano on the hit TV series Star Wars Rebels and Clone Wars and has developed a fandom in her own right. She created the event to spotlight fangirl culture and the geeky fashions that this culture has inspired.
Last year the Her Universe fashion show debuted to a packed house and rave reviews. Highlighting the need for the “geek industry” to recognize its female fanbase. Fangirls are just as diehard as their male counterparts and in this #selfie obsessed world we live in now, girls aren’t afraid to proudly express their girly side through their fandoms! I’m happy to see that San Diego Comic-Con is filling these needs by making the fashion show an annual event and I can’t wait to see what other events this inspires.

Ashley Eckstein, on stage at last year's fashion show in her Studio Ghibli Totoro couture gown.
Ashley Eckstein, on stage at last year’s fashion show in her Studio Ghibli Totoro couture gown.

“We are so excited to return to San Diego Comic-Con with The Her Universe Fashion Show. Geek Fashion is a trend that’s not going away and once again we can’t wait to celebrate Fangirl Fashion on the runway. You will not want to miss the stunning pieces created by this year’s designers and the audience will participate by picking one of the winners!” – Ashley Eckstein, Founder, Her Universe

This year will feature 25 designers displaying their one of a kind “geek couture” fashions on the runway, they’ll be competing for the opportunity to design a limited edition fandom collection with Her Universe for Hot Topic. “Last year’s winners Andrew and Amy Beth blew us away with the amazing Marvel collection they designed for us,” said Cindy Levitt, SVP of Merchandising and Marketing at Hot Topic. “It truly hit home with the fangirl, as well as our fashion customer and was a fantastic success! We can’t wait to do it again this year!” The exclusive Marvel’s Avengers collection sold out in record numbers when it premiered in May of 2015. Hot Topic has ordered more since then and their collection can still be found in select Hot Topic stores.

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Last years winners Amy Beth Christenson and Andrew MacLaine along with Hot Topic’s SVP of Merchandising and Marketing, Cindy Levitt; singer/songwriter, voice actress and designer, Traci Hines; Manager of Licensing and Merchandising at Sony Pictures Television, Jessica Nubel will be on the panel of judges for this year’s fashion show. The 25 finalists competing in this year’s fashion show are: Lauren Andrews, Ericka Angiuli, Kelly Cercone, Laura Desch, Daisy Evans, Jessica Gonzalez, Lindsay Hamilton, Kathryn Henzler, Sarah Henzler, Hannah Kent, Kristin Koga, Harmony Leiker, Belinda Mendoza, Jennifer Newman, Emily Ong, Laura Cristina Ortiz, Leetal Platt, Tara Reich, Adria Sanchez-Chaidez, Amy Scott, Kristi Siedow-Thompson, Sam Skyler, Jesse Thaxton, Oseas Villatoro, and Erica Williams. There will be two winners, one that the judges chose and one chosen by the audience!

Sneak Peek at Ashley Eckstein's on-stage geek couture gowns for The Her Universe Fashion Show designed by last year's Audience Winner, Andrew MacLaine.
Sneak Peek at Ashley Eckstein’s on-stage geek couture gowns for The Her Universe Fashion Show designed by last year’s Audience Winner, Andrew MacLaine.

The second annual Her Universe Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, July 9th at 6pm at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego during San Diego Comic-Con. The event is joined this year by actress Ashley Tisdale’s company, Blondie Girl Productions as a production partner. Jennifer Tisdale and Heath Hyche will be providing live commentary on the event along with backstage coverage. Also, make sure to check out the beautiful hair and make-up on the runway by the geeky cosmetics company Espionage Cosmetics as they return for the second year. Ashley Eckstein, Hot Topic and the Her Universe team will also be giving out prizes to attendees wearing the best geek inspired fashions, so come dressed to impress! Geek fashion is definitely the wave of the future and I can’t wait to be inspired by this year’s designs.
Which fandoms would you love to see made into geek couture? Let us know in the comments.

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Fashion by Geeks: Whimsical Vintage

Fashion by Geeks celebrates the unique style of girls in our geeky community. Our community is filled with such beautiful girls who all express themselves so wonderfully through fashion and they’re bursting with creativity. All around me I see my friends and fellow geeks at events who rock at the personal style game. I just want to run up to them and ask them a million questions about where they find such amazing pieces, and how they grew up to look so awesome. This series is basically my excuse to do this, and not come off as huge creeper. Also, who better to help you find the best looks around than nerds like you! Maybe you’re trying to find your own personal style, but you don’t know where to begin, or maybe you just want fun new pieces to add to your wardrobe, and want to know the best places to shop? Let your friends at GeekGirl World help you out.

The honor of christening Fashion by Geeks goes to one of my most stylish friends Elise Aparicio! Her style is as cute as she is, and inspires everyone around her to step up their fashion game. I met Elise at local bakery GimmeSomeSugar before our monthly book club meeting. I felt the atmosphere fit right in with her vintage and whimsical style, and instantly staged an impromptu photo shoot.

GeekGirl World: What are you wearing today?

Elise Aparicio: I’m wearing a Retrolicious brand dress, purchased through ModCloth; a Heart of Haute “Sweet Sweater” in red; and a black circle skirt purchased through TallGiraffe, on Etsy. My shoes are BAIT footwear Ida heels and in my hair I have a flower courtesy of my trip to Hawaii earlier this year.

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GGW: Why is this outfit a good representation of your personal style?

EA: I love how bright and colorful this outfit is. The colors of the dress make it easy to pair with multiple cardigans and footwear. I like patterns that are kitschy and fun like the tickets on my Retrolicious dress; I feel this outfit best represents my fun and quirky style.

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GGW: Is this your favorite outfit? If not, describe the one that is. Why is it your favorite?

EA: Since purchasing this dress, my style has evolved a bit into more a retro-vintage look, but I would still say this outfit is my favorite. The dress cut is flattering and modern, there are pockets which aren’t too deep, but perfect for days when you’re leaving the house with only the essentials, the pattern is bright and goes with everything. The sweater that I decided to pair with it is one of my newest essentials. The fabric doesn’t wrinkle so it can literally be stashed in your purse or gym bag and it still looks great on. The red adds a pop of color to many items in my wardrobe so I find it goes with practically everything. I’m planning on purchasing other colors in the future. The black circle skirt that I decided to pair with it was a custom purchase from Etsy. To make the outfit “work appropriate” I decided to wear the black skirt on top of the dress. The black skirt is a longer length for work, and the dress adds a little volume to the skirt. Layering skirts on top of dresses is my favorite tip for changing the look of a dress or making it more work appropriate.

GGW: What’s your fashion history? Describe your style throughout your life. What trends did you fall into?

EA: There are many factors that have contributed to my fashion history. The stores that I shop in have changed, which in turn changed my fashion choices. When I was in high school and college, Old Navy and Target were my go-to stores. I was also on a limited budget, so the thought of spending more than $30 on a dress was out of my price range. I don’t think I ever followed any trends. I mainly (and still to an extent) wear clothes that feel comfortable and casual, so it was usually a Target shirt with jeans and flip flops. I started wearing flats when I moved out to Vegas, mainly because I felt it was too cold to wear flip flops in the winter. I’m from Southern California born and raised!

GGW: Was fashion always important to you/did you always like fashion? If not, when did you start liking it and why?

EA: I have always admired retro-inspired or vintage fashions since I was in high school, but I never thought I would look good in them. I spent many years not wearing dresses because I thought I looked pregnant in them, or not wearing shorts because I didn’t want people to see my legs. The older I get the more I realize what styles look the most flattering on my body, what feels the most comfortable to wear, and to take more chances with my style.

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GGW: What/who has inspired your style throughout your life?

EA: My sister has always had great modern style and her clothing choices are always top notch. She helped me transition from sports bras to figuring out that DD’s need to have their own cups. She has a good eye for fashion and isn’t afraid to tell you when something doesn’t look good on you.

GGW: What/who inspires your style now?

EA: Instagram! I follow so many amazing body-positive pinups on Instagram that continue to influence my fashion choices. My favorite instagrammers are: @modernjunecleaver @ameliajetson @feministunicorn @missvictoryviolet @teerwayde @shelovesdresses and @pinupcortney. (check them out)

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GGW: How does your fashion style make you feel?

EA: It makes me feel confident and sexy. Who knew long circle skirts would make me feel like a million bucks?!

GGW: How would you describe your fashion style?

EA: Retro, kitschy, girly, and nerdy. When I find outfits that incorporate all 4, it’s magic!

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GGW: Do you think fashion has powers?

EA: Yes! Fashion can inspire so much positive energy. When you feel good about yourself and your appearance, is there anything you can’t accomplish?!

GGW: What superpower would your fashion style give you?

EA: If I really wanted to be creative, every outfit would have its own unique superpower. The movie tickets on the dress would come alive and admit me into every theater in America.

GGW: Where do you like to shop?

EA: ModCloth.com – Probably my first stepping stone into my current style.

Heart of Haute – So many beautiful designs and 50s & 60s inspired outfits. US made and sold.

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Eshakti – You can give them your measurements and they custom make the skirt/dress for you!

Teefury – all those t-shirt a day sites. Nerdy, mash-up designs on a shirt? Yes please.

H&M – I find a lot of cute, inexpensive tops and dresses here. Also scarves. Scarves that are cute as hell.

Hot Topic – They sell pin up style dresses and tops now. I was very excited when I found out they carried some Hell Bunny brand dresses. Hot Topic has evolved from my high school days.

Luxulite brooches on Etsy. – Luxulite is a woman from England that sells 40s and 50s inspired brooches. I have brooches with snowmen, pumpkins, fruit, cherries, etc. I’m not a big jewelry wearer, but brooches are a fun way to enhance your outfit and add color.

Bait footwear – Bought my first pair via ModCloth. They’re made well and feel very comfortable. It’s also a step up from flip flops. I buy their low heels since I don’t want to die from foot pain at the end of the day.

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GGW: Do you have any advice to give to our readers who are struggling with their style or think fashion is something they can’t accomplish/feel alienated by?

EA: If you’re not sure where to start, pick a few pieces that you can get the most use out of. A simple black circle skirt can be paired with everything from nerdy tees to a fancy work blouse. Staple colors, like red or royal blue are the perfect cardigan colors that will go with everything. If you are always choosing black (which is not wrong – I’m a fan of that color and it’s very flattering.) and want to go outside the box, go for pieces that will liven it up, like a red belt, red shoes, a stylish brooch. Also, take your measurements. Figure out your exact size so you know exactly the body you are shopping for. I do a lot of online shopping and knowing my measurements is key. Always shop at online stores with a good return policy and check the return policy if you’re unsure. ModCloth has an amazing return policy with free return shipping! So it’s a good place to start. Lastly, have fun! Choose items that you feel best represents YOU.

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Penny Dreadful Fashion Collection

Hot Topic is premiering their exclusive limited edition fashion collection all inspired by Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. This year, Hot Topic is collaborating with the pop culture entertainment world to bring us one of a kind fashion collections inspired by our favorite shows and movies. I was a huge fan of their first collection featuring Orphan Black, they literally had me screaming with delight with their Avenger’s collection, and their new Penny Dreadful collection is no exception.

In order to truly appreciate this collection, it really helps if you’re familiar with the series. Penny Dreadful is a psychological horror drama set in Victorian London. The series, a horror fiction fan’s dream, is influenced heavily by Frankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dracula, and the name itself refers to the penny dreadfuls of the day. Penny dreadfuls were stories that were exploitative in nature about the supernatural, detectives, and criminals; they were printed on cheap pulp paper and sold for a penny in 19th century Britain. The show is currently airing its second season Sunday nights on Showtime. It’s filled with mystery, old magic, and has a beautiful romantic Gothic feel to it. This romantic Gothic influence is exhibited throughout the entire collection. If you have a love for turn of the century Victorian London, and a fascination with the macabre, this collection was made for you. Let’s go through it piece by piece:

Scorpion Print Dress

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The scorpion is the chosen symbol for one of the show’s lead characters Vanessa Ives, she’s a medium fascinated with the supernatural and literally fighting good and evil within her. The scorpion is a known symbol in astrology representing death and regeneration, and is associated with people that are enigmatic, passionate, and obsessed with secrets. So you can see why the scorpion is so heavily featured throughout this collection. I’m a sucker for anything with a Peter Pan collar on it and this dress features such lovely detail on the collar. You would think that with a scorpion print, the scorpion collar would be going overboard, but they made it in such a way that it looks like it’s made out of lace and not the bodies of scorpions. The color is perfect and gives the dress flexibility to be dressed up as an evening look or down as a daytime dress. The collar and the cupped sleeves make for a very innocent and sweet look, but the print brings that Penny Dreadful darkness to it and I’m loving that disparity.

Scorpion Tank Top

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This top is all about that back. There’s something so beautiful about mixing the lace flowers with the scorpions. I’m glad they left the front empty, it would’ve been too much otherwise. I almost want to get this a size too big and wear it as a dress. I don’t like the styling they chose for the model; I get why they did it since it’s Penny Dreadful, but I would style this as a summer look with no other prints, to keep the focus on the back.

Portrait Print Dress

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This is most certainly an homage to Dorian Gray. In the show Dorian Gray is beautiful with an artistic view on life, and he dresses with style. I like that the dress features several symbols from the show, but that they’re not so specific that someone that isn’t a fan couldn’t wear this. My favorite part of this dress besides that it looks super comfortable and stretchy, is the hemline. The slanting in the hem is very flattering and gives the illusion of curves where there aren’t any, and at the same time is slimming. I would wear this dress everywhere.

Map of London 1891 Dress

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This is my favorite dress from the collection! I pre-ordered this dress as soon as I saw it. I know it’s a map of London, but it has a romantic Parisian feel to it. I love the way they styled it with those lace up tights. You could potentially cosplay as a Queen in this dress. I love the antique look of the map and the open back with lace. So much detail went into this, down to the spiders and Frankenstein’s monster stitches.

Scorpion Illusion Neckline Tank Top

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This is the only look that really fell flat for me. I feel like they just needed an extra piece and came up with this. The illusion neckline looks like scorpions hanging off of spiders; it’s not delicate, it’s bold. That leaves little room for when to wear this. If it was delicate, you could wear it to work or as a casual look, but the boldness means you could only really wear this around Halloween time. And if you’re saying it’s not that bad, you’re right. It’s worse: boring.

Victorian Jacket

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The way they styled this jacket is perfect. It’s exactly how I would wear this. This jacket screams “Rock Me Amadeus” with an edge. This jacket also gives you the versatility to wear it as part of a more feminine look. Honestly, I could do without the laces on the side, however, the jacket is awesome. It just doesn’t need the extra detail, especially since the fabric is stretchy and you could just size down if you wanted that cinched in look. Although, I do like the option of corseting it in.

All of these pieces are available in plus sizes up to 3X, which is amazing because these are beautiful designs. How many retailers out there are offering their main fashion line in plus sizes? If plus size is lucky enough to be an option, it’s certainly always the less stylish version of the featured design. Hot Topic doesn’t do that and I love them for it. I can’t wait to see what they do next. All of their limited edition collections sell out fast, so if I were you, I would start ordering now.  You can pre-order the collection right now at Hot Topic before it hits stores on May 26!

Which piece was your favorite? Who would you like to see Hot Topic collaborate with on their next fashion collection? Let us know in the comments.

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NerdyBound: Orphan Black

In honor of Orphan Black returning tonight, this week’s NerdyBound is all about my favorite clones. If you’ve never seen Orphan Black I can say with full confidence that you’re depriving yourself of one of life’s better creations. The show, in a nutshell, is about a girl who finds out she’s one in a set of clones that a corporation created and has been tracking and attempting to control for experimental purposes. There are also people/organizations who know of the existence of the clones that are trying to kill/harm them. This show is so smart, funny, emotional and full of mystery and suspense. It’s basically everything you’re asking for in a series and it features a diverse set of female characters from every walk of life that are real; this series doesn’t shy away from their flaws. Yes, I hate stereotyping female characters, but I also love when they show female characters as these strong, beautiful, and intelligent super humans. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next.

I styled my looks around the Hot Topic Orphan Black Collection. I’m honestly so impressed by this collection. I’m so used to pop culture being sold to the public as photos on shirts and maybe a couple of themed accessories with more than just the name on it if you’re lucky. This collection not only recreated outfits from the show, but the designers added personal touches that portray each character’s personality. Sarah’s collection combines her outfit from episode one with established pieces that Sarah later wears regularly. Cosima’s collection is my favorite. They recreated her signature red dress, but added a DNA print which is just so perfect for our science loving clone, I love it. Her cardigan is a gorgeous ombre color that I would love on any piece of clothing, Orphan Black themed or not. I didn’t really use Alison’s collection here, only because I feel like the fans know Alison more for her iconic pink preppy looks. I get that Hot Topic was going for a housewife vibe and Alison totally goes Stepford all over the place, but I wanted to go for a more iconic “Alison” look. Helena’s collection is perfect and I want every single piece. They have the wedding dress, complete with Helena’s clone stick figure pattern. Also, both her jacket and top come with her angel wing scars printed on the back. Every item sold out during pre-sales and is almost selling out right now. The collection is also offered in exclusive plus size at Torrid.

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Shop the Look: Orphan Black Knit Sweater Girls Tank Top $34.50 sizes XS-4XL, Orphan Black Pleather Girls Moto Jacket $49.50 sizes XS-4XL, LOVEsick Black Back Skinny Strappy Sports Bra $16.50 sizes XS-XL For the plus size option I found an AMAZING Etsy shop called OrigamiCustoms they make custom caged bralette’s and harnesses in all sizes. $48.22, ASOS Leggings in High Waist with Leather Look Panel Detail $45 sizes 0-14 Plus size option: Orphan Black Sarah Moto Leggings $24.50, Black Buckle Combat Boots $46.50, Jac Vanek This Is The Bag Military Bag $60, Layered Charm Necklace $6.90, Triangle Ring Set $4.90, Cuffed Hand Chain $4.90, Chained Dual Stud Ear Jackets $3.90

 

Cosima Niehaus

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Shop the Look: Orphan Black Fit & Flare Dress $29.50 sizes XS-4XL, Orphan Black Lightweight Ombre Girls Open Cardigan $44.50 sizes XS_4XL, Striped Fishnet Tights $7.90 sizes S-L Plus size option: Black Lace Tights – Baroque Pattern $21.99, ModCloth Menswear Inspired Flying First-Sass Heel $44.99, Zara Multi Skull& Stud Scarf this is the scarf that Cosima actually wears in the series, it’s sold out all over the place, but if you must have it you can try your luck on Ebay. I’m kind of in love with the alternative I found: Mossimo Skull Plaid Scarf – Black/Red $10.48, Kooba Brown Distressed Leather Bag $166.69 Budget friendly option: Men’s Vintage Canvas Leather Satchel Military Messenger Bag $34.26, Soko Angle Choker $60, Monserat De Lucca Scholastic Cute and Astute Necklace $69.99, Orphan Black 324B21 Brass Hand Metal Stamped Vegan Friendly Bracelet $24.99 this awesome bracelet is metal stamped with Cosima’s serial number of “324B21”. Orphan Black Cosima’s DNA Laptop Bracelet $18.99, Dreamcatcher Hand Ring Bracelet $6.50, Geo Cutout Midi Ring Set $4.90

 

Alison Hendrix

Alison

Shop the Look: Long-sleeved Jersey Top $12.95 sizes XS-XL Plus size option: Women’s Mystique V-Neck Knit Shirt $26.65, Women’s Clip spot Favorite Shirt Merona $22.99, Pleated Stretch-Fit Trousers sizes S-L $19.90 Plus size option: All-Nighter Pant – Slim Boot Trouser $58.50, Personalized White Quilted Vest Preppy Monogram $42 sizes 2-12 I was so excited to find this Etsy listing they do custom monogramming in gold leaf which to me just screams Alison. High-Shine Paneled Flats $22.90, Orphan Black Alison Bow Headband $6.50 I couldn’t resist adding this headband to the look, we all know Alison is known for her headbands and this one is customized for her with a very appropriate and adorable gun print. Gold Filigree White Pearl Necklace, Gold Bead $80 Budget friendly option: Pearl Color Options Pearl Jewelry (as always Etsy to the rescue), Faux Pearl Duo Studs $7.90, Shashi Solitaire Ring $32, Man and Woman Sharing a Glass of Wine $20 I wanted to find the perfect accessory for Alison that represented her love of wine, this vintage pin came from the clone heavens above it states that it’s a woman and a man sharing a glass of wine, but this piece of jewelry could obviously foretell the future because it’s clearly two clones sharing a glass of wine.

 

Helena

Helena

Shop the Look: Orphan Black Wedding Dress $54.50 sizes XS-4XL, Orphan Black Mesh Long Sleeve Girls Top $29.50, Clean Wash Skinny Jeans $7.90 sizes 24-31 Plus size option: Skinny Jean – Black Rinse $58.50, Orphan Black Lightweight Girls Anorak Jacket $49.50 sizes XS-4XL, Every Bliss Way Boot $9.99, Rhinestone Ear Cuff Set $7.90, Metal Tusk Ring $4.90, Orphan Black Sestra Necklace $8.50

 

Felix Dawkins (Felix is one of my favorite characters; he brings so much life to the show so I had to make a NerdyBound of him.)

Felix

Shop the Look: Twisted Frida Kahlo Muscle Tee $13.80 sizes S – L Plus size option: Cream Double Vision Tank Top $20.50 which I would pair with Skeleton Peace Racerback Crop Cami $26.50, ASOS Pea Coat $61 sizes 0-14 Plus size option: Shawl Collar Coat $81.48, ASOS Leather Look Leggings $33 sizes 0-14 Plus size option: ASOS CURVE Leather Look Legging $33, Anglophile Style Scarf $24.99, Move with Moxie Bootie $45, Boho, Urban, Travel, Scholastic Benefit of the Route Bag $49.99, Faux Crystal Midi Ring Set $6.90, Minimal Too Electri-cool Earrings $12.99, Spin Me Right ‘Round Time Necklace $24.99, No Conquest Ring in Silver $12.99 because Felix is so often their knight in shining armor, Orphan Black Clone Club Cuff Bracelet $16, O O-Kay Vinyl Harness $49

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Geek Couture Fashion Show and Design Competition

After the success of last year’s competition, Her Universe and Hot Topic are teaming up again at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego (San Diego Comic-Con) for their “Geek Couture” fashion show and design competition. The show will be held on July 9, 2015 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego.

“We’re thrilled to announce The Her Universe Fashion Show is coming back to San Diego Comic-Con 2015. I can’t wait to see the designs submitted this year. It’s going to be impossible to choose only 25 designers to compete in this year’s show. SDCC brings together a pool of incredible talent!”

– Ashley Eckstein, Founder of Her Universe

“The success of last year’s fashion show highlighted the unique opportunity to directly engage fans in what is clearly a labor of love. We are excited to welcome Ashley and The Her Universe Fashion Show back for what is sure to be another fun and exciting event.”

–  David Glanzer, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Comic-Con

Amy Beth Christenson Smith "Great Skirt Marty"
Original sketch that “Judges Winner,” Amy Beth Christenson, submitted last year during the open submission process for the 2014 Her Universe Fashion Show.
Andrew MacLaine "Regina's Curse"
Original sketch that “Audience Winner,” Andrew MacLaine, submitted last year during the open submission process for the 2014 Her Universe Fashion Show.

During the submission period (which opened on April 8, 2015), potential contestants over 18 years of age can submit their designs for consideration and entry into the fashion show. The deadline for submissions is April 22, 2015, and a field of 25 lucky contestants will be chosen and announced by April 28, 2015 to compete in the fashion show. Two top winners will be selected at the fashion show; one by the judges panel, the other by the audience. Last year’s winners, Amy Beth Christenson and Andrew MacLaine, will have their exclusive Marvel Avengers Collection hit Hot Topic stores and hottopic.com this May!

Loki Halter Dress from Hot Topic
Part of the Marvel by Her Universe collection designed by last year’s fashion show winner, Amy Beth Christenson, with Her Universe, is this Loki Halter Dress available next month at Hot Topic.
Black Widow Belted Jacket from Hot Topic
Part of the Marvel by Her Universe collection designed by last year’s fashion show winner, Andrew MacLaine, with Her Universe, is this Black Widow Belted Jacket available next month at Hot Topic.

“The Avengers fashion collection designed by the winners from last year’s fashion show is beyond amazing. We can’t wait to do it again this year!”

– Cindy Levitt, Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing at Hot Topic

The rules for the 2015 Her Universe Fashion Show are as follows:

  • Designs must be fashions, not costumes, and can be “geek couture” or ready-to-wear outfits. 25 designers will be chosen to participate in the show.
  • The chosen designers can wear their own fashions on stage or opt to use their own model for the runway.
  • There are no tickets for this event. Entry will be first come-first served and admission is free with a San Diego Comic-Con 2015 badge.

For more information about the rules, submission entries,  and the contest in general, visit http://www.heruniverse.com/fashionshowcontest.

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