- It took Game of Thrones’ head costume designers Michele Clapton about 5 to 6 weeks to create Margaery’s perfect wedding dress. [Fashionista]
- Michele Carragher, the show’s costume embroiderer, shows us how to make dragonscale texture for Dany’s dress. Michele Carragher]
- Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned… Rose Leslie speaks up about Ygritte being pretty pissed off at a certain crow. [Entertainment Weekly]
- Sophie Turner, Rose Leslie, Gemma Whelan and Game of Thrones newcomer Indira Varma attended the premiere in London on March 25. [Sky]
- Margaery and Joffrey pose for their royal portraits. [Entertainment Weekly]
- As the last Stark presumed to be alive, Sansa begins to finally get her way by using her femininity to manipulate people, says Sophie Turner. [ELLE UK]
- The gloomy rendition Sigur Rós did of The Rains of Castamere at Joffrey & Margaery’s wedding is now available for streaming. [Rolling Stone]
- George R.R. Martin, David Benioff, Dan Weiss and Jack Gleeson talk about the Purple Wedding. [Winter Is Coming]
- Gwendoline Christie & Pedro Pascal visited Rio de Janeiro to promote season 4. [Glorious Gwendoline]
While no officially endorsed cosmetics line has been created yet (someone who’s an art director at MAC make this happen plz), fans of the ever growing Game of Thrones franchise are making their own Westeros-inspired makeup and beauty products. From Stormborn nail lacquer to Red Wedding lip gloss, here’s a list of eyeshadows, polishes and balms available from the realm.
Cheshire Minerals: I have to commend this loose-powder eyeshadow company just for the name of their shimmery red color: Joffrey’s Head on a Stick! Besides this shade for traitors, there’s Tits and Wine (a Dornish red), Kingslayer/Oathkeeper (dusty gold/midnight blue), Highgarden (pale pink) and a handful of others inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire.
Oslo Cosmetics: The Game of Thrones line from this Columbus, Ohio based company consists of five earth-tone metallic eyeshadows that would probably be most suited for sparkly smokey eyes. Names as Westeros (a deep golden hue) and Essos (dark green) are a bit obvious, but the colors seem pigmented enough to make a nice addition to any Westerosi beauty queen’s collection. You can check out the swatches over here.
Shiro Cosmetics: With fifteen shimmery eyeshadows, The Seven Kingdoms collection is by far the biggest I’ve seen on the web so far. The shades range from grey-white (You Know Nothing) to pure metallic black (Valar Morghulis), and have some colorful tints like Maiden Queen (a bright aqua shimmer and golden-rose sparks) and Little Bird (a delicate matte mauve/beige pink) as well. The line isn’t limited to just eyeshadows, there’s a Red Wedding lip gloss to commemorate a certain dreadful event from A Storm of Swords.
Geek Chic Cosmetics: Sparkles seem to be a popular choice in the world of fan-made Westeros makeup collections, and this line is no exception. The Win or Die collection by Geek Chic Cosmetics features 8 glimmering eyeshadows inspired by characters (Sellsword, The Imp, Kingslayer, The Spider), objects (The Pointy End) and places (Across the Narrow Sea).
Dope Digits: If you can’t decide which house you’re rooting for, these nail decals got you covered. The designs feature the sigils of Stark, Targaryen, Lannister, Tully, Greyjoy, Arryn and Baratheon and can be placed over any color nail polish. To seal them in, finish with a clear top coat.
Yume Lacquer: While enameled nails are usually reserved for the flamboyant Tyroshi in Essos, these polishes are a fun way to add some Game of Thrones to your look. The shades have some pretty great names such as Stormborn (gold to orange duochrome with lilac and dark silver glitter) and What Is Dead May Never Die (a murky blue to lilac duochrome).
Fanchromatic Nails: These nail polishes are a bit more extreme in terms of color and flamboyance partly due to the size of the sparkles, but if you’re not afraid to show off your devotion to the Drowned God (a greenish blue with holographic glitters) or want to reflect your love for the Dire Wolf (dark grey with white, brown, black, and grey glitters), this might be for you.
Incidental Twin: Apparently nail lacquers are very popular among Game of Thrones fans, because these handmade polishes have fifteen different colors, divided in sets of three per category: Targaryen (strangely enough no silvery white here), Lannister (red shimmer and ‘golden coin’ glitters for that ‘Tywin Lannister shits gold’ feel), Dothraki (deep sky blue, grassy green, brown-red), Greyjoy (all sea-green and iron tones) and Stark (wintery silvers and glitter snowflakes).
Bubble and Geek: Besides scented candles, this geeky little Etsy shop sells Game of Thrones-inspired lip balms such as Lemon Cake (Sansa’s favorite) and Winter is Coming (vanilla mint), a perfumed body spray named Stormborn Queen (sugared orange, mulberry and spices) and roll-on fragrances including King in the North (lavender, cardamom and oakmoss with a hint of mint & vanilla) and Sweetsleep (citrus, bergamot, orange, lily and piney woods).
Last night, I was one of the lucky few who attended the Game of Thrones premiere at the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam. 150+ fans were invited in addition to HBO staff, so it was only a small and relatively low-profile gathering for a premiere. Unfortunately no actors were present, even though at least one cast member lives here (perhaps the red priestess had some black magic business elsewhere). Upon arrival guests were given the opportunity to have a drink, and usurp the throne (see my 5 seconds of fame below) before the screening. When everyone was seated, the CEOs of HBO Netherlands and the Imagine Film Festival introduced the episode, and a live rendition of the theme song and The Rains of Castamere(!) was played by students of the Amsterdam conservatory. Then, finally, it was time for episode 401: TWO SWORDS!
I don’t want to give too much away even though I’m sure many of you have seen it by now, but the episode was great and well worth the wait. I’m especially excited about the arrival of Oberyn Martell in King’s Landing, the introduction of the cannibalistic Thenns, and the upcoming royal nuptials of Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell. After the screening, guests went home with an HBO goodie-bag containing either a Game of Thrones mug, iPhone case or bottle-opener. For those of you who couldn’t be there, I have a Stark iPhone 5s case to give away! Leave a comment with your favorite moment of Two Swords and I’ll pick a winner within the next two weeks. You can watch the episode for free on HBO GO this month!
Queen regent and mega babe Lena Headey revealed a picture of some of her favorite beauty products yesterday via Instagram (@iamlenaheadey), and it seems that she relies on high-end, organic European skincare brands to keep her skin looking youthful. Wanna know which creams and serums she uses? Check out the list below!
- Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Serum ($85)
- Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Eye Cream ($58.95)
- Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Day Cream ($79.95) or Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream ($57.95), could be either.
- Unidentified Dr. Hauschka Mask or Face Cream
- Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser ($65)
- Unidentified product from Éminence Organics
- Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Sun Screen ($89)
- ISUN Rhassoul-Neem Mask ($39)
- Unidentified ISUN Mask ($39-$40)
- Natura Bissé NB Ceutical Intensive Tolerance Booster ($235)
- Game of Thrones’ makeup designer Jane Walker opens up about the products she uses to give the actresses healthy, blemish-free skin. [Refinery29]
- Sophie Turner induces major hair envy. [The Sunday Times]
- Emilia Clarke talks to Jimmy Fallon about her audition, and reveals an exclusive clip from season 4. [The Tonight Show]
- The Mother of Dragons graces the cover of month’s issue of SFX magazine, which also features 10 exclusive interviews with the cast. [SFX]
- SciFiNow have Daenerys dressed in her Qartheen gown (with a small Drogon) as their cover model. [SciFiNow]
- Sophie Turner is adorable in this behind the scenes video. [Tatler]
- What do Lysa Arryn’s breast, Jory Cassel’s eye and a pile of heads have in common? They were all done by the same prosthetic technician. [Valentina Visisntin]
The other night Game of Thrones premiered season 4 at the Museum of Natural History in NYC. More than 20 actors, GRRM himself and creators Dan (Weiss) & David (Benioff) were there, which means… red carpet time!! Apparently the NY Philharmonic played the theme song and the Rains of Castamere(!) live, and there was at least one gigantic dragon on display. You can check out the hour-long video stream including interviews with the cast over HERE. Let’s look at what the ladies of Westeros were wearing for the premiere!
Emilia Clarke is smokin’ in a sheer Donna Karan halter dress. Beautiful outfit, and I love the 50’s hair paired with drop earrings by Fred Leighton.
Maisie Williams is so cute here! The dress is really classy yet age-appropriate, which is refreshing in a time where many 16-year old starlets try too hard to look like adults. The yellow pumps are a nice, colorful touch as well!
Lena Headey looks absolutely killer in an organza & velvet Jenny Packham gown. Lena kept her makeup pretty minimal and hair casual, which suits her well. She also rules for arriving at the event wearing a leather jacket over her red carpet outfit. All hail the queen regent!
Nathalie Emmanuel showed up in a pretty daring Georges Chakra couture jumpsuit situation. Great smokey eye with the perfect amount of sparkle (here’s a closeup)!
The wonderful Gwendoline Christie rocked this classy asymmetrical black & white satin Giles dress paired with black Louboutins. I love her for not shying away from high heels (she reportedly stands 1.90 m tall).
Rose Leslie is always a sight to be seen, and this night is no exception. Her white & cream dress looks gorgeous with her complexion, and I’m a big fan of red lips and nails with the gold accessories (clutch & heels).
Similarly, Sibel Kekilli showed up in a demure white ensemble with gold belt accent. I like that she kept her face fresh with a subtle smoky eye, but could have been a bit more daring.
Sophie Turner went for a deep side-part to show off her beautiful waist-length locks. I wish there was a bit more volume on top since long hair easily falls flat. (Dry shampoo is your friend, Sophie!) The Peter Pilotto peplum dress is a cute choice.
The belle of the ball as far as I’m concerned: Carice van Houten. Again, she showed up in a strapless Dior number which seems to be made for her. Carice is a natural beauty and I love how she played up her eyes. Her multi-tone brunette hair also looks perfectly styled.
And last but not least, Dame Diana Rigg! The former sex symbol looked elegant in a velvet outfit & sparkly earrings, and a lovely blonde bob.
- The cast was shot by acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz for the April cover of Vanity Fair. [Winter Is Coming]
- HBO released a third and presumably last trailer for season 4. [HBO]
- The officially licensed Black Milk x Game of Thrones clothing line including printed skirts, dresses, leggings and swimsuits is now live. [Black Milk Clothing]
- Dutch fans can win tickets for the April 6 premier of season 4 in Amsterdam’s EYE Film Institute. No word yet if actors Carice van Houten and/or Michiel Huisman will be present. [Imagine Film Festival]
- Lena Headey talks about her role as Cersei, motherhood and Twitter. [Moviefone]
- Maisie Williams, Gwendoline Christie and Kristian Nairn visited the traveling exhibition at SXSW in Austin, Texas. [Mashable]
- Emilia Clarke goes pink on the cover of next month’s issue of Flare magazine. [Flare]