My little sister works at the local Renaissance festival. Driving her back and forth all summer, coupled with my pre-existing fascination with all things medieval, led to me spending the majority of my weekends there.
Something I noticed pretty early about the faire is that everything looks different in its context. At the faire, the computer technician at your office with the ponytail and rock t-shirts suddenly makes sense. In fact, he’s kind of hot in his pirate costume. The same magical effect seems to happen to clothes and jewelry. I’ve purchased many things at the faire thinking, “I could totally pull this off at the office.” They’re now sitting at the bottom of my jewelry box (I think), quirky and forgotten. This bracelet, available at Brown’s in London for a wince-worthy 190 GBP ($400ish) would fit in nicely with my moon-and-star earrings and bellydancer waist sash. It’s not financially accessible to the “Renny” crowd, and it’s a little too Dungeons and Dragons for someone willing to plunk down cash for an eye-catching, dramatic bracelet. I think it misses the mark, but have a hunch my sister, the part-time jester, would love it.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The Horror: Geek Couture
This cuff bracelet looks like something that you'd find in a catalog that also sells crappy fantasy swords, Morpheus sunglasses, and books about faeries (not fairies). I couldn't figure out which geek type would buy this and what the thought process would be. Are they LARPers? Do they speak Elvish? Is it what you wear to a WOW themed wedding? So I asked my geek friends and Kylsie had this to say: