Descending down majestic cliffs to the sweeping sands of Half Moon Bay, we entered the mystical realm of our favorite world – Game of Thrones. We’ve tuned in to Game of Thrones since the show started and long for the intrigue, epic plot twists, and high drama to begin again on Sunday night! We are drawn to Game of Thrones not only for its rich character development and visual life, but also to the show’s distinct portrayal of powerful, multifaceted women that subvert traditional female archetypes. These dynamic females morph in various ways over time, as they maneuver through the male space. This story takes us on a journey to Dorne, a Mediterranean meets North African kingdom ruled by the House of Martell, where both women and men inherit titles and land regardless of gender. Courageous, sensual, cunning, passionate, and calculating, the Martell women are a divine force of femininity to be reckoned with.
We imagine Dorne as a land rolling in desert dunes; basking in a red sun; soaring mountaintops; lavish water gardens and golden domes and labyrinthine city streets teeming with a cacophony of colorfully-dressed peoples. Dangerous, wild, exotic and sexy – we fell in love with the vibrant aesthetics and personalities of the Dornish characters and were heartbroken when the charming rouge Prince Oberyn met his demise. Oberon leaves behind his paramour Ellaria Sand and his tribe of warrior daughters – the Sand Snakes – fearless in battle and strategic in revenge. Dornish look is about natural fabrics and exposing enough skin to catch your enemy off guard—bare arms, the décolletage. Colors are vivid (burnt orange, tasseled pashminas, draped over black horses) and leather harnesses, belts, and cuffs are stacked high. Sensuous and exotic, they come dressed to kill.
Francesca immediately gravitated toward the drama and inner freedom of Ellaria Sand, played by the stunning actress Indira Varma on the show. She dresses in strong power colors like orange and golden yellow, and moves about in flowing fabrics that show skin and evoke the freedom and sensuality of the Dornish society. The show’s costume designer Michele Clapton purposefully sources many materials from India, and re-dyes them in more saturated colors for Ellaria Sand. Francesca found the perfect iridescent orange dress from Biba, and discarded the underdress in favor of lacy black silk shorts for the perfect suggestively sexy, yet powerful Ellaria Martell look. Francesca also suggests checking out the gorgeous hand embroidered kaftans and kimonos as capes from Talitha – a modern celebration of the rich cultural heritage of India’s arts and crafts.
Valentina drew inspiration from the majestic landscape of Dorne and its ability to birth characters so in touch with their sensuality and inner strength. Similarly to the fictional world of Game of Thrones, exploring the golden cliffs and natural beauty of the California Pacific coast brought forward Valentina’s inner goddess-warrior. She flowed in a seemingly innocent white dress, becoming one with the glorious waves – appearing unthreatening, yet holding power in her gripping gaze. She chose to accessorise with dazzling jewels from the exotic land of India.