Khaleesi the Secret Style Muse of the Spring 2015 Runways with Monica Kim

by Aisling Harrington-Tolfrey


 

Season one and two Kenzo spring 2015

Game of Thrones returns, and though the war for Westeros is far from over, one silver-haired queen has become our hands-down favorite to win: Daenerys Targaryen, or the Khaleesi. Whether she’s hatching dragons or sacking cities, Daenerys does it with a fierce expression—and she does it in style. Beyond the hair that launched a thousand platinum dye jobs, her gauzy dresses and strategic cutouts have inspired collections from Helmut Lang to Rodarte and beyond. Here, a look at how her style has evolved to suit each twist in the game and the Targaryen influence on the spring 2015 runways—just add dragons.

  Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com

Season two and Marques' Almeida spring 2015            

It’s been months since you entered the desert, and your horses and people are dying from thirst and exhaustion. A fraying crop top and loose tattered work pants, paired with your bedraggled platinum do, cut a modish take on grunge against the hot sands. For spring, Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida cleaned things up a bit, replacing the blood stains with gems and adding a pair of cheeky sunglasses—a Dothraki spin on desert chic.

  Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO;

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO;

Season one and Alexander McQueen spring 2015 

While you don’t want to stray too far from your personal style (gauzy, delicate) for your Dothraki wedding, you do want eyes to stay on you, rather than the orgy and heap of disemboweled bodies in front of you. In such cases, your best bet is clearly a flowing gown with an upgraded bodice.  Sarah Burton's tiered chiffon ruffles and beaded halter top were a more intricate take on the Khaleesi’s gown, while the black lacquer mask paid homage to a certain shadowbinder friend.

  Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Umberto Fratini/Indigitalimages.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Umberto Fratini/Indigitalimages.com

Season one and Thomas Tait spring 2015

So, you just walked into a burning funeral pyre and found three hungry baby dragons—dare to go bare! Nudity always makes a strong style statement: I’m here, I have no fear, look up here. Designers like Thomas Tait followed suit with see-through shirts that freed the nipple, but just wait until fall—Gucci and Jacquemus would argue that the fresh from the bonfire, Mother of Dragons look is here to stay.

  Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Indigitalimages.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Indigitalimages.com

Season two andMarque's Almedia spring 2015 

It’s been months since you entered the desert, and your horses and people are dying from thirst and exhaustion. A fraying crop top and loose tattered work pants, paired with your bedraggled platinum do, cut a modish take on grunge against the hot sands. For spring, Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida cleaned things up a bit, replacing the blood stains with gems and adding a pair of cheeky sunglasses—a Dothraki spin on desert chic.

  Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com

Season two andStella McCartney spring 2015

Sometimes, a girl-queen just wants to pull her hair back, relax, and teach her dragons how to breath fire on command. A long-sleeve, linen wrap dress oozes comfort, but the rich camel color and decorative closure keep it from looking plain Jane. Equally cozy and indulgent, Stella McCartney’s ribbed knit version was fit for a Qarthian palace and for shouting, “Dracarys!”

  Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Monica Feudi/FeudiGuaineri.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Monica Feudi/FeudiGuaineri.com

Season three andProenza Schouler spring 2015

Speaking of dracarys: You’re about to obliterate a brutish slave-trader and his nasty friends with fire-breathing dragons and your brand new army. A royal blue dress with high center slit and matching cape says pleasure; the pants and fringed leather whip say business. You too could dress to kill in Proenza Schouler’s bias-cut dress, with whip lashes rendered in black and blue fringe. BYO cape.

  Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Indigitalimages.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Indigitalimages.com

Season three and Atelier Versace spring 2015  

When rejecting peace terms from the city you’re currently sieging, you project two sides: The grace and beauty of a queen and the iron fist of an angry ruler. Which means one white, airy gown with a metal choker on top; dragons help, too. Donatella Versace  sent a similar style down the runway, sans dragon, and model Ola Rudnicka looked entirely Valyrian and very Iron Throne–ready.

  Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Monica Feudi/FeudiGuaineri.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Monica Feudi/FeudiGuaineri.com

Season four and Celine spring 2015 

When receiving supplicants at court in the city you just conquered—after vengefully executing 163 of their former leaders—blue and white, with a hint of skin, feels just right. Demure cutouts also reigned on the Céline spring runway, where Phoebe Philo's expertly color-blocked look read fun and serious (read: ruthless) at the same time.

  Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com

Season four and Dior Haute Couture spring 2015 

Sometimes you know you shouldn’t seduce the sellsword captain of questionable character, and so you don’t. But you also know he won’t be able to resist you after seeing your toned obliques on full display. (All that chasing after dragons, right?) No need to fret:Raf Simon's flowery guipure confection  for Dior’s spring couture showed off a similarly beguiling slice of each side.

  Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Kim Weston Arnold/Indigitalimages.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of HBO; Kim Weston Arnold/Indigitalimages.com

Season five and Elie Saab Couture spring 2015

Unhappy former slaves and murderous insurgents got you down? Bring it back to basics with a fresh take on your trademark style: In this case, pale, Grecian, and beautifully draped. Elie Saab’s couture creation was all that and lined with lace, perfect for a stroll about the Meereenese manse. Both gowns also exuded clear bridal vibes—just saying.





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