Please give a warm welcome to Cara Elizabeth Vescio! She’s stopping by today as part of her blog tour for Elegantly Wasted to share about the fashion of the Wasted Series! Check out her post below, and then be sure to enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter for a chance to win 1 of 3 prize packs!
Elegantly Wasted (Wasted #1)
by C. Elizabeth Vescio
Killer Fabulous: Using Fashion in Fiction
by C. Elizabeth Vescio
Killer fashion is a term I take quite literally. While I write about guns, action and death, I have a need to make it all look as good as possible. Label dropping and characters with an endearing shallowness for designer brands is an undertone in my books. It’s a high fashion, high stakes kind of ride.
Whether or not you like the dynamic of high-end fashion, it’s an interesting world in which to immerse yourself. It’s fun to imagine, even when you know you could be spending your money on charity instead of Fendi. Would I drop two grand on a purse, even if I had that spare change just laying around? No. Yes… well, maybe. I do have my share of items I’ve spent too much on. Even now, with vintage coming back so fiercely, and hipster style taking over- it’s still a decent chunk of change. I think the easier approach was to make my characters care about it more that I would. Much cheaper for me and I still live a bit of the dream.
In my novels Elegantly Wasted and Uncontrollably Wasted, the contract killing agency uses a grammar and etiquette school as a front. This school is run by the main character’s cousin, Katharine Fairholm (pictured). Kat regards style, grace and class as the most important social aspects in life. She’s also a raging alcoholic and helps her cousin, Francesca, kill people on weekends, but at least she has some standards.
The character of Kat led me back to the wannabe fashionista I keep locked up. I took to Pinterest to put together a world of fashion. As an author, Pinterest is the perfect place to storyboard your characters. I divided my fashion into two groups: the contract killers and the Fairholms. Both have good taste in clothes. This helped me out in character development because there was no limit to what I could dress them in. It’s like playing grown up dolls… if my dolls were elitist alcoholics hiding a contract killer or two in their family.
I found myself browsing department store websites and putting together full outfits for fun. What would these characters wear to work? The outfit pictured can be bought online at Neiman Marcus.
As I put these graphics together, it led me to research styles, colors and trends… I felt that combining the two worlds of fashion and underworld espionage isn’t necessarily new, but would add the intrigue and depth I wanted in a story. You look nice, you dress fancy, and you kill people. It’s elegance and class with a gun.
About the Author
Many thanks to Cara for having me as part of the Elegantly Wasted Blog Tour!