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The fashion sure is 'directional' this season of Game of Thrones

The new season of Game of Thrones is upon us and so is a new mood in fashion. Indeed there’s something quite… of-the-moment about the looks being worn in Westeros (et al). Perhaps it’s because the fantasy world is in a state of war, with some kind of dubious potential leaders of the free (and not so free) worlds having a tilt at the throne and it’s hitting a little close to home. After all fashion can be an awfully good barometer for the political and social climate. Remember Dior’s new look…

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Gossip 

Comic-Con: Which fans are 'crazier' – Star Wars or Game of Thrones?

Members of any fandom are passionate, but Game of Thrones and Star Wars actress Gwendoline Christie was put in an awkward position when she was asked which of her fan bases was “crazier”. During the Game of Thrones panel at Comic-Con, a fan asked Christie – who plays Brienne of Tarth in the fantasy drama and Captain Phasma in the latest Star Wars films – who was more passionate. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she gave a diplomatic answer. “It’s not really a craziness, but the level of passion is pretty much equal,”…

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Culture 

“Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 1 Recap: Dragonstone, Sweet Dragon

Is it just me, or is “Game of Thrones” getting to be a lot of fun? Last night’s Season 7 première jumped right in, beginning not with some noble slog through icy effects and mysticism but with our old friend revenge, served in goblets. Walder Frey, the Stark-murdering bastard we saw Arya kill at the end of last season, is having a party. “You’re wondering why I brought you all here,” he barks. “Since when does old Walder give us two feasts in a single fortnight?” Well, he doesn’t. Even…

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Game of Thrones is back – and it's 'epic'

Game of Thrones has returned for its seventh season – and the critics are generally quite happy about it. “It was a thrill to have the show back and it looked more stunning than ever,” wrote The Independent‘s reviewer. “By the end of the episode it is clear that the stage is now set for a war of truly epic proportions,” wrote Jess Kelham-Hohler of the Evening Standard. Yet Digital Spy’s Alex Mullane did feel the episode – entitled Dragonstone – was “a little underwhelming in places”. The first episode…

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Lifestyle 

From Elizabeth I to high fashion, the tales behind Game of Thrones’ costumes

Game of Thrones, which returns today for its seventh season, offers fantasy, horror and intrigue, and, as Sarah Mower has put it, shines a light on “our cynical, sophisticated, brutal, hopeless new Dark Ages”. It is also great fun to watch as a fashion expert, whether you are a “pedant” who needs everything to be historically correct, or a “swooner” who doesn’t mind if it is not. The show is infamous for its ability to brutally shock audiences. Such visceral, sensorial overload can mean that the breathtaking beauty of the costumes — and…

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