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Follow Selma Blair’s lead in edgy, action-packed designs

By Erin Donnelly
June 16, 2008

This week continues its fashion coverage of the LA Film
Festival, where Hellboy 2: The Golden Army will be screened on June 28th. Directed by Guillermo del Toro of Pan’s Labyrinth fame, this highly anticipated sequel has something for everyone: some comic book-style action for the fellas, and a cool, independent heroine in Selma Blair’s Liz Sherman for the ladies. Want to save the world one shopping bag at a time? Read on to get details on adopting Blair’s edgy, futuristic, and fierce action hero style.

While Blair’s character, Liz Sherman, lives in a tough girl uniform of black jeans, black top, and—you guessed it—a black jacket, feel free to modify the cuts and colors as you see fit. The key thing is to find pieces that are hard-edged and modern, with avant garde cuts that add a futuristic appeal. Rich & Skinny’s Sleek jeans in dark silver are just that—sexy and sleek with just a whiff of sci-fi. Bypass the standard black leather jacket and slip into the Cruz Wrap Leather Jacket from All Saints, which imbues the tough chick staple with some modern-day glamour and versatility.

When it comes to tops, aim for bicep-baring, casual tanks and camis with intriguing cut-outs or details. My picks: the Urban Outfitters Double Cross Back Tank, the funky bead-and-rhinestone-accented Heirloom Tee from Elizabeth and James, Thomas Wylde’s hardware-heavy Egyptian Tank, and Lucia Blanco’s Three Key Hole Tank. If you prefer longer sleeves, go with Shelly Steffee’s Drape Neck Top.

On to accessories. Give a nod to Liz Sherman’s signature cross necklace by wearing Ettika’s opulent-with-an-edge Cross Leather Bracelet. Belts with striking details—like this Nikki Jaggs Megan Belt, or Streets Ahead’s Enamel Diamond Stretch Belt—can also make a big impact. And for some serious butt-kicking footwear, it’s got to be a heavy boot. We like the Lolita Ankle Boot from Michael Kors, and the multi-buckled One of Two 1036 boot.

Oh, and that inky black asymmetrical bob Selma Blair’s sporting? It’s cool for the big screen, but do you really want to risk being mistaken for Christian Siriano? We think not.


Citizens of Humanity Liquid Black Kelly Boot Cut Jean

Citizens of Humanity Liquid Black Kelly Boot Cut Jean (on sale $136.50)

Citizens gives their ever-popular Kelly a dose of downtown cool. Treated denim pant with 5-pocket styling and single-button closure. Tonal 'h' stitching at back pockets. Boot cut.


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