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While those Catwoman sunglasses we showcased earlier this month are undeniably awesome, maybe they’re not quite your style. Perhaps while you’re lounging on the beach you prefer to imagine yourself in Themyscira or, I don’t know, Central City. No matter, now Sun-Staches has you covered.
The company that makes the sunglasses/mask combos has expanded its line of comic book-themed novelty eye wear to include Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Spider-Man, Robin and Poison Ivy. (There are also Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I’m not sure anyone over the age of 10 can get away with that.)
Who says you have to stop displaying your love for Pokémon simply because you’ve reached a certain age? Certainly not Japanese fashion brand Beams.
The company has designed two very grown-up Seiko watches for more mature Pokémon Masters: Pikachu is white, yellow and silver, and features a stylized image of the fan-favorite character within the letter P and a nod to its tail on the minute hand. The black Poké Ball timepiece reflects the famed item’s design in its red, white and black face.
If a group of comics fans in the mid-1990s had assembled a time capsule to capture what life was like in that moment, it would’ve contained this jacket. If it didn’t, they would’ve failed in their mission.
Designed by Jeff Hamilton, best known for his garish leather jackets featuring Looney Tunes characters and sports-team logos, it’s the most gloriously ’90s piece of comics fashion you’re likely to see … definitely this week, and probably much longer than that.
Adidas was only getting started when it introduced an Avengers: Age of Ultron-inspired sneaker collection earlier this spring. Now the company is rolling out a series of retro basketball silhouettes based on four of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Below you can the Adidas Crazy 8 “Iron Man,” the T-Mac 1 “The Hulk,” the Real Deal “Thor” and the Crazy 97 “Captain America.” Alas, Quicksilver sits this round out.
Don’t ask me why they’re called “Sun-Staches,” as they don’t have anything to do with facial hair, but I’m pretty sure I want one. The DC Comics-themed sunglasses/mask combos — See? Not a mustache in sight! — allow you to switch from business to cosplay in one fast-and-easy step.
Although there are probably a limited number of places you could wear the Batman, Joker and Harley Quinn Sun-Staches — comic conventions, Arkham Asylum, the Batcave — the Catwoman version is pretty killer, suitable for most any occasion. Seriously, those are spectacular (although, regrettably, I could never pull off the look).
Spider-Gwen — an alternate universe take on Gwen Stacy where she, not Peter Parker, receives powers from a radioactive spider — was an overnight sensation after debuting last year in Marvel’s “Edge of Spider-Verse” #2, in large part due to the stylish (and notably practical) costume design by artist Robbi Rodriguez. In what feels like a natural next step, that design has inspired a new collection from fashion-forward, genre-centric clothing merchandiser WeLoveFine (as modeled by Meredith Placko and Michelle Nguyen in the above photo), consisting of hoodies, leggings and even a Spider-Gwen-patterned cardigan.
Sold by RageOn, which also offers that Pokémon duvet cover, and designed by Chelsea Heidlebaugh, the hoodie is available in sizes ranging from X-Small to XXX-Large at a price ranging from $69.84 to $78.84. They’re made to order, which means they ship 25 days after the order is placed.
There’s nothing worse than coming up after an exhausting day battling the forces of evil only to discover you can’t get to sleep. If counting Pokémon doesn’t do the trick, you may want to try one of these superhero sleep masks.
Sold by Shuba Gift Factory, each of the three masks in the “Heroes Never Sleeps!” series features a cartoonish depiction of a different superhero fighting slumber: Batman (complete with Bat-ears), who uses matchsticks to keep his eyes open; Spider-Man, who draws alert eyes on Post-It notes; and the Incredible Hulk, who resorts to tape.
Billed as “a line that puts together fashion and cosplay passion,” Sì: Sartoria Creativa draws inspiration from manga and anime for its OTAKool clothes. As the Etsy page suggests, they’re essentially everyday wear for otaku.
While the Totoro hoodie is undoubtedly the crowd-pleaser, there’s something to be said for the understated Naruto Shippuden zip-up sweatshirt, and the four detailed Evangelion pieces.
Expanding on its line of Underoos for adults, Hot Topic is now offering a retro-style Star Wars series featuring Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett and Darth Vader designs for men, and Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2 for women.
They’re definite throwbacks to the originals, although the Boba Fett design is significantly improved (even if the new Princess Leia set may not be quite as stylish as the old one).
There’s good news and bad news for fans of Star Wars and its most famous Wookiee. No, not Itchy.
First the good news: We Love Fine has an amazing Chewbacca zip-up hoodie with soft polyester fur and appliqué satin bandolier. Now the bad news, and it’s a doozy: It’s apparently only available in smaller women’s sizes, and — at the moment, at least — it’s sold out. But with a $60 price tag, you can understand how the hoodies would disappear at lightspeed.
ThinkGeek may have just won the competition for best Avengers: Age of Ultron licensed product — lord knows there’s enough of them — with this ingenious Captain America Shield Backpack. It’s a shield and a backpack!
Measuring 18 inches in diameter and 2.5 inches deep, it’s clearly designed for kids and adults — at least those adults who can pull off walking around with Captain America’s shield strapped to their backs. The shield is plastic, rather than a vibranium-adamantium alloy (undoubtedly to keep down costs), but that should be enough to protect the contents within.
Knowing a good tie-in when it sees one, Adidas couldn’t pass up a collection inspired by Avengers: Age of Ultron that, of course, includes a Quicksilver sneaker.
The lines of shoes and apparel for children and adults, with the former having their choice of T-shirts, shorts, sneakers and accessories based on the Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America. The kid’s collection will be complemented by running shoes for grownups in four designs, but the star is the silver-green “Quicksilver” Adizero Prime Boost (above), which the company teases will be worn in the Marvel Studios sequel by “an exciting new Avengers character.” Who could that be?
The collection features designs based on Marvel’s Avengers by Amy Beth Christenson and Andrew MacLaine, winners of last year’s Her Universe fashion show at SDCC, and includes several dresses and jackets. The designs were inspired by Captain America, Black Widow, Iron Man, Loki and Thor in particular.
If you’re just not sure what to wear to the premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron, don’t worry — New Era has you covered. Literally, because the company makes caps.
Launching today, the “Marvel x New Era Avengers: Age of Ultron 59Fifty Collection” boasts undeniably bold cap designs featuring Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Vision, Ultron, Black Widow and War Machine (although I’m having trouble finding listings for the latter two).