The writing process, more specifically character development, can be a very personal experience. For me, when I start to develop a story I usually have a solid idea of the setting and that’s about it. I believe in letting the characters drive the plot as well as the dialog. As a writer, I like to think of myself that way, there is nothing worse than reading a book or script where the characters are saying and doing things that they probably wouldn’t do if they were allowed to come off the printed page. Which is why in my writing process, before I type a single word, I have a period where I live with the characters. It’s a chance for me to get to know them fully and understand who they truly are. I get to know their wants and needs and the differences between the two. That also includes their sense of fashion and how they interpret trends or choose to ignore them.
Today I am going to focus on a little sharp shooter named Jett, whose full name is Jettadora, though she seriously dislikes that and I tend to want to stay on her good side. She is a character from a story called ‘Reaper’, set in the heart of New York City. She is a daughter of privilege, wealth and the 1920s, but please don’t mistake her for a vampire, she’d hate that. Jett is a demigod, the product for a relationship between the goddess Hera and a mortal man. She is stubborn and slightly temperamental but that’s partly because she lives with her three half brothers. Her personality, as double sided as it is, is also shaped by her job; you see, Jett is in the human trafficking business. Not because she originally wanted to but because her brothers started the enterprise and they had something she desperately wanted, power and control. As a teenage girl, those are two very appealing traits. And because of her connection to the Goddess Hera her brothers allowed her to abandon the part of herself that was human, turning her into the person I know today. A woman born in the 1920s still in the body of a teenage girl.
Jett’s style, unlike her physically, is ever changing but still classically inspired.
At the office Jett prefers to be on the professional side. She is sporting a BCBG Max Azria blazer with a strong shoulder and single button closure. Though to keep it on the feminine side the jacket has a wonderful silk back with knotting detail. Next, in a classic tuxedo button down from BB Dakota with a ruffle in the back for more added detail. Jett is a sucker for anything with structure and this all over pleated skirt from Tommy Hilfiger, circa 1995 is right up her ally. And to keep it up to date she is wearing a pair of Ox Blood penny loafers from Prada, plus a great pair of knee socks. Jett keeps it even more playful by adding a strand of vintage pearls with a black satin bow in her hair. The outfit is all about looking powerful but still maintaining a girlish air. Makeup: Lips-MAC Girl About Town; Eyes, Cheeks and Complexion: Clinique
Jett’s idea of down time includes lying on a Burberry blanket in the middle of the park where everyone can see her. Her outfit is mostly vintage, Christian Dior Homme robe, Egyptian collar necklace and Indian beaded belt. Keeping with a trend she loves, turning underwear into street clothes, she has paired the mens robe with a nude body suit from Victoria’s Secret. Her heels are black lace from Nine West. For an added pop of luxury, she has added a fur collar from Michael Kors. Make up: Lips-J.Crew King Poppy/MAC Morange; Eyebrows, Eyes and Complexion: Clinique
What girl from the Upper West Side doesn’t love petal shirts right now? This black with tan poka-dots shirt has so many wonderful details it’s hard to remember them all, fitted at the waist to get the full effect of the plume shape, it features silk buttons in matching fabric and a bow at the top for added drama. Jett has added a vintage diamond necklace with the bow for an even great effect. Paired with a clutch from Vera Bradley in Poppy for a much needed pop of color against her nude body suit. To stay sweet in the afternoon sun she mists herself with Christian Dior’s perfume Miss Dior Cherie. Her shoes are black leather from Nine West paired with more black knee socks. Makeup: Lips-MAC Musky Amethyst; Eyebrows, Eyes and Complexion-Clinique.
The last look, which is shown in the fashion film, is for roaming around the apartment. A French collar shirt dress from J.Crew paired with a mens leather braided belt, knee socks and Ox Blood Prada loafers. For an added sparkle Jett has added a Swarovski Crystal flower broach and a vintage mens brown leather watch. Makeup: Lips-Dior Model; Eyebrows, Eyes and Complexion- Clinique.