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Johanna Mason: Statuesque Allure

The Capitol has outdone itself once again.  Still basking in the stoic radiance that was last year’s stunning Capitol Portraits, we here at Capitol Couture have nevertheless been waiting eagerly for the next wave of incredible images of our cherished elite. Fresh from the excitement of the most eventful Quarter Quell to date, we are thrilled and honored to present the new Capitol Citizen Living Portraits.  

As our Quarter Quell victors, Peeta Mellark and Johanna Mason hold the distinct honor of being the first Capitol citizens featured within a Living Portrait.  Here we see Johanna in an exquisite Alon Livne creation that “juxtaposes the flowing drapery of classic statuary while the super modern and sculptural iridescent white bodice references the branch motif of the Panem Seal.”  With plunging lines and slits as daring and divine as the warrior woman herself, every element of Johanna’s ensemble (including her Alexander Wang shoes and hand-carved marble bangles by Chen Chen and Kai Williams) exudes her fierce strength and enduring pride- a true darling of the Capitol.


Already all the rage with the Capitol elite, Capitol families are lining up to view these astoundingly realistic hologram displays in person. Citizens can witness the artist’s hand-selected series of Capitol Citizen Living Portraits in person at SOCA this summer.    

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Peeta Mellark: Spirit of Strength

Capitol Couture has been waiting eagerly for the next wave of incredible images of our cherished elite, and here they are! Fresh from the excitement of the most eventful Quarter Quell to date, we are thrilled and honored to present the new Capitol Citizen Living Portraits.

As our Quarter Quell victors, Peeta Mellark and Johanna Mason hold the distinct honor of being the first Capitol citizens featured within a Living Portrait.  Peeta stands tall and true in his Capitol Citizen Living Portrait, his matte leather Unconditional ensemble showcasing a stone-like texture and channeling the victor’s quiet strength, completed by shirt and shoes courtesy of Maison Martin Margiela. The paper collar piece, designed by David Mason, mirrors the sculptural elements in Johanna’s dress and gives a stern ambiance to the baker’s son. With an unprecedented two victories under his belt, Peeta is no longer the boy who bravely faced the 74th Hunger Games, but a true Capitol hero.   


Citizens can witness the artist’s hand-selected series of Living Portraits in person at SOCA this summer.

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Mary Katrantzou / Swarovski

Mary Katrantzou has a significant history of collaboration under her belt.  Known as the “queen of prints”, Katrantzou has leant her design and striking patterns to capsule collections with luxury leather company Longchamp, the hip British Topshop, the iconic outerwear pillar Moncler, and the ballet-chic Repetto, among others. Her longest and most prolific collaboration (meticulously crafted in the artisan workshops of District 1) is with The Swarovski Collective, spanning over 7 seasons of rainbow runways.

To create these collections of kaleidoscopic color, Katrantzou “uses Swarovski crystals to give the garments heightened texture, working together to push the boundaries of surface and textile design.” Between Katrantzou’s exquisite eye for patterns and Swarovski’s dazzling gems, this pair creates elaborate clothing confections tailor-made for the streets of the Capitol.  

Capitol Couture salutes both Mary Katrantzou and Swarovski for their time-honored dedication to the united vision of One Panem.

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Peeta Mellark and Johanna Mason: a Capitol Couture Exclusive

"Let’s get on with it then," the battle-ax valkyrie huffs, shifting her weight and crossing her legs impatiently. Johanna Mason is as much a stately figure as ever, her long, bespoke skirt an iridescent pool around her feet. Risen from the waters of the magnificently treacherous Quarter Quell arena, her alabaster skin and flowing blonde locks belie the deadliest of instincts.

President Snow, in his perpetually magnanimous manner, saw fit to offer his personal sitting room for our exclusive interview and we simply could not refuse.The gilded room around us reflects glints of Johanna’s ivory ensemble, snaking around her arms in a woven pattern and blooming into a flared collar. Seated next to her is a silent Peeta Mellark, his fitted snowy suit and structured lapels speaking volumes in the ethereal light of the room.

Throughout our conversation, it is heavily apparent that Johanna is the leader in this duo- she leans forward with every question in an ingrained display of bravado.

“We went through a lot in the arena, but what’s important now is that Peeta and I are representatives of Panem- Districts 7 and 12 combining our efforts for a better future.”

It’s a patriotism that is blatantly on display in the new Capitol Living Portraits series, and Johanna positively gushes about the experience.  

“I don’t even know how long I was on my feet, but those Alexander Wang shoes made me feel like a cloud on a pedestal. It was a really special day.”

The attention to detail in both Johanna’s and Peeta’s respective ensembles for the Living Portrait series is truly astounding upon closer assessment. The sculptural bodice of Ms. Mason’s dress mirrors the shape and movement of the Panem Seal, while Mellark’s paper collar piece adds to the chiseled-yet-natural theme in both outfits. It is an apt metaphor for a nation built up from the ground, raised by its people into beautifully functional, systemically beneficial government.     

“It’s really amazing to be featured in these portraits,” Johanna states. “Peeta and I come from such humble backgrounds- to be representing Panem like never before is such an honor. We are very proud to be featured as the faces of our country.”  

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Today, We Honor Panem’s District Heroes

District 4’s Naida Dolan, 22, carries out her family’s seafaring legacy with determination, patience, and grace. Read more about Naida.

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Today, We Honor Panem’s District Heroes

Fashioning wearable technology of her own design, Fibre Bissette, 32, embodies District 3’s spirit of innovation. Learn more about Fibre.

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Today, We Honor Panem’s District Heroes

No matter the obstacle, District 6’s Malcolm Kastel, 31, keeps Panem moving. Find out more about Malcolm.

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Today, We Honor Panem’s District Heroes

Filled with resounding admiration for animals, District 10 is proud to call Felix Stam, 35, one of their own. Find out more about Felix.

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Today, We Honor Panem’s District Heroes

Never without his lucky axe, Elias Haan, 26, believes in District 7’s mission to respect the greater forces of nature. Learn more about Elias.

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Today, We Honor Panem’s District Heroes

The youngest in the group, District 12’s Lily Elsington, 6, channels her hope and optimism toward Panem’s peaceful future. Learn more about Lily.

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Today, We Honor Panem’s District Heroes

District 9’s Triti Lancaster, 17, devotes herself to the cultivation of Panem and nourishing its citizens. Read more about Triti.

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Farewell for the Season

Capitol Couture wraps up a revolutionary year of events. 

As our year comes to a close, those of us still in the offices here at Capitol Couture find ourselves feeling the nostalgia of the season- looking back on the incredible happenings we’ve brought to you only makes us want to relive them.  We’ve compiled our favorite events of the year all here in one place, to show exactly what this year has meant to the Capitol and all of Panem.  

Our first glimpse of District 12’s star-crossed lovers since the 74th Games signaled an eager nation that a captivating Victory Tour was in store for us all.  Twelve days later, we saw our young victors arrive at their final fete in style beyond compare, beaming as adopted children of the Capitol.  Emotions across Panem ran wild as Effie Trinket reached into her empty glass bowls at the Quarter Quell reaping, and this time, Peeta Mellark uttered the fateful words, “I volunteer.”  He and Katniss Everdeen struck imposing silhouettes together in the tribute parade, smoldering in yet another of Cinna’s revolutionary creations.  We entered a new training center with our victor tributes, marveling at its gleaming walls and modern design, and soon after again witnessed Cinna’s incomparable fashion talent in Katniss’ transforming mockingjay gown on Caesar Flickerman’s interview stage.  Our hearts skipped a beat at the stunning arena courtesy of Plutarch Heavensbee and the Gamemakers, and again at the divine viewing parties held all through the Capitol.  

We are delighted to have had you with us through this life-altering series of events, dear readers, and wish you a most fashion-forward and Oh So Capitol New Year.   

If you’ve missed any of this years events — relive them all here!

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Top Fashion of the Year

The notes have been tallied; see this years top Capitol Looks. 

It’s been an incredible year for fashion in the Capitol.  We’ve seen everything from plastic headdresses to tribal-infused futuristic footwear come across our desks, and we’ve picked only the finest examples of ingenuity, glamour, and Capitol spirit to bring to our illustrious pages.  Here, we have collected the most popular looks of the year as judged by you, our dedicated readers, through likes and reblogs.  From  top left clockwise, here are your top picks.

Maiko Takeda’s fantastical plastic porcupine headdresses title our recap, giving the illusion of an aura of defense.  Anouk Wipprecht’s spider dress follows the theme, a technological wonder of sensed proximity and reaction.  Yiquin Yin’s ruched collection of pastel ruffles immediately caught our eye, and Miss Effie Trinket’s as well.  Peter Popps’ fierce pair of metal lace-up Cube foot accessories had us at Lady Gaga- and kept us with the rest of his stellar collection. 

Lucy McRae’s architectural work in a wide myriad of mediums gave our design palette a variety of delicacies to feast our eyes on, while Mao Geping’s ornate creations transported us to a fantasy world of the maquillage.  Argyle Witt’s body-transforming nanobots introduced a new frontier to technological fashion.  The jointed leather work of Una Burke gave us fashionable body armor in the most sleek package, while Maiko Takeda’s plastic porcupine headdresses gave the illusion of an aura of defense.  Becca McCharen’s Chromat line brought fashion freedom in the form of cage-like constructs.  And lastly, Stella Jean’s cultural amalgamations shone through with colorful prints and indomitable spirit.  

We thank all the designers spotlighted this year for their tireless efforts toward fashion in our city and look forward to a whole new set of burgeoning talent in the new year.  Watch this year’s fashion come alive; get your seats today! 

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