Reel Style: Evil Queens and Warrior Girls for “Snow White & the Huntsman”

Dramatic ballgowns and armor-like looks echo the sartorial mood in "Snow White & the Huntsman."

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In theaters today, Rupert Sanders' "Snow White & the Huntsman" offers a dark, eery twist on the traditional fairytale with Charlize Theron as Ravenna, the vain, evil Queen.
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In Sanders' version of the story, the young huntsman ordered to murder Snow White—played by a ruby-lipped Kristen Stewart—takes pity on the girl. Under his tutelage, Snow White becomes a warrior capable of challenging the Queen's reign.
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In addition to the fantastical, Renaissance-style confections Snow White sports during the first part of the film, she rocks her fair share of heavy metal armor and warrior-style braids.
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Of course, the Queen's elaborate gowns and spiked metal crowns are the film's real sartorial highlight. Here, Theron reclines in a silvery studded number with billowing sleeves.
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Pouf-sleeved gowns at Oscar de la Renta had a romantic, storybook appeal rendered in rosy pastel shades and finished with elaborate floral beading.
Vivienne Westwood's unusual lace looks featured super-structured bodices with lean, corseted waists. We could definitely imagine the Queen sporting this semi-sheer number in mint.
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Viktor & Rolf's exaggerated brocade gowns with wide, bustling waists took on a fairy tale quality styled with bow-topped head bands and sheer veils.
The Queen's darker, more surreal looks were echoed on the McQueen catwalk, where this elaborated gold-beaded number—complete with a shimmery metallic head mask—was finished with feathery white tulle and brocade detailing.
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Victorian-style gowns with high necklines and regal metallic embroidery at Valentino call to mind Snow White's innocent, childlike disposition.
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Armored looks may not have gone down the runway this season, but heavy beadwork and structural silhouettes gave a faintly military impression at Naeem Khan.
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Likewise, the heavy brocade beading on this long-sleeve Balmain dress created a tough, armor-like effect.
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Lips as red as blood call for a matching ball gown, and no scarlet dress was more memorable on the runway than this dramatic flower-embellished Marchesa dress for fall 2012.
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Vera Wang's all-red bridal collection included a number of moody scarlet confections with ethereal tulle skirts and delicate draping through the bodice.
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On the more ominous end of the spectrum, Elie Saab's sweeping black ball gown had a super-villain appeal with its spidery woven bodice and jet beading along the bust.
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