Thursday, December 31, 2009

Cyber: 'Mechanoid' Hoodie by Cyberdog at FuckTheMainStream

I approve of the design of the hood and the blue details on this relaxed hoodie. On the back side there are similar details positioned exactly like the ones on the front. This hoodie would be a nice and warm choice for standing in the obligatory pile of snow, staring at fireworks.

Happy New Year, gentlefolk.

Found here.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Fail: 'Marny' Dress by Laughing Vampire

I am going to be honest here and admit that I have an issue with the whole label of Laughing Vampire. I am yet to discover any piece of them that don't view as cheap-looking, unflattering, badly designed and/or unpractical; Mostly it's a case of all of the above.

This dress is no exception. The choice of colours and design are disasterous, of course, and hence the garment is beyond salvaging, but what really gives it the, hmm, finishing touch is the crushed velvet slash velour. The fabric sums up the style they embody, in fact, and Laughing Vampire has a serious obsession of crushed velvet. I imagine they mostly target their products to those medieval goths who believe everything gothic needs to be made of some velvety fabric and who haven't the foggiest idea of what the real dresses of that time actually looked like.

Crushed velvet is really the one fabric that may look acceptable or even, dare I say it, fairly nice, when used very sparsely. In all other cases it is absolutely horrifying a material for clothing. It is thin and stretchy, so it clings instead of falling gracefully, accenting every bulge, hence making even the thinnest, most fit person look like they'd been on a diet of beer and sausages. It gathers electricity, lint and little balls of dust, and tears easily, and things sewn to it (such as lace, buttons or lacing) tend to droop sadly when the garment is worn. Any design falls flat when it is executed with crushed velvet.

Enough of the fabric. The main reason for my deep disgust of Laughing Vampire is merely the narcissistic fact that I am sick and tired of running into this label and this style in the IRL alternative clothing boutiques that I haunt. Firstly, them being in there means there is no room for anything actually interesting and good-looking, and secondly, the boutiques wouldn't order this stuff unless there were people buying it.

So please, gentlefolk: Next time you get the irresistable urge of supporting an overuse of crushed velvet and lacing in weird places, I beg of you to reconsider. There is more to alternative fashion than this. Even if you had to start off your journey in the fantastic world of all that is gothic with what is available at your local boutiques which only offer what is presented above, it is possible to evolve from that to something stylish, flattering and even functional.

I will be giving Laughing Vampire a fair chance and keep myself updated on their latest designs to see if there just might be something surprisingly good. (Check out later for posts tagged 'Laughing Vampire' unaccompanied by the tag 'fail'.) Or, if any Medieval Goth person (or one who finds the aesthetics even remotely interesting) would like to point me to one, I would be very thankful, too. But I understand it can be a heavy task even to someone less biased than myself.

End of rant. Dress found here.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Cyber/Rave: 'Casualty' Shirt at Plastik Wrap

This shirt falls to the category of Clean Cut, a feature I appreciate over many others. The collar is interesting and innovative, and especially the white version brings out the style and the design of the garment. I also think the choice of fabric here is excellent, and it completes and supports the design.

Found here. (Currently sold out, but I'm certain they'll restock.)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sweet Lolita: Knitted Bolero at Baby, The Stars Shine Bright

Just a frilly dress may not keep an innocent little sweet lolita warm enough in the cold, cold winter. I really know next to nothing about knitwear, but judging from the close-up photos on Baby, The Stars Shine Bright website, it's quality is excellent. This is a neat, cute piece, over and out, and it's fairly practical, which is definitely not given for any clothing of the alternative aesthetics. (Is it just me, or do other people ever get stuck in doorways from their removable straps? Just me? Alright then.)

The bolero comes in various colours and is available here.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cabaret Goth: 'Ophelia' Skirt at Gallery Serpentine


My apologies for not updating for such a long time. I shall make it up to you in January.

What we have here could be described as the embodiment of Cabaret Goth style. The most essential part of the femme version of this look is the corset, full length and matching in colour with the skirt. Add a lot of ruffles, and there we have it.

The actual product here is the skirt, and I appreciate the intricate layering and the artfully positioned lace. Also, the tail-like addition in the back of the skirt looks amazingly stylish, compared to how unfortunately it often turns up. The look is perfect for any burlesque night one might attend.

Available here.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gothabilly / Rockabilly: 'Paige' Top by Collectif at Nitrobabe

I was "accused" of deliberately avoiding Gothabilly style in this blog, and to prove this wrong, I decided to find something iconic to exactly that preference. Voilà.

The collar is pushing 60's, but as far as I know, the era from which the Rockabillies and Gothabillies draw their inspiration can be extended all the way from the 30's to late 60's.

As for the fit, I think it could be a touch slimmer, but it's not catastrophic as it is. Besides, the black underbust band gives the garment a bit of the shape it would otherwise be lacking. With the cut of the shirt, it looks like it would look terrific on practically any shape and size, although perhaps the curvier would benefit more than the skinny - which is, essentially, typical for Gothabilly fashion (if we're talking about the femme style rather than the Elvis lookalikes).

Available here (a Finnish site).

Friday, December 11, 2009

Gothic: 'Girdle Pants PVC' by Aderlass at Venomous Clothing.

Nice asymmetry, good fit, and the vertical straps have been placed just right. No straps hanging out, meaning one could actually move around in these trousers, if not climb a tree.

Fairly basic stuff here today. Frankly I find myself a little bit bored with most of the stuff the alternative fashion scene is offering right now. I am waiting to see what the next big hit is after the gothabilly and vintage craze.

Trousers available on this site.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Punk: 'Vintage Punk Pleat Dress' by Phaze at Kinky Angel


Quite gothic to be punk, really, but a refreshing look, nevertheless. For once, a dropped waistline does not destroy the shape of the whole dress, and the pleats add a nice touch to an otherwise simple cut.

To transform the shape, wear with a waist corset.

Found here.

Friday, December 04, 2009

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: the Ankh

Welcome to the comparative edition of Darker Fashions. We shall now look at three different examples of a given theme, labelling one of the three pieces good, one bad, and one ugly. Let us proceed.

Theme: the Ankh

Good
If you look very closely, you may notice that there is a necklace in the picture. I took a while for me to spot it, but do keep looking; it's in there, trust me.

The design is impeccable, the swirls framing the ankh most beautifully, and the style is quite unique.

Found here.

BadThe pendant appears well-made, and my problem with this item is solely due to the design, the essential aesthetics. It is far too... bling, soppy, kitsch. And most importantly let us keep the symbols separated, shall we? (I can imagine this to be the dream come true for a Romantic Goth, however, and to each their own, as they say.)

Found here.

Ugly


It's not only the fact that this entire blouse looks poorly made and lacks shape; the ankh sewn on the chest looks poorly made and lacks shape, too, and one should think it cannot be really that hard. It's just the ankh and as a symbol, the design can vary very much indeed. But here, the thing has gone unmistakably wrong, and I can only describe it as ugly. Moreover, why adorn your poorly made, shapeless blouse with the ankh if due to the design it only ends up resembling the Christian cross, instead?

Found here.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: Pyjama Bottoms 'Matrix' by Cyberdog at FuckTheMainstream

There I was, minding my own business, casually exploring the wonderful world of alternative fashion, when suddenly I bumped into a pair of pyjama trousers.

Kind of caught my attention.

Now, the thing is that I like the idea more than I like the actual execution, here. I admit I am a huge fan of the Matrix, but if I try and un-cloud my vision of all the fanperson elements, the design could work a lot better than what we see now. That being said, I am most likely going to order myself a pair, in any case.

You, too? Follow the White Rabbit here.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sweet Lolita?: 'Kawaii Ichigo' Skirt at Lolita Kisama


It's a bit western, really, and therefore not exactly SL, as I understand. But if you look up 'Cute' in a dictionary of alternative fashion, you'll find this skirt there.

Get it here.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Fail: '812' Creepers by Demonia at Cryoflesh

No.

And that's it.

Do not get either of these here. Or anywhere else, for that matter. Particularly not the leopard print.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Gothic Daily: 'Malice' Trousers by Living Dead Souls at Violent Delights


It's the basics of the basics. What we have here is a pair of neater-than-neat everyday trousers. The straps almost look like one wouldn't be constantly about to trip in them. A very clean, even sophisticated look. I approve.

Get them here.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Monday, November 02, 2009

Fetish? Fur-Trimmed PVC Dress at Heavenly Circus

Once again it's NaNoWriMo time, people, which means that I will most likely be keeping my comments short, yet hopefully I'll be able to update as frequently as I have so far.

Less talk, more alternative fashion!



I am deeply disturbed by this dress, and am undecided whether I hate it or love it. I'm not going to label it a fail. But it's your call.

Found here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Gothic Lolita: 'Cute Striped Pirate Skull Bag' at Lolita Kisama

I must say that I have never really understood bags and purses. Never gotten the idea of what would make them especially wonderful. But I recognize a nice tote bag when I see it, and judging by what I usually witness a gothic lolita wear, this one here wouldn't look completely out of place. Then again, without the bow-wearing skull (whose eye sockets appear to be heart-shaped), it would be just an another striped black-and-white bag. I realize I have a simple taste.

Available here.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Fetish: Black PVC 'Dominatrix' Slits Jacket at My Little Halo

I dislike the name of this garment. Putting that aside, the garment itself is neat and hot. If there ever was a time and place for slit sleeves, this is it. The jacket is made of PVC with additional stretch cotton for added comfort and a better fit. It's good to see that the manufacturer has taken practice into consideration as well as style, as with fetish-y clothing this is unfortunately all too rarely the case.

I'd recommend combining the jacket with a bright-coloured (red, green, teal...) PVC dress and perhaps combat boots or alternatively some very graceful, chic heels.

Available here.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Mesh

Welcome to the comparative edition of Darker Fashions. We shall now look at three different examples of a given theme, labelling one of the three pieces good, one bad, and one ugly. Let us proceed.

Theme: Mesh

Good

I guess you could really call this look 'Zombie Goth'. Deathrocker, maybe? I think the mesh as a material needs a reason to why it is used in the first place, especially if it's made the main focus of the garment. What we have with this top is the idea of zombie-esque holes and tears and shredded fabric yet it is executed well within the limits of good taste, not to mention how flattering this is to the body regardless of being, for the most part, sheer.

One little piece of advice, however - if it's not a black, sleeveless (not spaghetti strap) top then let there be nothing at all underneath this shirt, regardless of the shape of your chest. As we can see in the picture, a bra just looks bad. But nipples aren't radioactive.

(found here)

Bad
If it looks like an unfortunate mainstream piece of nightwear/ lingerie, do not wear it outside of bed, if at all. Please. Satin is a tricky fabric to be successfully combined with almost any. With satin and mesh, the underwear effect is inescapable.

(found here)

UglyGot a desperate urge to look like a particularly ugly side curtain? Oh happy day, I have found you a top!

(here)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hippie Goth? Long Skirt with Tie Front & Flocked Cross Panel by Omen at Kinky Angel

Stumbled upon this and I had to take a second look until I really gathered what the hell it was, then decided I like it and posted it here. The tie panels are actually quite ingenious, and the fabrics, albeit in fairly traditional black and purple, are of unusual texture and pattern. I am reminded of a purple wallpaper with solid black wooden panelling, and it's intriguingly queer.

I am undecided on whether this really is a hippie goth skirt, but didn't find any better way to call it. The point is that it's something I haven't seen before, which is saying a lot. Moving the meeting point of the tie panels from back to front might improve this skirt somewhat, although doing that might result in looking like an apron.

Found it here.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Rave: 'Carnaby' Pants in White by Criminal Damage at Polltäx

More trousers! Goths could do with a little bit more white to see how dramatic and daring a colour it can be. White is a perfect colour in which to stand out in your average alternatively dressed crowd. (We are all so different and that is why we dress in all black.)

With clubbing gear such as this pair of trousers here, it's good to keep in mind how UV light reacts quite radiantly with white - it practically glows. As for the cut here, having all the stuff piled to the sides and holding the front clear keeps the shape very flattering.

Available here.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Fetish: "Patent Vinyl and Vegi Leather Classics" Loose Fit Jeans by Lip Service at Redemption Klothing


The most important thing to remember with vinyl or PVC is to make it absolutely sure that they fit well. No, scratch that, they must fit perfectly. Otherwise what we get is not the hot and slightly kinky but a sad, sort of drenched look. And in case you haven't witnessed the disastrously ill-fitting PVC/vinyl garment, you just have to trust my word. (Look forward to some Fail posting...)

Lip Service knows how to deal with challenging fabric, as we see here. These trousers fit. They come in red and black, of which the red has such a delicious tone that I'd strongly recommend preferring that over the black.

Get them here.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Alternative Accessories: Armwarmers at GoodGoth

I am unsure whether these could be labelled as Steampunk (as the site claims), so I'm leaving that for the eye of the beholder to decide. (Neo-Victorian-ish, maybe?) Regardless of how these armwarmers should be classified, I love the idea behind them immensely and think they are nicely nonconformist and fresh.

Now, if only the white "buttons" were real buttons instead of just printed white dots, I'd approve even more (in which case they would definitely be Neo-Victorian-ish, by the way).

Get them here.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Fail: 'Seduction' Dress by Cyberdog at FuckTheMainStream

This dress makes no sense. The hemline works, yes, and as such remains the sole good feature here: the ruffle seems wrongly placed and messy, and the would-be halterneck-ish shape makes the neckline look badly tailored and unfinished.

And don't get me started on the contrast stitching. In case you have always wanted to wear a bra on top of your dress, then yes, this garment with its contrast stitching is definitely for you. In case you haven't, however, then let it be clear that choosing a garment such as we see here would very obviously state that you really want to look like you haven't quite grasped the idea of underwear being worn underneath your clothes and not vice versa.

Wouldn't know who it is that anyone wanted to seduce by wearing this ghastly dress, but I for one am not feeling it. I prefer the classier type.

In case it's your dream come true, get it here.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Steampunk: Casual Boots at Clockwork Couture

Thought I'd comment on these, but I honestly can't think of much else to say except that they are beautiful, and faux leather, meaning they are made of win as well. Notice the exquisite lacing and the straps. Wear them with multiple layers of Steampunk fashion. Yes, that includes long layered skirts, or possibly a pair of long, stripy trousers. Remember the top hat.

These boots come in black and brown. Get them here.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Hippie Goth: Black Cotton Velour Tunic at Euphorica


I may be a tad prone to criticise with a heavy hand when it comes to the hippie goth aesthetics, but this time I find nothing real to complain about. I like it how they have kept the sleeves wide and not mock-up-medieval wide. The material (cotton velour) is the only part of this garment that makes me slightly worried, but even the fabric looks great in all the pictures, which is why I probably should shake off the prejudice and be done with it.

Pair with bright (light or dark) green bell bottom trousers, and no belt. The shape of the tunic would best suit a fairly straight body type.

Get it here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cyber: Wrapskirt in Black + UV Orange at Space Tribe

More UV stuff, oh yes. With this garment I was drawn into the wrap form, which you can actually see very clearly due to the piping details. On a plain black version the shape is less visible. Also: this is one of the only ways of doing big pockets on skirts right. Just one, and on the side, not in the back.

The details of the skirt come in various UV colours. Available here.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Rave: 'Samauri Stompers' by RaveReady at Beatdrops Closet

The search is finally over. This is exactly the perfect cut for trousers, suits everyone and looks hot. Slim fit at the top, widening just enough from high enough. Yes, please. Enough said already. Get them here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Rivethead: 'Jailbreak' Trousers by Bat Attack at X-tra-



It's the straps that make this a Rivethead garment in my opinion, yet I'm sure other styles could embrace the look just as well. Shiny, with straps. I haven't seen a pair of pants quite like this before, and rarely does one bump into gothic trousers that could be paired up so perfectly with calf-length boots.

Bat Attack has a very laid-back sense of style and their garments are mostly daily wear. A lot of them are a bit on the boring side, admittedly, but at least most of them keep the design simple and straightforward. Even the alternative dresser wants to look casual every now and then.

Find it here. Oh, and should you decide to invest on these trousers exactly as the picture shows them, please take a friendly piece of advice into consideration: don't attach any hand cuffs to the final look. Please.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Gothic Daily: 'Attitude Zyria Basque' Canvas Corset Top by Phaze at Back Street

This is a classic example of how strapless corset tops ought to work. Notice the lack of a thousand layers of frill. Rarely does one see a corset top which exhibits the clean, sleek form of a corset yet doesn't attempt to look like one when it isn't one. Also full marks for the beautifully shaped neckline.

Combine with pretty much anything (save for, perhaps, PVC); full-length skirt, mini skirt, lace skirt, bondage trousers...

(get it here - fast. it's on sale.)

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Sweet Lolita: 赤ずきんコートワンピース (Little Red Riding-Hood coat one piece dress) by Baby, The Stars Shine Bright

Since today is the Inverted 666 Day, I decided to post something which would be pretty much as far away as possible from being grim or frost-bitten. And I found this.

It is very hard to beat the inverted-evil-ness of this dress. Making it pink or other pastel colour would actually make it more evil, because that would already be highly suspicious. Add the finishing touch to this looks with corkscrew curls and white maryjanes.

(find it in this site - do pay a visit, if only to check out pictures of the details of this piece)

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Mainstream Meets Alternative: Outfit by Fashion East Noki



This is one of the outfits of Fashion East Noki for Autumn/Winter 2009. It's been a while since I last saw anything crocheted having such a, well, alternative look to it. And who would have ever guessed that Mickey Mouse might be found anywhere in this blog?

All in all, I think the piece is interesting, well-constructed and still somehow sketch-like, suitably unfinished. I like the idea of the boots held up with strings, and the headdress brings balance to the upper part of the piece. Besides, anyone who manages to make something woollen look cyber gets full marks from me.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Fail: 'Bondage Fairy' Skirt by Hell Bunny at FuckTheMainStream

The jellyfish effect does nothing for the garment (such a feature might possibly work if the hem in itself were properly uneven) and the ribbon-and-tulle combination is making the whole thing look incredibly cheap. And if you take a look at the back of the skirt, you'll see that the chaos seizes there on one small area, which is actually no improvement - if the skirt really has to have all of that stuff crammed in it, then let it be like that all the way, otherwise it just looks like they'd run out of stuff.

I would also like it a little bit more if the proportions were balanced differently, leaving more space for the chaotic hem. Taking the weird straps off would make an immense improvement.

It's not like I haven't seen a less attractive garment in my life. I have. What really puts me off is the fact that I bump into these things all the time, both IRL and in the web. I am completely and utterly bored with these skirts, be they purple, green, yellow or pink. So please. Just... die.

(Here.)

Monday, August 31, 2009

Gothic Daily Wear: 'Sage' Skirt at Dare Gothic Clothing


Metal parts are usually interesting, and the less variety there is of the shape and form, the more attention it draws to itself. What really makes this skirt, though, is the piece of tartan combined with the uneven hem. It is quite frankly irresistible. If only they would put a little bit more effort on the photography, too.

(available here)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Birthday Wish: メンズオルランドベスト by Atelier Boz


I believe the name of this garment would be something close to "Men's Orlando Vest" (menzu orurando besuto), but I can't say for certain.

Be as it may, this gorgeous piece is something I would very much like to have as a birthday present. It is my birthday today, you see, and on birthdays one is allowed wishes that may or may not be realistic. This vest is my wish. It's stunningly beautifully tailored and versatile, even though it could carry a little more than what it has.

Whether Atelier Boz ships outside of Japan remains unclear. They just might, though, right? Right?

(Available here for the ridiculously high price of ¥23 940/ 179€. See 'may or may not be realistic' above.)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: Skulls

Welcome to the special edition of Darker Fashions. We shall now look at three different examples of a given theme, one of them labeled good, one bad, and one ugly. Let us proceed.

Theme: Skulls

Good



The overall pattern carries the skulls well and almost hides their form, making them not the main focus of the garment and hence quite pleasing to the eye. Overall the corset has an almost Gothabilly-like quality to it, even if skulls aren't very Gothabilly-ish as such. It may be the colour combination that does it, and the colour balance as well.

(get it here)

Bad



My problem with this shirt lies only in the print, as you can imagine, the shirt being just an ordinary cap sleeve t-shirt. A blade-vomiting skull is not cool, my fellow goths, it is quite simply ridiculous. And whereas a skull may be teamed with roses and the thing might still be tolerable (see above), the combination of skull and roses and wings is too much altogether.

On a slightly unrelated note, I dislike wearing anything that shouts any brand at people's faces, unless it can be classified as a vintage or retro piece. Text on shirt has to be really good to make it work.

(found here)

Ugly


Let us make one thing clear right away: Leggings do not magically transform into gothic by adding skulls to them, especially if you add hearts as well. I have nothing good to say about these, except that the skull as themselves are not on fire or something, and they also noticeably lack any pink bows. Other than that, oh no you le didn't.

(found here)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Goth: 'Dark Romantic Lolita Lace Blouse' by Visual You at Lolita Kisama

It's incredibly frilly and yet not in the most conventional way. The shirt also looks like it would fit fairly different body shapes, although I am a very much concerned about the crushed velvet, and I think it would greatly benefit from using some other fabric, instead; matte would make it look less cheap.

Bare shoulders is something you rarely see in Lolita stuff, and hence I reject the tag suggested by the name. (And it's not Ero Loli, either.)

Get it here for a very affordable price.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

What to Wear With an Underbust Corset: 'Masaya' Halter Top by Necessary Evil at Kate's Clothing

The site should pay more attention to the quality of their catalog pictures. It's bad for business to have them like this. But what can be made of the picture looks nice and, as the title suggests, would go very nicely with an underbust corset, tightlacing or not. (Not with a corset top. But I'm sure I didn't have to tell you that.)

Also the exact shape of the corset is very free with this top, although I wouldn't recommend it to be very frilly. Depending on what you would be wearing as the bottom part, it probably would look best in one solid colour, either black or a bright shade (red and violet are most traditional).

(get it here.)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Alternative Accessories: Zipper D-Ring Bracelets at FuckTheMainStream

These are actually quite ingenious. Not that the creative use of zippers were completely new in alternative fashion, but I can honestly say I have never seen them quite like this. The d-rings are a nice touch as well, since without them it'd just look like you'd strapped some zippers around your wrists.

Do not get them here, however, since they aren't faux leather.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fail: 'Velvet Jacket' at Black Swan

If a garment can only be described as boxy, shapeless and full-length, it is generally safe to declare the thing to be made of fail. A garment, and specifically a jacket, can usually only take one of the aforementioned adjectives in order to work. I may also have mentioned every now and then how difficult it is to use velvet properly and so that it does not lose its form.

The disastrously bad photo does absolutely no good for the jacket, either. The buttons in the front may or may not be wonky in real life, but here it certainly looks as if they were. People who decide to sell their manufactured goods via Internet need quality photographs of the products if they ever intend to sell anything.

(Found here.)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Cyber Goth: 'Bionic Cy' Shirt by Sektor1

Sektor1 is easily one of my favourite alternative brands, with their beautiful materials and clever, clean designs. And I actually happen to own the matching pants for this shirt. It reminds me of all things happy and pleasant and cool, like the Matrix, or bondage clubs. There is just enough of the green to make it work, and the buckles give great structure to the front as well as to the sleeves.

Ogle it here (see Catalog), or find it somewhere to buy (such as Amazon).

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Classic Goth: 'Freak' Trousers by Aderlass at Venomous Clothing

Burton, anyone? I found myself unable to tag these anything other than just plain old 'goth', but I'm open for any suggestions. Would these be described punky-ish, for example, do you think? Deathrocker?

The only thing I'd change about these pants is that I'd make them wider from mid-thigh and all the way down. But the design is carrying the skinny fit very well, in any case.

Aderlass makes some very wearable alternative clothes. Find these trousers here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Fetish: 'Desensitized' Jacket by Lip Service at Redemption Klothing

A nice example of combining girdle mesh and any heavy and slightly shiny material, and the sleeves are stylish and simply gorgeous. There's a pattern in the back that imitates lacing, which is infinitely better a solution than having an actual lacing. (Follow the link for more pictures.) I'm also very drawn to the other look for this piece, with teal-colour details. Alas, like the case with most fetish-related clothing, this jacket is most definitely very difficult and demanding, beauty-wise.

I'm a bit concerned of whether this is made of real leather, which is why I don't tell you to get it here. (You'll have to find the piece yourself, since the site is unpleasantly difficult to link to due to the use of frames.)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Punk?: 'Feel my pain' Shirt at Drac-In-A-Box

Not exactly certain of the punky-ness of this shirt here, but regardless of the label, I like the edge and simplicity of it... and the metal parts. Collar shirts tend to work in general, and they are relatively easy to transform to suit any certain alternative aesthetics. Besides, all that is gold does not glitter, not all those clothes that are gothic/punk/whatever are black, right?

(Available here.)