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


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)


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)


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.)

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Fail: Mocha "Rave" Shorts by UFO at Beatdropscloset

The reason why I put quotation marks on the word 'Rave' there is exactly the reason for me posting this piece of clothing as a fail. It's always refreshing to see new ideas surface in alternative street wear as well as high fashion, but a) it has to happen for some reason, and b) it cannot go against the whole idea of a certain style, lest it have no purpose - it isn't revolutionizing if it turns into something preexisting. Which is what happened here. Does anything in these shorts say 'Rave' to you? They are BEIGE, for gods' sake.

A random mainstream reader who enjoys stuff like this may get these here. It's a good site, generally speaking.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Gothic Lolita: 'Pinstriped Blouse w/ Silver Buttons' at Moi-Même-Moitié

Pretty and frilly, like most Gothic Lolitas are, right? Not that this one would be a classic example of Lolita fashion, and I could very well picture the blouse on a Romantic Goth, for example, or even a Victorian Goth.

Moi-Même-Moitié is located in Japan and doesn't ship abroad. Find the shirt here.