Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Maxi Dresses

Theme: Maxi dresses (full-length)

Good: 'Punk and Disorderly' Dress by Lip Service at Ipso Facto
Flattering on the body, balanced in terms of volume, and striking with a slightly unusual choice of pattern (if not colour). With the base lines kept simple, it's an easy piece to accessorize, as well, one would imagine. The hem can be pulled up for a very voluptuous effect, or let down for the more classic dress appeal, to suit one's liking.

I have seen this dress in green, too, and it's a beautiful colour for it as well. Red version available here (among other places).

Bad: 'Crimson Vampira Costume' at Black Sheep

The whole thing looks like it is on its way down, slowly but steadily making its way towards the floor. Having that long, pointed strip right in the middle does nothing for this look. The top part of the garment is also a classic example of what creates an unflattering silhouette regardless of what shape you are underneath.

I understand that this is actually more of a costume than anything else, but I can still picture a goth of some sort, possibly a Romantic Goth, wearing something of this sort to an event.

Found here.

Ugly: 'Lovebomb - Long Black Lycra Angel Dress with Chain Straps' at Kinky Angel

The tackiness of it leaves me positively speachless. This dress is nothing but a shapeless cylinder made of what is very nearly the cheapest-looking material available, and it says "Angel" in the front, *and* has holographic wings in the back. Honestly. The horror!

In theory, I can somehow imagine how chainlink straps could somehow work in a garment, but here? Not in a million years.

Found the abomination here.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cyber: 'Insecticide Metamorphosis' Skirt by Lip Service at Voodoo Dolly

To see a colour combination such as this actually work is a rare occasion. The strict construction and stiffness play well together with the metallic surface, and both the buckle in the front and the lacing in the back seem to be in the right place, for once. I would cut shorter the extra string there, however, to clean up the look even further.

Found here. The whole outfit can be seen here.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Alternative Accessories: 'Alien' Gloves by Cyberdog

Always finding items fit for the upcoming season, aren't I - such as a pair of very warm-looking gloves, just as I look out of the window and am blinded by the cruel day-star and amazed at how warm it is outside.

Getting to the point, I think these gloves, albeit too warm for spring, are otherwise quite, hm, cute, and subtle in that they only play with the alien aspect in terms of silhouette and not, for example, enormous, shiny bits of plastic. Not saying they would ever do such things at Cyberdog, no sir.

Found here.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mainstream Meets Alternative: Christian Lacroix for Spring 2009

Yes, yes, I know this was a whole year ago, but I only stumbled upon this today and thought it looked quite alternative-ish. There is the Neo-Victorian vibe with the shape of the bust, a little bit of Loli with the ribbon, and the overall dramatic effect created with the contrast colours speaks Gothic to me. It's all in all an interesting piece and a complete look. I would ditch the hoops, though, for something more simplistic.

(Found here.)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Corporate Goth: 'Clasp' Blouse by Mode Wichtig

A nice, sophisticated look suited for most any occasion, save for the extremely formal, perhaps, since the Corporate Goth never dresses down. In general, I am not a great supporter of pockets at that height, but if there has to be such things, may they be positioned and designed as above.

View it in the catalog here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fail: 'Inevitable Night' Dress at Infectious Threads

Eh... Right.

I almost can see the attempted point with this garment, but as far as execution goes, it is completely and utterly off. At this length, the blocky shape (or un-shape) simply does not work. The way it's constructed, the whole garment looks wrinkly and wonky, and the lacing looks incredibly cheap put on top of everything.

The tulle at the hem looks lost and unfinished, like there was supposed to be more, but the cat ate it. And there is nothing worth seeing at the back. No-thing. Just some stretchy fabric. All in all, this dress looks sloppy, and black clothes more than any else must always look meticulous to work, even when the supposed outcome is more along the lines of what I call ghoul goth.

Find the monstrosity here.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Rave: 'Rage' Skirt at Pen & Lolly

Now, I must be clear and state that I do not fancy the whole look depicted in the image above (what with the unattractive abundance of fur, and the bosom) and only focus on the skirt, instead. Rave skirts have a tendency to be incredibly short to the point of the skirt looking more like a fairly wide belt than a piece of clothing, but this one is cut in a way that supports the short length of the hem. I also like the look of the wide, oversized lacing in the front, bringing structure to the garment.

Found here.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sweet/Gothic Lolita: Ribbon-Wrapped Skirt at Metamorphose temps de fille

Oh, the excessive loli-ness is nearly blinding me. No other style can get away with so much ruffles and layers and bows and ribbons. And pink, of course.

This particular skirt caught my attention partly because it appears to be very beautifully constructed, and I like the reversed contrast with the pink bow on pink and black bow on black. Moreover, the piece seems like a missing link between Gothic Lolita and Sweet Lolita, which is quite intriguing.

Metamorphose caters to those with small waists, plump wallets and a fixation to fluff. The above skirt can be found here.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Fail: Satin 'Burlesque' V-Front Top by Phaze at Kinky Angel

Whoa! What is going on over here? The fit, the colour, the fabric... Sure, no piece of clothing ever looked at their best on a mannequin torso, but this is taking that to the extreme, along with failing in absolutely every bloody thing I can think of. Why is there a block of lace sewn on it? And the ribbons that go over it?

It pains me just to look at this top of doom. No wonder it is on sale, although I cannot possibly imagine anyone paying even that much for a garment so hideous. And there is, for the major part, nothing wrong with the brand, and the store usually caters very nice stuff, too, I am left utterly confused. Can't trust anyone these days.

Witness the Horrors of Alternative Fashion Hell in red or black here.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Gothabilly? 'Last Trip' Dress at XtraX

It's hard to take something as cheerful as the whole sailor look and make it even remotely gothic, but I think that they did just that with this dress. The retro vibe I'm getting makes this a Gothabilly piece, although I cannot be completely sure it that is exactly right here.

My only concern is that it doesn't look like it's very well fitted, perhaps due to the fabric offering little to no support and it's left hanging a little bit, which doesn't go well with the cut.

Found here.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Fail: 'Adore-709RE' Shoes by Pleaser at Amber's Secrets

If it has to say it... it ain't it.

Looking at this shoe, I am unavoidably reminded of the sight of a pair of straight girls doing amateur strip-tease and making out with each other on the stage just because there are other people present. Potentially watching.

Not sexy, just... sad.

Found here.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Emo/Geek: 'Multilogo' Wrap Hoody by Cyberdog

Looking at this hoody makes me go nostalgic and wonder if I should play Space Invaders on an emulator again, which is a certain marker for geek fashion. The logos are small enough to keep this otherwise chaotic print somehow under control, and the whole look, despite its colourfulness, is actually fairly harmonious. Still, it's kind of cheerful - in a cute, not-too-annoying way.

Found here.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Alternative Accessories: 'Steampunk Entropy Calibrator' Watch at Cryoflesh

Words cannot even begin to describe the awesomeness of this watch. These days, a watch is no longer necessary since everyone sees the time on their mobile phones, and the watch remains purely an accessory. Watches and clocks are also definitely very easy to make steampunk-y - simply build a part of the clockwork on the outside, visibly, and there you have it, instant steampunk.

I will say this once again: this watch is made of pure awesome. Found here.