Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Neo-Medieval Goth: "Black Light District" Top (and Skirt) by Lip Service at Redemption Klothing

This is really just the top, but I thought the outfit looked nicer than only the top, so I'm commenting on the whole package. I see a touch of medieval goth slash fantasy goth in the look, even though the skirt is relatively short, and I must say it is quite tasteful and pretty. A bit on the lolita side, too.

Those two fabrics work nicely together, and, design-wise, said combination as well as the sleeves are my absolute favourite parts of this look. The only thing this outfit could do better without would be the loose ribbon in the neckline, as that way it would be easier to accessorize the top with a nice, simple pendant, perhaps.

Found here.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Gothic Lolita? 'M 124' Tartan Shrug at Morgana Clothing

This caught my attention due to its unique quality and, once again, I find it interesting how it mixes elements from different alternative styles. Having something so, well, so loli as a shrug and making it in tartan cannot be overlooked, and the Asian-inspired fasteners bring one more element to the garment but still don't clutter it. I only wish the fit would appear better, although we must keep in mind that nothing can really fit a mannequin doll.

Seeing this made me try and think of other types of clothing that would by definition be very cute and pretty and how they could be transformed into something else by choice of fabric and little details here and there.

Available here (in blue, red, pink, and black and white).

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Rivethead: Corset Top by Dead Threads at Attitude Clothing

The top would do a little bit better without the clip chain, but by the looks of it, it is detachable, as tends to be the case with alternative street fashion pieces, and Rivethead style clothes in particular. The straight line of buckles that crosses the front go well with the hinted sweetheart neckline, and I appreciate the subtlety and positioning of the lacing on both sides. It is neither here nor there in terms of clubwear or daily wear, which, one should think, probably makes it easy to dress it both up and down. (And that model is cute. Ahem.)

Available here.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Fail: 'Funeral Doll Victoria in Mourning' Cami Top by Lip Service at Iris Noir

The colour of this top is fairly nice. And that wraps up the positive part of this update. Looking at the top makes me want to bury my head firmly inside my palm. The garment is going for that Neo-Victorian-ish look but fails miserably at it, mostly due to the sad wiry things which resemble bra straps.

Incidentally, I may not be an expert on, um, chest anatomy, but to my knowledge is really is physically impossible to possess one shaped like it could fit perfectly into those cups. Wouldn't the breasts have to be incredibly far away from each other and somehow very saggy, too, and shaped like two baguettes? The lace trimming I cannot even talk about, but toning it down a little bit would be a great place to start if you were to try and salvage this design.

Putting the chest issue aside, I am almost equally confused by those two black lines on the front. Why are they there? If their purpose would be to add some more shape to the top, it's once again a fail. Phew.

Found here.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Alternative Accessories: 'The Dragons Lure' Stud Earring by Alchemy Gothic at Kinky Angel

Exhilaratingly cleverly designed, this dragon earring immediately caught my attention. It almost looks like it pierces the ear at several points when it really doesn't. The creature is beautiful and sleek, and it is very well proportioned to the ear, subtly mimicking its shape. A genuinely attractive piece of jewellery (and surprisingly good taste for Alchemy Gothic, pardon my French).

Available here.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fail: 'Vamp' Top at Shrine

Oh, no no no no.

Stretchy velvet and ripped cuffs? Shapeless, too. No. Simply, no. Frumpy, dowdy, wrong.

Do not get the top here. Nor the rest of the outfit, for that matter.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Gothabilly: 'Chopin Sue' Dress by Hell Bunny at Kate's Clothing

This is a cute Gothabilly dress with some small hints of Gothic Lolita, the top part of the dress having that 50's-60's vibe and the bottom being full and voluptuous (and it's got tiny little ribbons, too) in the spirit of loli. The polka dots work surprisingly well with the strong vertical stripes. But the picture could be a lot better, and I find the model's hair would greatly benefit from some other duo-tone than black and yellow. Not a fan of the styling, either.

Available here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Corporate(ish) Goth: 'Thunderdome' Detachable Sleeve Jacket by Lip Service at Realm of Darkness

There is something incredibly organized about this top. Disciplined, even, whether or not that makes any sense. And it looks like it doesn't really need the detachable sleeves, since the sleeveless version works so beautifully. I admire the shape and the seams in the back immensely. The lacing is surprisingly neat as well, and doesn't claim too much focus from the beautiful shape in the back.

Found here. The price would fall into the ouch category.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Rivethead/ Fetish? 'Division LS II Ambush' Military Dress by Lip Service at Voodoo Dolly

One may get bored with Lip Service every once in a while (which I certainly have), but even then one has to remember that good construction and high quality are not what makes it boring. The military style has been going in and out of gothic fashion for several years now, which is why we keep bumping into these pieces quite often. I find it slightly disquieting that I still have not gotten enough of it.

This dress is impeccable and sleek, and the point where the collar meets the neckline hast to be my personal favourite of the piece. Very dramatic elegance, definitely. Also very demanding on the body, not entirely unlike vinyl clothes in general. Fit is crucial in any clothing, but when the fabric does not drape beautifully due to its natural tendency, the whole garment instantly looks dowdy with even one ill-fitting part. This is why I consider anyone who has no trouble finding well-fitting vinyl garments incredibly lucky.

Found here. (Follow the link to see the back of the dress)

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Fail: Black Trousers with Purple Ribbons at Gloomy Moon

So basically we just sew a pair of black trousers and do a crappy job at that, and then we stick some ribbons in it in the attempt of disguising them for what they really are, which is, as pointed out, a crappy pair of black trousers. And voilà! We have goth!

Not.

Found here. (The site is in Finnish.)

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Fail: SC/Top by Battery Organic at Polltäx

Dear (gothic) people of the world,

Alternative clothing, besides being alternative, can also 1) flatter the body 2) be well made 3) look good on its own. When a garment does nothing listed above, do not wear it. (I have already ranted about the illusion of wearing undergarments as outerwear, as well as decorative stitching gone wrong, and shall comment on those no further.)

Sincerely,

Khar.

(Found here.)

Monday, March 01, 2010

Rivethead: 'Bondage Jacket' by Criminal Damage at Violent Delights





















The asymmetry in the front paired with the spine-looking row of D-rings in the back works very nicely. I also appreciate how the D-rings on each side of the collar accentuates the lapels and makes them pop out a little more from the sheer mass of black cloth.

Available here.