Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hippie/Faery Goth: 'techno0044' Plait Armwarmers at Alienskin Clothing

I am not certain if the primary reason for me to instantly call these armwarmers Hippie or Faery Goth is the colour. Then again, I do think that having them in black would only take away the instant earthiness, yet they would still retain their Faery credibility. (Reflect on that concept just a little while, won't you.)

Not knowing exactly what to call the strings in the middle, I still approve it and the simplicity of the design. The only thing I would make differently is to place the label underneath the armwarmer, or else make it a tad more discrete.

Available in different colours, such as black, white and olive green. Found here.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Fail: 'XTC-843' Heels by Pleaser at Cryoflesh

This shoe, I think, is too chunky to be elegant and yet too slim-lined to really achieve that clog look which very often works quite nicely. Taking just one stripeful of shoe away would already improve this look immensely, although I am not certain that the stripes do the form any good, anyway. And the ankle action... Those three straps might look nice in an otherwise simpler and more graceful shoe.

Pleaser shoes can be found practically anywhere, but these I bumped into here.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Special Edition: Towel Day

To celebrate the wonderful occasion that is the Towel Day, I give you not only one towel but a whole variety of alternative towels.

Which print would you pick? My choice would be the 'M'.

Found here.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

How Goths Survive Summer: White Polka Dot Bikini Top by My Little Halo

The season of the Evil Day-Star is coming up, and even goths may have to slip into something a little less sweaty than what they usually wear. A bikini top with a gothic flare to it would suit the purpose nicely, one should think. One is merely a little bit confused as to why My Little Halo only sells bikini tops and not bottoms.

Found here.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Rave/Hippie Goth: 'Phosphor' Hoody in Black and Green by Gado Gado at Saturn Return

It is interesting, if not surprising, how much the themes of hippie clothing overlap with rave garments - I have seen a lot of the traditional India-inspired imagery (deities and such) that modern hippies fancy, put in clothes which lean more towards the gothic rave style. Indeed, it is a small step to take to go from rave to hippie. Neither of them, however, very often take advantage of patterns that usually are called "celtic". That is why this hoodie caught my attention. The shape of the hood speaks Hippie Goth to me. Other than that and the celtic swirls, there is little special about the garment, but I think it makes a nice everyday look in any case. Or everynight, having that it does glow in the dark.

Available here.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Gothic Lolita?: 'Get Your Message' Skirt at Bizzare

I tend to think that what separates Gothic Lolita and Sweet Lolita is the cuteness factor and whether it goes over the top or not. Sweet Loli is definitely and always excessively and exclusively cute. Gothic Lolita takes the cute and dips it into a vat of sombre and gloom. That being said, I am not certain if the only thing that does not make this skirt Sweet Lolita is it being black and white.

Be as it may, it is nice to see something that could fall into the Gothic Lolita category and have it more white than black. There are a lot of layers, yes, but the structure still somehow manages to stay focused, and the piano keys bring a much-needed graphic element to tone down the fluff. The problem remains, however, that this skirt lacks in elegance, which would be greatly called for in order for it to really cross that line between frilly Gothic and GL.

Found here.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Alternative Accessories: 'Cinch Leggnings' (Leg Warmers) at Crisiswear

When last I visited the Harajuku area of Tokyo, Japan, and the bridge on which local teenagers pose for tourists and showcase the current trends of local alternative fashion, I noticed nearly two-thirds of them were wearing something similar to what is shown above, although theirs had a significant amount of extra clutter. Overall, this is a cool, interesting look and can be executed with shorts and skirts alike. I suspect that one does need to be quite confident of their legs. Also, I doubt that these would stay up without the removable straps, so I wouldn't suggest one to remove them.

Found here. (It's a horrible Flash-based site, but the garments, for the major part, are beautiful.)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Rivethead: 'Empire' Shirt at Rivithead

You may have to be a science fiction fan to some extent in order to fully appreciate this style, I would imagine. Pardon my bias. This shirt speaks 'Strength' in a way, and it is impeccably tailored, as all military-inspired garments must. I also think that the colour grey is an excellent choice for this shirt, even if it does make the thing quite... literal, so to speak.

Found here.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Fetish/Historical/Rivethead: 'WOLFGANG' Jacket at House of Harlot

To take a material like this and achieve a maximum level of sophistication is no small task. Yet there is hardly any other word that would describe this fine jacket better. The cut is that of the jackets in the Regency era, and due to the choice of fabric there is no doubt to whether this piece is still contemporary. I am intrigued by how many styles this single garment is crossing, from historical influence to the Matrix-inspired Rivethead look and towards the fetish aesthetics.

Found here.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Fail: 'Webness' Cami Top by Lip Service at Arsenic Fashions

When a garment looks like underwear worn on the outside, it usually doesn't make the thing any more attractive, but sadly often au contraire, instead. This case is no exception. Combining a heavy print with such a skimpy, thin fabric and adding some ruffle action in the hemline were bad enough as they were, without the bra-like bust.

Indeed, the only aspect of this top that doesn't have an undergarment-like feel to it is the print (and perhaps the loose, spineless lacing in the back, as well), hence condemning the garment forever into the sad limbo that lies between outer wear and lingerie, it not being able to function as either one of them.

(Ran into the wretched thing right here.)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Emo: 'Gothic Lolita' Handbag at Spooky Boutique

I must once again stress how little I know about handbags and purses and such, and how my personal taste appears quite limited to large, conventional carrier bags. But I see this and I see the print and the design, and for those reasons it caught my attention. There is a certain feeling of crossing Lolita with Cyber, which is interesting, and I like it how the shape is so simple that it carries the busy image well.

Found here.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Fail: '38-032-00' Coat at The Gothic Factory

There is altogether too much going on with this coat. It fits surprisingly well even on a mannequin, but with lacing, the bat wing hem, crosses, buckles, rivets, straps and messy-looking string hanging from the sleeves, the good things of this garment (namely the collar and the contrast stitching) drown and get lost. On top of all things, the fabric looks unintentionally crinkly, which is never appealing.

Found here.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Emo: 'Cupcake Cult Unipony' T-Shirt at Rockjet

I am, gods forbid, drawn to this piece of clothing for some bizarre reason. (Or would, if I were an emo.) I actually like the print, the whole design of it, and think that it is successful in exactly the form it has taken, which is a t-shirt. A lot of prints can't really carry that much colour, but the line art in this one resembles a colour-me book in a weirdly fashion-forward way.

Also: if there has to be a set of wings in the back of any garment, then let that garment have something to do with uniponies. Unipony. That word, by the way, has to be one of the cutest words I have recently seen.

Found here. (The site is in Finnish only.)