Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Rivethead: 'Magic' Platform Boots by Smegg at Drac-in-a-Box

Two buckles are just enough for these relatively graceful boots. Indeed, making platform boots graceful is no small task, and I think the calf straps help with the attempted lightness. The height of the top part of these boots is fairly flattering (although with that in mind, it's what you wear with them that matters the most) to the shape of one's legs.

Now I am left to wonder what these would look like with very slim-fitting faux leather or PVC trousers. Found here.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

EGL: 切り込みドレープカーディガン at PEACE NOW

(They call it something along the lines of 'draped cut cardigan'.) I am, once again, delighted at the sight of something which clearly speaks alternative aesthetics to me, yet succeeds in introducing something new rather than traditional. Classics are always classics, yes, but I feel the alternative scene experiences thorough change and embraces new ideas quite a bit slower than the mainstream (by which I refer to haute couture more than street clothes).

The elements that make this cardigan what it is have always been present in alternative fashion, but having them combined exactly like this is a rare sight. I like it how it doesn't have to be fitted in the back at all, and how what one would choose to wear underneath would change the whole style of the garment completely.

Found here.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Fetish: Laced High Neck Top by Dragon's Blood Creations

This is what I usually look for when I try and find quality fetish wear - with PVC, one cannot settle for anything short of an impeccable execution and a perfect fit. The lacing, traditional as it may be, it's also a very functional solution in PVC clothes. It helps adjusting the garment to fit better, and trying to squirm in a tight shirt is easier as well.

Found here.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Steampunk/Neo-Victorian: 'A Step In Time' Shirt with Ascot by Lip Service at Infectious Threads

The rivets make a similar pattern in the back as seen on the front, which I feel is an important factor with this shirt. They enhance the structured shape and the nice fit. Then again, adding a vest would not be a bad idea with this shirt, either.

The little newspaper ascot is just the right size to not be too invasive, yet it claims its own space and completes the garment. An elegant piece.

Found here.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: 'Haunted Windows' Pyjamas at Drac-In-A-Box

What can I say? It's an endearing look, and I have to say that it is quite a feat to come up with sleepwear that could be described as alternative, in the first place - the only other example I had found so far was that one pair of Matrix pyjama trousers. Let alone that the results should be this adorable.

The print works nicely, for pyjamas, that is; and a close-up on the buttons reveals them to be ghost-shaped.

Pleasant nightmares!

(Found here.)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Alternative Accessories: 'HB-902' Felt Hat at Jas. Townsend and Son, Inc.

Every Victorian Goth knows that a top hat makes the look. But fewer of them appear even aware of the wide variety of hats offered by said historical era. This style stands out more than the classical (albeit attractive) top hat, and while combining it to the rest of the outfit might be a little bit trickier, it's definitely all the more interesting for it.

Available here. And yes, they do have top hats, too.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Gothic: 'Marquis' Underbust Corset by Gallery Serpentine

It is refreshing to see a different shape for an underbust corset, especially when it is so beautifully made. The strength of the shape makes it flattering, and the details have been put in just right - not too much, but enough to entertain the eye. PVC often shows its best side when set side by side with something elegant and less shiny, and with it, the contrast creates an interesting surface.

Found here. A bit pricey, of course, but corsets always are (- if not, one should be very suspicious).

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Rivethead: 'Buckle Blouse Denim' by Mode Wichtig

From what I have seen, a lot of German alternative designers aim for a very simplistic and structured style, which often plays well and reaches out to quite a wide audience of various goths. Mode Wichtig is no exception, and from personal experience, I can say that they definitely keep their standards high in terms of execution and quality. Where they lack, however, is real innovation, but I take well-tailored and slightly boring over creative and complete mess, any day.

The buckles made me think of Rivethead, but it's anyone's call, really. A beautiful, clean look, if a little bit safe.

View the catalog here.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Gothic: 'DL450' Stripy 3/4 Length Trousers by XS Punk at Raven SDL

Now that it's summer and the Evil Day-Star wants us all to boil to death, it may be a good idea to lighten your gear a bit. These trousers look fairly well-made, and unlike a lot of plain, stripy clothes, these have just a tiny little twist to make them more interesting without spoiling the dramatic effect of the simplicity.

Available here. (The site carries some of the worst product pictures I have ever seen in an online shop, simply because they are too small. How is anyone supposed to order something if they have nothing more to base their decision upon than a minuscule, pixel-tastic image? Is that not bad for business?)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Geeky Goth: Star Wars Corsets by Evening Arwen

In general, it is somewhat easy to convince yours truly with a lot of the Star Wars -related stuff that we see all around the internet. However, this time I think someone really went over and beyond the obvious and created something which would appeal even to a more general audience and not just the fandom. The Vader corset is, of course, more literal than the Storm Trooper corset, but even that one could definitely be combined with a less costume-y outfit, not losing its geek credibility, but gaining some chic while at it, instead.

(Of course, a lot of fans would call this blasphemy. Then again, some people are offended by anything and everything.)

A friend gave me this link to this geek's wet dream. The originals can be found in the designer's own home page.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Crosses

Theme: Crosses

About the theme: only so-called Christian (or similar) crosses are included; no Ankhs. And why? Because the Ankh is not a cross, contrary to the common misconception. The Ankh is a religious symbol and hieroglyphic character from ancient Egypt, dating back far before the time anyone began to regard a device for torturous execution as a symbol, and the two of them simply bear a vague resemblance to each other, which is purely coincidental.

Good: 'Large Cowl Collar Cross' Blouse at FanplusfriendI confess that I sort of knew in advance where to look to find the most elegant way of using the cross in clothing: the Japanese alternative scene. And elegance (EGA) is the perfect word to use of this shirt. It is powerful in design, striking and beautifully made, and I approve of the cowl collar immensely, for it is very clearly one of the key elements of this stylish garment.

Found here (and it's weirdly inexpensive). It is also available in inverted colours, but I think it definitely works a lot better this way.

Bad
: 'Tudor Cross' Skirt at Blackrose

While doing the research for this month's Good, Bad, Ugly section, this thing here pretty much the general style of the majority of clothes that I found with a cross on them. The skirt looks sloppy, cheap and frankly quite boring; and the Tudor cross has just been slapped in there, only for it to be obscured by the wide, red ribbons and bows. Nope, not good. Either have a symbol in there, or don't.

Here.

Ugly:
'Venitia' Dress at Hors Norm
Mes Dieux! As soon as I laid my eyes on this, I knew I had a winner. Trying too much never makes a garment sexy, let alone the person who is wearing it. Fetish clothing should, in my mind, flatter whatever asset it is focusing on, and play with what is revealed and, more importantly, what isn't. Of course, what is beautiful in the eyes of a fetishist (and I use the term very loosely here) does not necessarily agree with what other people may think, and therein lies the attraction of fetish clothing. But this one here is simply a little bit sad.

The crosses and what they squeeze is not the only thing which makes this "dress" unattractive, but the contraption certainly draws the most attention. It looks tortured, and not in the BDSM appeal kind of way.

Cliquez ici.

Dear readers! Any suggestions for future themes would be very welcome, should something cross (NPI) your mind.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Neo-Victorian: 'Gothic Brocade Victorian Tailcoat' by Living Dead Souls at Violent Delights

Just enough ruffles for catching that Victorian-esque feel, but to still keep the garment looking sane. The collar could perhaps be a little bit more interesting and, of course, the neckline being so deep (for a jacket) requires that some serious thought be put into what one shall wear underneath, to have them go well together.

Found here. Also available in red and violet, which aren't half bad options, either, if only a tad too busy with the heavy print.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Gothic Daily: 'Morbius' Shirt by Agace at Cruella

Shirts with detachable sleeves make quite a classical, everyday look for a modern goth. The key to it is in the execution. Here they've done a nice job, although the shirt could bear even a little more something happening, such as a stylish print. Of course, one can accessorise it all by oneself. A pendant would go quite nicely, or maybe a scarf.

Found here (under "Tops").

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Fail: 'Moda Tattoo Grey Loyalty' Corset at the Mission Boutique

If this is, indeed, a corset, as they claim on the site, (more like a corset top, I'd gather) then it has to be the ugliest corset I have ever seen, and I have seen some quite hideous stuff. Yikes.

Found here.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Rivethead(?): 'Poetry' Mini Dress at XtraX

'S nice.

And that's it, people. I'm currently down with a fairly serious illness for the time being, and shall return to posting complete entries as soon as possible.

(Found here.)