Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Classic Goth: 'Red/Black Boot-Cut Darkness Stripe Rock Pants' at Slash'n Burn

The simple vertical stripe can be translated to numerous alternative styles. What usually determines the vibe one gets from stripy trousers is the width of the stripes in relation to the ones of the other colour - there is a ginormous cap between the aesthetics of the classical pinstripe and a very wide black-and-red stripe, such as we see here. The wide stripe is perhaps a little less formal than the pinstripe, but also more dramatic while still retaining the elegance of the stripe, which is further enhanced here by the subtle bootcut (in pipeleg style these trousers would definitely be close to Punk).

Found here. They are also available in black/grey and black/white.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fail: 'Sue Ellen' Coat by Hell Bunny/ Mercy at Rockjet

This coat is completely daft. The fabric is obviously far too thick to support an A-line hem, and said hem sadly reminds me of a ballerina version of the Michelin man. The coat is also of a very inconvenient length, and is all in all simply awkward. Also, the poofy sleeves are absolutely ridiculous. From what I see of the collar, that one part is not too bad. But there is really no salvaging a garment when the main issue lies within an utterly misguided concept of design and not solely in the excecution.

Please, don't. (Site in Finnish.)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Rave/Rivethead: 'Pyramid Stud/Skull White Bondage Pants' by Tripp NYC at FuckTheMainStream

While admittedly these trousers could do with a little less ornamentation, so to speak, and would benefit from being made of a fabric of slightly better quality which would not wrinkle so much, I do claim that the structure of this quite popular style of trousers definitely works. I always fancy it better to have more going on at the bottom part of a pair instead of the top part, because it often is more flattering on most people than the other way around.

Wear these trousers with a pair of heavy shoes, possibly combat boots - very light shoes only get lost in those vast, loose trouser legs.

Found here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Faery Goth: 'Lotus' Long Fleece Vest by Jupiter at Cybershop

The wrap hood works really well with the length of this dress-like vest, although the length itself does somewhat dictate the body type ideal for this garment. The embroidery is very faery-like and quite beautiful, and I think it would look better in the back where it would not have to fight for attention with the striking two-tone wrap-around hood. Then again, I am fairly sure the big hood obscurese the major part of the back when not covering the head, in which case there simply is not enough room for all the stuff.

Available here.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Gothic/Sweet Lolita: ボレロ風切替カットソー at Metamorphose temps de fille

(Bolero-like Switched Knit Blouse)

Now I am very impressed. Incredibly beautifully cut, this top serves as an example of how striking an effect quality clothes can make. I believe that with alternative fashion it is crucial that one pays close attention to the manufacturing and design of a piece, even more so than in mainstream clothing. We are, after all, making a kind of a statement with what we choose, and since our preferred styles can hardly be found down every street, we must make an extra effort in any case; and while we are at it, why not choose only the best of the best?

Besides the impeccable quality, I fancy the design and especially how the detachable sleeves work so subtly - when they are long, they don't look like they would come off at all, and when they are short, there is nothing lacking in the entity of the blouse.

This can be worn as part of a Gothic Lolita style as well as Sweet Lolita, mostly depending on the colour of one's choice. Get it in black, white, or pink here.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Gothabilly: 'Debbie' Dress by Cherise

I picked this dress to showcase the most classical way of doing Rockabilly and Gothabilly styles. It is historically corrects, meaning that one could jump into a time machine wearing this and strut down a street in the 1950's and be met with no odd looks at all. An underwear corset was usually worn underneath for that distinctive waistline.

Found here.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cyber/Punk: 'Fishnet Muscle Shirt' by Paulien Berkelaar at Bizzare


The randomness and sketchiness of the pattern created on the fishnet works better than I could ever imagine if someone were to only describe me such a thing. And how the fabric creases just a little bit in the sides is alluring. Of course, one has to be quite gorgeous to pull this one off, themselves, but it doesn't take anything away from the garment itself.

I see something close to Cyber and Punk, here, but the tag really does not matter all that much.

Found here.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mainstream Meets Alternative? 'Polka Dot Black Skirt' (And White Blouse) at Pretty & Cute

This, I think, is more mainstream than alternative, but I am getting some Rockabilly-Lolita (Lolibilly? Country Lolita? Casual?) vibrations. Sort of. Oh alright, I confess - I fancy that model person a lot. Probably explains more than is necessary. It's the flu that's gotten into my head, honestly! I shall be returning to more sensible posting once I've recovered.

Anyway, the skirt can be found here. Not certain of the shirt.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Romantic Goth: 'Ariellah's Wedding Dress' by Kathleen Crowley and Christina Molcillo of Black Lotus Clothing

It's a wedding dress, and it's romantic, and I find it rather attractive. Well played. It's also borderline mainstream-ish and conservative, but I guess wedding dresses work best with just a hint of gothic, rather than going all the way. To each their own, of course.

Found here. Too bad it's made of silk.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Fetish: 'Gerda01' Outfit for Gen & Mercedes by House of Harlot

Much to my dismay, I have fallen ill and thus find it quite straining to write very much. Hence, I shall be sticking to the point very firmly.
This outfit spells gorgeous. It's... incredible.

I found it here. (Do not look at the price. I repeat: do not look at the price.)

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Fetish?: Unnamed Outfit by Tressa Williams/ Fierce Couture

This is a couture piece by definition. Effortless, elegant and beautiful; and completely captivating. Looking at the sleeves, for example, I am completely in awe - managing to sculpt latex to both fit and to drape this beautifully is definitely no small task. Initially I wasn't sure about the combination of such a muddy gray and deep black, but I think it's growing on me. Especially as the top piece is so glorious and looks like it's been made of some very heavy, toxic liquid.

Found here.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Deathrocker: 'Punk Graffiti' Dress by Dead Threads at the Gothic Shop

I am not quite certain if this dress isn't a little bit tame to be Deathrocker, but it definitely lies somewhere in between Punk and Goth. Chaotic, yet controlled, it keeps the best of both worlds, and the panels of wild patterns and solid black justify the fairly uninventive silhouette.

By the looks of the cut and proportions, I feel this dress most flatters a straight body type (and quite long legs, possibly). Rather than teeming it with chunky platform shoes, as shown in the picture, I'd recommend considering knee-high heeled boots or combat boots.

Found here.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Cyber: 'UV Tube & Dotted Plate Cyber Collar' at Cryoflesh

Contrary to a lot of UV reactive gear, this customizable collar is interesting all by itself, as well, and the whole glow thing only adds to the charm instead of requiring it. Certainly an eye-catcher, be the lights on or off. Besides, apparently they also carry a non-UV variant in red (possibly the one we see in the two topmost pictures).

Found here.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Rocker: 'Blue Leopard Flocked Combat Boots' at Plasticland

May leopard print only ever appear on quality footwear (or other accessories, preferably), may it always be of a fairly beautiful shade, and may whoever it is who fancies such a style keep the print a visual standout, not a theme for the entire outfit.

Found here. Faux leather, naturally.