Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fetish: 'Bad Seed' Top at Androm

Dismissing the fact how very nearly every piece of Fetish clothing needs to find a wearer who is of the perfect shape for exactly that garment, this one works very well even if it only manages being nearly perfect.

Nice and sleek as the front of this top is, I think the main interest lies with the back and how it's been cut. Very beautiful and slimming seams, and all the zippers have been positioned most flatteringly as well. The longest zipper would definitely be too much in the front. There is also a link in the turtleneck-ish collar in the front, which one would imagine might prove very handy in a fetish-friendly environment. There is the concern, however, of how well it holds together if pulled.

Found here. (Site in Portuguese.)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fail: 'Dark Angel' One Shoulder Top by Spiral at Attitude Clothing

I have absolutely nothing against teenagers. Some of them can be quite charming, similar to how a noisy parking lot could.

Excuse me, then, when I voice my opinion of this shirt which very clearly speaks to the Baby Bats, or Teen Goths, amongst us; my opinion being that there is nothing - nothing - right with this shirt. That horrible baggy 80's fit, the unnecessary ribbons and the sagging, thin fabric all speak for themselves, but the crown jewel of this piece has to be the corny illustration in the front. Oh gods.

Finish with a name reminiscent of online nicknames immensely popular in the gloomy adolescent scene, and we are done.

Note that being a Baby Bat or a Teen Goth has nothing to do with age.

Found here.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Deathrocker? 'Prince Satoru' Trousers by Lolita Kisama at Visual You

A simple idea, a solid execution (although there might be something funky going on with the crotch; or do my eyes deceive me?) These trousers might not represent the most creative side of the brand Lolita Kisama, but then again I approve of their aesthetics in general, even when the garment in itself isn't incredibly dramatic.

Available here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Alternative Accessories: 'Spats, Black and Metallic' at Dark Fusion Boutique

(Notice that the article I discuss is not the pair of boots but what's on them.) I was tipped off by a friend to these, and I have to say they are quite the find.

The style is clearly Neo-Victorian, and why not Steampunk as well, and yet they bring something fresh to the table with the interesting shape, and that pleasantly weird combination of metallic gleaming fabric and lace.

The ribbons could very well be tad shorter, but I understand the point of them is to play with the idea of a "boot corset" - at least that is what first sprang to my mind. All in all, an interesting piece of accessory.

Found here.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cabaret Goth: 'Emily' Corset by Bibian Blue at Kinky Angel

Beautiful details and a good, strong structure make me completely forget about my deep hatred towards sweetheart necklines. This corset puts a lot of its rivals to shame. It's busy in an interesting way, not crowded nor sloppy. My sole concern is the fabrics - I wonder if they keep their quality under any less flattering light?

Found here.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Alternative Accessories: 'MA002' Armwarmers at Dark Aesthetic

An inspiring pair of armwarmers, these would work perfectly as a multi-purpose accessory for numerous occasions. This is a nugde towards the alien-like, space oddity style. The heavily repetitive cloned feel of the buckles nearly hypnotizes the eye, and the shiny vinyl is quite perfect a choice to pair up with the matte plastic and cloth.

Like I said, inspiring. Immediately as I set my eyes upon these I was fascinated by the thought of having entire glove sleeves decorated in a similar fashion, with fingers and all, going all the way to the shoulders. Sometimes a piece may simply look perfect as it is as we see it, and that is, of course, a good thing; yet sometimes it's even more gratifying to encounter something which makes us wonder what else could be done in the same spirit, taking it to an another level, perhaps.

Found here. (Site in Russian/English.)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

(Elegant) Gothic Lolita: 'チェック配色イレギュラースカート' at PEACE NOW

I sincerely doubt if there even exists a better way of doing pleats. On extremely rare occasions such as this it is possible to make a plaid skirt elegantly without it being instantly read as a school uniform*. Even the bow feels exactly at place, gathering the small bustle up like a pony tail of cloth. Incredibly charming.

Found here (the topmost item; currently, at least.)

*Not saying there wasn't a time and place for exactly that, too.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Neo-Victorian: 'Sweeny Todd' [sic] Trousers at Drac-In-A-Box

Interestingly cut, these trousers add a special touch to any top combined with it. The sole requirement is that the top be somewhat classy, potentially even slightly frilly, and that it shows that beautiful laced rear. A high rise does set some requirements to the wearer's physique, ideally speaking, but only some.

Found here.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Gothic Daily: 'Punky Jeans Denim (Black)' by Mode Wichtig

Generally speaking, the purpose of jeans is to fit and do so impeccably. The niftiest of jeans allow some changes to the body shape of the wearer without immediately losing said purpose, and these ones here would seem to work, be they loose or tight. In addition to the fit, this particular style is versatile enough to allow several different approaches to how one would wear them, given the slight bootcut and the elegance of the placement of different details. Remove but one zipper of pocket, though, and the jeans would probably look quite boring - there is such a thing as being too versatile.

View the catalog here.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Alternative Accessories: 'Leg Warmers - Steampunk White with Brass Buttons' at Secret Oktober

There is something incredibly attractive in these leg warmers which utilize a very iconic Victorian era fashion piece in a novel way. Unlike pictured, however, I feel these would go quite a lot better with regular heels, not peep toes, or even with flat shoes. I suspect no boots can be slim-fitting enough for these, nor would there be much point.

Available here.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Fail: 'Hight' Dress at Hors Norm

Kill it! Kill it with fire!

No. Correction: Rescue the snake first, then kill it with fire. And bury in crossroads with a stake through the ugly sweetheart neckline, and sprinkle some holy water through those horrendous holes at the sides, just to be sure we never again have to see this... thing.

(Found here.)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Alternative Accessories: 'Deviant' Studded Buckle Belt at Heavy Red

This here belt is heavy in the best sense imaginable: it's sturdy and strong, yet it looks effortless and easy to combine with many different outfits and even styles, preferably with some colour as shown above and probably not with very heavy fabrics. There is a sense of grimness in the belt, and while there is a clear modern touch in the design - what with the studs and all -, the simplicity of this item reminds me of a (Hollywood depiction of a) warrior from some ancient civilization.

Available here.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Rivethead: 'Clinical White Straight Jacket' by Lip Service at Slash'n'Burn

Coat season is approaching on this side of the equator, so I go and search for some coats and jackets in the internet. After a fairly long and slightly frustrating hunt I came to firmly decide the following: In this blog, I will absolutely refuse to ever post a picture that is too small for anyone to judge what the hell is going on with the piece of clothing being depicted there. I remain positively flabbergasted of how any of those items could actually sell. How will anyone know what they are buying?

Exhausted by running into so many tiny and otherwise unacceptable pictures, I feel mad enough to be drawn towards this pleasant-looking jacket. It has these straitjacket-like qualities, what with the exquisite locks in the front, and the shape of the collar. What we have here is beautiful, but they could have gone even further with that thought - oversized sleeves, maybe?

We're all mad here.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Cyber: 'Vixen' Dress at Plastik Army

Crikey. Rarely do I have a chance to lay my eyes upon something which clearly takes its inspiration from the science fiction imagery of late 60's in a non-laughable or purely nostalgic fashion.

The harness is a striking detail and while it does feel a little bit out of place, the more I look at it, the more convinced I am that it definitely belongs right there. It almost looks as if it had a specific function instead of just adornment, which further enhances the sci-fi vibes I'm getting. Oh, and apparently the harness is removable, too, in case one wishes to play down the Cyber effect a fraction and transform this into something closely resembling a very traditional Fetish-y dress.

Found here.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

EGA: 'Elegant Gothic Military Double Breasted Long Coat' at Fanplusfriend

Edit: See my note on this item in the comment marked 11-11-2011.
I'm sure I will at some point get bored with this look and style, but I cannot promise that day will come any time in the near future. There is just something incredibly attractive in long, well-fitting coats with sleek lines, a clean cut and dramatic details. Military influence in fashion can be executed through lots of different alternative styles, from Rivethead to EGA to Deathrocker. This one is, like it says in the descriptive title, pure Elegant Gothic Aristocrat.

Found here.

(Oh, and my sincere apologies for the lack of updates. I will most definitely make it up next week.)