Monday, December 26, 2011

Alternative Accessories: 'Marguerite Wreath Bonnet' in Pea Green at Metamorphose temps de fille

A bit uneven in the brim, but otherwise quite charming and nicely executed, this hat comes in various colours and combinations. The chocolate one stands out in the crowd of fair tones.
Found here.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Rockabilly / Retro / Rivethead: 'Green Military Jacket with Leopard Lining' by Living Dead Souls at Secret Oktober

There is something odd going on with the hem and the collar lapels, but otherwise this is a very solid piece which, while heavily military-influenced, would undoubtedly also pass for a mainstream jacket as well as alternative. The green is of a pleasant shade, the round collar works very nicely with how the "epaulettes" have been positioned (lower than shoulders, as you can see), and while the jacket could also be longer, the length as it is doesn't throw it off balance, either.

Found here.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Punk/ Deathrocker: 'Stained Turbojugend Denim Vest' by Kissin' Bombs

Denim is a wicked material, the most notorious variety of it being light denim, and staining it seems to be the only possible way of incorporating any of it in a meaningful, aesthetically pleasing way in alternative fashion. This vest, I think, is a good, solid piece and looks excellent for layering, which is what Punk and its variations often favour. Indeed, layering is an easy way of enhancing the visual impact of an outfit, and when it comes to styles such as Punk or Deathrocker, the rules of mixing and matching are there mostly to be broken.

Nicely styled ensemble, too. See the back side of the vest here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

EGA/ Elegant Gothic (Lolita): 'モールJQ/ベロアピークドラペルゴシックコート' by Algonquins

Gorgeous, approaching flawless, this long (or mid-length, depending on the person wearing it) and subtly stripy jacket both fits nicely and works that edged hem like a boss. Could do without the trim, but it doesn't break the balance nor interfere with the overall elegance, either. Very good proportions overall, and choice of buttons is spot-on. There's a lacing in the back, and it's very basic, but quite beautiful; at least someone is doing it right, which makes me happy.

Found here. (Click to view the back.) Also available in other fabrics.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Alternative Accessories: Unnamed Apron at Devil Doll

Less is more, people. By this I am obviously referring to the... wonderful thing that is this catalogue picture, or the highly artistic frames thereof. Skulls, flames, and bat wings, all around the shape of a coffin. Fantastic display of taste. My soul is singing.

The item itself - the chequered apron - is very cute, and just the fact that there is an alternatively designed apron is exhilarating. Even goths like to play housemaid every once in a while. Why compromise your style just because you're doing chores?

The apron is available in a variety of prints, here.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Erotic Lolita: 'Front Ribbon Corset Mini-dress (jet black)' by Atelier Pierrot at Tokyo Rebel

A bit different kind of Lolita with subtle flirtatiousness. It's very good in black, and I'm actually convinced that there isn't any other colour that would work with all the ruffles quite as well. Cream puff effect, anyone? Indeed. The ribbon would be especially overpowering in any other colour or with a pattern of any kind. So, it's a fragile design, but nice enough as it is.
Found here.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Fail: 'UV-Raver T-Shirt' by Cyberdog at Chaotic Clothing

This print is a complete mess. The text is competing with the illustration, and on top of it all is the Cyberdog logo, placed apparently at random and in colours that further confuse the whole image. Personally I dislike prints where the designer or manufacturer logo is highlighted above all other elements, like you're just an unpaid walking billboard.

I guess some might fancy the style of the illustration, but to me it seems unfinished. Colourful T-shirt prints often require precision especially if presented against a predominantly black background. Doodles can definitely look great as prints, too, but this one is more like in-between and out of balance. 

Found here.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Fetish: 'Alice' Body Suit by Nauclér Design

I'm not sure if this is just a touch too literally Fetish wear; definitely fit for clubbing only, at the very least. But a classical Playboy reference done this well deserves a seal of approval. 

I could spend some time contemplating the artistic justifications of displaying a bosom as pictured, but that would be a waste of time. This is Fetish. Some of it include bosoms on display. And bunny girls are actually quite a rare sight in Fetish wear and the scene. Besides, the sleeves and bow are pretty, and both executed and  proportioned quite perfectly.

Found here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Neo-Victorian/ Steampunk/ Goth: 'Arlington' Trousers by Steam Trunk Couture (Full Season 2011)

Click the picture to view the trousers in their full elegant glory. A slightly looser fit than is customary in this style, yet the make is so exquisite that comfort does not appear to be taking away from beauty. Not the dressiest of trousers, but I'd say Neo-Victorian fashion might sometimes benefit from loosening it up a bit, right?

Found here. (Under Collections.)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Corporate Goth: 'Pyramid' Dress by Criminal Damage at Violent Delights

This is a grown-up dress, and that's a compliment; such a display of maturity without neglecting the alternative nor diving face first to the all-lace style some gothically inclined people seem to fancy once they reach a certain age. The fabric is stretchy, so there is really nothing in one's midriff that this would help to conceal if that is a concern. Best on a smallish waist and perhaps a bit of curve in the hips, although a fairly straight body type wouldn't look bad in this, either, with the pyramid studs dividing the focus so nicely.

Found here.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Alternative Accessories: 'Steampunk Telephonic Rotarie Technologie Necklace' at Shrine

Miniature everyday items as pieces of jewellery is, as an idea, always cute and attractive, but a lot of them forget that what sets a miniature anything apart from cheap toys is an OCD level obsession with detail. Here, said point has been well taken, as witnessed. 

Another noteworthy thing here is the balance, meaning that the piece hangs just right, and when worn, no parts would be likely to turn the wrong side up. Found here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Deathrocker/ Visual Kei: 'Broomコルセット' at Antique BeasT

Despite its name, this isn't strictly speaking a corset, more like a corset top. But I find this style very attractive. Pinstripe is usually a synonym for meticulousness or fully controlled elegance, and here the fuzzy trimmings (apparently organza: potential disapproval) completely strip it off its pride and introduced chaos - with a gentle hand.

Found here. (Site mostly in Japanese.)

Monday, November 21, 2011

EGA: 'メンズシャイトロングコートワンピース' at Atelier Boz

(Long coat dress 'Scheidt' - yes, it is a dress, and a coat.)

These priestly coats/dresses are tricky to execute well, and all too often an otherwise good attempt is left completely shapeless. One other thing to consider are the proportions of the torso part and the hem, which simply have to be taken into consideration when making or buying one of these. When everything is in place, such as here, one can but marvel at the seemingly effortless work.

This one comes in three colours, here.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Mainstream Meets Alternative: Jacket by Roberto Cavalli (Autumn/Winter 2011)

Carefully selecting accessories and other pieces of the outfit, I think this jacket would very well be part of the wardrobe of a Rivethead (if they can get over the fact that this item is neither black nor green), or possibly a Steampunk person. The pockets are quite odd, and it's interesting how their placement changes the proportions of the jacket. A great military-inspired piece, and with some customizing could be even better!

Saw it here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Gothic Lolita: 'Vest Style Bustle Dress (navy stripe)' by Atelier Pierrot at Tokyo Rebel

Nice quality, excellent fabric choices, and sufficiently versatile, this little dress is both dramatic and cute. I'm finding it quite challenging to tag this under a very precise style, Gothic Lolita hitting the closest to home, perhaps. It depends a lot on what one would be pairing this with in terms of accessories or additional clothes such as a long-sleeved shirt - without which, by the way, this might be considered even Ero Loli. Bare shoulders and all.

The buttons are fake, for convenience's sake, but I think it would actually have been a nice finishing touch had they been functional.

Found here.

Monday, November 14, 2011

New Romantic/ Vampire Goth: 'Better Days' Shirt in White at Bizzare

A union of shabby, chaotic New Romance and the classical Vampire Goth look. Everything out of place - in a good way - and the tightly laced cuffs are just darn fantastic. Perhaps a tad less stuff after the lacing would improve the look even further, or maybe sort of shredding the extra cuff to imitate the oversized ruffle. Not sure. Could.

Ogle at it here.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Steampunk: 'Steambuckless' by Bibian Blue

Click to enlarge!

To make 11-11-11 special, I wanted to find something sublime, elegant, whimsical, captivating, and creative, all in one outfit. I think I did. It's not overdone, but still it's intricate, and all patterns and other elements have been painstakingly mixed and matched for the outcome to appear both conscientious and accidental. The trousers are incredibly cute, Steampunky to the core, and I think it's a more interesting choice in this outfit than a skirt most likely would have been.

The model's doing a wonderful job, too. Piece found here.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Cyber/ Rave/ (Sweet?) Lolita: 'Star Sailor Fleece' by Cyberdog

Not many items cross over Cyber to somewhat-Lolita; this one, I think, does. Part of a Lolita outfit it would be unorthodox, so to speak, but who says Lolita fashion can't evolve? Anyway, I like the trims and how just the positioning, the whiteness and the fact that the trims are thicker than the rest of the fabric resemble a classic faux fur trim but choose to execute it without the fluff. A beautiful garment for keeping warm, now the days are getting cold again.

They have it in black as well, but this white one is much sweeter.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Alternative Accessories: 'Steampunk Cuff Bracelet - Watch Movement and spikes' by Daniel Proulx at CatherinetteRings

This is, quite frankly, stunning. The harmony of the details and different metals of different colours, the clockwork as a cherry on the top; this piece has all that speaks Steampunk - materials, aesthetics, attitude, impulsiveness, a balance of order and chaos.

This, and more, here. Check out the rings. And everything else. See all the things!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Retro/Cabaret/New Romantic/Pin-Up/Gothic Lolita: 'Belted Vintage Inspired Jacket' at Starlets & Harlots

This jacket is definitely speaking to a wide audience, I'd say even to the mainstream. The retro inspiration is there, but not overdone; the proportions are right, and even the loud bow the belt's been tied to is in the right place, not getting lost under the visual impact of the draped collar and hem. There is something odd going on with the sleeves, but of little consequence.

Available here. Another example of a massive site with plenty of clothing and accessories in many different styles, yet it's all so firmly on the femme side I can't help but feel frustrated on behalf of those of us who'd love seeing something more made for people with more masculine preferences. For a change.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Cyber: 'Tentacle Dress' by Evil Kitty

This is a grand moment, for it might be the first time in the history of this blog when I see a garment, think that it resembles a sea animal/ Great Old One, and then come in the conclusion that it's a good thing. Don't know how they've done it here, but where others have failed, this one has... nailed. It. Ugh, skip that previous sentence.

So. It's a pink tentacle monster, but in a very good, attractive way. The way the dress is segmented is incredibly flattering and quite pretty, and even the bits that are hanging out seem to be in control. Purposeful.

Applause. Reminds me of The Fifth Element; the diva. Found it here.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cyber Goth: 'HistoriTEK' Long Jacket at PlastikARMY

Sensible and stylish, and borrowing a little from Baroque fashion as hinted by the name. I'm not completely certain if I fancy the collar when it's turned up like in the picture, because it's bound to look a little bit sad and floppy, especially when you walk and it bounces up and down, so keeping it folded would probably look more elegant. Oh, and nice straps in the back.

Found it here. The detail fabric is somewhat customizable. Personally I'd recommend the metallic charcoal/ black brocade.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Steampunk: 'Dieseldame bracer back Bodice' at Clockwork Couture

Nice. Very nice. Also a bit problematic in practice, I would imagine, and the fit has to be just right. No folding allowed. In this colour, I'm seeing it paired with something brown. A pair of striped trousers, perhaps, or an asymmetrically ruffled Neo-Victorian skirt.

Found here.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Classic Lolita: ヴァレリアジャンパースカート (ショコラ) at Mary Magdalene

A gorgeous, heavy pattern goes well with a light and sweet dress like this. Earthy colours bring some variety to sometimes overwhelming brightness of Lolita fashion; a classic style is more toned down, if not more mature, than the major part of Sweet and/or Gothic Lolita. 

Pale shades of pink (as shown) and blue would probably work the best with the brown there, perhaps antique white as well. I'd recommend one didn't overcrowd the ensemble and keep all other elements low-key, free of adornments.

This dress comes in various patterns and colours. View it here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fail: 'When I Die' Coat by Lip Service at Violent Delights

(Insert the usual "I've seen worse" disclaimer here.)

I have yet to see a full-length coat with the zip in front where the zip didn't steal the attention. If the coat is long and the zip only mid-length, it can be good or even excellent, but for some reason, this way it never works. Making it the same colour as the coat would help.

I guess the chains somehow emphasize the zip, too, and I must say I cannot understand their purpose here in any case. Shouldn't there be more? Or shouldn't they be heavier? Or maybe if you positioned them differently... no, I just cannot see it. Terribly inconvenient, anyway, to have to unfasten them every single time you put it on or take it off, and this would seem to clash with the overly functional and easy zip solution.

The model is doing their best to hide the fact that this coat is also very nearly shapeless. Can't fool us.

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Romantic/ Goth: 'Gothic shirt II' by PurPur

An elegant combination of lace and PVC, impeccable finishing and romance-meets-sensible in design, this shirt is definitely a display of what alternative fashion can be at its finest. Beautifully set sleeves, too - just look at how the fabric folds and swirls as if it were chiselled in marble. Uh, black marble.

Found the item here.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Romantic Goth: 'Marianna' Skirt at Rose Mortem

A wonderfully lively surface, and an interesting finish in the hem. Otherwise, there's nothing new, but no one is claiming there ought to be when you're doing the old stuff as well as this. I strongly prefer a Romantic Goth piece on the elegant side over the needs-more-lace approach.

Apparently the skirt is available in every conceivable colour, here. I wish they provided photographs of each colour option, just to be sure of the exact shade. The site suggests contrasting colour for the two layers for a dramatic effect, I say, go ahead, but exercise caution. Harmony is easier to pull off, especially in all things romantigoth.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

(Neo-)Victorian: 'Henderson' Pinstripe Trousers at Historical Emporium

Historically correct trouser anatomy, nice fit, and a stylish pinstripe (no, it's not a redundant thing to say - wide pinstripe, for example, usually isn't stylish at all). Daywear for some, evening for others. Don't fasten the buckle too tightly, lest you wrinkle up your back side, and that'll be the day when that kind of fashion becomes anything to aim for.

Stumbled upon it here.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Classic Lolita/ Neo-Victorian: 'Victorian Queen Noble Jacket' at Victorian maiden

I see this bolero/jacket combining several historical eras as well as crossing a line between multiple styles of Lolita and Neo-Victorian. Definitely a treat, this one, although the contrast between that interesting pattern and the solid black trim is possibly a bit harsh. Then again, it is surely less severe as part of an entire outfit with perhaps some other black pieces (as presented on the site). Quite elegant, yet perhaps not entirely down the EGL/EGA alley due to the pattern.

View other colour options here. Site in Japanese.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Fail: 'Cutout Outfit II' at Cryoflesh

Outfit, this? This not an outfit, silly. It's a swimsuit with a slashed front and an eye-watering 80's colour combo. Not very attractive, if relatively harmless. I understand that it often gets really hot and sweaty in a rave party, but rather than wear a swimsuit, I suggest people wear fabrics that breathe, like cotton. Or wear a swimsuit for all I care, but don't be surprised when people ask you which way the hot tub is.

One size, too. This cannot be good.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Visual Kei: Unnamed Outfit by Sixh (SS Collection 11) at S-inc

An impressive outfit, from what I can make of it. (Do click the picture to enlarge.) Pirate style inspired going in the general direction of Visual Kei, with perhaps a hint of Deathrocker? Yes, perhaps. Rock on.

There is a delicate balance of mixing different textures and lengths here, which is why it is nearly imperative that this be all in one colour. Certainly it might look neat in all white, but for once I feel that black really is without question the number one choice.

View the gallery here.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Alternative Accessories: 'SH79 - G-Force / Reconstructed Military Surplus/ Men's or Women's Gray Wool Slouch Army Winter Hat' by ShtrafBat

In general, finding an alternatively styled winter hat can prove quite a challenge. The finer hats rarely keep you warm, and the warm hats are nearly one hundred percent Baby Bat, complete with inverted crosses, pentagrams or even heartagrams. Shudder. This item here, however, has come to challenge the usual supply by being inescapably Rivethead and actually also warm. The down side is that it's made of wool, the use of which we disapprove strongly. In its defence, it is recycled, but still deserves a frown.

More items here.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Rockabilly: 'Judy Baby' Bomber Jacket at DollyQ

Cute, versatile, and very well proportioned, this jacket also adds a much needed splash of earthy tones to the colour palette of the alternatively oriented in fashion; though I must say I would be happy to see a brighter green version as well, so it would be easier to mix with different styles. Basic garb, easy to layer. (Remember to layer!) Found here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Classic Lolita: 'Lacy Drape Pinafore Dress' by Metamorphose temps de fille

Back-to-the-basics Lolita, this dress, in all its simplicity, is actually quite a rare find nowadays as the trend has seemingly shifted towards lace trimmings instead of making it the whole point of the garment. Also, I don't think you can get more traditionally romantic than this. 

All-lace dresses are often tricky in that it's very easy to just make them look like you forgot to wear the actual dress and prance around in your lingerie only; generally, I'm pro that, but I feel it's not a very good display of good taste. Here the top half definitely invokes undergarment-y associations, but the classic Lolita bell shape balances it out.

Black, white, or pale pink, here.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Rivethead/ Steampunk-ish: 'Dim Cardy Brocade Black Brown' by Aderlass at the Black Sheep

Again I've found something I initially was unsure of, but grew to appreciate the more I focused on the details. It's busy, and I'm not completely sure of that particular combination of fabrics, but the cut works nicely, and the layered patches and removable straps play well together instead of clashing horribly. A tricky piece, but decent enough.

Saw it here. (Site mostly in Danish.)