Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fail: Corset by First at Rockbay

Ow. Forked tongues or flames? Flames, I think.

Sweetheart neckline with adornments like that? Underwear! People. The common custom with corsets today is to wear them on the outside. Underwear corsets, while traditional, are a different matter. The less an overbust corset resembles a piece of lingerie when it isn't, the better.

What's good about this corset (or corselet) is that whoever made it knows how to craft the material. But said material is leather, which renders this thing even more of a fail.

I don't even.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Neo-Renaissance(-ish): 'Queen Mary' Top at DollyQ

This top combines aesthetics from the Neo-Renaissance as well as Neo-Victorian fashions, and the results are very pleasant and interesting without going over the top at all. The bits of lace in the cuffs make an important detail that finishes the look.

It's sheer, so I think the best options would be to either wear nothing underneath or choose some simple top.

Found here.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

'Bettie Page Whip' T-Shirt by Sourpuss at Vampirefreaks Store (FuckTheMainStream)

The design is beautiful, and for once a combination of greyscale and monochrome actually works to improve the outcome rather than drags it down.

Most kink-related merchandise displays a heavily mainstream view upon BDSM, which usually means something along the lines of evil SS-dominatrix and/or a helpless bottom with a look of genuine distress. A smiling Bettie Page with a whip is a very welcome addition to the otherwise biased imagery.

Found here.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Fail: 'Cotton Pink And White Lace Sweet Lolita Dress' at Funnyanimation

The eighties called and wanted their tacky ruffle overdose back! Too much everything, especially ruffles and layers, and too much pink - yes, Sweet Lolitas, such a thing exists, pay attention.

Of course, even an all-pink dress might work, provided the shade of pink were tasteful and the cut elegant. The way I see it, wearing Lolita fashion is trying to successfully combine a child's innocence, cuteness and playfulness with a more mature sense of style, comprehension of shapes and cuts and materials and a clear purpose, a vision, a look. With this you'd just look like you actually were five years old. And that, dear gentlefolk, is seldom very stylish.

Finish the look with a poofy, curly hairdo.

O rly? Ya rly.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

New Romantic/ Goth: 'Gothic Victorian Opera Jacket' Shrug & Outfit at Retroscope

This. Is. Stunning.

Superficially, there is nothing revolutionary about the outfit nor in its details. The model certainly is divine, and the picture isn't half bad, either. I guess what really makes it special is how the proportions play so perfectly together, and how the subtle variety of different fabrics and how light hits them makes the outfit really come alive... ahem.

Oh, yeah, the actual piece of clothing that the picture is supposedly trying to sell is the shrug. It's a very pretty shrug, indeed, but I felt I simply had to take on the whole outfit this time.

Found here.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Alternative Accessories: 'Corset Back Opaque Black Tights' at PlasticLand

I find this pantyhose oddly captivating; the powerful repetition of the fake lacing certainly keeps one's gaze moving constantly up and down. Elegant and incredibly hot. It's a simple enough design, which is why it works so well as an accessory, and I imagine a lot of individuals from different alternative subgroups could embrace this as part of an outfit.

Found here.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Faery Goth: 'Druid Coat' at Alienskin Clothing

I confess I have some reservations about this coat, but for some reason I kept returning to the page over and over and therefore decided to post it, what the heck. It's highly impractical, of course, especially in white (there are other options available), and a bit silly, perhaps, the way porcelain dolls and plush toys often are.

Still, I know some people fancy this aethereal style and, execution-wise, you'll find no complaints from me in the construction. Unlike most floor-length coats, it's quite flattering on the body, too.

It is good to keep in mind that there are other ways of being alt cute than going Lolita.


Saturday, March 12, 2011

New Romantic: Unnamed Outfit by h.NAOTO (Collection 2010) at S-inc

The recent events drew me to this piece which I think is beautiful, edgy and innovative. I don't want to make it seem like I was somehow trying to bend and twist a serious, devastating natural catastrophe to make it seem dark and exciting; I simply express my deepest sympathy by what this blog is about.

Found here.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Fail: 'Long Widow Frill Punk Skirt' by Phaze

Ah, what an innovation! We take this frumpy Ai-Likes-Ze-Funeraalz type of long skirt (with an elastic band!) which hangs like a sad curtain and stick a layer of pink tartan to... uh, at this point my ever so vivid imagination refuses to offer me any kind of an explanation. To make it more... Punk? Not seeing it. Colourful? Quite a lame attempt. I seriously have no clue.

As it is, the skirt resembles some kind of a lonely monster from an animated feature film - see, the pink part is its eyes, and the ruffle above makes the eyebrows, and with the rest of the fabric it hovers along the bottom of the sea, desperately trying to find a mate.

View the bastard here. It's not nearly as cheap as it ought to be.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Alternative Accessories: 'Steamhammer' Necklace at Clockwork Couture

Judging by that wonderfully illustrative white arrow in the photo, if I am not completely and utterly mistaken, this pendant is mobile in some fashion. Alas, the site gives us no additional information. Moving or not, the design is quite interesting as are the basic elements when combined - Thór's Hammer, Steampunk'd. There is a pleasant weirdness about this item, too. I am impressed.

Found here.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Gothic Daily: 'Cyber Sniper' Trousers by Lip Service at VampireFreaks Store (Fuck the Mainstream)

I decided to post this fairly basic pair of trousers here because it is surprisingly hard to find trousers for everyday use from the variety of alternative fashion; especially if you happen to prefer a semi-baggy fit such as here, the supply is limited. The world is full of Tripp's baggier-than-baggy trousers, and Rocker pipelegs, but the middle ground is quite scarce. This pair creates a flattering shape while remaining comfortable and laid-back.

Found here. Size 30 only, but it's on sale.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Steampunk: 'Custom Steampunk Utility Corset' by LillysWorkshop

A utility corset - how intriguing to combine an inconvenient yet beautiful type of clothing with something primarily functional! The pouches are even quite pretty and by no means clumsy. I also grant the corset extra points for being of the colour 'bronze' and not just plain old Steampunk Brown.

Found here. The brocade is customisable.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Corporate Goth: 'Mandarin-Collar Contrast Trim Blazer Jacket' at ChinaTowner

Advocating the military inspired style might grow a touch dull, I realise, and I am waiting to run into a Fail of the same category to compensate a little bit; until then, though, I will continue with openly adoring the look, shamelessly confessing once again how much I fancy stripes such as we see in the jacket above, and love buttons just like that, and how I find even the small strip of lacing in the back (follow the link below to see it) quite neat indeed, because it has been constructed well. Also, the mandarin collar adds a little something extra to the tailored look.

Navy is a colour less often seen on people of the alternative persuasion, the reason being it isn't black, I suppose, but there is really no need to refrain from using said colour - unless one plans to wear it with black, which I must discourage.

Jacket found here.