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.