Friday, February 18, 2011

Fail: 'Kurt Cobain' Top by TOL International Ltd at Red Haze

Whoa. That is one ugly motherfancier. The picture - is it a drawing? Dear gods how bad it looks, whatever the hell it is - and the font, oh no; and the combination of the two, oh my. I can feel my brain melt. Words. Fail. Me.

Here. Now I need to bury my head in my hands for a moment.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Goth: 'DISORDER-400' by Demonia/Pleaser at Joyboots

Ever so often I try and find alternative footwear manufactured by a company other than Pleaser, but their dominance on the alt market is even stronger than that of Lip Service.

With that in mind, this pair of boots I decided to post because it serves as a kind of a symbol. Oftentimes, gothic people like to think of themselves as completely unique snowflakes who dismiss the norms and expectations of the masses and follow their own path. There's nothing wrong with that particular way of thinking, even if they only end up following the code of yet another group, namely the one they all form together in their struggle for individuality. It's not wrong to wish to belong in a group, nor does anyone have to stick their nose up when someone displays such wishes.

Gothic elitism in all forms kills individualism. That is why we should accept both the ones who take the road less traveled and the ones who prefer more common choices.

So. It's not a new thing to wear white instead of, or alongside with, black, but it speaks of personal choice, nevertheless, even when the white piece, such as these boots as such were such a classic example alternative gear that it's almost a cliché.

< / bleeding-hearts-of-the-world-unite speech >

Boots available, for example, here. (A Finnish site, both in English and Finnish.) And yes, they also come in black.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Geeky: 'Chunk T-shirt - Phone Booth' at My Rock City

There is something... bizarre going on with the model, but let us not get too stuck on that minor detail and focus on the amusing design, instead. Having just one element from the two combined would, perhaps, not carry well enough, but together they make a neat, witty and, dare I claim, stylish T-shirt print. It's even better that both have a kind of a retro vibe, an aspect which glues them together. A scrambled symbol has to be something that is instantly recognizable despite the broken form; they have managed that, all right, both with the design and the colours.

Found here.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Gothic Lolita/EGL: 'Divine Cross Print Sun Dress' by Moi-même-Moitié


Now this is a highly interesting take on (Elegant) Gothic Lolita. There is also a black and white version available, but I'd rather focus on the one that takes one step further, so to speak. The serious, pompous baroque design of the xylographic print is a definite eye-catcher, and it's surprisingly hypnotic as well, smack in the middle of pure, empty whiteness. It's like wearing an illustration doodled in blue ink - in a good way, of course.

The little word scramble irks me somewhat, but I can live with it, considering how ridiculous the things Westerners write in Japanese on their clothes must appear to a Japanese-speaking person.

Found here.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Cyber: 'Achtung' Top at Divine-Darkness

Using warning labels is nothing new in Cyber fashion, but here they make an entire row in the front, which is at least somewhat unexpected, and there are more signs on the detachable sleeves (which aren't included, btw), as well. The picture is a disaster and I considered not including this piece solely because of that - one can barely see the product here! Why any online store would shoot themselves in the foot like that is beyond me - but decided against it, after all, for it has been a while since I last included a (mildly) Cyber piece. A day wear item, this.

Found here.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

New Romantic: 'Toreador' Jacket at Shrine

I admit I was initially drawn to the picture and not the garment, but after having stared at it for awhile, I noticed I quite fancied the little jacket, too. Intricate, well-balanced and busy in a beautiful way, and displaying good craftmanship, there isn't an awful lot to say against it, from a general point of view. Versatility and multifunctionality in a garment is always a good thing; the statement for this jacket reads: "-- buttons fasten front lapels which also can be unbuttoned and worn crossing over in double-breasted style."

Found here, in several different colours. And a matching skirt, as seen in the picture.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Romantic Goth: 'Priory Coat' at The Dark Angel

For once, a piece that lives up to the high praise of the seller. This is a quality piece, with both vision and good taste. The fit is excellent, as displayed by a picture where the coat is closed. Showing the coat both ways should incidentally always be required in an online store, not least because of the often high price of well-tailored pieces. One wishes to know what one is investing on.

Available here.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Psychobilly: 'Zombie Pink Polkadot Dress' by Hell Bunny at The Gothic Shop

Now this is a... sight. It's definitely too much for some or, dare I say, most of us, but as far as Psychobilly goes, this is without doubt a decent specimen, regardless of the mediocre quality of the fabric. (Also, the black collar looks too heavy, in my opinion.) "My dress has zombie unicorns; your argument is invalid."

The white version is a tad less disturbing, maybe. Found here.