Friday, July 29, 2011

Cyber/ Fetish: 'Two-Tone PVC Bustier' at My Little Halo

Not bad, not bad. A little bit of spike action there, also lots of skin showing, and an interesting fastening in the front. Fanciful are also the black and white pieces and how they are cut - an even line at the bottom would have been a big mistake, whereas this solution is quite nifty. Good design.

Found it here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Neo-Victorian: 'Gilded Love Letter' Victorian Boots at Plasticland

Whoa, so shiny! I'm posting about this shoe mostly due to the fact that despite of its gleam, it doesn't look tacky or cheap, nor like a bizarre experiment with PVC (which I have nothing against; by all means dabble with PVC and see what comes out of it) but more like one had taken the idea of a precious metal and realized it into shoe form.

Also, a wallpaper pattern such as this is quite attractive.

The one thing I aren't sure about is the applique on the toes. That is to say, I fail to comprehend its function and I question its aesthetic value. (It's also heart-shaped.)

Shoes available here.

Monday, July 25, 2011

EGA: メンズエドマンドノースリーブジャケット at Atelier Boz

The trim is good, the length is great, and the fit is impeccable. I'm wondering if this sleeveless jacket would look just as dazzling closed than hanging open; I'm guessing it's not even supposed to be closed. This is, of course, quite impractical, but then again, so is the price.

Comes in many different colours, or would, were it not sold out. Atelier Boz here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

(Classic) Lolita: '10W 楽隊のベスト (VC2395) at Excentrique

Ahh, beautiful. A great ensemble, good materials, and an excellently flattering cut if there ever was one. The complicated rose pattern in the bottom of the hem could weigh it down too much, but since the colours are in perfect harmony, it just sits there, decorating the dress.

As seen here. Two colour options. Plenty more prettiness where this one came from, follow the link.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Alternative Accessories: 'Ankh of Tau Serpent Necklace' by Alchemy Gothic at the Gothic Shop

It's a rare occasion that I'd be observing a piece of Alchemy Gothic jewellery and actually be pleasantly surprised by what I see. This is one of them. It's a beautiful ankh with a stylish concept, and I think the different colours work quite nicely together. Somehow I appreciate it how the lower T-shape of the ankh hasn't got a completely smooth surface, it makes it connect more with the serpent.

Available, for example, here.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Kimonos

Theme: Kimonos

Note that I use the word kimono extremely loosely here, leaving the real kimonos untouched and focusing on the alternative interpretation of said garment type, instead.

Another note: from what I found there were precious few items that were even bad, not to mention ugly, so the two pieces later mentioned aren't really that horrible, just not as great as ninety percent of the stuff I found. Again, this is a good problem to have.

Good: 'Elegant theatrical PVC Kimono' at Artifice Clothing

Completely impractical, and jaw-droppingly gorgeous, this item is one of those showstoppers that make me want to se up a photo shoot. Who would have thought that even a floor-length PVC kimono could look so elegant and effortless? It gives the impression of lightness and at the same time it's so clear that it's nearly impossible to move (or walk) in.

So beautiful!

Found here. Also available in other colours, but I definitely prefer the white look of the picture above.

Bad: 'Catty Gothic Wa Lolita, Japan Kimono/Yukata Set' at Fanplusfriend

In general, I'm not a big fan of satin, mainly because it has a tendency to look pretty cheap when there's an excessive amount of it, and while this Wa-Loli kimono does drape very nicely, the overall impression is shoddy and quite amateurish.

I don't think the colours work, either. On paper this could look nice, but the execution is bad.

Found here.

Ugly(-ish): 'Asymmetric Black Kimono and Lace up Corset Belt with Buckled Grommet Straps' by Melaniegail at

Again, I like the idea very much, but I think the fabric looks like a black sheet, and like said sheet was then draped any which way, ending up a bit like something between a kimono and a toga. It wrinkles too much to my taste. It may very well be made of high-end cotton, but the problem is that it doesn't look like it from the picture.

I also don't think that the way the straps and the corset belt gather fabric around the hips is very flattering, regardless of body shape. My biggest problem with this piece, however, lies in the price tag, which I feel is pushing it a fraction...

Found here. (There's plenty of very good items, do take a look.)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cyber/ Corporate Goth: 'Men's Futuristic Shirt' by PurPur at Immoral Fashion

Do want. Clean, sharp, interesting. The most beautiful shade of grey. Nicely accentuated by the PVC straps and the white piping. Also, the length of the sleeves is slightly odd, but it works.

And that tie is perfect for this shirt, absolutely perfect. The only thing I'd do differently is think of a better name, and that's hardly relevant.

See it here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Steampunk/ Retro: 'Steampunk Pirate Coat' by Fanplusfriend at Dracula Clothing

Such a beautiful, rich shade of brown we have here! A very basic cut, though, and strictly symmetrical, almost militantly so - to complete the Steampunk-ness, one might consider focusing on accessories. As it is, it's a tad on the boring side, but surely also appealing to mainstream people. (That's partially a compliment, you know.)

I've always got mixed feelings for making things non-removable, as it restrains the use of a garment somewhat, but of course it's a designer's choice and one must respect that to an extent. Besides, this particular coat/vest combination is so basic that there is an immediate call for modifying it to fit one's own personal tastes, anyway.

See more pictures here. Plenty of sizes available, too.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Visual Kei: 'ストライプアシンメトリーベスト付きブラウス' by Algonquins

Here is one of those pieces which at first sight made me tilt my head in wonder; after some tentative clicking to enlarge the picture, I finally realised what the garment really is like, the point of it, so to speak; and after a while I started liking it somewhat.

It's a bit odd, it's quirky, it's intentionally loose, and while it could look like someone made a little over half a vest, sewed it on a blouse and then forgot about it, it somehow - miraculously? - doesn't. The side tail it could possibly do without, but then again...

I guess it's the juxtaposition of so called business look with a bit of a rocker edge that made me appreciate this piece. Obviously it's not everyone's cup of tea, but, in the end, what piece of clothing is?

Found here. Site in Japanese.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Rivethead/ Fetish: 'Sexy Pinstripe Top with Corset Back' at the Gothic Catwalk

Not the most easy to wear, this, for it would seem to take a very specific upper body type to work. And when it does work, oh yes, it is hot. This top must be very nearly the only piece of clothing with the word 'sexy' in its name and/or description where the actual garment lives up to the sales pitch.

Obviously this top isn't presenting us anything new per se, but when you know what you're doing, recycling ideas and classical elements is exactly the right thing to do.

Available here.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

(Sweet) Lolita: 'Frilled Lace-up Long Boots (Raspberry)' at Metamorphose temps de fille

Cute, but not saccharine; it's always nice to see something vivid amongst the pastels that dominate the Loli world. Nice details, too, and nice lacing. I'm not sure if the bows and the heart-shaped buckles are too much for a Gothic Lolita, yet the heaviness of the boots removes them from the sweetest of the Sweet Lolita. A crossover, or just casual, then, perhaps?

Found here.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Fail: 'Black Brocade Vampire Jacket with Lace Trim & Lacing' at The Gothic Shop

I can see what they are going after with everything they've stitched on, but it seems these novel concepts such as 'quality' and 'design' have been left somewhere on the way.

This, I think, is the most common specimen of Fail I run into, both in shops and online; the cheap-looking and cheaply made clothes which manufacturers are trying to shove down our throats, thinking we don't know better.

Decide not to know better, get yours here!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Steampunk/ Cabaret/ Neo-Victorian: 'Beige Lace Knickers' by Kato at Steampunk Couture

A finishing touch to an outfit - style-appropriate underwear. The stockings and socks go with the underpants very nicely, I must say. I wouldn't recommend wearing just these, unless you're performing something and/or it is brain-meltingly hot and you're feeling very self-confident.

Available here.