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.