Monday, December 26, 2011

Alternative Accessories: 'Marguerite Wreath Bonnet' in Pea Green at Metamorphose temps de fille

A bit uneven in the brim, but otherwise quite charming and nicely executed, this hat comes in various colours and combinations. The chocolate one stands out in the crowd of fair tones.
Found here.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Rockabilly / Retro / Rivethead: 'Green Military Jacket with Leopard Lining' by Living Dead Souls at Secret Oktober

There is something odd going on with the hem and the collar lapels, but otherwise this is a very solid piece which, while heavily military-influenced, would undoubtedly also pass for a mainstream jacket as well as alternative. The green is of a pleasant shade, the round collar works very nicely with how the "epaulettes" have been positioned (lower than shoulders, as you can see), and while the jacket could also be longer, the length as it is doesn't throw it off balance, either.

Found here.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Punk/ Deathrocker: 'Stained Turbojugend Denim Vest' by Kissin' Bombs

Denim is a wicked material, the most notorious variety of it being light denim, and staining it seems to be the only possible way of incorporating any of it in a meaningful, aesthetically pleasing way in alternative fashion. This vest, I think, is a good, solid piece and looks excellent for layering, which is what Punk and its variations often favour. Indeed, layering is an easy way of enhancing the visual impact of an outfit, and when it comes to styles such as Punk or Deathrocker, the rules of mixing and matching are there mostly to be broken.

Nicely styled ensemble, too. See the back side of the vest here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

EGA/ Elegant Gothic (Lolita): 'モールJQ/ベロアピークドラペルゴシックコート' by Algonquins

Gorgeous, approaching flawless, this long (or mid-length, depending on the person wearing it) and subtly stripy jacket both fits nicely and works that edged hem like a boss. Could do without the trim, but it doesn't break the balance nor interfere with the overall elegance, either. Very good proportions overall, and choice of buttons is spot-on. There's a lacing in the back, and it's very basic, but quite beautiful; at least someone is doing it right, which makes me happy.

Found here. (Click to view the back.) Also available in other fabrics.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Alternative Accessories: Unnamed Apron at Devil Doll

Less is more, people. By this I am obviously referring to the... wonderful thing that is this catalogue picture, or the highly artistic frames thereof. Skulls, flames, and bat wings, all around the shape of a coffin. Fantastic display of taste. My soul is singing.

The item itself - the chequered apron - is very cute, and just the fact that there is an alternatively designed apron is exhilarating. Even goths like to play housemaid every once in a while. Why compromise your style just because you're doing chores?

The apron is available in a variety of prints, here.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Erotic Lolita: 'Front Ribbon Corset Mini-dress (jet black)' by Atelier Pierrot at Tokyo Rebel

A bit different kind of Lolita with subtle flirtatiousness. It's very good in black, and I'm actually convinced that there isn't any other colour that would work with all the ruffles quite as well. Cream puff effect, anyone? Indeed. The ribbon would be especially overpowering in any other colour or with a pattern of any kind. So, it's a fragile design, but nice enough as it is.
Found here.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Fail: 'UV-Raver T-Shirt' by Cyberdog at Chaotic Clothing

This print is a complete mess. The text is competing with the illustration, and on top of it all is the Cyberdog logo, placed apparently at random and in colours that further confuse the whole image. Personally I dislike prints where the designer or manufacturer logo is highlighted above all other elements, like you're just an unpaid walking billboard.

I guess some might fancy the style of the illustration, but to me it seems unfinished. Colourful T-shirt prints often require precision especially if presented against a predominantly black background. Doodles can definitely look great as prints, too, but this one is more like in-between and out of balance. 

Found here.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Fetish: 'Alice' Body Suit by Nauclér Design

I'm not sure if this is just a touch too literally Fetish wear; definitely fit for clubbing only, at the very least. But a classical Playboy reference done this well deserves a seal of approval. 

I could spend some time contemplating the artistic justifications of displaying a bosom as pictured, but that would be a waste of time. This is Fetish. Some of it include bosoms on display. And bunny girls are actually quite a rare sight in Fetish wear and the scene. Besides, the sleeves and bow are pretty, and both executed and  proportioned quite perfectly.

Found here.