Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Closing Our Doors

Hello and apologies for the hiatus! 

With this post I wish to thank you, my readers, for sticking with me these past years. I have now decided to close this blog mainly for two reasons: 1) I kept running into the same stuff over and over again, which lead to me repeating myself to the point where I felt there were no real words left and I might as well just post a picture without commenting; 2) my interests have shifted elsewhere, although I am still very much interested in alternative fashion.

I'm not deleting anything, at least not for the time being, so feel free to skim through old posts if you wish.

Thank you for all your questions and comments! It's been a nice trip, and I salute you all.

//Khar

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Emo: 'White Scandal Skinny Jeans' at 3rdand56thstreetclothing

White trousers are, quite frankly, merciless, and even more so with any pattern or appliqué on them. Here, however, they have managed to position the newspaper print in a way that is actually very rare despite of its simplicity, and also doesn't distort the legs' proportions all that much.

I heartily recommend you choose a pair of light-coloured shoes to go with white trousers, these ones being no exception. With black shoes, it's a matchstick. Found here.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Fail: 'Nymph' Top at Cruella


Fashion-wise, I've seen worse and I get where this top is going, what with the über-romantic pink lace and the edgier riveted strips on the sides there; it just so happens that right this way it doesn't quite work. But what really urged me to post about this moderate fail is the serious fail of photoshopping action on the picture. Just look at it. When I saw the thumbnail I thought they were using an amateurish 3D-rendering. Instead, they've turned the model into plastic, and the background's been erased and replaced, and gods know what else. Not good. Really not. 

Found here. The site's looking really good now, btw, and they've got a lot of good items, too.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Actual History: '1880s Victorian Ladies Black Spanish Lace shawl' at Bustledress

An actual piece of history, this. This shawl I can see as part of very different ensembles, due to its strength as a stand-alone piece. Lace is tricky, and most any lace shawls are indistinguishable from lace curtains, but here I think this is not the case, since while the shawl's very free in shape, the cut of the hem is clear and intentional, and the upper part sits on the shoulders unlike a curtain would. 

Long, billowy garments accompany this piece the best, be it dresses or trousers. Found here.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Neo-Victorian: 'Victorian Walking Shoe' at Clockwork Couture

Beautiful, elegant, and strong. The mixed materials work, and I definitely fancy the stitch-like detail on the side, there. The laces could somehow be more, hmm, interesting, perhaps, although I cannot think of a convenient way to make them such without losing that Victorian elegance. The heel is also modern-looking, not necessarily disturbingly so.

They also come in all brown. Found here.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Deathrocker/ Psychobilly: 'Playing Card' T Shirt by Darkside Clothing

I find this print very attractive. It's busy, but not overly chaotic, and while there is a lot of detail to feast your eyes upon, the colour harmony saves it all from appearing messy. As far as playing card motifs go, I think this design is quite creative and outside-the-box, and the fact that it's not a screamingly obvious theme is refreshing.

I just hope it doesn't fade instantly. Found here. They carry this illustration in various shirt types (regular fit tees, sleeveless tops, flared tops, the whole lot.)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Neo-Regency/EGA: 'demi-sommeil ワンピース' at Antique beasT

Beautifully draped, and a handsome fabric. I'm unsure of how well the fringes of the bust go with the very narrow spaghetti straps and whether this might also work with a kind of modified cap sleeve, Regency style. It's good as it is, too, don't get me wrong. I find the lace very appropriate, too - long dresses with lace at the bottom are often in danger of looking like nightwear, but with the Regency proportions it definitely goes as historically correct.

I'm sure a lot of mainstream people would find this quite lovely, too. Found here.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Perky Goth/ Gothic Lolita: 'Cardigan Goth-Punk' by Bodyline at Capsule Tokyo

Cat ears in alternative clothing are common enough, but this is the first time I've seen a pair on a bolero-type cardigan. I cannot say for sure, but the ears appear to stay in shape better than they tend to, which is also a big thumbs-up. The tail in the back is delightfully weird.

Plenty of colour options available, although I have to say the black and white version looks the sharpest, in my humble opinion. Found here.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Gothic Daily: 'Hook Vest' at Androm

Not a lot of design has gone into this vest, but it's a versatile everyday piece, which is mostly what most of us require. The messy trim looks good on a thick fabric like this, and while the hooks could be more practical and more attractive, they're fine as they are. Maybe if the zip was black...

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Gothabilly: 'Zipper Waist Pant Pinstripe' by Switchblade Stiletto at Too Fast

The choice of fabric here matches the snug fit and a high waist fantastically, and while the zip is unnecessarily loud as an element in the front, the studs tone its dominance slightly, much to the benefit of the entire look of these trousers. I wouldn't recommend wearing a belt, unless it's wide enough to completely cover both the zip and the studs.

A fit like this would look best on a fairly curvaceous or athletic lower body. Found here.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Fail: 'Pure Evil (Grey)' Shirt by Criminal Damage

I'm not sure what this is trying to be, or what style it's trying to incorporate - frankly, I'd assume it's for mainstream consumers were it not for the brand. 

But seriously. 

Seriously? 

Just look at what they're trying to sell you here. Can you think of anything less flattering, less aesthetically pleasing with so few actual elements, done with so little effort in the hopes of someone buying this for the £29.99 that's on the price tag? If you are one for the grungy-ish not-really-there style, you'd take just any old shirt, cut the hem and write on it with a marker, no?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cabaret Goth: 'Silver Ribbon Boudoir' Corset (Lovelace Boudoir Collection) by Bibian Blue

I really like the whole ensemble here, and the fact that it's black and white is definitely called for here -  Cabaret Goth often has colour somewhere and it's actually pretty interesting to see a more graphic, sombre take on the style. It's clearly a couture piece - I strongly recommend you click the pic to see the details of that corset. The floral pattern on the satin in this gorgeous grey makes it look metallic, contrasting nicely with the fluff and movement of lace and tulle.

Several colour options. More pictures here.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Perky Goth: 'Pink Skellington Dress' by Delirium

Despite the annoyingly small picture, I can tell this looks good and is well-proportioned. I like how the petticoat's visually connecting with the halterneck strap. 

I'm just not sure of the lacing. I know, I know, it's always the lacing that gets to me, but the way it's done here makes the front appear sort of backwards and that's just no good. Lacing from the bottom up would solve the issue here, although I'm also not a big fan of the excess ribbons breaking the beautiful pattern the criss-crossing ribbon makes.

Lacing hang-ups aside, I approve of this look. Found here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Steampunk: 'Burning Circus: Lace Up Ruffle Pants' by Lip Service at the Underground Asylum

A pleasant spring-time look, this. The tapestry-like stripes and length to the legs, and the discreet ruffles combined with a slim fit ensure these evade giving the pajamas impression that is the pitfall of most striped trousers. Just make sure the top is also at least partially tightly fit. I'd also swap the shoes pictured into something more Victorian-inspired, something in black or a nice earthy shade of green.

Found here. The Burning Circus collection isn't half bad, really.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Punk/ Deathrocker: 'Rock Cover Skirt' by Sex Pot Revenge at Dream Shoppe

Basic, and a fairly literal interpretation of Deathrocker as a merge of goth and punk; hence, not the most creative piece, but it works. I like it how the hem lines fall at different heights, and the difference could actually be even more pronounced. Rivets on the plaid side are also good. Wish the waist band was more interesting.

Found here.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Goth/ Gothabilly: 'Goth Dress' by Dead Threads at Subversion Clothing

This is very close to mainstream, nearly tame, but works very nicely in terms of quality, proportions, and overall style. I find it occupies a curious position between teen fashion and adult style - perhaps the bows and fabric are the young bits and the slightly 50's fit and cut a more grown-up feature.

Pretty and flirty. View it here.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Fail: 'Velvet Gothic Short Dress' by Leg Avenue at The Mission Boutique

As a bat costume, this is definitely a success. Great work. A bit unimaginative and vague, but somewhat identifiable as bat, nevertheless. Well done!

Outside of the bat context, however, I say this is quite unwearable a piece, even more so for something in the simple-black-dress category. (The model seems to agree; or is it just me who's reading confused desperation on their face?) 

I imagine the length to be something to consider and to get paranoid about, and since velvet is heavy as hell, the vast, oversized sleeves would add to the inconvenience. I also don't find the shape of the sleeves very beautiful, but that's just a matter of aesthetics.

Spread your wings here. If you like bats and want to look like one, it could also be done more fashionably, I believe.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

New Romantic/ Romantic Goth/ Neo-Victorian: 'BURGUNDY-RED Velvet Fitted Victorian Gothic Jacket' at The Gothic Shop


It's so nice to see someone put velvet in good use. I'm indifferent about the lace - perhaps less of it would sharpen up the whole look a fraction. The one-button cut creates an often-coveted hourglass shape.

See here to view the front. It's nothing spectacular; clearly the point of this jacket is the back. But the back is very nearly spectacular, and those colours compliment each other incredibly well.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Fetish: 'Paris' Couture Skirt & Jacket by Torture Garden at House of Harlot


This suit is pleasantly different from standard fetish wear, introducing a new character to the vast crowds of SS officers, French maids, executioners, nurses and high school students. I like the proportions tremendously, and I think the shine works quite nicely with this cut. The way that collar is fastened is nearly artistic in its elegance. 

The outfit consists of two pieces, but I think replacing either one would be very difficult, so the down side here is that it't not too versatile. Then again, couture pieces rarely are, nor are they supposed to. 

Snatched the picture here.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Deathrocker/ (Hippie) Goth: 'Black Widow Hoodie Male' at Cryoflesh

Insanely hard to tag this piece. This hoody is damn awesome, and it's a rare occasion I use that particular word. The tears in this beautiful fabric add a highly goth-relevant touch of sadness and drama, the hood is perfect, and the length interesting. For street fashion, this one is high concept, thoughtfully designed and all in all striking. 

Do want. Do want ever so much.

Found here

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

EGL/ Neo-Victorian: 'Lace Afternoon Doll Dress' at Victorian Maiden

Lolita school teacher? On a dress form, the design of the front is somewhat lost, but on a person the white front works wonderfully in this otherwise all-black dress, and its shape narrows the waist, which tends to count favourably among Lolita folks. The slightly wavy pleading slightly below the waist adds a beautiful detail.

There are other colour and pattern options available (here), but I strongly prefer this clean, sophisticated look. (Site in Japanese.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fail: 'Amelia' Skirt by Dark Star at Lady Lucretia

This skirt. Well, that shade of red is fairly nice. As for the rest of it... The lace in the front looks like an apron, and in the back it's just hanging quite sadly - I simply don't understand its aesthetic value in there, and why they've decided to make it longer than the actual hem. It looks unintentional. 
 
That band of lace down in the hem stops all the movement the (cheap-looking) velvet might have otherwise created and distorts the overall shape and proportions of the skirt. With completely different fabrics, there might have been something going on here, although still I'd fail to see this as any example of good or innovative design. 
 
As it is, it's just frumpy, matronly, and bland.

"Oh but I love it!"

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

(Hippie) Gothic Daily: 'Diamond' Hoody by Plazma at Plazmalabs

Easy-going everyday elegance. (I'm writing allitterations, shoot me now.) The colour is delicious, and needless to say I was immediately drawn to the - you guessed it - asymmetry and the interesting, playful cut. Not having to sacrifice comfort is always a plus with altenrative fashion. 

What I don't particularly fancy about this hoody is the print, which is a surprise since usually Plazma delivers in that area. I just find the grinning smiley faces clash with the casual classiness (there I go again; with a crossbow, preferably) in an unbecoming way. They aren't horrible, but they also don't contribute to finishing touch of the garment.

Ogle at it here. Also in black.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Rivethead/Cyber Goth: 'Hellraiser' Jacket by Hell Bunny at Inspired Insanity

This look has nearly the makings of a classic in the modern Gothic clothing culture, and admittedly it has earned its place there. This particular ensemble is a fairly strict interpretation of a uniform, which is perfectly acceptable, of course, if not terribly imaginative nor transformable. I worry slightly of the fabric maybe being just a bit too thin, or possibly this garment just doesn't fit the model perfectly - in any case, it looks like it requires careful ironing to be taken seriously. A wrinkled uniform is a terrible thing; unacceptable, even. 
Found here.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Romantic Goth: '11W Marchioness' Corset (Top) at Excentrique

Deary me, has hell frozen over or isn't this here corset top an actual corset top, in that there is both a somewhat seriously corset-like element as well as an expectations-exceeding design of a top? A closer look at the details reveals the quality as very nearly sublime. The trim is gorgeous. Great use of lace, too. 

I find this Romantic Goth very nearly at it's best, and at the same time I feel this piece brings something new to that particular set of aesthetic preferences. 

A fresh, clean take on romance, I'd say. More pictures here.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Rave/Cyber: 'Elliptic' Trousers by UFO at BeatDrops Closet

Basic, colourful, and surprisingly enough it doesn't go all circus clown despite of the strong duo colour. In fact, these trousers manage to tackle the all too common problem of how to create interesting patterns and colour combinations on trousers and still make them at least somewhat flattering. A bold Rave person might wear these even on a daily basis.

Plenty of different colours available (red, orange, blue, and green).

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

EGA/ Rivethead: 'Galleon' Coat in Black Denim at Shrine

Phew. Try buttoning this coat when you're already late for work. Good thing it seems to work either way.

Practical aspects aside, the neverending row of buttons is always a show stopper, and when everything that surrounds said buttons is neatly in order, the eye keeps wandering from the buttons to the seamwork to the overall cut and back to the buttons. 

The only thing that disturbs the harmony are the darts, which look like there might be a problem there; given that this is presented on a doll, however, said potential problem might just fix itself when the coat is on a person. 

I admit to wanting this military-inspired piece very, very much. Surprise?

Found here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hippie Goth? 'Colorado' Boots by Jambu at Planet Shoes

Now this is an interesting, if not controversial, boots design, and I'm not sure I have my mind completely set about it. In a way, what we are seeing here is certainly a welly, and wellies are, well, mundane. But if an alternatively fashion-oriented person wanted to or had the need to put on a pair of wellies, I believe this style would be a something to consider. 

Outside of the welly context, however, I find these in an odd place between elegance and almost childish design, and as such I question the versatility of these boots.

Initially, I found it very hard to picture an outfit to successfully match these boots, but now I'm slowly getting there. Still not completely certain of what style to label these as. What would you picture someone wearing these with?

In black or brown, here is where I found the picture.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Gothic Daily: 'Industrial Zip Shirt' by X-Ways at Immoral Fashion

An excellent choice for daily wear, fit for a multitude of different body shapes, and versatile to the point where it actually demands a bit of accessorising (or not, if you're into minimalist expression). What I find especially satisfactory about this shirt is that the zip is real and actually opens, unlike the vast majority of similar designs. The mesh underneath is a nifty little detail.

See pictures of the same shirt worn by different models here. The price could do with being just a fraction lower, methinks, but on the other hand it does appear to be a quality item.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Neo-Rococo/ Sweet Lolita: 'ベルサイユワンピ' at Jesus Diamante

The detail pictures of this dress reveal its indisputable quality, even though the aesthetics may leave some people quite cold. Still, I like the play on Rococo style combined with clear Lolita influence (and the incredibly Japanese patterns in that pink fabric). Can't seem to be able to picture anyone wearing this as everyday street clothes anywhere else than in Japan.

They have two versions available: pink with pink, and pink with black (pictured).

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Goth/ Rivethead: 'Nightwish' Gown at Drac-in-a-Box


Certain to turn heads, this look, even though it's, goth-wise, a bit on the safe side in design. That is to say, this look has been seen a lot. But it's a good recurrent look, if not too versatile. The window-like neckline works fantastically in a one-colour garment, and the tall collar is balanced nicely with sleevelessness so the upper part isn't too heavy.

It's full-length, see the whole piece here. I recommend the PVC version over velvet any time (although that's currently inavailable).

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Visual Kei/ J-Goth: 'Chouwa Neko Joker' Striped Sweatshirt by Visual You at Lolita Kisama


Very cute, if slightly messy, this everyday-style hoodie combines very nearly every classic Goth element I can think of in a quirky, carefree way. It's difficult to assess the exact quality of this piece, but there seems to be nothing particularly catastrophic going on with the execution. Clasps are nice. And the two kanji as decorative elements could have been a touch less clichéd ("hope" and "harmony"), but then again, when are they ever...

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Perky Goth: 'M - 74 Dotty Dress' at Morgana Clothing

Such a bubbly piece. This style has been in and out over the last decade, and I think it's easygoing and versatile enough as a look that it can easily take the whims of alternative fashion without losing its flavour. It's not incredibly special, but a stylish choice nevertheless. The underskirt is a must, by the way; no exceptions allowed.

More polka dots in black, and white, behind this link.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Neo-Victorian/ Steampunk: 'Darby' Vest at Retroscope

Now, it might just be that I'm crackers about fine vests - which I am - but even with that taken into consideration, is this not a particularly fine, elegant piece of clothing right here? More asymmetry, yes, and an interesting shape at the hem; but I also find the choice of fabric interesting and, dare I say, spot-on. The shirt they have chosen to pair this up with is excellent.

Comes in black, too, here.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Gothic Daily: 'KERA2月号(P21)' at Algonquins


The thing with these otherwise basic trousers is the very attractive design of front pockets as well as the customisability of the fabrics, both of the trousers themselves as well as of the little dangling purse in the back. Not pickpocket-proof, that, but perhaps one might simply fill it with handkerchiefs instead of small change. Or, strolling down an empty street, perhaps your portable music player. Nothing else is very special about these trousers, but they seem wearable and functional enough.

More options for different patterns here.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Steampunk: 'CD-231 - Brown Steampunk Style Overbust Corset with Chain and Stud Detail' at Corset Story




Quite stunning, although maybe just a touch too heavy with the details - they overpower each other, although not so much as if to ruin the rest of this corset since the colours maintain the harmony. I would perhaps have the studs be something lighter, or perhaps simply of a smaller size, but I aren't completely certain of that, either. A solid piece of work, nevertheless, and remarkably affordable to be made-to-order.

Click here for front and back views.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fetish / Rivethead: 'Invader' Jacket by Tentacle Threads at Neo-Geisha X

I find this an interesting cut, and while I can only imagine how hellish it must be to find something to pair it up with, I have to admit it is quite striking indeed. A hint of military influence seldom harmed anyone. The subtle differences between the two shiny fabrics add a cherry on the top, so to speak. A demanding piece, and possibly a little bit controversial, but I find it fairly successful.

Found it here.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Rivethead? 'Razor Underbust Corset Black' at Realm of Darkness

This is one oddball of a corset. On one hand I like the overall style with those buckles and the slashes, and on the other hand I feel like this could have been done so much better, too. The zip is so unorthodox that I nearly like it, but I'd really like to see the back side of this piece to fully make up my mind. The upper shape I dislike, but that's just a matter of aesthetics.

Found here.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Steampunk?: 'Spring Steam Dress' at Clockwork Couture

This one is tough to analyse. The site says it comes both in taupe (as pictured above) and in black, and I can't but imagine the two versions having completely different aesthetic moods to them. 
 
Personally, I have an issue with this particular colour, especially when it's dominating the entire outfit, and had this skirt not the kind of whimsy and playfulness I find aesthetically justified in order to choose such a washed out colour, I'd be quite tempted to tag this with a Fail. I won't, however, mostly because I have every faith in the black version of this dress, of which there are no pictures available, unfortunately. 
 
But here again is a good example of aesthetics that I don't really subscribe to, yet can somewhat understand the appeal thereof. With some indisputably Steampunky accessories, the look and feel of this garment would probably change significantly.

What do you think, o readers?

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Alternative Accessories: 'Miss Blossom' Collar at Savage-Wear

An unusual piece. I'm fascinated by how the fringes cascade on the collar bones, and how much space they occupy but do so lightly, due to the partial sheer effect the fringes create. The model could perhaps appear a bit more... present, but that's unrelated to the actual piece. Of course, wearing a large collar or collar-like accessory reduces the length of the neck significantly, so the rest of one's outfit must be carefully planned around it.

The colours are customizable. Here.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Corporate Goth: 'National Blazer' by Futurstate

The only thing that sets this apart from a mainstream piece are the shoulder patches made of PVC, but I don't count that as a negative, since the detail is prominent enough, and this piece is great in every aspect. I also like the tight sleeves, I think they enhance the sharpness of this look.

See the front here.

Monday, January 02, 2012

New Romantic: Unnamed Outfit by GRAMM (Collection 09)

I just thought this picture, as well as the outfit, were absolutely charming in every aspect. It's always good to see designers try out the less favoured lines in dressmaking, and all the accessories in this outfit are spot-on.

View the gallery here. Happy New Year!