Friday, December 31, 2010

Neo-Victorian: 'Gothic Overbust Victorian style Corset' by Sidney Eileen at Bustledress

Victorian silhouette meets Baroque extravaganza pattern, in a beautiful, rich red colour. Rarely do I see an overbust corset which really sets me on fire, and this one here hit the mark. Both versions (black satin ribbon or red satin ribbon, that is) work very nicely, but I think the full red is even more striking than the other for some reason.

Handmade and highly costly, here.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Corporate Goth: 'Mini Skirt 52-005-00' at the Gothic Factory

This is one of those pieces which may take some time to win me over, but eventually they do, and this one did it with the fairly interesting contrast between pleated and flat fabric. I think the cobweb hugging the hips is quite sweet. Not sure if there is any need to accentuate one's buttocks by those two lacings in the back, but they don't look too bad, either.

Found here.

Monday, December 27, 2010

EGA: 'Aristocrat Gothic False 2pcs Vest Coat' at Fanplusfriend

This is, as the name informs us, a false two-piece, which I find a tad strange, but then again the pieces are flawless together (save for the back, for there seems to be something strange going on there); separates would simply add to the versatility of use. Of course what one chooses to wear underneath is the deciding factor.

The trimmings give this piece a bit of a pirate look, especially in gold as in the picture - the ensemble comes in various colours including plum and grey, and the trimmings can be either golden, silvery or black.

Found here.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Neo-Medieval: 'Mittelalterrock Mr-S 10' at Noctifer

The sleek shape works beautifully with the panels of red and black, and there is enough cloth in the hem for it to cascade freely - I mention this because so many Medieval Gothic full-length dresses and skirts spare the fabric and spoil the garment. Applause for these people for doing it right. The top is very attractive, too.

Found here. (Site in German.)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Punk: 'Top Handmade Punk' at Bizzare

The fact that this top is handmade does, I think, somehow add to its Punk cred quite a bit, although I wouldn't be able to tell you exactly why that is. Surprisingly regular though the pattern is, it's also got that feel of ripping and tearing and then gluing back together, which suits the style so well. I also appreciate this top for having a simple cut and a clean silhouette and lacking any things that dangle in the air - in Punk, those are what you are supposed to add yourself. I'm no judge, of course, it's just my feeling.

Found here. (A T-shirt as well as a tank top version in addition to this one are also available.)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Fail: 'Blooming Rose (Black)' Dress by Criminal Damage

This dress isn't just a shapeless mess, it's a highly misleading shapeless mess -- the moment I saw the thumbnail I though, not having paid attention to the name of the garment, "Ahh, the print of this dress is depicting innards! Look, it's got the spleen and bowels and everything!", and then I clicked the thumbnail and was sorely disappointed to see that it was, in fact, just an incredibly messy, troubled wannabe Rockabilly print. No zombie aesthetics for me, this time, which is a shame because that I would have understood somehow.

Perhaps someone out there thinks the world of exactly what we see above, but I have to admit I sincerely doubt it. Found here.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Gothic Lolita: 'Lolita Kawaii Dress' at Black Swan

A note for the manufacturers of this dress: Try to think of a name for it next time, please. Apart from that little annoyance, this dress is very attractive, and I find that separation of black and white sections refreshing. The embroidery across the bust adds a charming detail. Very beautiful, indeed. Just... the name. Please.

Found here.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rocker: 'Red Tartan Smock Dress' by Darkside Clothing at Phoenixx Rising

Very cute and uncomplicated, if a little bit uninventive as well. But the print is nifty, and it would be laughably easy to accessorise this dress to match one's personal style. If I may: Wear with combat boots and fishnet tights.

Found here.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Rave: 'Riot' Trousers by cyberspirit17 at Alienskin Clothing

Yeees. Why not. They look actually kind of comfortable for a sweaty, crowded rave party - there is a reason for wearing light fabric and keeping it baggy.

Found here.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Rivethead/ Fetish: 'Gloss PVC bondage zips jeans' at Drac-In-A-Box

A better picture would do the trousers more justice, but judging by with what we are given, they seem very stylish, well-proportioned and versatile. I wouldn't recommend wearing them with that top or similar, though.


Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Gothic: 'Black and White Stripe Zipper Top' at My Little Halo

Fairly basic, but it works. Seems to hold the upper body very nicely, sort of firmly together. The crossing lines break the strict pattern a little bit, although I think they would look even more in place if the vertical stripe under them were completely white so the pattern wouldn't leak from underneath.

Found here

Monday, December 06, 2010

Rivethead: 'Raise' Coat at Hors Norm

No additional points for whoever photoshopped this picture (see feet), but putting that aside, this coat has the classical dramatics of original Goths, and the Matrix appeal as loved by Rivetheads with the fasteners and buckles. For such a long coat, this one looks fairly light and therefore very comfortable to wear, too.

Found here. (Site in French.) Also available in cotton, but I cannot say I recommend it.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Hippie/Rave/Cyber: 'Grow. Evolve.' Hoodie by Plazma at Cybershop

A hoodie that does not sag! Incredible. I confess that I own one of these, and can say that it is incredibly comfortable to wear, and I find that print very nearly poetic. "Grow. Evolve." Ah.

I am unable to tag this properly, I find; therefore I resort to tagging it by the styles which the shop generally provides. Feel free to make a suggestion of your own.

Found here. I believe it is also available in brown. I would encourage you to take a closer look at the print, but the additional pictures are actually blurry, the reason for which I completely fail to comprehend.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Capes

Theme: Capes

Good: 'メンズアミュレットケープマント' at Atelier Boz

I have one word for you, and that is control. Just let your eyes feast upon the perfection that is how the hem of this cape folds. The asymmetry brings this out of the obvious and takes it to the effortless elegance of the EGL style. Wear with a top hat, please.

Here. (Also available with red lining.)

Bad: 'Gothic Cape - Deluxe' at ShrineI chose this cape here as a representation more than an individual piece of clothing, because this particular specimen happens to be of fairly good quality. My point in presenting it as Bad is that it is incredibly boring and outdated and a little bit ridiculous if one decides to creep around wearing something like this. Black velvet, full length, red satin lining and a hood? Save it to costumes, people, or other purposes of the kind. This cape is completely overpriced as well, which is unforgivable when there is clearly little to no designing involved in the work.

Found here.

Ugly: 'Gold Cape' at Eye Scry
A question. Would you buy this cape for $250?

Ponder my question here.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Neo-Victorian: 'Steampunk Military Jacket' by Spin Doctor at Violent Delights

There is a lacing in the back that this jacket could as well do without, but it's very clean and subtle and doesn't lessen the allure of the overly symmetrical aesthetics and the interesting way of combining a Victorian silhouette with Rivethead buckles and a military feel that the jacket is displaying so beautifully. Yes, it does say 'Steampunk' in the name, but I think this is too organised and classy for the weirdness and chaos that in my mind make the essentials of Steampunk style.

Found here.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Gothabilly: 'fgm dolly' Girdle at FairyGothMother

Tagged thusly because of retro feel, but this could be anything, even mainstream. But it sure is classy even with the frills and lace.

Found here.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Emo? 'Death Row' Shirt by Living Dead Souls at Chaotic Clothing

I don't know exactly what to call this, but relating to being on death row certainly does have an Emo sort of vibe to it, don't you think? It is also a good reminder of what atrocities are still taking place in far too many countries of this day and age. A little bit too loose to be perfect, but that can be seen as a kind of a statement, as well.

Found it here.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Romantic Goth: 'Serre-Taille Gothique Velours et Dentelle' by Sinister at Boutique Gothique Vampirish

Hmm. Why not. It definitely looks like it could be one of the better Romantic Goth cinchers that are out there, but it is impossible to be certain without seeing it on a person.

Found here. (Site in French.)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Geeky: 'Pacman Hoody 5' at Alternategear

More retro game classics! The picture is no good, but out of the five (5) different variations of this Pacman hoody, this one was best. The design in front is pleasantly subtle, if that word can really be used here...

Available here, in various colours.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Flames

(This will be a very low-commentary GBU. Let the fashion speak for itself.)

Theme: Flames

Good: 'Big Flame Boots' by Madfish at PennangalanNot so much 'good' as they are 'as good as you can get with this horrendous theme', the flames here are tolerably well designed. The boots aren't really that attractive, otherwise.

Found here.

Bad: 'Gothic Lolita flame Mary Janes' by Demonia at Drac-in-a-Box
Ehh... not Lolita. Or maybe... no, still not.


Ugly: 'Flame Print Thighs' at Spooky Boutique
Yes, what an excellent idea. Burn them, please.

Eye bleach time.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fetish: 'Dark Antoinette' Top & Skirt at Heavenly Circus

That boring picture with a bored model does only a relatively small disservice to this outfit (top and skirt). I find this quite interesting and attractive in its own rubbery way, and somehow the slight nod towards that particular era of history suits the fetishist approach to clothes perfectly, perhaps against intuition.

All those elements we see are well under control, and the amount of details does not destroy the ensemble, but all frills and layers stay together. Plus I highly approve of exactly that style of pantyhose with this garment.

Available here (top) and here (bottom), and apparently you can order them in some other colours as well.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fail: 'Team Satan Pentagram' Hockey T-Shirt by Omen at Attitude Clothing

Ahh, that poor model. They really cannot carry this in the right way; that would require an angst-ridden teenager, definitely without a beard or long hair. This garment is hilarious! Sports and satanic symbols? Hadn't thought of that before.

Found here.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tribal Goth: Unnamed Outfit by Christina Molcillo/ Black Lotus Clothing

Striking, daring, and strange in a good way is what I think of this entrie outfit. It's grungy in almost an architectural sense, but I cannot really explain the thought much better. The picture could do with less distraction in the background.

View the outfit(s) in the Black Lotus gallery here. Their shop is located here.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fail: 'Cotton & Lace L/S Top w/ Laced Panel - Reflection' by StrangeWays at Kinky Angel

I wonder if they will ever stop doing this stuff, but I sure do hope so. It would make the world a little bit bearable.

Oh, and people who buy this stuff? Stop it. Right now. Save your money. Go get something nice for a change.

Here it is. On sale! Hurrah!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Rivethead: 'Long Coat Dark Neo' by Bat Attack at Venomous Clothing

Of course, no one carries this style better than Keanu Reeves. But for any Rivethead out there who feels the call of the Matrix fashion, this is obviously a must. Being in possession of a tall, slim, straight figure helps.

Found here. (Site in Swedish.)

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Alternative Accessories: 'ヴェールクラリスシルクハット Veil Claris silk hat' by Baby, the Stars Shine Bright

A lot of stuff going on with the hat, but if it's Gothic Lolita we are talking about, it's not too much. Beautiful! I wouldn't encourage combining this with any other style, though, unless there is a lot of volume in the rest of the outfit as well. (With GL it's usually given.)

Available here.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Geeky: 'Space Invaders' T-Shirt at GrindStore

A true gamer classic done like they used to make video games: minimalistic. Couldn't make a shirt work this nicely with direct screencaps of what they put on the market nowadays. (Not saying it's a bad thing. I am anxiously waiting for Fable 3 for PS3.)

Found here. It appears to be on sale, too.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Romantic Goth: 'Ambroisée' Gown at Rose Mortem

This whole look is quite endearing, and ethereal in a very successful way which is no small stunt to pull. Not completely convinced of the mention of this being a wedding gown specifically, but then again, that particular are is definitely my forte. It is, perhaps, a little bit hard to imagine this dress in a context other than posing and looking good. But that's what a lot of goths do most of the time, anyway, right?

Found here.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Alternative Accessories: 'Escape Artist Tie' at Clockwork Couture

It is NaNoWriMo time again, dear people, and I am already feeling the pressure of spewing out nearly two thousand words each day. Because I really cannot make this blog part of the novel, I shall be forced to keep the writing at minimum. To compensate, I will post nearly every day.
This tie is a marvellous piece of Steampunk style accessory, although admittedly there are a lot of styles where an adequate level of marvellousness is a lot harder to accomplish. But it's refreshing to see Steampunk being done with something other than cogwheels for a change. Nothing wrong with cogwheels, either, mind you.

Found here. They come in black, green, and brown.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fetish: 'Bad Seed' Top at Androm

Dismissing the fact how very nearly every piece of Fetish clothing needs to find a wearer who is of the perfect shape for exactly that garment, this one works very well even if it only manages being nearly perfect.

Nice and sleek as the front of this top is, I think the main interest lies with the back and how it's been cut. Very beautiful and slimming seams, and all the zippers have been positioned most flatteringly as well. The longest zipper would definitely be too much in the front. There is also a link in the turtleneck-ish collar in the front, which one would imagine might prove very handy in a fetish-friendly environment. There is the concern, however, of how well it holds together if pulled.

Found here. (Site in Portuguese.)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fail: 'Dark Angel' One Shoulder Top by Spiral at Attitude Clothing

I have absolutely nothing against teenagers. Some of them can be quite charming, similar to how a noisy parking lot could.

Excuse me, then, when I voice my opinion of this shirt which very clearly speaks to the Baby Bats, or Teen Goths, amongst us; my opinion being that there is nothing - nothing - right with this shirt. That horrible baggy 80's fit, the unnecessary ribbons and the sagging, thin fabric all speak for themselves, but the crown jewel of this piece has to be the corny illustration in the front. Oh gods.

Finish with a name reminiscent of online nicknames immensely popular in the gloomy adolescent scene, and we are done.

Note that being a Baby Bat or a Teen Goth has nothing to do with age.

Found here.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Deathrocker? 'Prince Satoru' Trousers by Lolita Kisama at Visual You

A simple idea, a solid execution (although there might be something funky going on with the crotch; or do my eyes deceive me?) These trousers might not represent the most creative side of the brand Lolita Kisama, but then again I approve of their aesthetics in general, even when the garment in itself isn't incredibly dramatic.

Available here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Alternative Accessories: 'Spats, Black and Metallic' at Dark Fusion Boutique

(Notice that the article I discuss is not the pair of boots but what's on them.) I was tipped off by a friend to these, and I have to say they are quite the find.

The style is clearly Neo-Victorian, and why not Steampunk as well, and yet they bring something fresh to the table with the interesting shape, and that pleasantly weird combination of metallic gleaming fabric and lace.

The ribbons could very well be tad shorter, but I understand the point of them is to play with the idea of a "boot corset" - at least that is what first sprang to my mind. All in all, an interesting piece of accessory.

Found here.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cabaret Goth: 'Emily' Corset by Bibian Blue at Kinky Angel

Beautiful details and a good, strong structure make me completely forget about my deep hatred towards sweetheart necklines. This corset puts a lot of its rivals to shame. It's busy in an interesting way, not crowded nor sloppy. My sole concern is the fabrics - I wonder if they keep their quality under any less flattering light?

Found here.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Alternative Accessories: 'MA002' Armwarmers at Dark Aesthetic

An inspiring pair of armwarmers, these would work perfectly as a multi-purpose accessory for numerous occasions. This is a nugde towards the alien-like, space oddity style. The heavily repetitive cloned feel of the buckles nearly hypnotizes the eye, and the shiny vinyl is quite perfect a choice to pair up with the matte plastic and cloth.

Like I said, inspiring. Immediately as I set my eyes upon these I was fascinated by the thought of having entire glove sleeves decorated in a similar fashion, with fingers and all, going all the way to the shoulders. Sometimes a piece may simply look perfect as it is as we see it, and that is, of course, a good thing; yet sometimes it's even more gratifying to encounter something which makes us wonder what else could be done in the same spirit, taking it to an another level, perhaps.

Found here. (Site in Russian/English.)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

(Elegant) Gothic Lolita: 'チェック配色イレギュラースカート' at PEACE NOW

I sincerely doubt if there even exists a better way of doing pleats. On extremely rare occasions such as this it is possible to make a plaid skirt elegantly without it being instantly read as a school uniform*. Even the bow feels exactly at place, gathering the small bustle up like a pony tail of cloth. Incredibly charming.

Found here (the topmost item; currently, at least.)

*Not saying there wasn't a time and place for exactly that, too.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Neo-Victorian: 'Sweeny Todd' [sic] Trousers at Drac-In-A-Box

Interestingly cut, these trousers add a special touch to any top combined with it. The sole requirement is that the top be somewhat classy, potentially even slightly frilly, and that it shows that beautiful laced rear. A high rise does set some requirements to the wearer's physique, ideally speaking, but only some.

Found here.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Gothic Daily: 'Punky Jeans Denim (Black)' by Mode Wichtig

Generally speaking, the purpose of jeans is to fit and do so impeccably. The niftiest of jeans allow some changes to the body shape of the wearer without immediately losing said purpose, and these ones here would seem to work, be they loose or tight. In addition to the fit, this particular style is versatile enough to allow several different approaches to how one would wear them, given the slight bootcut and the elegance of the placement of different details. Remove but one zipper of pocket, though, and the jeans would probably look quite boring - there is such a thing as being too versatile.

View the catalog here.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Alternative Accessories: 'Leg Warmers - Steampunk White with Brass Buttons' at Secret Oktober

There is something incredibly attractive in these leg warmers which utilize a very iconic Victorian era fashion piece in a novel way. Unlike pictured, however, I feel these would go quite a lot better with regular heels, not peep toes, or even with flat shoes. I suspect no boots can be slim-fitting enough for these, nor would there be much point.

Available here.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Fail: 'Hight' Dress at Hors Norm

Kill it! Kill it with fire!

No. Correction: Rescue the snake first, then kill it with fire. And bury in crossroads with a stake through the ugly sweetheart neckline, and sprinkle some holy water through those horrendous holes at the sides, just to be sure we never again have to see this... thing.

(Found here.)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Alternative Accessories: 'Deviant' Studded Buckle Belt at Heavy Red

This here belt is heavy in the best sense imaginable: it's sturdy and strong, yet it looks effortless and easy to combine with many different outfits and even styles, preferably with some colour as shown above and probably not with very heavy fabrics. There is a sense of grimness in the belt, and while there is a clear modern touch in the design - what with the studs and all -, the simplicity of this item reminds me of a (Hollywood depiction of a) warrior from some ancient civilization.

Available here.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Rivethead: 'Clinical White Straight Jacket' by Lip Service at Slash'n'Burn

Coat season is approaching on this side of the equator, so I go and search for some coats and jackets in the internet. After a fairly long and slightly frustrating hunt I came to firmly decide the following: In this blog, I will absolutely refuse to ever post a picture that is too small for anyone to judge what the hell is going on with the piece of clothing being depicted there. I remain positively flabbergasted of how any of those items could actually sell. How will anyone know what they are buying?

Exhausted by running into so many tiny and otherwise unacceptable pictures, I feel mad enough to be drawn towards this pleasant-looking jacket. It has these straitjacket-like qualities, what with the exquisite locks in the front, and the shape of the collar. What we have here is beautiful, but they could have gone even further with that thought - oversized sleeves, maybe?

We're all mad here.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Cyber: 'Vixen' Dress at Plastik Army

Crikey. Rarely do I have a chance to lay my eyes upon something which clearly takes its inspiration from the science fiction imagery of late 60's in a non-laughable or purely nostalgic fashion.

The harness is a striking detail and while it does feel a little bit out of place, the more I look at it, the more convinced I am that it definitely belongs right there. It almost looks as if it had a specific function instead of just adornment, which further enhances the sci-fi vibes I'm getting. Oh, and apparently the harness is removable, too, in case one wishes to play down the Cyber effect a fraction and transform this into something closely resembling a very traditional Fetish-y dress.

Found here.