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( Mar. 29th, 2016 05:29 pm) has an article about how "mall goth" makeup is THE beauty trend for Fall 2016. My eyes, they have rolled out of my head and onto the floor.

As I've always said, I'm FINE with goth fashion touches going mainstream. Hell, it means it's easier to find certain things. Almost every cosmetic company makes black and dark burgundy lipsticks now. Finding black lace skirts, overdresses, and interesting black leggings has never been simpler. But G-ddammit, I wish the mainstream fashion press would get a new way of writing about goth that isn't "Teehee, we're so DARING with our black lipstick! Oooh, spikes, how edgy! But here's how to style it so you don't look TOO goth, darling."

Also, I know damn well that every one of these mainstream fashion press outlets would be shocked, and possibly horrified, to know that there are those of us in our late 40s (and beyond!) who wholeheartedly embrace goth. I doubt any of them will list black lipstick as an option for the over-40 set in the never-ending Look your best at every age! editorials.

Rantycakes! Get yer rantycakes here!
And where are the knock-offs, I ask you?

Pave Punk Princess Spike Bracelet on eBay (and I think they meant pavé), for a mere $329.

I'm not going to even try and be blasé here: I think that's pretty damn cute. Rhinestone spiked bracelet! Eeeee! But THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-NINE DOLLARS for it? Oh no, not even.

(I can't find a picture of them now, but I've seen stud earrings that match the bracelet, and those are also ridiculously cute, but insanely pricey.)

So, high-end "fashion" knock-offs of punk/deathrock stuff. I'm not surprised, I just want to know where I can find cone spikes set with rhinestones so I can make my OWN accessories.
Of Finding Everyday Goth Clothing. With pictures! (Polyvore, Eater of Free Time.)

A big round of thanks goes to [ profile] staxxy, [ profile] maiaarts, [ profile] water_of_fire, and the Finishing School of Flail! Thanks, ladies, I couldn't do it without you!

As usual, if you wonderful people could help spread the word about the new post, that would be lovely. Thanks!
Over on Ye Olde Tumblr, I've been finding a lot of deathrock-y fashion photos. Which, of course, fills me with nostalgia and the mad urge to incorporate Olde Skool deathrock & batcave elements into my Cupcake Gothic Victorian wardrobe.

An example: hey ElderGoths! Remember when we used to all wear layers and layers of artfully shredded tights?

Which got me thinking about the intersection of Olde Skool and new media, and about how the "edgier" side of the mainstream fashion industry has recently been all aflutter over deconstructed looks*. This led to some googling, and hey, look what I found:

Yes, a tutorial on how to artfully shred hosiery. I'll admit it, I read it, went "D'aaaaaaaw!", and then giggled. All right, and I spent part of last night attacking a pair of black stockings with some nail scissors, but I was going to be doing that ANYWAY.

It really does look like there's some sort of batcave revival going on, which just tickles me no end. Some Tumblr blogs of what I'm seeing:

* If you listen closely, you can hear the Stroppy One and the Infamous BlueJay grinding their teeth. They both hate deconstructed fashion with a burning intensity. I think it can be done very well, especially for photo shoots, but that usually in real life, it looks less like a fashion statement and more like someone doesn't take very good care of themselves or their clothes.
- Even with the 80s and 90s revivals happening right now in the mainstream stores, I bet we won't see a resurgence of the princess-seamed, full-skirted dresses that were easily available in the early 90s. Dammit. I still have a couple of the ones that were made from the heavy-weight, good-quality crushed stretch velvet, and I don't think I will ever get rid of them. (They're good around the house dresses, for one thing.)

- I don't usually link to Jezebel, but they have a post on the sartorial challenges of being large-breasted. (clicky-link!) There is some good information in there (Go get fitted for bras! Tailoring is your friend!), but mostly I'm just amused by finding out that fashion magazines are declaring ""Big bosoms are the new must-have accessory" for fall, says fashion-crank Liz Jones" Does this mean that the fashion industry will make clothing to flatter and fit larger bosoms? Ha. If you believe that, I have several bridges I would like to sell you.
Madonna is releasing a fashion collection with Macy's. Based on Material Girl. (clicky-link!)

On the one hand, say what now? Really? Does the world NEED another go-round of lace bike shorts under mini skirts?

On the other hand, the movie was silly fun, and oooh, remember THE BOOTS? (clicky-link! I coveted those boots like mad, even though I wouldn't have been able to walk more than three feet in them before falling over.

But I really am torn as to whether this is a sign of the apocalypse or not. What's next, a fashion line based on Pretty In Pink? That still would be better than the Grunge revival, though. That much I AM certain of.
Oh look, more mainstream coverage about how the fashion industry is going "Alice In Wonderland! How quirky!"

"ALICE In Wonderland fever is spreading across the globe, with Tim Burton's new 3D adventure inspiring a new trend for kooky, gothic fashion, make-up and jewelery."

Hey, some of us have been dressing in a "kooky, gothic" style for YEARS. Decades, even. On the other hand, this current trend is going to be fantastic for stocking up on some things. I'll admit, I'm a more than a little tempted by the headbands with bows, but I fear that would stray too far into mutton dressed as lamb territory.

(And yes, by the way, I do have a bottle of the OPI "Mad As A Hatter" glitter nail polish, thanks to [ profile] minim_calibre. It is, indeed, sparkly and awesome.)

I have been covetously looking at this Disney Alice In Wonderland teapot (clicky-link!), because I've been looking for a second Alice-themed teapot for a while. But I must be strong, because I don't really NEED another teapot, and I should save spending money for things like, oh, the vendors' room at the Vampire Ball, new Fluevogs, and so on. Which ALSO means that I should not go tootling around Etsy, looking for Wonderland-themed goodies. No, no, I should not.
Thanks to some excellent thrift store luck, I have a bunch of b&w striped fabric. (Helpful Hint: bedsheets are a great source of bulk yardage for fabrics. Especially if you're willing to add a lining to a skirt you make from them.)

Anyway, yes, b&w striped fabric. I just finished cutting out all of the pieces for one of my usual skirts (knee-length, ruffle-edged, and tiers of ruffles down the back panel), and those pieces are now gently simmering in a pot full of black RIT. This will turn them into a black and grey-ish purple striped fabric, yay!

I have enough of the fabric left to make a second of the same type of skirt. My question is this: do I want to cut out the pieces for the skirt and then lightly tea-dye them to an ivory shade? I already have some b&w striped skirts, and the same goes for black and pink stripe. An antiqued ivory/sepia might be a good addition to my skirt collection. But I'm dithering about it. What do you folks think?

[Poll #1515631]
Isn't this interesting? From the L.A. Times "Fashion Forecast" article:

"All things Alice

Look for fashion/entertainment synergy to break new ground this year, including novel partnerships for on-screen placement and higher-profile designer collaborations. One of the first down the rabbit hole in that regard will be Tim Burton's live-action "Alice in Wonderland" remake, due to open March 5.

In addition to Disney Consumer Products' official high-style tie-ins with jewelry makers (Tom Binns, Swarovski) and clothing designers (Stella McCartney is among those rumored) set to roll out in conjunction with the film's release, Lewis Carroll inspiration is popping up like hallucinogenic mushrooms after an acid rain. The recent holiday window displays at Bergdorf Goodman in New York bore an Alice in Wonderland theme, and in March, Parisian department store Printemps reportedly plans to unveil window displays of custom "Alice" dresses by the likes of Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane.

Designers recently name-checking Lewis Carroll and his creations include Donatella Versace, Jason Wu, Kenzo's Antonio Marras, and Zac Posen. A self-professed lifelong fan of all things Alice, Posen has collaborated on a collection of Wonderland-themed jewelry and recently unveiled a pre-fall 2010 collection that he describes as "Lewis Carroll meets Paloma Picasso," which includes thigh-length, Alice-appropriate dresses in mad, mad plaids. He explained there are several things that play into the fomenting fashion fixation.

"First, there's a real sense of escapism and imagination to it that I think is important in popular culture right now," he said. "And Alice and 'Through the Looking Glass' have really become a part of the fashion vernacular." He pointed to everything from the familiar iconography of the tea party accouterments and playing cards to "the woman dressing as a little girl in a shrunken dress, and the black, white and red colors, and even the dandy tweed suit."

I'm sure a lot of the Alice-inspired high-fashion stuff will just make me roll my eyes and mutter about people who need to read the books, but I'll still be curious to see it. Tho' I'm already wincing at the notion of "thigh-length, Alice-appropriate dresses in mad, mad plaids".

On a much smaller level, I'm already starting to notice this happening. More strangers are starting to reference Alice In Wonderland when commenting on my clothes, even when I'm not wearing a top hat.
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( Jul. 14th, 2009 11:07 am)
You would think, wouldn't you, that trying to come up with what I want to pack for the NYC trip would not be so mind-numbingly difficult. But nooooo. I know what I'm wearing to the big picnic event, that's no question. But for Friday night's reading? No clue. For doing touristy things? Haven't the faintest idea.

The problem is, of course, that I have a bunch of items in my closets I am currently enamored with. But the weather in NYC this weekend is supposed to be ... warm. Well, warmer than *I* prefer. So no boots (unless I get very lucky, and a Certain Special Box shows up in the next few days), no stripy stockings, and cute stripy blazers or well-fitted black jackets (no matter how lightweight of fabrics) are Right Out. (Dammit.)

So. Black peep-toe flats? Lace or fishnet tights? (Helpful summertime tip I learned last year from someone on [ profile] steamfashion: when you're going to be traipsing around in hot weather, wear fishnets or lace tights and dampen them with cool water. The water evaporates, thus keeping you cool! I did this at Disneyland during the recent L.A. trip, and it worked like a charm.)

Charming waistcoats, obviously (and oooh, I just got a fantastic one from Lip Service, wheee!), short-sleeved ruffly blouses, waist cinchers, fluffy skirts and petticoats, and maybe some bustle-y overskirts? Boy, do I wish I had a top hat made of black straw, and there is not enough time to get one of the natural straw top hats and color it.

And let us not even contemplate the complete dither I am going to be thrown into by contemplating packing for San Diego Comic Con. Oh lord.

Dear Dread Spirits of the Postal Service, if you could see your way to making two certain packages arrive today, that would be Very Helpful.


In addition to fashion dithering, I must dye my hair, job hunt, and write a GCS update. Which means I should go motivate myself to do stuff, instead of going "Oooh, shiny internets!"
Hey look, another comment on a post at Jezebel!

Japanese Princess Girls Live Life Like A Fairy Tale (clicky-link!)

thatonegirl says: "There is a woman at my company who dresses like these women do EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.

Except it's black and pink and more gothy, but seriously, so much effort! Why for?"

Oh, that's an easy question to answer, thatonegirl. Because I like to. Because it makes me happy.

(I am SO TEMPTED to actually sign up for a user ID at Jezebel and reply to her comment. I probably won't (and I probably shouldn't), but it is tempting.)
Where would I take a vintage fur to be repaired and cleaned? I now have a vintage mink capelet from my grandmother, and one side has pretty much come apart. It's not that the seams have unraveled, it's that the fur tore (?) along those seams.

I would really like to get the capelet restored to a wearable condition. (Yes, I would wear it, because it's a vintage piece from my grandma, who is an amazing woman.) I just have no idea where I should take it.

EDITED: After handling it more, I don't think the capelet can be restored to a wearable condition. The pelts are tearing much too easily. I think I need to look into having the caplet used as the base materials to create something else. Whatever I end up having made from it, I need to have part of the lining used, too: the part that has my grandmother's name embroidered on it.
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( Sep. 12th, 2008 02:40 pm)

Behold, my snarklings, [ profile] kambriel on the red carpet at the opening of the Gothic: Dark Glamour exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology. This clicky-link is to her post that has links to the various coverage about the weekend. This clicky-link is to Amazon to pre-order the book about the exhibit. (And you'd better believe I've ordered my copy already!)

I am so, SO giddy with delight about the amount of positive coverage and rave reviews this exhibit is getting. It shows how influential and far-reaching the Gothic subculture is, and spotlights the creativity, joy, and whimsy that is at the core of the subcultural identity.

I've said it in assorted people's LJs, but I also want to say it here in mine: congratulations [ profile] kambriel! I am proud (and very lucky!) to call you a friend, and you deserve every bit of success that comes your way.
Reviews first! )

And speaking of that "the fall trend is for dark lips!" silliness ... if you want to spend $28 + shipping, you could go pre-order that YSL black lipgloss (clicky-link!). Which is also limited edition, and has sell-text that describes it as "transparent yet intense". Ooooo-kaaaaay.

Also jumping on this trend (but avoiding all mention of goth) is Lancome, with their black lipgloss + red lipstick set (clicky-link!) that apparently is inspired by "the sole of a Christian Louboutin shoe and not Bauhaus or Siouxsie." Again, ooooo-kaaaay.

(A side note: when [ profile] minim_calibre sent me the link to the Blogdorf Goodman post about the Lancome set, I stared at the photo of the lips that were supposedly wearing the color duo, and then forwarded it to [ profile] stroppy_baggage, asking for a Photoshop verdict. I don't care what sort of miracle cosmetic product they're touting, there is no way that someone could get their lipstick & gloss to look like that photo in real life. [ profile] stroppy_baggage's comment was that yes, Photoshoppery was apparent, and the teeth looked like holes punched in the photo.)

I'll admit, I had "Ooooh shiny shiny pretty!" reactions to both the YSL and the Lancome products, but if I really need black lipgloss (which I probably don't), I'll buy it from NYX Cosmetics or Wet&Wild, for under $5. Probably while muttering about trendy fashion-victim types who want to wear black lip color or nail polish, but not only think that such things aren't goth, but will come up with wacky reasons and justifications for their delusion. Whatever, it just means that those of us who ARE goths can stock up on dark lipstick and nail polish this season. Right? Right.
[ profile] minim_calibre pointed me at a post on a fashion/makeup blog: Something wicked this way comes. (Clicky-link!)

The cosmetic companies are going with dark colors for autumn. Including Lancome, of all companies, releasing a black lip gloss. One of the people commenting on that blog asked "Is there a way to wear black lipgloss and not look goth?"

In case any of you reading this LJ were wondering the same thing, let me give you a hint: NO. THERE IS NOT A WAY TO WEAR A BLACK LIPCOLOR AND NOT LOOK LIKE A GOTH.

::wanders off muttering about mainstream fashion co-opting things from Goth but mucking it up every time::
I must admit, sometimes I have the fashion tastes of a babygoth girl. To prove this, I present you with the following clicky-links:

Skeleton jammies!

Skeleton cami set!

Both from the Emily the Strange brand (which I've always found kinda charming), and neither of which found in a size L, dammit. Yes, I would wear the skeleton jammies around the house, and I would add narrow ruffle trim to the neckline of the skeleton camisole and wear it under a Victorian-esque jacket. (I really REALLY want the skeleton cami set, and am quite peeved that I can't find it in a size L.)

(And yes, I know a whole bunch of you are rolling your eyes and shaking your heads in fond exasperation at me, right this very instant. I don't care. I want skeleton jammies and camisoles.)
Torrid is selling a mini top hat. (clicky-link!)


On the one hand, Torrid. Selling a mini top hat. What?

On the other hand, that's not a bad price for a pre-decorated sinamay mini top hat. I am considering buying one (and covering it with fabric), because I don't have a mini top hat in that particular size. (I have smaller and larger ones.)

But ... Torrid. Selling a mini top hat. I am perplexed.
As I was waiting to fall asleep last night, I was thinking about [ profile] trystbat's comment that "art-to-wear" is a legitimate form, and not always twee. She's right, of course. I think my quibble with the the phrase is that the items Altered Couture seem to think of as "art-to-wear" are, to me, not impressive enough in their design and execution to be called art. Another friend of mine commented in a mail to me that the garments in Altered Couture seem to be undergoing "alteration for the sake of alteration, instead of a specific result".

Hmmm, this gets a bit long. )
Maybe my being dismissive about the things in Altered Couture is because I know amazingly talented people who do these sorts of projects all the time, and with a better level of execution than what was shown in the magazine. For people who aren't already part of a vibrant and creative group of artists and designers, maybe this magazine is a glowing beacon. I don't know. What do you people think?
The fabulous [ profile] e_juliana did indeed brave the madhouse that was the H&M Roberto Cavalli launch in SF, and managed to snag me a jacket. Muah-ha-ha-ha!

::stops to recover from feeling woozy after attempting evil laughter. I don't know what this particular version of the plague is, but whoo, headswimmy::

She got me a size 10, which was all that was left. But she tried it on, and said it was a little snug in the shoulders but otherwise fit her. I am smaller through the shoulders than her, so that's fine. And while I am larger though the bust than her, I wasn't planning on wearing that jacket closed up over the bustline anyway, but open over any one of my ruffly blouses.

When I say "madhouse that was the H&M Roberto Cavalli launch", I'm not joking. I've read the various blog reports about how the launch was at other stores, and it sounds pretty crazy. People waiting in lines for hours, grabbing armfuls off of racks, and waiting by dressing rooms to pounce on anything someone didn't want. Needless to say, I owe [ profile] e_juliana many drinks, and an enormous favor.

Apparently everything from the line is sold out worldwide. It looks like a lot of those items went straight onto eBay; searching on "H&M Roberto Cavalli" returns 576 items, four of which are The Jacket. Which means that if The Jacket doesn't fit me, I will be able to re-sell it easily. Because you *know* that H&M isn't going to get more of this line in; oh no, the whole point of them having Big Designers do exclusives for them is so they can get press about the stampeding crowds of crazed shoppers. I feel a little silly for having helped feed into that frenzy, but oh well.
Today I am wearing the Lip Service jacket (clicky link to eBay!) that I spent most of my free time last week customizing.

"Customizing?" I hear you say? Why yes. Because I am (possibly) crazy, I hand-colored all the white on the jacket with Copic markers (clicky link!) in "Sugar Almond Pink". Copic markers are waterproof, and you can buy ink refills for them, which means they're perfect for clothing modification.

Coloring the jacket was a strangely soothing activity. It was something I could do while watching movies or talking to people, and now I have a Victorian-esque pirate-y jacket with pink & black striped trim. (I also now have a matching waist cincher, which was easier to color than the ruffles on the jacket.)

(There will be a photo of the newly-customized jacket posted to Shoutfit in the next couple of days. My co-worker and former office-mate likes to take photos, which means she doesn't mind helping me document the outfits I wear to work each day.)


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