PURPUR. Hot new Australian alternative fashion

My outfit for Halloween day, when I ventured down to Enmore and visited all the goth shops, was based around a gorgeous matching Purpur skirt and military cap I purchased recently. To the skirt I added a Lip Service top, a Surgeon-X claw-studded PVC collar, short tie, striped armwarmers and white and black Raben boots. The outfit:

In the store In Visible Light, one guy obviously thought I was going for an air-hostess look, as he said to me “I’d fly more often, if more of the hostesses looked like you!”. It took a few moments for me to get it, as I thought I was just dressing with military panache.

Purpur is a very exciting new label from Melbourne, that I first discovered at Circa Nocturna, the alternative fashion show. As I wrote in Fiend fashion news back in June:

“Purpur Fashion was one of the standout contenders at Circa Nocturna earlier in the year. Purpur is a custom dressmaking studio specialising in gothic and fetish clothing in PVC and textiles. The cyber-military and geisha looks are breathtaking, although there is a wide range of other styles available too, and customising means you can have something made that’s truly unique”.

Since then, there has been an underground swell and Purpur is becoming a sought after label. Now stocked in Sydney by House of Fetish and Cabinet des Curiosities, Purpur was seen on quite a few of the stylish guys and girls at Under the Blue Moon.

And some of the cyber Geisha styles:

And non-pvc items for non-goths and non-fetish people:

Kate Musina (the founder) began Purpur in Moscow in 2003, catering for actors, musicians, goths, fetish models, freaks, queers, flakes and many others. They spread the word about Kate and soon she became one of the well-known Russian alternative fashion creators.  She has now relocated to Melbourne, and her designs are available at Peril Underground and VNV Boutique.
Her latest collection “Total Control” is inspired by 1930s military propaganda films and Soviet science fiction, and items are in limited supply at the 4 stores mentioned. I’ve nabbed the skirt, jacket and hat, what about you?  Here’s a peek at what you’re missing:
EDIT:  I just bought the jacket from the first picture of the fashion show above – squeee! However, there will be no pics as yet, as I’m such a shortass, I have to get the sleeves shortened before I can wear it. Good things come to those who wait and all that…

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