Panelled armour clothing

It’s rather obvious that I’ve been away from things for a while, first with travelling, then with moving house, then waiting to get internet connected (a month without!!), and finally getting a new puppy. Sometimes there are more important things to do than spend time on the internet, yanno?

But as things have setlled down, I’ve found myself with a little breathing time, and am playing catch-up with blog-reading, retail shopping and finding inspiration. Checking out Luisa Viaroma, I drooled over this amazing dress from Gareth Pugh.  I’ve always loved the futurist/armour look, and in matt black it is much more subtle than the shiny silver slashed dress and leggings of his earlier collection. The jacket is there too – and also out of the reach of mere mortals pricewise – but each of them is SO wearable!

 

Moving on from one type of fab panelled garment to another,  Artifice Clothing  has an exciting new range of cyber panelled pvc clothing with trim that glows in the dark!  There are corsets, shrugs, bra tops, collars and wrist cuffs to complete the look. White shows the glow-in-the-dark nature really well, but black always has a classic look – see for yourself!

See the website for more covered up options as well.

For the guys, there’s always SDL which has been doing cool armour clothing for years. Like these tops:

 

The bug panelled bodices for both genders are also very cool:

If panelled bodices/vests with shoulder pads are more your thing, for a Mad Max look, try these babies:

 

And now, for more panelled-clothing drooling…..

Goth fashion at Wave Gotik Treffen 2011

I haven’t yet posted properly about WGT…and there’s so much to say! In all, it was fantastic to rub shoulders with so many other alternative people…and just see a whole city taken over by goths.

I was pleased to see many many different goth subcultures represented, from deathrock to Victorian to neon Cybergoth to Horrorpunk to Steampunk to fantasy to vampires and more…. There was just so much amazing fashion and make-up that floored me every single day, and often I was too reticent to ask awesome people to stop for a photo. However, here are a few fave pics from the ones I’ve uploaded so far, as I know you all want to see pretties to inspire you! (Click on any to see it full-size).

Cyber geisha and steampunk creations at left, and an amazing costume designer from Scotland, right:

 

I met a girl with the same Louise Black corset as me, but in black – who could resist a photo?

 

A stylish steampunk couple, and a horrorpunk skeleton guy:

  

Psychobilly and deathrock – on the right is a great couple from Mexico:

  Mexican goths 

I’m seen here with Rachael from Melbourne and Satine from Denmark. Right is a Vampire Lestat type.

 

Why not sneak a few more friends’ pics in? Left is me with Sisen and G-sus, right is with Brigitte Handley of the Dark Shadows, and a dutch friend.

 

More romantic goth looks, and cyber steampunk:

 

Of course, one of my favourite groups and looks is the Deathrock look, seen magnificently here:

 

How about some looks in white, just to be different? (And spot the Takuya Angel-clad Sisen lookalike next to her; one of many)

   

…and back to black….

   

I have a lot more crowd shots, photos of the architecture of Leipzig, as well as my own outfits and partying photos, but these can wait. I haven’t had internet since I got back (save through my phone), so when I move into my new house this weekend (squee!!) I will have a LOT more to share with you.

What is your fave make-up /outfit? Are you inspired to try something similar yourself? Have you adopted new looks through attending alternative festivals? Do tell :)

WGT, here I come!

It’s now just one week until I leave for my next travel assignment: just under 3 weeks in England and Germany.  Why? The 20th anniversary of Wave Gotik Treffen!!

WGT, as it’s known, is the oldest worldwide goth festival – and I’ve never been before! It seemed a good time to go, what with old school faves like the Damned playing. There are waaay too many artists to mention, but some I’m looking forward to especially are: Killing Joke, Misfits, Cinema Strange, Bloodsucking Zombies from Outer Space (psychobilly), Balzac (Japanese punk/deathrock), Fields of the Nephilim, Zombina and the Skeletones (horror punk),  and a few others I’ve heard are coming but are not confirmed yet.

I’m particularly pleased that there are psychobilly and punk bands there alongside more traditional gothic, deathrock, industrial and ebm bands. There’s nothing like variety! I’m also looking forward to seeing the spectacular way people will be dressing up, as well as their hair and make-up – be sure, I’ll be taking, and posting, lots of inspirational pictures for you all!

Here are some from the WGT website from last year:

 

 

 

I haven’t bought any new clothing, but am sure I will do actually at WGT, as well as in London the week before.  Boy, is packing gonna be a nightmare anyways… packing old Victorian style gear, cyber clothing, Japanese goth stuff, platform boots and shoes…

I’m seriously considering getting rid of the orange/red in my hair and going back to turquoise – and have already bought some dreads in brown and turquoise to install before I go. I wish I’d made some stunning headpieces already…look at this for example:

Apart from WGT, I’m hitting London for the weekends before and after, and definitely heading to Slimelight, Electric Ballroom, Dead & Buried (if it’s on), and whatever other alternative nights I can find. Do you know of any I should look up?

So there will most definitely be a lot of outfit shots, for those who’ve been missing those of late. If you are heading to WGT, or clubbing around Camden in June, do let me know, and maybe we can meet up!

How Do I Look? Is it discriminatory?

I love a good makeover show as much as anyone. Seeing girls or older women who have no clue about fashion and style and who really want to learn, and see them benefit from others’ expertise, is a lovely thing. Sometimes it results in a whole new lease of life and improved self esteem which is a great thing.

But lately something has been irking me that I’d like to get off my chest: some shows, particularly “How Do I Look” decide that alternative culture is not valid and that ladies with alternative/goth/punk/rock fashion senses need a good smack upside the head.

Occasionally this is true. For every well put together rock chick there may well be another girl who just looks, well, trashy. But often I see people who already have a strong sense of self, being pressured to give up their old clothes, hairstyles etc…in order to please well-meaning siblings and friends who want to ‘vanilla’ them down. Know what I mean?

Often it is in the guise of “but this isn’t helping you in your career/finding a boyfriend/meeting other moms”. I do actually applaud it when some hopelessly naff or super slutty-dressing gals are shown how they appear to others.  Sometimes their looks are genuinely putting people off from getting to know them.

But I get super annoyed when the host or a friend will say something like: “she was attracting the wrong type,” and inferring that anyone who has tattoos, long hair, piercings, etc must be a loser. (I have actually heard them stereotyping alternative guys this way on a show).  Some of these guys are losers, like a percentage in any demographic, but how about finding her a nice guy who happens to already share her worldview, sense of style and taste in music? But NOOOOOO, we have to find her a nice average joe with a neat haircut, who wears chinos and listens to jazz. (And natch, she has to keep her vanilla looks in order to keep the boy). Hell, even the Millionaire Matchmaker goes out of her way to find someone with stuff in common!

It is also generally assumed that to get ahead in their chosen field, or be liked, that they have to dress in a reasonably narrow way. In some professions, and with some people, this is the case.  But times have moved on, and now tattoos are becoming more and more common and accepted, as well as coloured hair and various other personal grooming choices. Perhaps it is like people in the 50′s who wanted to keep everything ‘nice’ and couldn’t bear to see the sixties swingers  donning very different fashions and hairstyles (for that, of course, just represented the sinful ways of the new decade).

It might surprise Jeannie and the producers of the show to know that there are many of us who dress creatively, be it punk one day, goth the next, vintage another day and high fashion when we feel like it, and that none of our looks particularly slows us down in our enjoyment of life or what we want to achieve. Furthermore, we also have successful, highly paid jobs, scads of variously different, well-adjusted friends, and extremely happy marriages to amazing guys who love us to death, who also have successful careers, and who happen to have long hair, piercings and tattoos!!

Maybe it’s just me. What do YOU think? What really gets up YOUR nose when it comes to these make-over shows who make under gothic and other alternative chicks? Do they make unfair assumptions?

Military look for Murder in the Dark club

I attended the opening of new Gothic Industrial club “Murder in the Dark” on Saturday night at the Gaelic Club, and so thought it appropriate to go back to my monochromatic ways for the night. My first night out since I returned from Japan, I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting new peeps as well!

Murder in the Dark is the latest venture for Rivetting Promotions, and coming up on 22nd April is the Grendel/Nachtmahr/Shiv-R gig at the Sandringham Hotel Newtown (with other dates in other states) - so mark it in your diaries if you’re into dark electro-industrial music.

But back to the outfit:

Military leopard cap: Kitty Van Horne
Jacket and skirt: Purpur
Frilled Collar: Black Peace Now for men
Diamond tights: Leg Avenue
White wedge boots: Esperanza
see my Esperanza shoe post here for more)
Dreadlock weft: Ales Wigs 
(see my Ales Wigs post here for more info. The weft is pinned around my bun with copious amounts of bobby pins)

 

Here’s a crowd shot at the club from the smoking room…often the busiest place in a club!

The little Kitty Van Horne cap I bought at the Sydney Alternative Rock n Roll Markets, the Purpur outfit at House of Fetish – and I should point out that I do have the matching Purpur cap in slick PVC, but the leopard makes the ensemble a little more whimsical and less matchy matchy.

Outfit posted just so y’all know I haven’t abandoned the dark aesthetic, despite my recent love affair with colour blocking!