Baroque and Roll. Hot new Australian alternative fashion

Last year I introduced Moscow/Melbourne alternative designers Purpur.

This week it’s Baroque and Roll, from Sydney-based Emily de Verinne.

This label is for out-there babes, femme fatales and trash-vamps who like to get noticed. If you love Kreepsville 666 and the colour slime green, you’re gonna LOVE this!

I’ve known of Emily for a while, but first met her late last year at Black Cherry nightclub. Our mutual love of lime green and deathrock style drew us together across a crowded floor.

Emily originally trained at Wheels and Dollbaby before branching out on her own. She draws inspiration from many eras, but especially loves to mix a rock n roll vibe with burlesque, vintage, tiki, voodoo and horror movie influences.

Her previous collection, Tales From the Deep, featured hand-screened lurid green tentacle fabrics, luscious satins and opulent faux furs to evoke sultry sirens rising from the eerie deep (with obvious Cthulhu/Lovecraft influences). And there’s green leopard – who could resist?

The latest Transeasonal Collection is called Love You Like Voodoo. This Collection is based on the Haitian Voodoo Story of How to Make a Zombie, and features curve-hugging silouhettes and shiny, yummy fabrics printed with their new ‘Voodoo’ Print – hand screened lovingly at the Baroque & Roll Deadquarters!

It comprises sequinned knickers and playsuits, minidresses, flamenco dresses and decadent parlour coats.  This time there’s a little purple and burgundy in the mix, and divine little skull heads on the bows.

But my favourite is the swamp trash jacket! WANT!

This new range isn’t available yet, but you can pre-order by emailing emily@baroque-and-roll.com –
or keep checking the website or the blog.

Black Cherry Club & lolita Christmas outfit; Sydney Alternative Music venue Hermanns; Insurge

I always like to look a bit different each time I go out (and that’s quite a lot!)

Perhaps it’s Style ADHD; I’d get bored if I always had the same hair, or wore the same colour clothes and make-up. Even within the alternative scene I’ll sometimes be a punk rock chick, sometimes a gothic doll, sometimes a rockabilly vamp.

This past weekend – if you start on Thursday, as I did – I went out 3 times. You saw the aqua Nuffnang outfit here, and even I have to admit it was a little gaudy and over the top, but hey, there was a blueness competition going. I was almost going to wear a blue tulle tutu – now THAT would have been out there. I don’t normally wear head-to-toe anything, not even black.

Black and white, however, is a favourite combination, especially in stripes, argyle or spots, sometimes combined. It is this combo I wore on both Friday and Saturday night – since I’ll be in Cambodia for Christmas and New Year, these were my last nights out in Sydney this year!

Friday night saw me back at Hermanns Bar, a great little venue on City Road Camperdown, about 2 bus stops down from Broadway. It’s the same venue that hosted the 80’s club Electric Dreams (remember the Madonna outfit?)  This time the club night was Rollercoaster, which Club 77 used to host, with music like Ministry, Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails, PWEI, Faith No More, Killing Joke, the Sisters of Mercy, Nick Cave and more. I scaled the look back a bit.

It was also the first gig in years by Insurge, a 90’s aussie Industrial rock band that combined the use of samples, audio loops and percussion, with the standard chunky guitars of hard rock. As JJJ  succinctly writes in J Play:

The band was known for its outspoken political views which were particularly focused on global issues such as injustice in the developing world, the political influence of corporations and financial markets, and global environmental issues such as climate change. The band’s politics were influenced by anarchism, environmentalism, anarcho-punk , political economy, and the anti-globalization movement.

Their best known song was ‘Political Prisoners’ from 1996, and boy when it came on, did the place go off! The boys have definitely still got it, and though it was supposed to be a one-off, hopefully we’ll see more dates from them in the future.

Saturday night was the Christmas Party and final club night for the year, of Black Cherry. I love the variety in music, people and fashion at this club – there are punks, deathrockers, vintage vixens, Rockabilly bombshells, cockrockers, tattooed peeps, goths, ska types…and just people off the street who come to check out what’s going on.

Since it was Christmas, I pulled out a red wig for this look. I also wore red lipstick, which is rare for me, and red and gold toned eye make-up, with various false lashes.

To the Louise Black corset I added a beautiful Algonquins skirt I bought in Tokyo some time ago – I couldn’t believe how well they matched! There was the same threaded ribbon detailing on them. I then threw on my beautiful Ann Vanilla polka dot bolero, which I also scored in Tokyo, but at the Alamode Markets (a twice a year gothic lolita market, but more on this in another post).
A little cocktail hat in leopard print, EGL crown necklace and lace gloves topped off the look. (I do wish I’d had the time to make a spotted pillbox, which would have matched better, but it did match the leopard print on the wig).  A gothic lolita rockabilly look, I think. And my fave black and white platforms looked great, but ensured I was often on the lookout for a place to sit, as you’ll see…
OK, time to stand
and to see the corset in all its glory..
More details on the outfit and make-up to come,  but that’s quite enough for one post 🙂
What did you get up to this weekend?  What did you wear?