Spooky Ghouls at Cobweb Club “Undead” Jan 25, 2013

A few posts ago I mentioned the upcoming Cobweb Club with the theme “Undead”. Well – I went…and so did a spooktacular bunch of other assorted monsters, demons and ghouls. Wanna see some fab pics? Read on…

For my inspiration, I went no further than the fabulous “Hush” episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer – and those creepy silent hovering men, the Gentlemen. Anyone who has ever seen this episode remembers them – usually with a shudder!  I wasn’t going to slavishly copy them; I still wanted to go as a female, and keep my hair, but be Gentleman-inspired. (See my Gothic Pinterest board for my inspirations).

While I didn’t have time to make a custom prosthesis to cover my brows and make my face more skull-like, I did manage to customise a mask I had, and with the help of special effects make-up, transform myself.

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Birthday faux-hawk at the Foundry

A few weeks ago I celebrated my 48th birthday (I know – how absolutely horrifying!)

My friends and I headed to the dark alternative club downstairs at the Imperial, called the Foundry – you may remember I wore a gothic curly updo to the Foundry launch night in November last year.  Back then I used a curly hairpiece I bought in Tokyo at the Shinjuku Marui One store. This time I stuck with my own hair, but teased it up into a faux deathrock hawk – my theory is, the higher the hair, the slimmer the face looks ;)

This time around I moved away from cyber goth influences – no corset or PVC skirt here. I wore a combo I often do – many pieces from Japan (gothic and gal) mixed with aussie staples.

The outfit:

  • * black camisole
  • * h.Naoto Black Peace Now vest
  • * black & white striped Cue jacket from a few years ago (boy, you’ve gotta love their Winter ’12 pieces!)
  • * oversized cross from a gal store in Studio Alta, Shinjuku
  • * studded silver cuff from La Foret, Harajuku
  • * leopard bag from eBay
  • * (unseen) pvc pants from Bardot

The club was not quite as well attended as the previous few, but still a good night was had by all, and we’ll certainly be attending the next one.

The first few pics are from the beginning of the night, but from our personal camera. The last few are by the club’s photographer for the night , Christian McGuinness, and so are more professional, but we were drunker and siller!

For those interested in my beau’s groovy pinstripe shirt with the vinyl straps and silver snaps, it’s from US goth brand Lip Service, but purchased from Newtown’s Furr Hair. Go thee and get some cool gear!

That’s it really. Just wanted to throw an outfit post in amongst all of my recent travel posts. Have you dressed up recently for a birthday, dinner or club? What did you wear?

Cobweb Club B-grade horror night

I may have left this a little late to promote, but tomorrow night is the premiere of the Cobweb Club in its new premises at the Imperial Hotel in Erskineville. Woohoo! It’s 5 minutes walk from my house – score! This time around I’m not DJing…but that’s good, cos I can spend time on my hair, make-up & costume beforehand…and drink the bar dry! (not that I’m encouraging immature behaviour). EDIT: I did indeed DJ that night..3rd time now!

Deathrock Club B-grade horror movie theme

I’ll let the Cobweb Club spruik itself:

Calling all creatures from the Black Lagoon! Sydney’s only dedicated goth rock, punk, deathrock and post-punk club is back, and we’re bigger and better than ever! And at $10, it’s a bloody bargain!

On this night, we’ll be transforming our venue into a B-Grade Horror Movie delight, so start planning your ooky, spooky, creepy, crawly, nightmarish costumes now! There will be prizes for the best (and most creative) outfits, so brush up on your knowledge of things that go bump in the night…

We’re also excited to bring you something that rarely happens in goth clubs any more… vinyl DJing! Two of our DJs will be playing a midnight versus set of new and classic goth, punk and deathrock tracks. Come and have a dance to records that might be older than you are!

This time round, we’ve got the keys to one of Sydney’s newest venues, with an airconditioning system that will leave you as chilled as the grave, despite the summer heat. It has over 4 million dollars of sound, lighting equipment and venue design, and best of all, it’s right off King St in Newtown.

I’ve written about the Cobweb Club here before – Out Come the Bats!,  My First DJ Gig at Cobweb Club, and Outfit for Cobweb Club. For a taste of the last one soundwise, here’s a YouTube Playlist of Cobweb Club Oct 11, or for the playlist itself see here. It is, of course, one of my very fave clubs, and one of the few goth clubs here that don’t play EBM or Industrial. The fashions are always stunning, as are the props, and I have a feeling this one will be the spooky-ookiest one yet! I know there’s going to be creeping fog along the floors, muahahahaha!

If you’re in Sydney, I hope you can come along. It’ll be a blast!

January, looking forward, looking back

So how was your New Years Eve?  We just managed to catch the midnight fireworks then dashed back to Black Cherry Club, where we had fun hanging with friends…but failed to get any really good pics of our outfits :(

I was going to do a retrospective collage of last year…but failed to even get past January.  Looking back at last January – boy, did I have an exciting time!  (And boy, was MY hair RED!)

Starting off with my New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Sydney,

I high-tailed it to the airport on the morning of January 1 to fly to Tokyo. I wanted to be there for the January sales and fukubukuro bags, dontchaknow? I managed to do a lot of outfit posts on the blog (many in black, grey, leopard and fake fur)…quite a record for me.

I also caught up with a bunch of friends in Tokyo, hit a lot of stores including Marui One, Studio Alta, Shibuya 109 and Grimoire, took a few street snaps, and did a HEAP of shopping.

At the end of the month I celebrated my 6th wedding anniversary at the Big Day Out, with a cute hairdo with 2 top-knots.

And I headed out to a goth club in crimped 80′s style hair and danced for the first time in my spine-heeled d squared shoes, as well as my floral hair clip and jet beaded collar from Grimoire.

                                

Hopefully I’ll have just as action packed a January this year, even if I’m not heading to Tokyo any time soon. There are a lot of gigs lined up, from The Damned, to Soundgarden, to Voltaire, to Sisters of Mercy, to Bad Manners, to Arctic Monkeys, and to the awesomeness of Big Day Out and Soundwave soon.

I also have 29th Jan to 7th Feb off, and am contemplating going somewhere new and relatively close for a week..Indonesia? Hit a beach resort, or over-the-water lake retreat in Java a la Anthony Bourdain?  Would love to head to Aceh with an armful of punk cd’s to distribute to the punk kids there who are being oppressed…but travelling on my own not perhaps the best idea. Or Bali – avoid Kuta and head to Ubud, where I’ve never been?

Or there’s always Malaysia, go somewhere I haven’t been before there…which leaves quite a lot. Anywhere in Asia would suit me fine. Hmm…any recommendations?

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!