Halloween; All Hallows Eve Ball in Sydney

Those of us in the Gothic community get very excited about Halloween, especially if there’s a ball or a party involved. It gives us the chance to really go to town on a costume! For most of us do enjoy dressing up, and I have to admit, since I stopped doing plays and musicals, alternative and goth clubs are my best excuses to get theatrical again 🙂
For Halloween at the All Hallows Eve Ball, I just went gothicky and my husband went as Satan. He totally overshadowed me that night – I guess he’s allowed, every now and then. He rather enjoyed scampering around evilly and prodding people. See for yourself:

I dug out my wedding corset from Vicious Venus (as seen in this post), and paired it with a purple tulle tutu, a black gauzy skirt from Banana Fish and Yosuke USA boots (both from Tokyo). Hat, mask and lashes were described in my Tokyo Decadance post.
His pants are from Tripp NYC, with jacket and shirt from Newtown op shops, and devil accessories from costume/novelty stores. I think we made quite the dashing pair!

Gothic fashion in Sydney; the Gothic Mile, Enmore

How was your Halloween? My afternoon was spent strolling through Newtown/Enmore aka the “Gothic Mile” of Sydney, joining friends at the Duke Hotel for a beer, doing a quick change and hitting the Under the Blue Moon event, All Hallow Eve’s Ball (headlined by GPKism).

First I visited all the gothic shops on Enmore Road. If you like dark alternative, gothic or punk stuff, you will LOVE this area. I’ll post a video of my walk soon (I have to edit it first!) Here is a small intro via the digital camera.


A rundown of the gorgeous stores follows below, and here’s an overall map to get you oriented.

In Visible Light is the first store you come to. IVL has no website but is a fantastic dark place stuffed to the gills with Living Dead Dolls and other scary toys, costumes and accessories, spooky decor, heads in jars, weird lenses, jewellery and leather work. It’s at 4/6 Enmore Road.

Then The Wild One looms into view, at 20 Enmore Road. TWO is 15 years old, and specialises in extravagant, clubby, cyber and fetish clothing. David sews the gear himself and has a lot of PVC – skirts, pants, bustiers, corsets and even caps. There are also great gauntlets, buckles, spiked collars, belts and more.

Next up is my own hairdresser Doppelganger Hair at 44 Enmore Road. Melissa and the girls are AWESOME and if you want a rad hairdo or colour, dreads or loose extensions, here is the place to come. Doppelganger also sells Directions hair colour, and offers make-up, massage and acupuncture services.

In the next block is Aftertaste, at shop 3, 80 Enmore Road. Aftertaste sells a lot of punk, deathrock and ghoulish type gear; Doc Martens in many colours, other divine shoes in slime green and lurid purple, band shirts, belts and even a range of rock kidswear!

Reactor Rubberwear is next, at 82 Enmore Road. RR is Australia’s largest and oldest manufacturer of rubberwear/latex clothing and other fetish novelties.

The Queen of Sydney corset shops Gallery Serpentine, is at shop 2/116 Enmore Road. Famous for their exquisite corsets, GS sells a wide range of dark and gothic wear, from Victorian and Steampunk clothing, to burlesque and cyber wear, platform shoes and boots, magazines and cosmetics.

My sparkling turquoise corset in the post on Tokyo Decadance, is from Gallery Serpentine, and I own many others from GS too. They even stock Miss X cosmetics, the make-up line of my friend and fellow blogger Amelia aka DestroyX, and of course, Angelspit’s music, merch and Surgeon-X accessories. (And on a semi-related vanity note, in their Vena Cava video, I’m the chick in the red corset with red cocktail hat and feather boa).

Amelia and I rocking out (and yes, I did make my red mini tophat)

That’s it for stores on this side of the road, so we pop into the Duke Hotel for a beer, before crossing over and visiting shops on the other side.

Le Cabinet des Curiosities, very much old school goth, is at 97 Enmore Road. Cabinet stocks medieval gowns, bondage pants, Lip Service and many other labels, as well as jewellery, magazines, goth and metal music and merch, and unusual gift items.

Finally we come to Anar-Chic at 39 Enmore Road. Anar-chic has really wearable punk, metal and alternative clothing, Demonia and TUK footwear, accessories and magazines.

Although we didn’t get to south King Street (the stretch from Newtown station down to St Peters station, this is a great strip for vintage, rockabilly, and indie stores. I’ll give a rundown on these in a later post.

At 525 King Street is Furr Hair, which is another fab place to get edgy ‘out there’ hair. Whether brightly coloured hair is your bag, or you’re after quirky assymetrical cuts, dreads, leopard print or cool shaved designs on your scalp, you can get it here, along with Manic Panic products.

In my next post, I’ll feature the All Hallow Eve’s Ball and have lots of pics. For now, I need a long lie down to recover!

Halloween Decorations in Tokyo Stores – Marui One, Tokyu Hands, La Foret

I am so pleased to have seen Tokyo in Halloween season – the department stores really embrace the season and make it a festive event. I mentioned Marui One in the last post – here’s a few pics of its shopfront. They DO love Tim Burton and the Nightmare Before Christmas 🙂

I had to drop into Tokyu Hands for some Halloween goodies, and just check out the latest stock. Tokyu Hands calls itself the Creative Life store, and is 8 floors of DIY and crafty goodness (and much, much more). Seriously, for just about any creative project you might undertake, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to materials.
I particularly like the fancy dress section which has amazingly realistic latex animal heads (see below), and also houses novelty electronic gadgets like side-marching cyber crabs and humping dog usb’s.

Here’s one of the displays I saw there. The witch revolved, and there were ghosts whoo-whooing, other spooks shrieking, and things dangling from the ceiling:

If you want to see and hear for yourself…

Meanwhile over at La Foret in Harajuku they weren’t too shabby either, with huge posters plastered on the sloped ceilings as you headed down to the “underground” more gothic/punk stores:

Yes, I did shop unashamedly. At the Hellcat Punks store in La Foret, they gave me a huge bag to carry away my purchases (which proved very handy for carry-on luggage on the flight home). Punksters, voodoo dolls, rockabilly babes will all love this store – there is so much leopard print, clothing with zombie and skull graphics, fab purses… Here’s the shop:
It’s a pity I won’t be in Tokyo for the night itself, but I DID get to two of the Halloween clubs there on Saturday night – Tokyo Decadance and Midnight Mess. Stay tuned….