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Newtown street fashion gothic style – UTBM Market Day

While the rest of the world wears costumes for halloween, goths just raid their wardrobes and come up with something spiffy. Even in the warm October climate, Sydney goths came out to party and shop at the Under the Blue Moon festival market day yesterday, in Newtown Square. For a rundown of some of the stalls and events, see my post here. Check out the canny dressers below:


Two girls showcased colourful Furr hair and its infamous leopard print dyeing


There were some great looks accented by skeleton make-up, piercings and tattoos


Nice to see some very elegant young ladies in attendance, including a gothic lolita type:


Amusing to see some fellas getting their faces painted too:

But the stalls were what the day was all about, and there was some fantastic fashion on offer, with UTBM discounts making it even harder to resist! Such as these offerings from Le Lash (left) and Tentacle Threads (right). Wish I’d enquired about the amazing articulated shoulder armour.


I did stop at Tentacle Threads to try on the pointy shouldered jacket, and order some of their beautiful spats.  As you can see, I dressed for comfort (and a bit of colour) rather than going all out.


50ft Queenie had glamour wear (and underwear) with burlesque overtones:

Furr had a fabulously bright stall with pots of screamingly bright Manic Panic hair colour, dreadfalls, and clip in extensions:

Crypt Trash had deliciously ghoulish jewellery and burlesque fascinators, combs, pasties etc – Jo and Venus Vamp (right) are pictured. Below that, a headwear stall from the lady who does hats for Gallery Serpentine:


Speaking of which, we had to make the journey up Enmore Road to check out the goth stores including Gallery Serpentine – and I had to take some pictures of its gorgeous interior:

After that, it was time to head to Burger Fuel, before resting and heading out to the UTBM club night. Did you do any Halloween shopping or partying?

Under the Blue Moon Festival 2010

I’m excited about tomorrow and its VERY full dance-card when it comes to alternative fashion and music.

Yes, it’s the Under the Blue Moon Festival of things dark, alternative, freakish and weird. Sydney people – start off your halloween celebrations with a trip to Enmore tomorrow, and you will not only be entertained, but get some retail therapy as well.

Based in the very epicentre of Sydney gothicness – Newtown/Enmore – the Under The Blue Moon Markets kick off at 10am so you can grab all sorts of cool threads and goodies with your little black claws! Newtown plaza will be packed full with stalls of creative people showing us the best of their produce.  


Some of the talented people and labels include:

50ft Queenie – undergarments for the Underworld, with a burlesque vibe
Beserk Clothing – super cool range of clothing for rock, goth, glam& rollerderby type girls & guys
Debstar Designs – gothic, rockabilly, gothabilly and roller derby jewellery
Duskmoth Designs – clothing for industrial or elegant darklings
Furr Hair – Manic Panic hair colour, makeup, and accessories, as well as Synthetic hair falls, Dread falls, wigs and clip in fringes
Gallery Serpentine – amaaazing corsets and very high quality gothic clothing
Holy Kitch & Curios – Day of the Dead, Frida Kahlo and other mexican and spooky accessories
Le Lash – Street, Alternative, Punk, Fetish, Cyber and costume wear
Le Cabinet des Curiosities – Gothic, Pagan & Occult jewellery, homewares, entomology, natural curiosities, gloves, accessories & weird stuff!
Primordial Design – original, unique jewellery in silver and gemstones
Tentacle Threads – clothing for circus freaks (I’ve written about Tentacle Threads recently here)
The Wild One – fab PVC designs for guys & gals, accessories and amazing military caps
Crypt Trash & Vanity Vamp – way out burleque and spooky accessories & pasties
Zentity designs – Alternative styled clothing for boiz & girlz specialising in street fun, club wear, romantic and corporate goth looks

The famous UTBM show bags will be available once again, full of surprises, prizes & the best discount vouchers to all the stores & stalls in the Alternative Arts, Retail Fashion District of Enmore Rd & Newtown! Yes, it’s very likely you’ll score a Fiend magazine (I really have to catch up with the last few issues myself so here’s hoping 🙂  Each bag also contains a ticket to the Coffin Raffle, drawn later that night at the UTBM festival night at the Factory Theatre.

For those interested in the darker side of life, the paranormal, the seedy stories from Sydney’s past, you’ll want to head over to Simplicity Funerals to hear Lectures in the Funeral Parlour. Want to learn of medical moulages  in the 19th century, the Secret History of the Pentagram, stories from the real underbelly of Sydney,  delve into the paranormal of Enmore road and meet the ghost in the basement of The Duke Hotel? Or learn more about vampires and what happens behind the magicians curtain? You know where to go.

Then there’s just time to head somewhere for a bite to eat and a few bevvies, before changing into your dark glamour gear and heading out for a night of bands, DJ’s and general running amok! Here is the action-packed line-up of the Under the Blue Moon musical festival:


8:15 – 8:50pm     Lunar Module
8:35 – 9:10pm    Juke Box Zombies
9:00 – 10:00pm    DJ DAISEN
8:50 – 9:00pm     Desert Moon Dancers
9:05 – 9:15pm     Rocky Horror
9:30 – 10:10pm    Murder Of Crow
9:15 – 9:55pm        The Horrorwood Mannequins
10:00 – 10:05pm    Strong Man
10:00 – 11:00pm    DJ VOODOO
10:40 – 11:15pm    Shiv-r
10:05 – 10:40pm    Hell Fire Documentary
10.30 – 11:10pm     Psych Carni
11:20 – 11:25pm    Fancy Piece & Coffin Raffle Drawn
11:00 – 12:00am    DJ REQIEM
11:35 – 12:25am Mz Ann Thopik
11.30 – 12:10am Pom Pom
12:00 – 1:00am    DJ METAVIRUS
12:30 – 1:30am    The Holy Soul
12:45 – 1:45am     DJ [VLRK] from GRENDEL
1:00  – 2:00am    DJ VAEIN

There are some amaaazing artists and DJ’s in the line-up – get your tickets here. I’ve already got mine!

So if you’re in Sydney, please join me for a full day’s festivities and night-time activities for a Halloween 2010 to remember!!

Lunarmorph 2010 Alternative Sydney Fashion Show

Saturday night is the amazing 2010 production of Lunarmorph, in partnership with the Sydney Fringe Festival:

Lunarmorph, a fashion parade like no other, will be accompanied by a 32 vintage synthesizer orchestra in the pit.  Alternative fashion devotees & music geeks alike will appreciate hearing & seeing the machines that made the sounds of ‘Blue Monday’ and ‘Dr Who’  morphing with eye popping  alternative fashion of the highest and most avant-garde character…totally befitting for Sydney’s first Fringe Festival.

I will certainly be attending in my gothy finest! And earlier in the day I will don some steampunk wear for the Steampunk Symposium, also held at the Enmore Theatre. If you’re in Sydney you should come on down and see what the fuss is all about. It will surely be a spectacle. While many know the gentlemanly aspects of Steampunk, characterised by the debonair Kit, perhaps Airship Pirates and wenches have come to exemplify steampunk costume of late.


Photo of Kit: Nadia Lev                                                            Steampunk Couple: Hueyatl (Flickr)

See also my own Steampunk fashion shoot for Fiend from 09.

The Steampunk Symposium in the deco foyer of the Enmore Theatre will entertain you for the afternoon hours before Lunarmorph launches in the evening. Gentleman Adventurer, Stewart Rule & steam punk inventor, Sir Dij Dijor host this afternoon of strange contraptions from an alternative time stream –  expect time machines, Tesla coils, steam punk sellers of ray guns and special guests to entertain you with steam punk burlesque and vaudeville.  Prizes for the best steam punk costumes will be awarded!

So there are 2 exciting things to get your teeth into, so to speak, and 2 more reasons why I LOVE living in Newtown!!

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!