New Year 2013 asos outfit

Well, I’ve certainly had  time off from the interwebz over Chrissy and New Year – but here are my photos from New Year’s Eve!

I went to a fave club Black Cherry, forgoing my usual fireworks watching. It was HOT, so I wore a sleeveless River Island black bodycon dress with an exotic tribal design in gold foil front and back, from asos. (It’s still available in some sizes, at only $42.50!)

To this I added a black cowhide peplum belt – admittedly, I yoinked the idea from asos Fashion Finder, but I can’t find the blogger who posted the look. I did a quickie DIY leopard print to the shaved part of my head – not entirely successful, the print being too big and too dark, but it was eye-catching! Jewellery was minimal, being some spooky gothic earrings from Japan (a skeleton hand and zipper), skull rings also from Tokyo, and some gold Indian bangles from my trip last April. Net stockings and black platform shoes from Berjaya Times Square in KL  completed the look.

But onto the pics:

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Skulls, beading & leopard…oh my!

Yesterday I attended the Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll & Alternative Markets…so natch, had to throw a rockin’ outfit together.

In Kuala Lumpur I found a fantastic mesh top with large scale skull face on the front. With metallic beaded detailing on the eyes and nose, it’s quite effective…who’dathunk KL would have gothy gear like this? It’s from Parkson in the fabulous Pavilion mall, and the label is Elyze - believe me, they have some really cool stuff.  And it only cost 108 ringgit - which is AUD$33!

Since it was still pretty cold here yesterday I threw on a black skivvie underneath, along with my Sass & Bide Black Rat leggings and a studded miniskirt. A Topshop metallic leopard boyfriend jacket & studded cuff rounded off the ensemble. Oh, and let’s not forget my fave pointy leopard boots.

Elyze skull top & Topshop jacket  gothic beaded skull top

The left pic shows the front detail of the face a bit better, while the right shows MY face a bit more. I used a zingy yellow-green on my eyelid, with a browny-grey in the crease:

goth studded skull top 

The eye make-up is a bright shadow duo from L’Oreal, from their High Intensity Pigment or HIP range. The set is called “Riotous” – I like it! The green is a moody chartreuse and the grey/brown is a sludgy mud colour that goths, deathrockers and psychobilly chicks alike will love for its swampy quality.

It’s a nice change from black eyeshadow that I can use in the daytime & still have a smoky eye. Better still, I got the set in a reduced-price bin at my local chemist – score! You’ve always gotta keep your eyes out for a bargain ;) At $5 it was definitely “worth it”.

 

Riotous eyeshadowRiotous eyeshadow

I can honestly say most things I bought this time around are getting worn (or will be in the summer). I’ll do a small haul post soon, showing some of the gloriously coloured bags I bought, as well as shoes and clothes. While the buys from Topshop or New Look are no different in price to home, the local fashions and make-up items are most definitely cheaper.

Have you scored any bargains recently, at home or overseas?

Gothic wallpaper – skulls

It is now a done deal – I bought a house!!

Hence my pre-occupation recently with interior style as opposed to fashion. However, the two are often interlinked; we can indeed let our personal style influence our surroundings – especially if we own our place or have a friendly landlord. Today I’d like to bring  you some of my favourite gothic wallpapers, in skull patterns.

A Store Called Worth

Canadian fashionistas will already be aware of this store, which is dramatically fitted out with black ceiling with octagon smoked mirrors, a replica 17th Century Baroque chair in black lacquer and vinyl crocodile, a life size alabaster white reindeer, and grey and black damask wallpaper.

Carl Abad is owner and visionary of Worth, one of Canada’s first lifestyle shops specializing in “the next big thing” in art, fashion and design. Abad is well known in fashion circles from Calgary to Chelsea. While living in the UK, he was an assistant for the Terri Tanaka Agency, working under leading UK stylist Tassos. His assisting and styling work appeared in British Vogue, The Face and Wonderland. Worth is the result of Abad’s obsession with fashion and design and his desire to introduce Canadians to a diverse mix of international design.

Let’s get to the amazing wallpaper.

Isn’t it divine?

As Rollout states:

Worth Paper mashes together punk rock, granny, and brothel themes into a beautifully eerie statement on voyeurism and vanity. From a distance, the decorative filigree draws the viewer into the gaze of a wall filled with x-ray human skulls. These “mirror mirrors” reflect the impending decay that will one day wither our beauty and strip away our youth once and for all. 

(Crikey!)

Its ominous call challenges us to live, work and party hard.

Erm, quite.  For those who may prefer a more restrained, demure colour palette, see the wallpaper in cream:

Can’t you just see this in your granny’s parlour? You’d barely notice that it has skulls on it.

Worth has a facebook page and a blog, or you can follow Worth on twitter!

A few more designs from Rollout show how to incorporate skulls and tattoo motifs into wallpaper, first from Mark Ecko:

And Hell Pizza:

Beware The Moon

From Beware the Moon comes this awesome bronze flocked skull wallpaper.  As they describe it: reflective bronze, deep-pile velvet Skull motif on an incredible light-catching, iridescent base which changes colour as you walk past it through reds, greens, blacks and golds – like an oil slick in a dirty puddle.

Close-ups show the various hues reflected under different light conditions:

 

Definitely one for use in small doses only, methinks. It is available in various different colourways from Beware The Moon.

From Designer Wallcoverings come these skulltastic wallpapers:

What do you think? I’ve seen other skull wallpapers, but not ones that have incorporated the skulls so successfully. Some are just goddang ugly. Have you seen any that you’d like to share here?

Ghost of Harlem 2011 “Grunge Bikers” collection

As I mentioned recently, I’m bowled over by Ghost of Harlem’s new line, Grunge Bikers.

Based on a mostly monochromatic palette of black/white/grey which will please the black brigade, there are contrasting pops of colour – yellow, blue or red- to zoozh up the collection and amp up the drama factor.

Lovers of the rock-chick, goth and punk look (like me) will love the skull motifs, use of fishnet, distressed leggings, grunge lettering and studded details. Gyaru Mode gals will love the Murua-like long floaty outer dresses, and everyone will recognise the very on-trend tie-dye abstract prints, seen here on pants and shirts.

Leopard print is thrown in there, in turquoise or coral, for those who (like me) believe that leopard is almost a staple neutral. There’s even a nod to the 70′s look so popular now, but with a rock look and without the over-use of fringing, feathers and Indian motifs that is a little heavy handed in some brands (see their skull poncho for example). While I’m not a personal fan of denim, the collection is styled to show how well denim does pair with the various pieces, for a casual youthful look. If that’s not your thing, eschew the pale denim, bare legs, bright colours and headbands, add chunky platform boots and masses of silver rings and studded cuffs and voila, a rock-punk look is yours. Eminently wearable.

Anyway, see the collection yourself – don’t you love it? (Click on any picture to see a larger image):

LOVE this yellow jacket sooo much! It also comes in white or pink, and has a detachable hood (buy at Rakuten here)

  

  

  

I started off a massive TutuHa fan, then moved onto Glad News (the studded skull tee of whose I’m currently wearing to death) – but Ghost of Harlem is threatening to take its place as fave rock gyaru brand. What do you think?

NB: for those asking “but how can I buy it, when I’m not in Japan?”, I did a search on Rakuten, and the shop Bubbly sells Ghost of Harlem items. So why not check it out? There are some great older items there too, and more of the new collection will be available in time.

Glad News & Heaven and Earth skull overload!

I did SOOOOOO much browsing and shopping in Osaka, covering the gyaru, gothic and fun decora stores.

I noticed that again this season, even more than last, there are so many skulls on items, either beaded, screen-printed. worked into designs on tights…you name it. Very me.  I was extremely impressed with Glad News, and the first thing I bought was this set of long tee dress in black with studded/beaded skull on front, with crazy print tee underneath (see with cobweb top from Topshop and new leggings from Heaven and Earth:

 

Is there such a thing as too many skulls? Obvs, I don’t think so!! I love how in the leggings, they’ve worked the skulls into the brocade design – it’s almost like a tapestry:

I went back the next day wearing the outfit, and visited the gorgeous shop staff at Glad News – you can also see her on p111 of the April edition of Edge mag, with ther great duo-tone hair.

Check out the links, as these stores both have tremendous ranges for SS 2011 – if you like skulls and bling and dark moody stuff too, you’ll be drooling!