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Adventures in Steam – Fiend Steampunk Shoot Sydney 09

This week a year ago I posted the pics from my Steampunk Fashion Shoot for Fiend magazine – the last shoot before I stepped down as Fashion Editor to travel more (and start this blog!)

I just realised I never brought the images over from my earlier blog, so here they are. There wasn’t time for it to be reproduced in full in the mag, (that is, half of the pics got in, but not the story/narrative part) but just so you can have a peek and a chuckle…for your viewing pleasure, here is…

Adventures in Steam

Penelope Danvers                      Horatio P. Danvers
 Captain X                                             Lexy     

The story….

Following a kidnap threat, the industrialist Horatio P. Danvers engages the services of famed explorer Captain X to safely escort his wife to the far side of the realm, by any means. The couple await the Captain’s arrival, by the Steamfleet.
Where the Dickens is he? I’ve appointments to attend to, and a factory to run…

“Captain X, at your service!”

The couple bid a fond goodbye, and the train departs.
“Farewell, my love..”

Penelope gazes until her beloved is but a tiny dot on the horizon.
“Now to change into my travelling clothes, and keep watch.”
Before long, they have company.
“Look, yonder! We’re under attack!”
But the Captain has come prepared…

“My steam powered launcher will make short work of these cursed blackguards!”

“Haha!! We trounced them and made our escape!”
Penelope swoons, but smelling salts will bring her ‘round.
Meanwhile, the Captain has some unfinished business to attend to…
The lovely aviatrix Lexy awaits his return.

“YOU certainly took your time!”

“Now, where were we, before I was interrupted? Ah yes, I was going to show you my new gadget…”

All pictures are property of Fiend Magazine and Katie Sheppard of Dollface Productions, please only reproduce with credit.

Models: Danica Lee (just crowned Miss Burlesque Sydney), Debzillah (personal trainer extraordinaire and Miss Amateur Pole Dancer 2009), Matt Davis and Luke Markham.

Location: Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh

Worn Wild Sydney July 4, Goth & Alternative Fashion showcase

Yesterday I headed to the Gaff in Oxford Street to check out the Alternative Fashion Event that is Worn Wild Sydney.

For fuller details, see my post on the December Worn Wild here.

As you can see, it is a combination of markets, tradeshow, fashion show and meet & greet. I had a fantastic time watching the luscious models strut their stuff and showcasing top alternative fashion, then browsing the wares, chatting with the designers and collecting business cards. 
As many members of the Sydney goth scene also attended, I did a fair bit of socialising too – but I had to tear myself away, saying “I came to shop!”  Always remember your goal and mantra 😉
I failed to get good pictures of the fashion show myself, but I’ll source them and post on the blog here soon. In the meanwhile, here’s a few of mine.
I talked to Melissa, the organiser and publicist of Worn Wild (love her turquoise hair!) After only talking with her through email when I used to do fashion for Fiend, it was nice to put a face to the name 🙂  Melissa is also the brains behind label GeoMythik, which draws on elements of Cyber-styles, Punk, Goth, Lolita, Deathrock & Boudoir Burlesque.
I just had to peruse the GeoMythik display – ooh, la la! Pretty bustles, skirts, boleros and pants in PVC! Many striped things! As well as spots, leopard, lace and tartan…it was all very me.
Look at the frilly bustles! Yep, I nabbed a red one 🙂
In the doorway beyond, just nestled in behind Geomythik, was the fab label Purpur, about which I have written before, and the designer of the outfit I wore on the day!
Purpur has a very tailored, military look with a modern edge – Soviet Totalitarian style. There has been a website revamp and new fashion line since I last wrote about Purpur, and I was pleased to see a new line of jackets with gorgeous military epaulettes edged in fringing! Want.
Other fantastic exhibitors included Rubi Rocket (I also bought from her), Dark Muse corsetry, ChrisstComplex (who have an amaazing lookbook for 2010 – more in later posts), Any Wear, Le Lash which had awesome military styled boleros, Bone Orchard, Holy Kitsch, In Visible Light, Pangaia, Primordial DesignTrashglam, VnV Boutique (which helpfully conducted eftpos transactions) and Z~ENT!TY.

All in all a very fruitful and pleasant afternoon. You’ll be seeing my purchases in future outfit posts, as well as features on some of the designers. I encourage you to click on the links though and have a look yourself. If you’re into alternative fashion, you’ll be sure to find more than your budget can handle!
My Pupur outfit in full:
Jacket, skirt & cap – Purpur
Wide belt – Cue
Skull & crossbones necklace – i-Socks, Malaysia

The military cap I had to have perched on my head at a jaunty angle, thusly, and Violet circle lenses matched my hair.
The next Worn Wild Melbourne is on Sunday 5th September, at the Mercat Hotel, 456 Queen Street.

So if you’re in Sydney or Melbourne, or can get to them, stay tuned for the next Worn Wilds!

Worn Wild Alternative Fashion Designers Market

This Sunday there’s an exciting Alternative Fashion Event coming to Sydney.

It is Worn Wild – Harajuku meets Camden markets Aussie Style!!

From 1pm to 6pm at the Gaff (Oxford Square, Darlinghurst), there will be a cornucopia of  fashion shows, performances, discounts, music, food service & a full bar!

Worn Wild is presented by GeoMythik / Starseeded Productions and was part of Melbourne Fashion Week back in March, as one of the alternative components.

This is the first time WW has come to Sydney, so I’m psyched! Why should you attend? I’ll let WW speak for itself:
Showcasing the best of Sydney’s underground & alternative designers with select interstate guests. Fashion, jewelry, hair artistry, accessories & body art for rockers, ravers, queers, punks, cyberpunks, goths, hippies, metalheads, emos, lolitas, clubbers, fans of corsetry & burlesque & general street-stylin’.

For customers & industry buyers “Worn Wild” is the one-stop shop for all styles alternative. It’s a chance to see the full range of products on offer from each designer, try on items you have only ever seen on the net or order a custom-made design. You’ll be amazed at the huge diversity and volume of products on show.

If it’s jewellery you’re after Worn Wild will be showcasing a stunning variety adorned with feathers, flowers, cameos, beads, ribbons & steel from the romanticly elegant to the more chunky, industrial & masculine in design. There are hair accessories too in the form of cyber lox & hair additions, rockabilly & skull clips, voodoo combs, lolita headpieces & fascinators to name a few.

You’ll find plenty of individualistic & unique couture – corsets, street wear, occasion wear & club styles that can be custom ordered or off the rack, one offs and standard stock. Our unique designers are less likely to be influenced by the latest season’s looks, hemlines, celebrities or new blacks!

But it’s not just about clothing and accessories, Worn Wild is committed to bringing to its audience products and services which influence every aspect of alternative lifestyle. There’s artwork, bags, manchester or perhaps you’d fancy a new hairdo?

Exhibitors include Bone Orchard, Crypt Trash, Dark Muse Corsetry, Fiend Magazine, Furr Hair & Beauty, Gallery Serpentine, GeoMythik, House of Fetish , Le Lash , Purpur Fashions, Rubi Rocket, Tentacle Threads, VnV Boutique, Z~ENT!TY and more… (BTW, if you didn’t see my earlier post on Purpur fashions, go have a look now).

The Worn Wild fashion police will be out in force – disguised as photographers 🙂 The best outfits will be photographed and go into the Worn Wild Hall of Fame. Pics of people, snapped at the Melbourne WW in March of this year are here and here.

So I know where I’LL be heading this Sunday afternoon!

Under the Blue Moon Party – den of iniquity?

So I promised I’d post more about the fabulous All Hallows Eve Ball that was part of the Under the Blue Moon festivities for Halloween.

There is a great little photo montage here at News.com.au. I was photographed by them, but somehow didn’t get in! Perhaps I’m the missing slide number 30. Oh well…

What’s caused a bit of consternation in the alternative community is this show from Unseen TV, in which the host makes a few sweeping statements that aren’t true (ballerinas lap-dancing everyone? er, I don’t think so). Also, there were quite number of groups at the event, some goths, some from the fetish/BDSM crowd, some just there for the music, some just there for the fashion, others just wanting to celebrate Halloween, and a comment from any one segment (like the “tit-fucking” comment) does NOT represent the opinions of others there.

I should also point out that there was one room, the UBER room, that was over 18’s only, and you had to get a wristband to enter (having shown ID). Hence any adult activities like the light flogging or bondage that went on, were not going to be seen by minors.

Frankly the most shocking thing I found was the lack of bar staff, and the length of time you had to wait for a beer – gosh!

Having said that, it does give a nice pictorial overview, and there are friends of mine everywhere – the first burlesque dancer in the clip, Luke the twitchy guy in the straitjacket (I first used him as a model in my Steampunk shoot for Fiend), the designer Emily in the green with the leopard print hair stencilling, DJ Aaron with the lime green dreads. I shouldn’t feel too bad that I didn’t get interviewed; my husband as Satan did, and somehow managed to end up on the cutting room floor (just like that time I was a doctor on All Saints, but I musn’t digress…)

Anyways, here’s the Unseen TV clip so you can have a squizz yourself.

What did actually go on was a lot of bands, a lot of fashion, DJ’s and burlesque dancers:

MAIN STAGE – bands
The Mansons 8:00pm; Chaingang 9:00pm; Horrorwood Mannequins 10:00pm; Juke Baritone 11:00pm; The Art 12:00am; and…DRUMROLL…GPKISM 1:00am!!!

Baroque & Roll & Gallery Serpentine 8:30pm; Furr Hair & Beserk Clothing 9:30pm; Dusk Moth Designs & The Wild One 10:30pm

DJ ASH 8:30pm; Celia Curtis 9:30pm; Lola the Vamp 9:40pm; Unit 13 9:45; pmFancy Piece 10:10pm; Dj – Requiem 10:20pm; Lotti Kixx 11:20pm; Dj – Dasein 11:30pm; Lola The Vamp 12:30am; Dj – MetaVirus 12:40am.

On a side note, the funniest bit of the night was the good cop/bad cop routine that Ken and Kiwamu of GPK unwittingly perpetrated. I’ve met Glorious Prince Ken quite a few times now and we get along really well. I got him a beer and we were chatting about Japan, Melbourne etc, and Ken being such a sweety said if I ever needed a place in Melbourne to let him know! I was really touched.

Kiwamu, on the other hand (and I know he doesn’t speak much English or me Japanese), barely acknowledged me though I’ve met him the same amount of times. He’s all about the business, and I guess you have to be a bit hardnosed and forthright perhaps.

But after not smiling (not that he ever does, that’s why we call him “Chuckles”), or saying hi, he sees me cruising by and giving a wave, comes over, grabs my arm, drags me towards the merch, and stabs his finger at a CD, saying “You! Chihiro!”, wanting me to buy the CD.

He then waved his hands around the others to indicate I might buy those as well (but Chihiro’s CD is $30). Though I’ve spent most of my money and know we have a pub to kick onto after the club, I feel obliged. I scrounge in my wallet, see I have 2 x $20 notes and decide to buy the other GPKism album that I don’t already own, which is $20. (Promptly I remember that it was a night in Japan when I was drunk that I bought Ken and others a beer and then bought the CD; must watch that).

I actually really like them live. They obviously look great, Kiwamu plays a bitching guitar, and Ken’s voice is powerful and has lovely vibrato. I’m just not a huge fan of Visual kei overall, and don’t intend on expanding my CD collection of the genre. After watching some of their gig, I went back to the UBER room to catch the last DJ, my mate Shane from Canberra.

All too soon it was over, and we pondered which pub to attend. The rock pub of Newtown, “The Townie” as we call it, was a clear winner, and so we sallied forth to try to get cabs. Luckily for us, our driver was a cool Pakistani guy, who not only picked us up, but insisted on taking pics of all of us, while I conversed with him in Urdu (courtesy of my year in India).

Things got a bit messy – sometimes, literally!

Rest assured, a very fine time was had by all!

Next I must turn my attention to my next holiday destination, Malaysia. I travel there on Sunday, first to KL, then Penang. I’m deciding from there whether to go to Ko Lipe and soak up a few rays on the Thai island, or head to Penang, for the best food you can eat in Malaysia! Quandaries…