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Outfits for UTBM Festival Night

Just a few piccies to show what I wore on Saturday night for the Under the Blue Moon gig, as well as my husband’s spiffy attire!

No costumes needed for goths at clubs; we just dress up – but I did go more trad goth than I normally do.  I wore a blue-sequinned Takuya Angel embellishment on my upper cheek/lower lash for a bit of pizzazz, and Angelic Blue lenses from Clearly Contacts.

Fishtail skirt: Ozz Croce (japan)
Corset: Gallery Serpentine
Feather-trimmed gloves: ebay
Boots: Yosuke USA (Japan)
Black Cross Necklace: Black Peace Now (Japan)
Skull fascinator: Forever 21, adapted by me (I sewed the skull on)

Dom wore the skeleton mask I’d bought for him at Tokyu Hands earlier in the year, along with skelly gloves, and pants from Gallery Serpentine (not seen here).

This coming weekend sees a ska night on friday night, and a deathrock/goth night on Saturday…so more dressing up awaits. With a special guest visitor from Melbourne, SuperkawaiiMama!

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 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!!!

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

UBER ROOM 18+ PHOTO ID REQUIRED
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…