Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I have no doubt that Courtesan Macabre readers know how to put together a Halloween costume... So, instead, I'm going to advocate that we all dress impeccably and enhance our beauty with a gorgeous mask. I searched my favorite boutiques and have gathered my favorite pieces of wearable art for your ensembles tonight...
I found that I had a fondness for aviary looks this season. The cut leather bird mask had a simple but dramatic silhouette enhanced by its height. The red and black feather mask could pass for an elaborate hairstyle.
The Venetian look is always elegant. Modern crafters and designers are giving their own take on the classic look. Vivo Masks have an antiqued silver mask reminiscent of ancient theatrical productions. The carved resin fire dragon mask is a sculpture for the face.
Mixing wood grain and metal studs mask has a Steampunk look for the guys who want something more masculine. The lacy blue butterfly mask mixes modern laser cut techniques with traditional flourishes for a pretty feminine look.
Last but not least, there was a great leather and light-up mask that looked like it had classic soutache embroidery motifs except the look was achieved in glowing EL Wire.
Now get thee to a masked ball already!
Saturday, October 12, 2013
We must remember the COMIC portion of New York Comic-Con... There may be many cosplay talents at this convention, but here are some of the best of the characters actually inspired by comic book heroes and villains. Batman and all his baddies were clearly a popular choice among couples and families. I can't really figure out why. Maybe it's the warm and fuzzy feeling people get thinking about psychotic criminals, and anti-social billionaires...
Friday, October 11, 2013
Stay tuned for Day 2...
Saturday, September 28, 2013
|Photos by Michael Blase|
I had the pleasure of trekking out to East Williamsburg (Bushwick) NY last night to experience the new production, The Dead Dream Machine. It was a theater experience that combined a series of horror vignettes, aerialists, burlesque, puppetry, vocalists and ballet.
The show was written by Jake Thomas, a horror enthusiast and also Marvel Comics editor. The basic frame of the play is revolves around a mad scientist (Eric Schmalenberger) testing his dream extracting machine on an ingenue. The various sketches focus on fears, nightmares, satire of horror movies and romance. One of the most effective scenes was of a psychologist experimenting on a romantic interest. It was disturbing and made you squirm as you watched the victim zapped into a vegetable, then segued into a creepy sexy zombie dance. Another was a woman who tortures a big pharma executive into having a soul.
The director, Rachel Klein has a terrific Gothic aesthetic that I love in her productions. She mixes style and sensuality into her visual storytelling. Outside of the verbal narrative, the cast of performance artists, aerialists and dancers from the the NYC alternative theater scene physically express the wickedness of the stories onstage.
The show runs until October 13, 2013 and you need to get tickets now!
Monday, September 16, 2013
While her recent Spring 2014 collection was very pretty, I had to wonder if there was a Tim Burton movie marathon running at her design studio. From my position in the front row, I swear I saw Beetlejuice, Sally from A Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands coming down the runway... Am I crazy?