Monday, January 31, 2011

Jean Paul Gaultier's Punk Can-Can Couture



Are you a fashion geek like me and followed Jean Paul Gaultier through the years?  If you did, you would have loved his most recent Haute Couture showing.  It mixed the elaborate silhouettes, miles of silk tulle and dramatic head pieces he is known for.

This collection had some punk influence, some Can-Can surprises and wildly colorful prints.  A certain flamenco influence that we have seen before made its way to some of the looks.  While thumping DJ sets are expected at most fashion shows these days, Gaultier bucked the standard and surprised everyone with an elegant Catherine Deneuve.  Her voice announced each look verbally in the tradition of Haute Couture's classic presentations.

Accessories included the dramatic feathered mohawks of course.  Some of the models sported the JPG and Alain Mikli collaborative group of eyeglasses.

Spotted in the Front Row: Pedro Almodovar, Ines de la Fressange
Images from Firstview

Friday, January 21, 2011

Lex Machina - Steampunk Stylist & Photographer



Simply gorgeous.  Lex Machina is a Detroit, Michigan based digital artist and photographer.  She loves collecting antique portraits with quirky details.  She styles for fashion and events with a distinct shadowy palette and sexy, dark aesthetic.  

Checkout her blog and re-caps of SteamCon and other fabulous events. If you're having a Steampunk event, she offers up a free template for you to use as an invitation.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Gareth Pugh's Haunting Fashion Video for Pitti Immagine








Gareth Pugh is one of my favorite edgy fashion designers.  He presented in Italy for the the first time at Pitti Immagine #79 by showing a haunting fashion film he created with Ruth Hogben.

The images draw from religious iconography and Florentine opulence, and the film was projected onto the ceiling of a 14th century church.  The music was a spooky mix of deep piano horror riffs, searing violin, or  epic religious themes.   The clothes ranged from body-conscious and erotic, to flowing, avant-garde silhouettes.  Oversized feathers were involved, though I'm not sure if they were more accessory or prop.

Here are some stills from the film above, you can watch the full video here at showstudio.com .
Images from Gareth Pugh

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Free Gothic Business Cards for your Wicked Biz...

 
I know many of you are entrepreneurs, artists and crafty individuals.  I also know the economy isn't helping many of us.... It's nice to know that you can get decent business tools at reasonable prices.  Vistaprint has been around for awhile, offering free or low cost business cards, stationery, etc.  I never took them seriously, as most of their designs uses to be too basic or cheesy for dark style sensibility.



I came across them again and found that they had some surprisingly edgy styled designs.  I pulled a few that I thought would work in the themes of Gothic fashion.  Of course, it would be more impressive if you designed your business materials yourself, but not everyone can.  Some of the designs here are 'free' (you pay for shipping).  Some are considered premium, but they are still very reasonable in cost. 


It's 2011...Go and make your mark on the world.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Bergdorf Goodman Brings Posh Steampunk To Its Windows




Elegant NYC department store Bergdorf Goodman rang in the new year with a set of elaborate, Steampunk-inspired windows.  The gorgeous clothes are framed in dramatic scenes of science fiction-tinged travel fantasies, inventors and exploration.  The 'wizard' behind the displays is David Hoey.  Some of the fashion designers featured include Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, Dries Van Noten and Naeem Khan among others...

Fashion blogger Aneta Genova took an extensive collection of photos and posted them on her blog, Bobbin Talk.  Her blog is a great resource for and about new designers.  

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