Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Happy World Goth Day - What Kind of Goth Are You?

Struggling with an identity crisis? Don't want to have your persona generalized into one type of Goth? Nylon magazine has helpfully published a definitive guide to modern Goths. The guide is delightfully illustrated by Liz Riccardi.

New types of Goth I have only recently been made aware of include Health Goths and the fashion style of "Gothleisure". This goes in the face of the stereotype of sullen, moping, inactive emo waifs. Ever conscious of death, the Health Goth takes care of themselves. They wear their dark lipstick to their gym and have Leikeili47 on their gym iPod. Of course, they love their Y-3 black and white graphic workout gear.

Related to Health Goth is the Beach Goth. Contrary to popular belief, Goths do enjoy the sun and beach. It also gives an excuse for frilly parasols, shades and elaborate hats. There are Bret Easton Ellis Goths for preppy dark souls. You are already familiar with Tim Burton Goths, fashion Goths and Victorian Goths. Cyber Goths have been growing in popularity the last decade with funky new gadgets and high-tech fashion elements.

Want to sort yourself out? Read the Nylon Goth Guide and have a wonderful World Goth Day!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pop Culture Reigns at the Steampunk World's Faire

Piscataway, New Jersey was home to the largest Steampunk convention in the country this weekend. The Steampunk World's Faire was spread over two hotels and the outdoor space in between, there were shows, readings, signings and fashion shows wrapped up in a 3 day weekend. The biggest show for me is the cosplay display of Steampunk.

Anyone can put on a pair of goggles or wrap themselves into a brown corset. The ones who really do it well take their favorite pop culture figure and re-imagine it completely as a Steampunk character. That's usually an upgrade. Taking a simpler character and giving it a time period makeover with fancier gear to match.

At the 2016 Steampunk World's Faire, I saw tributes for a lot of retro characters. My favorite was the Steampunk Ghostbusters (above) who created intricate proton packs to accompany their stylish outfits. Also in the photo is a Steampunk Scarecrow from Batman who seems much creepier than the comical one.
steampunk fashion

How cool is this Steampunk Wizard of Oz family? I also saw a group of cosplayers that I originally thought were just dressed in period garb. At second glance, I realized that their primary colors and embroidered insignia indicated they were in an alternate reality of Star Trek, representing the different colors of their occupations.

A very popular theme this year was Alice in Wonderland. Kings and Queens of Hearts, The Walrus & the Carpenter, Alice, Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit made their presence known in Steampunk style.

Stay tuned for more fashion from Steampunk World's Faire.


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