Tuesday, March 31, 2009

D.L. and Co. Online Sample Sale Wednesday, Super-Luxe Gothic Decor

Do you need to outfit your home in super-luxurious tabletop trinkets? Is your fine dining table missing some handcrafted sterling silver place card holders or claw foot candelabras? Does your mantle lack the scent of hand-poured scents named after the seven deadly sins and vintage poisons? The elegant, upscale brand of D.L. and Co. makes luxurious items for the most glamorous of Gothic homes. Their collection of "modern alchemy" and "curious goods" can be purchased at Sak's Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Barney's New York. However, you can snap up these goodies at an online sample sale Wednesday for 36 hours, (BIG discount) by registering to shop here.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Steampunk Fashion, Taxidermy and Vampire Lit in BUST Magazine.

Color me surprised. This month's issue of women's lifestyle mag, Bust Magazine featured several stories for those of gothic sensibility. I usually associate this publication with crafts, tongue-in-cheek style and profiles of unique women. This issue, did that, but did in a delightfully dark way. One feature profiled taxidermy artist Sabrina Brewer and her delicate, creepy sculptures. Next up, Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse book series, (and inspiration for HBO's "True Blood".) The dessert of this magazine was a gorgeous fashion spread of Steampunk fashion with an Edward Munch color palette. Get your copy, or take a sneek peek online.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Paris Couture: Alexander McQueen Fall 09

Fashion's bad-boy and genius, Alexander McQueen produced another beautiful spectacle this season on the runway. His dark and twisted sense of humor and Gothic references are mingled with subtle digs at his fellow designers and the current economic climate. Edward Gorey parasol hats and "Brazil" movie-inspired makeup accessorized the models. Escher prints adorned a few dresses, a Poiret cocoon silhouette, snakelike coils, tubes and exaggerated Dior-like shapes rounded out this cheeky macabre collection. A heap of darkened props of runways past sat in the middle of the stage like the corpses of excess past.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Courtesan's Playlist: Rasputina

Calling themselves a chamber-rock band, the haunting sounds of their voices and cello have made their way onto the soundtrack of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". Rasputina has toured with Porno for Pyros and Marilyn Manson. They pay their respects to history with references to Howard Hughes and the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in their music as well as with fashion, wearing vintage corsets and garb in their shows. More recently, they had a song, "Coraline" on a Neil Gaiman tribute album.


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