Friday, 28 March 2014

Encyclopaedia of Alternative Fashion † Ethergoth

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Also known as

Ethereal Goth, lazy goth


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Defining colours

  • Black, mostly

What
Ethergoth is one of the simpler strains of Gothic fashion. The key word is 'ethereal' - ethergoths gather inspiration from Victorian and Romantic styles, to the point where there is considerable overlap, and gravitate towards flowy, billowy clothing. Form-fitting clothing is quite rare. Popular fabrics are chiffon, velvet and satin. 

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Ethergoths are considered one of the quieter subsets, engaging in tea-drinking and poetry reading, rather than rocking out at the local club. Their preferred music tends to be of the ambient nature, such as dream pop, shoegaze or ethereal wave. 

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Okay, please please please don't stake me, but I think some of Amy Lee's (of Evanescence fame) outfits are ethergoth. *is stabbed repeatedly* Her music is not goth, it is a sort of pop rock, but her fashion style is quite gothic, and I'm concerned with fashion here.

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I would also classify Neil Gaiman as ethergoth inspiration. Some of his characters are Trad Goth, but the man himself favours a simple look, overcoats and the like.

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Fashion inspirations in popular culture
花島 咲 Hanajima Saki is a character from the anime/manga フルーツバスケット Fruits Basket. She is a witch-like character with a psychic power, and often wears billowy robes.
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Some of Lydia Deetz's outfits (in both cartoon and live action versions of Beetlejuice) are ethergoth-esque. 

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Further reading and resources

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Concert † Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

On Sunday, I went to see きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (KPP) in concert at the UNSW Roundhouse.

KPP in her first outfit. Source.

KPP is a popular Japanese pop singer. She is a particular favourite with lolitas, although there were also plenty of kigurumin and ravers at the gig as well.

I'd never really listened to her music before, but I found it fun - the music is good to dance to and she was very adept at engaging the crowd. Her music videos are always a head trip.

Gothic themed video :D Her hairstyle is amazing.

I've been a bit busy recently, so I wasn't able to organise an outfit better than my bat kigurumi (all my false nails kept falling off T_T), but some of the outfits I saw there were very impressive, like a lolita in a pudding outfit, complete with 'chocolate dripped' shoes and a small pudding headdress. (I have since found out that this is Alanah May of MilkyFawn).

From KPP FB page.
All my photos are pretty rotten quality (again). KPP and her dancers simply look like blazing white silhouettes on the stage.



Highlights of the day: purikura (I have an obsession. Help me), putting eyeliner on one of my male friends and discovering how beautiful he looks wearing it and getting our photo taken with KPP. She turned her back to the audience and got a photographer to stand at the back of the stage and take a photo of her standing in front of everyone. There was a stampede as the crowd moved closer to be in the picture.

This is what my nails were supposed to look like. (They
have bats and a graveyard scene on them.)

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Friday, 21 March 2014

Rings † 'Gemstones', dragons and foxes

1666 X 30 of Mutant Stomp Friends recently posted photos of her collection of rings and suggested others might like to do the same. She also made a GIF of her rings, so I thought, hey, what a great idea! *steals*

Several years later, after resizing and recolouring 18 pictures of rings... here are my 'gemstone' rings.


I don't have any pretty nail polish on because I recently took some off and I like to let my nails breathe for a few days before reapplying. Keeps them healthy :)

So, rings. The ones above are 'gemstone' rings, i.e. polished pieces of glass (usually used in decorative vases) with designs painted on them with nail polish, or with pictures glued to them. I mentioned them here (which also has a link to the tutorial I used).

This is all of them together, plus some metal rings which I don't actually wear because:
1. They're too big.
2. I want to make one of these with them: Knuckle Duster Eyeglass Case Clutch.


In addition to that crazy number of rings that I made, I also have these rings, which you've probably seen before here: (I'm sorry, all these photos are sideways and poor quality... D:)



Plus a few foxes...





A squirrel...

The rhinestones are actually bright purple

A cat...



And a rose (which is too big and can't be easily modified, but I got it for free at a swap party, so that's okay).


So many D: I do have a 'real' ring, made of gold and such, but I decided not to post a picture of it.

Now I'm starting to run out of room for them. I should probably stop.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Encyclopaedia of Alternative Fashion † Glitter poppare

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Also known as
Glitter popare


Country of origin
Sweden

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Defining colours

  • Anything bright and cheerful!



Gender balance
Mostly female


Glitter poppare pictures are hard to find. The poppare in question here is the
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What
Glitter poppare is a rarer variant of the poppare style which favours bright colours and lots of accessories. Like if Japanese decora and Panda poppare had a lovechild. Or maybe if a 60s kid tried Scene style... As with other poppare, glitter is another one of those subcultures which sprang up from an interest in music, specifically the Mod revival and Britpop. 


Glitter poppare follows the standard poppare look of generally moddish styles. Girls are particularly flamboyant with large hairstyles, with a straight fringe and often a headband of some sort. Clothing tends towards the casual, rather than the A-line dresses and go-go boots of panda poppare.
Further reading and resources

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Encyclopaedia of Alternative Fashion † Emo

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Okay, so I'm tackling that much maligned subculture, emo. Emos have become something of a punching bag for every single other person on the planet, ridiculed for the way they dress, for being stupid angsty teenagers who cut themselves...

Hey, that sounds similar to the way some people view Goth...

Personally, I am open to many ways of life. Emos, properly understood, should not be the focus of contempt. Yes, they give off a world-weary I'm-so-tired-of-life-kill-me-now vibe but who hasn't felt like that one time or other? Who are we to dismiss them and make their lives miserable? There's enough crap going around the world without adding to it.

/rant

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Gender Balance
A pretty good mix of boys and girls.

Defining colours
  • Black is a must
  • And often red
  • Although sometimes other colours slip in

What
Emo (short for 'emotional') is a subculture that, like the various Goth derivatives, sprang out of Punk music. This particular brand of Punk music, known as emo or emocore, focused very heavily on emotions, often with very personal lyrics. The fashion subculture that followed along had a look that partially resembled some Gothic styles (and indeed, it is sometime hard to tell Emo apart from Mall Goths) and later evolved into Scene Kids. 

Boys and girls often have very similar looks, giving the whole tribe a very androgynous look. Hair is usually black, with a long, asymmetric fringe. The back is usually short and spiked. Heavy black eyeliner and black nail polish are staples.

Many Emos where black skinny jeans, red and black stripes, chunky black shoes (especially creepers) and scarves. It tends to be somewhat 'nerdy' in appearance. Andy Radin has an Emo fashion tips page here. Emos are less prominent these days, having been replaced by the 'trendier' looking Scene Kids (which have also lost popularity in more recent times).

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Emo's bad rep comes from the very highly publicised tendencies of Emos kids to be depressed, cut or commit suicide. It is often accused of causing these tendencies, and hence as dangerous. As a side note here, I feel that this puts the cart before the horse: surely it is depressed people that flock to Emo, rather than Emo causing the depression?

Of course, this hasn't stop Emo youth from being harassed and sometimes even killed.

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Style icons
Hayley Williams of Paramore is considered something of an icon, particularly in her early style with messy hair and a preference for black casual clothing.

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Francis Lapointe aka Frank Wolf was a popular Emo model, known for his very androgynous looks and his well executed cosplays.

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There is also a long list of Emo models here.


Inspiration in popular culture
Identifying Emo characters in popular culture is quite difficult as there seems to be a very blurred boundary between punk, emo and goth in many movies and books. However...

I'm going straight for the jugular with Uchiha Sasuke うちはサスケ from the anime Naruto ナルト. Seriously, check out that fringe and the spiked hair:

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In fact, there's a huge number of Emo characters in Naruto, including Gaara and most of the Uchiha clan.

The Japanese seem really big on Emo characters, because a number of the Final Fantasy boys seem very Emo too, like Cloud Strife, Squall Leonhart and Vincent Valentine.

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Further reading and resources

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Encyclopaedia of Alternative Fashion † Ghost goth

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Defining colours
  • Grey
  • White

Gender balance
Predominantly female.

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What
Ghost Goth is all about looking like... well, a ghost. Tattered white and grey clothing are the staple of this style. Ghost Goths will sometimes wear white or grey contact lenses, often blurring the pupil of the eye, which adds to the eerie look. They often have silvery, grey or white hair. 

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As far as similar styles go, Ghost Goth has similarities to Ice Goth and Ethereal Goth. Outfits in the latter two styles have been mistakenly labelled as 'Ghost Goth'. If you don't look like you've just crawled out of someone's television screen, it's probably not Ghost Goth...

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Interestingly, Oh, Velveteena has tried out Ghost Gothic Lolita...

Style icons
That Gothic chameleon, Adora Batbrat, has rocked a Ghost Goth look.

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Some of shironuri artist Minori's looks are very Ghost Goth too.

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Fashion inspirations in popular culture
Emily from The Corpse Bride dresses in a very Ghost Goth style, having died in her wedding dress and all.

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Baelia, the Grey Faerie from Neopets (*nostalgia*) could also be a Ghost Goth inspiration. You don't have to look as miserable as her, though.

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Further reading and resources

Monday, 10 March 2014

Concert † Andrew Huang

Okay, this was kind of more like a small gig, but that was great! I got to sit on the floor right in front!

Look look, he's right there, setting up!

Let's start from the beginning. Andrew Huang is a Canadian singer-songwriter-musician-genius who started his career writing silly songs in response to people's requests on the internet. That early website, songstowearpantsto.com is still around. I highly recommend you listen to Love #2 and Never, the song which really launched his popularity. There are also lots of silly songs about celestial ponies and zombies.

Never

Fast forward a few years and he has written hundreds of songs under various names including Suture Sound, VS, Your Heart, Girl and a few others I forgot. He's in Australia at the moment, so I decided to go and listen. His rendition of I Still Feel It was amazing and The Coldest Darkness had everyone amazed at his ability to record and use more than 10 loops on the fly to make a fully fleshed song. I actually preferred the live acoustic version to the album version below:

The Coldest Darkness

Basically it was him, his guitar and a loop machine and he created beautiful music for the hour and a half he performed. He sang a few really old songs - Pink Fluffy Unicorns Dancing on Rainbows will forever hold a special place in the hearts of those who hear it - some later songs, and some from his most recent album, The Coldest Darkness (which I picked up a copy of, of course).

Pretty colours...

He has an unusual voice and a vast array of influences: this guy can play banjo, acoustic guitar, bass, ukulele, glockenspiel, drums and probably a whole heap of others I forgot. He's sampled sounds to make entire songs without musical instruments from things like meth lab equipment, 1000 pairs of jeans and *ahem* a nipple ring. He does rap, instrumental, dubstep, electro-pop, 80s pop and ballads but no metal, sorry guys...

So he sang a bunch of songs and forgot how to play some because he's made probably 500 or more but everyone had a great time. He finished up with Vass Tunga, an amazing rap in five different languages. Believe me, seeing a rap delivered live at that speed is very impressive.

This was the venue: Valve, in the Agincourt Hotel.

His stuff isn't everybody's taste - it definitely isn't 'Goth', but many of his songs are very soulful and intricately put together. I had fun chatting to him after the gig (his nervous laugh is really funny) as he is a really nice, laid back guy both on video and real life.

I'll leave a list of my favourite songs here:

Friday, 7 March 2014

Concert † NIN + QotSA

EDIT: PHOTOS! SOME OF MY AWFUL PHONE PHOTOS LOOK MILDLY OKAY!

On Thursday night I hit the Sydney Entertainment Centre to watch a double bill of Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age. I wasn't able to get any decent photos, unfortunately, so we'll just have to make do with Google Image search or Youtube videos...

Check out the arena. Not a sell out, but whatever.
 And I also failed to take a picture of my outfit... Black collared shirt and ripped red skinny jeans.



NIN performed first, searing my retinas with a ridiculously dramatic light display. We all bobbed happily along to the angsty music (I was really stoked to see a couple of turbans in the mosh pit!). They finished up with Hurt, which seemed to have everyone singing along.


QotSA took the stage next with an act I can only describe as Horror Americana, you know, like Fallout or Welcome to Nightvale.

12 seconds to go...

Red everything, weird-ass pictures (some of them looked like they had come out of Slender). It seemed like most of the attendees had turned out for them, but I started losing interest towards the end of the concert.



Although I say that, I did enjoy the concert. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I were in the mosh pit (although not where a bunch of idiots high on preposterone had made a circle pit). It just gets a bit boring sitting around watching some (fairly small) figures prancing about on stage and being deafened.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Encyclopaedia of Alternative Fashion † Wyrd Loli

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Also known as
Wyrd Lolita

Country of origin
Well, I guess it's Anglo-Saxon inspired...
This might make a good Wyrd Loli base... Source.

What
Wyrd Lolita is the brainchild of a single Lolita on the egl forums. It combines rich ethnic colours and patterns with the traditional Lolita 'cupcake' silhouette. I feel it lacks the proper attention it deserves.

Wyrd is a term used to describe fate or destiny in Anglo-Saxon mythology.

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Fashion icons
This Lolita goes by the name of Layla. She doesn't appear to be active online any more.

Further reading and resources

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Encyclopaedia of Alternative Fashion † Fairy kei

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Note: I've kind of been on a fairy kei kick for a while (does that make me a bad goth? I always come back to the dark side!). As much as I love black, some days I feel like pastels or bright colours, and it's day like that when pop kei and fairy kei are great fun.

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Also known as
Spank!

Defining colours
  • Pastels: pink, green, yellow, blue and purple
  • White
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Gender balance
Mostly female

Country of origin
Japan


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What
Fairy kei is a Japanese street style which has gained rapid popularity in Western countries (as you'll see by the massive list at the end of this post). The look is greatly inspired by 80s fashion and usually features tulle skirts and bloomers, cute prints and lots of accessories. It has many similarities to sweet Lolita and decora, and indeed, many fairy kei dressers are inspired by these two styles or wear elements of these styles. 


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Popular images associated with fairy kei include Care Bears, Barbie, cupcakes and sweets, Polly Pocket and 美少女戦士セーラームーン Sailor Moon. Fairy kei boys tend to encompass pop kei or darker elements in their outfits.

Style icons
Moco is a fairy kei designer and model often seen on the streets of Tokyo. Below is video of one of her looks from Tokyo Fashion News.



Tavuchi is another designer, this time of the very popular brand Spank! Spank! is so popular and representative of fairy kei that the style is often referred to as Spank! as well.


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Fashion inspirations in popular culture
Although her colour scheme often runs into pop kei, 幸田実果子 Mikako Kouda/Sakurada is a great fashion inspiration as the manga she hails from, ご近所物語 Gokinjo Monogatari, was written in the early 90s.
Mikako loves pink and wears cute clothing (including some of her own design, the brand Happy Berry). She is also featured in Paradise Kiss, but her style has moved away from fairy kei by this stage.

Her younger sister 櫻田実和子 Mikako Sakurada, who also appears in Paradise Kiss, also demonstrates the occasional fairy kei look.
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And wow, what a cosplay:

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Further reading and resources
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