Singer Cassie rocked an edgy, punk crochet look at the BET Awards last night. I love how glam the lacy pattern looks in black, and Cassie's punk-inspired half-shaved head accentuates the singer's beauty while letting fans know that she's not to be trifled with. Inspired, I set out to find some similar looks.
Of course, my hero Tord Boontje would have a lamp that would fit Cassie to a T. His Artecnica Come Rain Come Shine Light ($4,950) has the same lacy, edgy glamour as Cassie's BET Awards ensemble.
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Website du Jour: Goths in Hot Weather When TresSugar thinks of hot weather, she thinks skirts, sandals, and a hint of bronzer. The website Goths in Hot Weather pays tribute to dedicated "sunshine goths" who couldn't care less about the comfort of Summer fashions. They prefer black leather, clunky boots, and a drugstore's makeup aisle worth of makeup, no matter the season.
When I think of hot weather, I think skirts, sandals, and a hint of bronzer. The website Goths in Hot Weather pays tribute to dedicated "sunshine goths" who couldn't care less about the comfort of Summer fashions. They prefer black leather, clunky boots, and a drugstore's makeup aisle worth of makeup, no matter the season.
The site honors the goths by featuring quite lovely photos of them struggling with the sun. Each photo gets a "gothiness" and "sweatiness" rating.
I imagine it would be much easier to be a goth in Seattle, compared to humid and hot Florida. I commend these goths in hot weather for staying true to themselves even in inconvenient climates! At least they won't ever get sun damage.
No video beats Michael Jackson's Thriller when it comes to Halloween time, and time in general — it is an eternal masterpiece. But I did my best to dig up another spooky vid. Spooky bands . . . hmmm, The Cure! No one is the goth master like Robert Smith and his teased black hair, chalky skin, and trembling voice. This is my favorite Cure song, though I kinda hate the video — it has a spider theme and I hate spiders. So I apologize if you do too and are watching this with a Halloween hangover. Alas, it's an ill song, where Smith gets invaded by an elusive Spiderman character. Cobwebs and creepy crawlers abound — hope you had a Fab Halloween!
Here we have two girls gone goth. By now we've seen Madonna in her Givenchy goth ensemble from the Fall collection a couple times. But how does she look compared to Jennifer Lopez, who's currently vacationing with hubby Marc? While Madonna kept hers authentic with over-the-knee boots and a fur coat, Jennifer glamorized her version with circle earrings and gold jeweled sandals. Leave it to Lopez to glam up goth! Madonna's look is more runway ready, while Jennifer's is club appropriate. Whose take is better? Side note: I tried on that hot Givenchy necklace, but it's a backache waiting to happen.
When there's salt, there's pepper. Hot and cold. Light and dark. You catch my drift. In fashion, we are always presented with another side of the coin. If Ice Ice Baby isn't your tune, try watching Tales From the Dark Side.
Some of these designers always cater to the dark lords of fashion — London's Gareth Pugh, Givenchy's Ricardo Tisci. A few just felt like dipping in murky waters for Fall: Julien Macdonald's dark glam rockin' looks and Gucci's fabulous folky getups. Meanwhile, Alexander Wang is proving to be the connoisseur of downtown (dis)taste. But no one told a tall tale like Ann Demeulemeester and her posh tatterdemalions (left).
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With its hip black tufted leather armchair, collection of taxidermy, gilded mirror, Union Jack pillow, and toile wallpaper, this room walks the tightrope between rustic, glam, and goth. The wallpaper itself was a one-off commission, and of course, each piece of taxidermy is unique. Add to that the disco ball and child's ballet costume hanging in the corner, and the curious wall piece reflected in the mirror, and the feeling of eclecticism runs high. Your local retailers may not sell these exact furnishings, but you can still get this look in your home by mixing toiles with leather, a formal floor mirror with a shag rug, a dainty article of clothing with deer antlers. To learn how to get this look in your living room, read more
Granted, this black crystal chandelier ($7,500) from Neiman Marcus is a bit gothic for some people's tastes, but it still has a compellingly dark appeal. Constructed of black crystal strands that are attached to a hand-forged iron frame, this chandelier would really make your next Vampire Lestat Ball. What do you think? Appealing or no?
Family Blood Sucker's Restaurant is like the Applebee's for Satanists. Tell me this is not a real commercial.