Thursday, December 22, 2016

Shop With Me: Doll's Kill Shoes

Dolls Kill is the online mall for alternative clothing. There's a rotating list of dark/goth brands you may or may not have heard of and always something to either fall in love with or roll your eyes at so hard they roll out the door.

These shoes are all from the What's New section.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

2017 Trend Predictions

Time for my other annual end-of-year feature, dark-fashion trend predictions for the upcoming year. (Read last year's predictions here -- lol I wasn't very confident). I'm a little more confident this year. I kind of feel that there are two ways this could go--there's the stuff that that the clothing designers are going to try to make a thing (like all that 70s stuff from the recent past), and there's the stuff that's going to come from the community and grow naturally. 

My guess is as good as anyone's, of course. But there's stuff I'm seeing again and again and then there's stuff that appeals to my *ahem* dark, tattered soul. I'm personally loving the more fantasy/LARP/OC cosplay (terms that didn't exist when I joined the scene lol) outfits like the photo above. She's like a vampire gypsy hedge witch or something. It's a creative, original look that tells a story. Nu-goth isn't going to go away because it's so wearable and awesome-looking and solves a problem goths had had since forever--spooky clothes for everyday wear--but I didn't start dressing this way to look like everyone else (modern witch #23579763).

Thursday, December 8, 2016

2016 Dark/Goth Fashion Trend Recap

There was more of the same this year: nu-goth is still the dominant dark fashion trend, taking the best of traditional goth and 90s fashion styles. Here are trends that reached its peak or debuted in 2016. Want to wear your hair in a bun and go shop at H+M? Check out the 2015 recap. Wondering where the moons and tattoo necklaces are? Those are back in the 2014 recap, though there were plenty in 2016.

Makeup trend of the year: drawing/gluing stuff on your third eye.
Yes, I'm aware that this has been around for a while, but this is the year I can no longer ignore it. Literally everyone is doing this now. I'm not a fan of it and will never do it, but it is what it is.

Valentin Winters