Monday, August 27, 2012

New Gothism

School is barely over a week away and I'm pretty excited, I've gotta say. The past few weeks of summer have seriously been dragging. I've been in NYC more or less all summer, but it feels like I'm "moving back." New York is New York , but uptown (where I've lived the past month or two) feels so much less like home than downtown. I feel at home in the Village.
Lately, a revived gothic style has entered into my fancy, and though I've posted about blacks before, I honestly can't get enough. I find myself getting frustrated lately that I can't find a black blouse to fit a black maxi skirt, that I don't have enough boxy, dark accessories, that I'm in dire need of black skinny pants, and that my creepers are in serious need of repair.

the dark shadow and lips against pale skin just make the quasi-macabre accessories (like the crow neckpiece and the fishnet gloves) glow.

the dark and patterned bodycon dress here creates a lengthening effect. The model's long, dark hair adds a mystery to the look, while the tapered nature of the dress creates an air of class.

The length of this dress makes the model look like a waiflike vampy queen. the black fur on the dress and on her long gloves compete with her wildly teased hair for a seductive and yet precious look.

this style is more low key. The matted hair and calm leather add a strange curiosity to the ensemble.

here, the simple, even ragged dress calls for minimalistic jewelry. The entire look seems to reek of being 'lost' in that beautiful way.

I love this suit of armor/metal. It's a true tribute to gothism. The sharpness, the metallic nature of this piece-- it's both beautiful, strong. It seems as though the veil hold so much power.

the lines in this look make up its style. It's angular, sharp, crisp, clean. It's monotone in the most agreeable way.

this lingerie is to die for. That's honestly all I have to say.

the hood in this look seriously adds so much. It completes the outfit.

incredible, McQueen and/or Jeffrey-Campbell-esque shoes.

Ok. it's late. Please enjoy this. I hope you do. I'm trying to get more viewers and followers here. I really want this blog to take off. I'm starting to realize that working in the fashion media industry seems like a great idea for me. Anyway. That's all for now.


Monday, August 13, 2012

Mind Vomit Update: Books!

First thing's first, I finally signed up for Bloglovin' so people can actually follow me somehow. I'm not sure how the following system actually works on blogspot, so if anyone reads this and knows, please tell me!
here's the bloglovin' link: FOLLOW ME HERE :]
I think I'm finally picking up speed with this thing, and as soon as the school year starts, I will be posting personal style entries.
Next subject: after spending the majority of my summer dancing and then sitting on the couch watching netflix like an asshole, I decided to start reading and reading and reading. I found that I've really, really missed it. My taste in books is generally snobby, and as much as I hate that, I can't stand bad literature. I can't read a book unless the sentences are structured well and are, well, beautiful to say. I have a list of 23 books I want to read, 3 of which I've finished in the past 3 days. here is a condensed list:

-The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (simply a beautiful book)- read
-Fahrenheit 451 (also excellent, and shockingly resonant of our present)
-1984 (More post- apocalypse/censored society stuff, also great)- currently reading
-Ishmael (by Daniel Quinn)
-Story of B (D. Quinn)
-The Elegant Universe
-Never Let Me Go (Yes, I've seen the film)
-Clockwork Orange (Yes, I've seen the film)
-Naked Lunch
-American Pastoral
-Cat's Cradle
-House of Leaves
-Brave New World
-The Tibetan Book of the Dead
-Be Here Now

I highly recommend the books I've read on this list and I probably will highly recommend all the others, too.
If you're wondering what my favorite novels are, a short list in no particular order:

-Slaughterhouse 5 (Vonnegut)
-The Handmaid's Tale (Atwood)
-The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
-The Remains of the Day [which is dull at first but the ending makes it worth everything] (Ishiguro)
-Pride and Prejudice (Austen)
-The Gurnsey Literary and Potato-Peel Pie Society [excellent epistolary novel] (Shaffer)
-Jitterbug Perfume (Robbins)
-The Bell Jar (Plath)

Alright. I'm done being boring. But I don't want to go without a picture of some sort, so here's REAL LIFE NYAN CAT:

(Note: this is not my cat)


Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Eccentricity of Eriko Nakao

Originally I was going to post on Japanese street style, but as I scrolled through images to use, the tattooed Japanese model and personality Eriko Nakao kept coming up. Aside from being wildly interesting to look at for some reason, the petite (5'4", I believe) beauty glows with "weirdness." And it suits her incredibly well:

I particularly like the touch of red shadow she sweeps under her eyes-- it makes her look really ill. Or very tired. Or over caffeinated. It's pretty bomb. I guess it's her signature look. As messed up as it is, I think that her waify/sick/weird aesthetic is a huge marketing tool for her-- that's how she brands herself. As an actor (or a performer at all...) you learn that in the industry, consistency is key. You walk into a room and you are you are you are you--it won't take long for people to recognize you. I hate having to play in to human consumerism and the marketing of the self (which frankly is another form of obliterating the self), but it is what it is... You brand yourself, you say "this is me; this is always me."
Honestly, I think it's a good life lesson. Find who you are and be that person.
Damn. Thank you, Eriko Nakao, for letting me get all deep n' shit!