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item of the week : Melinda Romper by Nasty Gal

Friday, September 19th, 2014


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When you think romper, you might think summer fashion but rompers can be a fall staple as well. Pick one in black with more fabric and coverage like this one by online shopping super store Nasty Gal and you have the perfect romper for fall. The styling of this whole look is a good way to go for a dark fall outfit. Add a pussy bow as seen on the right to add more visual interest to front of this romper. The back is open, so you don’t need anything more there. A black felt hat and crossbody purse complete this outfit nicely. Between the romper style, the contrasting white-collar, and the trumpet sleeves; this piece is very in trend, but it also has a nice classic look about it.

The Melinda Romper by Nasty Gal is available for $88 online at www.nastygal.com.

– Jennifer Link

beauty editorial : Wounded Love

Thursday, June 26th, 2014


Hearts are made to be broken but beauty and fashion are forever.

photographer : Jennifer Link
creative director : Vanity Kills
fashion stylist : Shannon Kramp
makeup artist : Leane Christine
hair stylist : Vanity Kills
model : Vanity Kills

view the full editorial in the February/March 2014 Issue

fashion editorial : Whispers in the Dark

Thursday, June 19th, 2014


Moonlit encounters beckon and romantic flights of fancy call.

photographer : Saryn Christina
makeup artist : Illyne Michel
hair stylist : Illyne Michel
model : Sarah Hilker

[ additional images not seen in the February/March 2014 Issue ]








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fashion editorial : Covet

Thursday, June 12th, 2014


Knockouts in black transition to visions in florals, hold captive every gaze that crosses your path.

photographer : Steve Prue
fashion stylist : Jillian Ann of Ritual
makeup artist : Alyne Halvajian of A World Of Illusion
models : Jillian Ann & Marion Saint-Jean
photography assistant : Nicole Ackerman
location : Shangri-La Studio Brooklyn

[ additional images not seen in the February/March 2014 Issue ]








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item of the week : Sacred Geometry Chevron Necklace by RockLove Jewelry

Friday, January 31st, 2014


image source www.rocklove.com

Valentine’s Day, the holiday everyone loves to hate. Commercialism has taken over every holiday, sucking the life out of them. Yet ignoring holidays all together doesn’t feel right; I think there is an overall longing lately for tradition and history. Instead I propose: make holidays your own. Look to their origins and roots and make your own traditions and reasons a holiday means something to you. Make Valentine’s Day a chance to make a sincere gesture to someone you love. Jewelry is an excellent traditional gift for your girlfriend, your best friend, or yourself; whoever has been there for you lately or whoever might need a little love this time of year. Avoid the generic heart or the typical gemstone piece. The Sacred Geometry collection by RockLove Jewelry is based on design with spirituality in mind so the giver and the wearer can instill their own personal meaning in the pieces. A necklace is they way to go. The Chevron Necklace can be worn everyday and lays close to your heart. It comes in gold or silver so pick the version that fits your loved one’s tastes. Don’t buy into the idea that you must spend a lot to give a good gift. The entire Sacred Geometry collection is 20% for Valentine’s Day until February 5th.

The Chevron Necklace by RockLove Jewelry is available online on sale for $79.20 in silver and $63.20 in gold at www.rocklove.com.

– Jennifer Link

music video : Aesthetic Perfection – Big Bad Wolf

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Little red riding hood, the big bad wolf, and an all around fun music video from Aesthetic Perfection. “Big Bad Wolf” is off Aesthetic Perfection’s upcoming album ‘Til Death due out just days before Valentine’s Day.

– Jennifer Link

fashion editorial : Nevermore

Thursday, November 14th, 2013


photographer : Olivia Witzke
makeup artist : Emily Hunt
models : Ashley Espinal & Emily Hunt
accessories : Cry Baby Creations








digital editorial : Woodland Wander

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013


photographer : Saryn Christina Photography
creative director : Saryn Christina
fashion stylist : Saryn Christina
makeup artist : Erika Diehl of Glamour Lush
hair stylist : Nancy J Morales
models : Sarah Marie Hilker





runway : Starkers at FAT 2013

Thursday, May 16th, 2013


FAT Toronto ON, April 23 – At Toronto’s Arts and Fashion Week known as FAT, Dianna DiNoble’s Ballerina Biker themed Starkers Corsetry 2013 collection might have seemed to be quite at contrast. But the way DiNoble blended the delicate pink tulle and harsh black leather was not unlike watching two dancers in perfect harmony. The models danced, glided, or pivoted down the runway showcasing ten solid looks ranging from satin and silks, to tulle and leather. There were shrugs, gloves, leggings, corsets, underbusts and overbusts, kimono style dresses, and pants. There was ruffles, fringe, soft flowing fabrics, and silk pulled tightly to the body. The final ballgown incorporated all the colors of the previous looks. Its skirt was a fall of fabric ranging from black to pink, and light pinks and cream to white at the bottom. It was hugged by a black open front over skirt and black leather underbust corset with a black lace sleeveless top. The silk black opera gloves and simple makeup and ballerina bun style hair was perfectly styled for maxim effect.





photos : Ian Compton

– Tasha Farrington

inspiration : Bad Charlotte – shiny noir

Friday, March 8th, 2013


Right, Affections Touch Overbust Corset in PVC by Corset Connection and Lace Trimmed PVC Bloomers by Artifice Clothing paired with necklace by La Plume Noir.

photographer : Le Mew Photography
makeup artist : Le Mew Photography
model : Bad Charlotte

March is the month of transitions and it’s time to go from winter to spring. Mix dark, sleek, and sexy with femininity and girlishness. Go for a shiny noir look that pairs black PVC with Victorian influenced cuts, lace trim, and accessories. Breathe in a bit of spring with pastel and colorful eyeshadow. But keep the look dark and classic with shiny black hair and a monochromatic black theme.

– Jennifer Link


Left, Victorian Riding Underbust Corset by Corset Connection and Maeve Gothic Lolita PVC Dress by Artifice Clothing paired with necklace by La Plume Noir.


item of the week : coffin drop cameo earrings by Alchemy Gothic

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Alchemy Gothic’s Coffin Drop Cameo Earrings

image source thegemtree.com

If you haven’t checked out Alchemy Gothic lately, and their 2011 collections, then you may have missed the lovely Coffin Drop Cameo Earrings.  They have really made me want to take a more in-depth look at their products!  Many may think of Alchemy Gothic’s accessories as just being adorned with skulls, dragons, and fairies, yet they cater to the romantic side of goth too with cameos, or the horror side with vampires and bats, or the steampunk look with gears and bronze. Check out their website, www.alchemygothic.com, to see their newest releases and news.

The Coffin Drop Cameo Earrings are available online at www.thegemtree.com.

– Meagan

exhibition review : Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Friday, August 19th, 2011

McQueen at The Met : The Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition, a retrospective on the late fashion designer, ran from May 4–August 7, 2011 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.

When prompted to impart a final message on his deathbed, Karl Marx said, “Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.” This story has come to mind many times in the past few years, whenever anyone did an Alexander McQueen retrospective, and if you’ve been paying attention, that was fairly often. Every magazine and blog that has ever run the words “goth”, “haute couture”, or “Lady Gaga” has run long, in-depth pieces on McQueen since the designers untimely death over a year ago. I suppose I was bothered by the fact that, in my opinion, McQueen was a genius, not just for the message of his art, but for the eloquence with which that message was given. What seemed perfectly clear in the works themselves has been endlessly reinterpreted, rehashed, and reiterated. McQueen was no fool, and he had certainly said plenty, even in his tragically shortened career; why do we all feel the need to put last words into his mouth?

So there is certainly something refreshing about a McQueen retrospective that is allowed to speak for itself. The Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute put together a powerful collection of McQueen’s best pieces for this summer’s exhibit, and his enduring popularity delivered. Even on off days, the lines for Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, which closed last week, were often an hour long, for the entirety of its three month run. The Costume Institute often utilized a labyrinthine layout for its exhibits. In contrast to the Metropolitan’s airy white galleries, its thin corridors, sharp angles, and dark walls were never more appropriate than for this show. McQueen’s designs were separated into themed rooms, including “gothic”, “naturalism”, exoticism”, and “primitivism”. The curators emphasized the “romantic” in each of these themes, printing quotes from McQueen, as well as rather sappy blurbs on their part, on the walls to introduce each room. Certainly, all of these motifs were present in McQueen’s body of work, but separating them each into rooms felt a little artificial and affected. While there was evolution in the designs throughout McQueen’s career, his thematic palette actually remained remarkably stable and unified. The Angel and Demon heels of his final collection to not disagree with his historically-anchored dresses from the 90s, even his favorite shade of red could be found in almost every room of this exhibit. These curators seemed to need to impose some kind of personal statement on the collection of a designer whose works were always their own statement.


item of the week : frances black lace victorian blouse by Somnia Romantica

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Somnia Romantica’s Frances Black Lace Victorian Blouse

image source somniaromantica.etsy.com

Marjolein Turin is a Netherlands based designer and the seamstress behind her brand, Somnia Romantica. The Frances Black Lace Victorian Blouse is a handmade garment based on a 1867  Victorian pattern, which Marjolein used as a base for this beautiful and romantic garment. The delicate bows that decorate the bust line are my favorite detail, paired with the cascading rows of ruffles. I’m a romantic at heart and this blouse is tugging at all the right heart-strings.

The Frances Black Lace Victorian Blouse by Somnia Romantica is available online at www.somniaromantica.etsy.com.

– Meagan

new york fashion week : Marchesa fall 2011

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

At NY fashion week, with so many casual ready-to-wear collections this season I feel as though it was tough for many designers to really shine through, I saw a lot of repeats in trends and mediocre collections. I understand that this is not couture week, but Marchesa’s fall 2011 collection certainly is and far outshines most of what I saw on the runways. The perfect embroidery paired with meticulous draping has always been their signature and was no less in this collection, but what was more was a new perspective on Victorian. Marchesa is very good at showing modern elegance but to blend modern with the kind of nostalgic beauty of the 19th century is a new endeavor well achieved.

The helpless romantic in me always tends towards nostalgia; Marchesa’s new couture dress collection epitomizes romanticism through what they call “Decaying Opulence”.  The design duo displayed an intuition into how women want to see themselves as beautiful. It takes a certain kind of confidence and personal identity to wear a Marchesa dress, and this collection embodies an alter ego that many women feel akin to but it is at risk to portray.