woensdag 5 september 2012

Pretty New Headband from SuirenWaterLily

I recently ordered a beautiful knit headband from Emi at SuirenWaterLily. It looks great with long hair and instantly makes ones hairdo much more exciting. Emi has different colors and designs to choose from and also makes other knit accessories. I’m eager to try her parandis as well, which especially look great in braids.

Emi is planning to make some headbands in a darker, gothic style in the near future. Definitely something to look forward to! Keep an eye on her Etsy site or her blog if you’re interested.

The headbands keep ones head warm (the thinner ones are also perfect for summer) and help to cover up oily hair, a big plus for someone with my hairtype! The wool is of good quality and the knitting flawless. The headbands can be closed in the neck with a button of ones own choice.

I haven’t worn headbands very often before, so I still need to practise different styles a bit. This is my first, simple attempt. I think the headband looks great with updos!
The pictures are a bit blurry, because they were taken at dusk. My boyfriend says the headband gives me a bit of a 1920's look. What do you think?

Wine red headband: SuirenWaterLily
Hair fork: Ravenslair (Etsy)
Lace top: Vive Maria
Cardigan: H&M
Key necklace: SIX
Skirt: don't remember
Shoes: Clarks (New ones! So glad to have found wine red shoes in my size!)

dinsdag 4 september 2012

ELLE magazine’s September 2012 ‘black issue’ does not disappoint!

Fashion magazines can be entertaining and inspiring, but they hardly ever write positively about the gothic subculture or style. The ‘goth trend’ seems to make a comeback in catwalk and mainstream fashion every once in a while, sporting black nail polish, black leather, studs and lace. One would expect designers and writers of fashion magazines to give more credit to their obvious source of inspiration and to refer to the gothic style in an appreciative way, but instead they are always quick to add: ‘do make sure not to overdo this look, because one naturally doesn’t want to look gothic!’. It seems kind of ignorant and offensive to remind people of this all the time, while simultaneously ‘borrowing’ looks from those very goths they seem to despise. I am reading offensive comments about goths in (Dutch) magazines all the time and it keeps annoying me. I do not know whether it’s the same for magazines in other languages however, so do not hesitate to share your experiences!
As a consequence, despite my love of fashion photography, I do not often feel tempted to buy these magazines anymore. Last week however I made an exception for the September edition of ELLE, mostly out of curiosity. The entire edition is inspired by the color black and features some amazing photography and very interesting articles on darker fashion! Still I expected to be somewhat disappointed by possible references to the gothic subculture…I was prepared for the worst. To my utter surprise, it did not happen. Quite the contrary: the writers openly acknowledge they have been inspired by the goth aesthetic and write very positively about the subculture. The editor (Cécile Narinx) admits being a regular spectator at the annual ‘Summer Darkness Festival’, the biggest gothic festival in the Netherlands. She and her friend love to go what they call ‘goth spotting’, which might sound a little denigrating, but which she explains is really admiring people in their outfits and trying to get an impression of all the different styles. Wow, this lady actually knows about different types of goths…that’s more than I can say for most people in fashion! To make sure that people are aware of the different gothic styles, she even wrote an article (‘Oh my goth’) describing a few of them. 
And she’s clearly done her research, mentioning bands like Bauhaus, Rasputina, Corvus Corax, Collide and Depeche Mode. Marylin Manson and Within Temptation, the usual goth-clichés, are not even mentioned! In the beginning of the article, she directs her readers to get over their prejudices right away:

‘Goths, aren’t those the types that dwell around cemeteries for hours, those depressed, suicidal teenagers who mean to provoke, preferring to fall asleep in a coffin at night? Well, no. What makes a goth a goth then?’ [translation by Corin]

She then goes on explaining about the music, the art, the literature and the of course the various fashion styles. Of course these classifications are rather stereotypical, but goths themselves tend to use them as well to refer to others. The greatest benefit of the article is the acknowledgement of a diverse subculture that is not scary, existing merely to provoke or filled with lunatics, but beautiful in its dark aesthetic and its diversity. The author did a good job making this message come across!

Apart from the article described above, there are plenty of other reasons to buy this September’s special issue of ELLE magazine:

-          Black clothing, shoes and accessories galore
-          Beautiful dark photography
-          Dark make-up
-          Reviews of movies and books with a dark theme
-          Article about your ‘dark side’
-          Article about dark and gothic inspired fashion on the catwalk (Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh)
-      Article about funerals 
-          Article about erotic literature
-          Article about material arts and other fighting sports
-          Article about black fashion models
-          Article about Chanel and the color black
-          Article about a Dutch actor playing in the HBO series ‘Treme’, which is set in New Orleans
-          Dark, tribal inspired fashion

For non-Dutch speakers: I do not know if the UK and US versions of ELLE’s black issue are similarly appealing and positive towards the gothic subculture, 
but I would say it’s worth checking out!