31 January 2010

Givenchy haute couture summer 2010

The great Ricardo Tisci has created another collection that fulfills any Goth's dream. Beautiful phantasmagorical languid silouettes, decorated with black embellished fabrics, red lips and dramatic eye shadows contrasting against a corpse-like pale skin. Gloom never dies!
Obviously, this collection is haute couture. The pret-a-porter collection is a completely different story...
You can check it out on the website (www.givenchy.com)

28 January 2010

Dior couture summer 2010 catwalk

Spring/summer is just round the corner and so are the new catwalks!
I already have my favs, which I will keep posting on my blog. The first one is, of course, DIOR!
Very 50s inspired, 40s silouettes with a very strong equestrian/baroque theme going on. I specially love the looks with the red jackets. They have a victorian vibe that I love.

The hair is a voluminous up-do, styled in a way which is a sort of a mix between 60s beehives and edwardian high chignons (think of Gibson girl).
I just love it!
Here is a link to watch the video:


17 January 2010

Romantic winter wonderland

Last few weeks have been a nightmare to be in England. Although the whole land magically transformed itself into a fantastic winter wonderland, it became a deadly weapon. Beautiful but deadly. It has been raining in the last days (I'm talking about the Northwest, where I live). That allowed the snow to dissappear silently from the ground leaving the pavement naked and ready to be walked on! You can't believe how happy I am of being able to walk without fearing for my life.
I had the pleasure of enjoying the romantic wonderland and, savvy as I am :), I took some pictures. They are so stunning that I am going to keep them in my fashion/inspiration archive. Hope you enjoy them.

The pictures are taken in the victorian park, next to home, called Victoria Park (of course). On the left side, you can see bits of the Pilkington glass factory (a company that has been existing since 1826).

07 January 2010

Gothic dark pin-ups

Happy new year to everyone! Specially to all of us who are here in the UK (and probably Ireland too) where the weather is being......crap. Beautiful wonderland themed landscapes but a nightmare to walk, drive or cycle on. Anyway, now is the best moment to do some online shopping and discover new artists and places! without risking of falling victim of a very slow and painful death, due to hypothermia.
As usual, one of my favourite places is the online community ETSY (www.etsy.com).

Here is my last descovery: gothic dark pin-ups. Yes! You heard well, anything that is vintage, dark or even better (and it applies to this case) vintage+dark related, if it is noticed, will have its mention on The Black Wardrobe's blog.
The artist in question is called Andrea, she is irish but living in Manchester, UK (basically next door from me!)
Although I found out about her on Etsy, she has her own website:
She is an illustrator that specializes in pin-up themed illustrations, but all of them have a slightly dark twist to them. They are very colorful, elegant, sexy and gothic themed. Very burtonian style.

She states on her website that..."Her inspiration comes from many different sources:1920s-1950s.the music of The Cramps,the Tigerlillies ,eighties glam rock, vintage pin-up girls,burlesque,cake decorating books,horror films,fairy tales,afternoon tea,Fellini films,Jan Svankmajer,Beatrix Potter, Naughty Victoriana,Agatha Christie and lashings of Enid Blyon".

You can buy her art from her etsy site. Happy shopping! but don't forget to check out my site...:)


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