At the beginning of seventh grade, my very, very preppy middle school got a new student. He was dour and lanky, he wore his hair in a bowl cut with two long pieces hanging around his face, and he wore a long black trenchcoat all the time, indoors and out. It was 1999 and the coat was bad timing (the Columbine shooting had happened just a few months earlier), but he told me he’d had it for a long time and he wasn’t going to stop wearing it because of someone else’s bad decisions.
Several of my Abercrombie & Fitch-wearing classmates didn’t know what to make of him, so because of his fondness for black they defaulted him to “goth,” and because of his sour mood and his trenchcoat some of them speculated he was going to kill us all.
I started thinking about this last week when I saw the Daily Mail getting predictably stupid and feigning shock over the fact that one of the Slender Man killers’ dad is goth-y, listens to metal, likes morbid stuff like cemeteries, and (oh god, no) thought his daughter’s fascination with the macabre was all right. Keep reading »
You know what they say about us former high school freaks always getting the last laugh, right? Case in point: this season’s most-wanted makeup is all about all things glamorously goth. (And no, we will not be drawing Robert Smith comparisons. Rather, think Morticia Addams meets Dita von Teese.) This is quite the boon for the naturally fair among us; suddenly, my ghostly pallor is trendy! The dramatic, dangerous vamp look is easier to pull off than you might think, especially when the rest of your body is swathed in sweaters and scarves ― there’s no better, more weather-appropriate way to make a statement. [Photo: StyleBistro] Keep reading »
Still struggling with what to dress up as for Halloween? Us, too. But even if your costume is a disaster, you can get your makeup game on lock with one of our easy-peasy makeup tutorials. Here, Rachel and Ami show you how to get a vampy, gothy, darkly sexy look. Throw this look on with an all-black ensemble and go as a depressed high school goth girl! Or wear it with a little black dress and a witch’s hat, and pretend you’re a sexy witch (hey, we don’t judge). Take a peek at this makeup look and tell us how you’ll rock Halloween this year.
Is it just me or has Kristen Stewart been looking her best ever while doing the “Breaking Dawn” publicity circuit? She’s obviously very attractive, but some of her past appearances have made me cringe just because she looks so damn uncomfortable. I don’t keep up with “Twilight,” but I do keep up with celeb style, and the photos of Kristen in J. Mendel at the U.S. premiere made my jaw drop. Kristen looks gorgeous and glamorous while still managing to maintain her punky, not-overdone allure.
One thing I’ve noticed from her most recent ensembles is that she’s grown into a master of a feminine style that alludes to goth without bringing Hot Topic to mind. Classy, clean goth? What a feat! I love what Kristen does with her girly-goth sensibilities, so I’m breaking it down into tips and tricks we can all use to channel the look. (Flawless British boyfriend not required, but always preferred.) Keep reading »
Meet Adora BatBrat, a Swedish gothic electro queen who wants you to rethink your look. Why do you insist upon brown eyeshadow and nude lip gloss, when Adora can show you how to style baby pink bangs, give yourself lace face, wear cat ears, or use scissors to make goth eyebrows? Also, she has fangs. Happy makeovers, ladies! Keep reading »
Most of the time, goth kids are portrayed as the scary ones and Laura Ashley-wearing girls as the picture of innocence. But in this photo shoot from Dis Magazine, the angelic model in the floral dress seems way more demonic then a roomful of Marilyn Manson lovers. [I Love You Nonetheless] Keep reading »
New on the Alexander McQueen website, as part of the pre-fall/winter 2010 collection, this over-the-top-bold ring featuring a silver-tone brass Celtic warrior’s skull outfitted with a mohawked helmet, a pair of onyx horns, and twin Swarovski crystal eyes. If you’ve got a spare $280 lying around, this finger warrior can be your own. Also available in gold with white horns. [Alexander McQueen] Keep reading »
Check out this spine-tingling singlet from PLAY by Sarah Reilly. This white, low-dipping tank features a vintage print of an exposed spinal column running down the middle of the racerback. The color? Well, bone, of course. It’ll set you back $79. We’d pair it with some creepy chic jewelry for maximum anatomical effect. [Street Anatomy] Keep reading »
Haute Macabre wonders if these skeleton-themed, Black Milk bodysuits could double as bathing suits, to which we respond: why not? With styles named The Skull, The Ribs, and The Resurrection, you are certain to make a splash, or perhaps frighten the kiddies out of the pool. They’re made of polyester and elastane and cost $75. (No snaps in the crotch, BTW, like a traditional bodysuit might have.) So, what do you think? Would you wear it to a pool party, or leave it to the goth girls to rock it? [Haute Macabre] Keep reading »
Ah, teenagers. One day they’re drinking vodka through their eyeballs. The next day they’re sexting each other to death. Now, teen werewolves are marauding through a high school in San Antonio, Texas. They like to chill out near the mall under a full moon, hang fake “wolf” tails from their bottoms and rock freaky contacts and fake fangs, and have undoubtedly seen “Twilight” one too many times. “They’re good kids,” says one mom. I thought this was a pretty amusing report until I got to the part about the neighborhood dog that disappeared. Now, I’m scared. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »