As a constant maker of lists, thinking about gifts to give (and receive!) is an exercise in self-indulgence that I look forward to all the year. This week's wish list is all about fashion: specifically, the Gothic sensibility and obsessive accumulation of detail that I'm currently infatuated with, à la Ann Demuelemeester meets oversized tunic meets biker mama meets Edward Gorey. Basically, if it has an avant garde bent with some leather or fur and an inky hue, we're in business.
Fashion gift ideas, ahead!
I adore Zara Carpenter's over-the-top hats and headpieces, and this outsize trout-themed bow brings to mind visions of Captain Beefheart. Splendid.
HOT DIGGITY DAMN. There are so many elements to Isobel and Cleo's work I love, the first being the Fifth Element, Milla Jovovich styling of the model. The intense layer of the knits and the almost fur-like texture are intriguing. I also enjoy that "proverbial blood, sweat and tears" are included in the list of ingredients for this vest.
I am a total freak for vintage, and the styling of this blouse has sold me completely.
I've been obsessed with Rackk and Ruin's blog and jewelry for a while now. I'm continually inspired by her DIY fashion reinventions and hard scrabble, rock and roll look. This Gothic rosary is so rad, I can't stand it: it's bold, it's vintage Madonna, it's a tongue-in-cheek Catholicism (I have a collection of antique Catholic memorabilia!). I own one of Rackk and Ruin's human hair necklaces, and I have to say that it's one of my "favorite things." (This list also includes "whiskers on kittens and brown paper packages tied up with string," et al.)
I never thought I'd get into the spats trend, but I have to admit that I'm fascinated. I'd wear this leather and chain version with my Frye motorcycle boots, or maybe with some velvet platforms for contrast.
I most definitely need a vintage leather jacket. Holla!
What is it about these redhead models, making everything look so good? Black Market Baby's jersey and lambskin leather panel leggings look comfy enough to wear on the couch while watching reruns of Roseanne, edgy enough for the the street. Also, nice creepers!
No need to justify: Laura Lombardi's work was made for my neck. Love!
Natural history is one of my favorites, as was evidenced last week. This preserved spider web pendant protects the ephemeral and delicate nature of spider silk. I want, I want!
I'm smitten with the three dimensional structure of these ruffled gloves by Gemma Degara. They're proper, a little bit la di da, but also kind of avant garde.