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IS ANYTHING HOTTER THAN GOTHIC right now?  Anything sexier than vampires sucking blood from a sweet damsel’s neck. EEEEk!  Where have we gotten to?  No more James Bond. Now it’s deathly images, black lips, corpse-white skin and tattoos, tattoos, tattoos.  Crosses.  Cross bones.  Swords.  Kill statements.  Gruesome apparitions.  Threatening expressions.  Black leather bondage straps and hair styled up into high side horns. 

      The devils are on parade! Think about spiky metal forms, things that make you recoil.  This is a very hard, very rebellious look, perhaps an attempt to feel some semblance of power that is naturally missing.  This is likewise a very generational story, mostly limited to the young, but recently showing up in some of the older (dare we say bigger bellied?) guys and gals with mad looks on their faces.

       Of course, in fairness, some of the expressions are fun, entertaining.  Some are even fairly well designed, as with the Hardy collections. Like, “I’m gonna kill ya but let’s hug first.”  Or, “Join the zombie jamboree, wowie!”  However, you have to be careful.   Lots of avid Gothics take themselves very seriously, indeed!

 

HOW DO YOU ACCESSORIZE THIS ONE?  Well, there is actually a lot to work with here!  Chains are your number one product course, but a newer kind of chain, the dark chains that are coming on the scene fast, black, dark grey, even brown. Crosses are strangely big, the more medieval the better.  Studs go well.

      This is a place for plenty of sexually explicit looks. Cut outs and cut ups.  Some pathetic looks, like images out of Les Miserables.  Distorted looks.   High black pom-pom hairdos and dangerously sharp looking slivered metal pieces making up strange pieces of jewelry.  Big black and metal cuffs.  Hair often twisted uncomfortably.  Some shine, especially black and grey.  Black long fingernails. Strange looking dark beads that might have been found in the Roman catacombs.

       Oooooh, the fright of it all!  Have fun!

 

HERE ARE SOME GOTHIC-INSPIRED ACCESSORIES YOU MIGHT LIKE TO STOCK UP ON…SURE SELLERS AT A GREAT PRICE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                          BRITISH BOYS

 

 

AHHHHH, A BREATH OF FRESH AIR!  Aristocracy. Refinement.  A very sophisticated, well mannered look with all the sophistication of Westminster comes into play with the British Boy look.  This is elegance at its best.  Young, fresh, and terribly privileged.  A boy look, yes, but strictly for the girls!

      Start with the hair. Where it isn’t long, it is cut short into a very young Prince Harry look, reddish, with boy-bangs and a not-too-short cut across the back. Very royal.  It’s also a look that sets the stage for a more extensive British fashion look moving this season, one with plenty of boy-designs, comfortable, jaunty, with just a snippet of snobbery.  

       Jackets are big here, with conservatively-printed little rich-boy neckerchiefs. Carefully chosen pins are a pretty addition to the Brit expression.  If they are nautical, they’re even better! Boy shirts and jackets are hot.  Karl Lagerfeld goes so far as to design a big white collared shirt with scarf tie and pin to give the girls a rich, British schoolboy appearance. It’s dynamite!

 

PERUSING A FASHION COLLECTION OF ACCESSORIES TO SPICE UP A BRITISH LOOK CAN BE FUN, AND PROFITABLE.  HERE ARE SOME GREAT PIECES FOR THE GLORY OF OLD ENGLAND:

 

 

  • Ladies’ ivy cap in plaid.  Jaunty.

 

 

 

 

GREAT LITTLE CAPS add a casual touch to this look, along with long pants or (yes!) knickers, little vests, big totes, and more subdued colors, like grays, browns, blacks, and purples.  White is also an exciting balancing color to the darker boy looks.  Little graphics and stripes also work well here, along with string bow ties and very subtly embroidered tops. Bracelets give this look a finish.  Charms keep the look very young

      Big sunglasses again make an importance appearance in this look, raising the boy-level temperature up more adult hot levels.

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