Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Motorcycle Jackets (great article, btw!)

So, I just came back from the FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) museum, where they had a motorcycle jacket exhibit. Learned a few things about motorcycle jackets that I never new before. They've actually been around since 1928! So, a flapper and a biker coulda happened. Bizarre.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cut-out Boots

Short post today. Just want to announce that I have no summer shoes and I want these cut-out boots by K.T.Z. From Solestruck: London based high end punk brand K.T.Z. knows how to do S/M style right. Their harness boot is both hard and dreamy. Slight platform, wide leather straps and heavy silver hardware. 1 1/4" heel and 1" platform. Leather upper and lining, man made sole.

Sunday, March 30, 2014


Since it's been raining nonstop all day today and yesterday (and tomorrow, I hear), I'm thinking about my favorite crappy-spring-weather outerwear: the cape. Capes, of course, excite our imagination: vampires, superheroes, ring wraiths, royalty and commoners alike from ages past, holy and unholy religious figures. The list goes on.  


Friday, March 21, 2014

Gothing Up the Pantone Spring 2014 Colors

Happy Spring, everyone in the northern hemisphere! It's that time of year. Pantone color time. My personal seasonal challenge: gothing up the season's Pantone colors. I'm not sure why I do this. (Those of you in the southern hemisphere, you can see fall's colors here)

What's Pantone? Well, it's basically the, um... only color company? Everything that uses colors uses Pantone colors. You need something printed at a commercial printer? they're going to ask you for a Pantone color number. Ordering fabric from a textile manufacturer... going to need a pantone color for that too. I don't understand how they make their money.

Spring/summer colors are always a challenge for those of us with darker wardrobes. The above colors are especially a challenge. When I did this for fall 2013 there were actually a few colors I loved: the deep violet-purple Beaujolais, which looks awesome as lipstick; the washed-out, grungy deep lichen green. I thought I was going to hate these spring colors, but I actually like them. This is a great time for rockabilly looks, vintage/antique looks, steampunk, pastel goth, and postapocalyptic fashion. 

pantone spring 2014

pantone spring 2014 by ahp259 featuring an essie nail polish

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fall/pre-fall '14: goth on the runway

Just wanted to share a few goth/dark fashion runway looks I'd liked from Fall/pre-fall '14. Commentary below each photo.
Katie Gallagher RTW Fall 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Post your collection: Rings

Most of my rings were bought in the past two years, since I started nail blogging. I don't usually wear rings, especially not in the winter--too fussy with gloves and coats and long sleeves and whatever.