Keeping Inspired

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Blog post soundtrack: The Legendary Pink Dots – Golden Dawn

Do you remember what it was that drew you to fashion originally? What clothing first set your heart ablaze? I ask because I’ve known many people who, much like myself, have either lost track of their loves or have been on the verge of forgetting. I know this sounds strange, but it’s actually quite easy. If you listen to enough criticism and or feel pressured to fit into the common mold, this sort of thing happens with frequency. Case in point: the many bright, bold, fashionable folk who later dump their fondness of self expression as they begin to age for fear of “looking crazy” or standing out. This is why I love Advanced Style so much. But I digress…

The first time I thought “I LOVE her styleMrs-Addams-_-morticia-addams-10949280-350-593” was in response to Anjelica Houston’s portrayal of Morticia Addams (yes…how predictable of me). It didn’t occur the first time I saw The Addams Family  (I was too young and brainless to understand such things), instead it sunk in at the age of nine when the movie was continuously rerun on HBO.  In terms of style, I found it really difficult to reflect my love for all things Morticia until a new girl came to my school who always dressed in black (took place around the same time). Every day she wore a black sweater with black shoes and jeans, yet no one knew why.  I fell in love with the look, as simple as it was, and wondered why I hadn’t thought of it myself.  It goes without saying that I very quickly decided to copy her. Someone eventually asked her why it was that she only wore black and her response was, “My dad died.” But of course! She was doing this because she was paying homage to the dead. Being the morbid child that I was, I thought her reason made it all even cooler. So there I was,  finally with what I thought to be a nice and simple way to tap into and express my inner darkness before even being a tween. On a separate yet still related note,  I also can’t forget to mention the film noir beauties whose style I often admired, but their looks didn’t take to me personally till I got older.

Although Morticia’s limited ’90s goth style isn’t exactly what I relate to in current day, she will always be on the list of my personal feminine ideals and she serves as a general basis for all that I love in fashion. Namely dark garb, form-fitting silhouettes, and bold makeup.

08699e342465dd4fdd1773fc3a0216a2Throughout my high school years, post-initial Addams Family inspo, I awkwardly tried to mimic what I came across in magazines and film (of the darker variety). Visually I was a mixture of goth and punk, and eventually moved into cybergoth. All quite amusing really, but I was really in search of something I could really feed off of.  It wasn’t till I came upon Helmut Newton’s fashion photography that I really came to connect with something. My adoration of his work is not news by any means, but someone I haven’t yet mentioned (on this blog at least) who I learned of through Newton is Thierry Mugler.

Thierry Mugler is/was a powerhouse. A designer, stylist, and photographer who frequently collaborated with Newton, he has long been inspirational to me as someone whose interest goes far beyond the lens. Far ahead of his time, he produced gorgeously silhouetted garments and fantastic, even wearable, avant-garde designs. His work was a visual melange of ’40s fashion, lingerie, fetish wear, and futuristic designs. His design prime was around the mid-’80s through the ’90s but you can probably imagine how unappreciated his genius went (especially since no one ever knows of him for anything other than the perfume “Angel”). Often dismissed and referred to as “sexist,” he went little regarded by fashion editors and critics while in fact much of his work portrayed strong silhouettes, unique designs, and powerful femme fatales. The Mugler house met its unfortunate fall during the late ’90s. However, to this day his designs have been a source of inspiration for many.

I’ve long been a fan of Mugler’s amazing work but for a long time I’ve neither had the body for such amazing garments, nor means, nor gall. I’m now at a point where I want to freely embrace and show my fashion inspiration. But as you can imagine, it’s rather expensive and difficult to find wardrobe like the following:

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Until the day I’m able to take some millinery classes, garment construction courses, do the photo shoots of my dreams, and tailor my life so that I might be in my own little world full of nothing but dark beauty, I’ll have to struggle along and constantly remind myself of what it is that I want, what I love, and frequently expose myself to all which I find inspiring. That way I might be able to continue to harness the strength needed to strive for it and remind myself why I landed myself in this here place.

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Le jeudi de l’art – Flow

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A bit more art done with my new brushes! I can already see that I have a specific way of going about doing art with washes, so now it’s all about getting used to this new way of working.

Very soon I’ll try and incorporate color in a way that won’t veer off from my style.  Keeping a consistent look is incredibly difficult when you vary in media.
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Le jeudi de l’art – J’suis une fontaine d’art

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Blog post soundtrack: Chelsea Wolfe – Feral Love

Whew, finally… some art! For the past 2 months I haven’t been able to do much in the way of it, which has been difficult for me. I definitely need my art time, so this week I’ve been like an open spigot of art.

Prior to my art drought I’d had an art shopping spree. I went to every art store (Utrecht, Blick, etc) in the same week.  I stocked up on sketchbooks, pencils, ink, nibs, markers, etc and *drumroll please* I also bought chinese art brushes!  I figured it was due time I got some decent watercolor brushes. I got mine from Orientalartsupply.com.

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Lundi en noir – La fête des Mères

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Blog post soundtrack: Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence

Last week I mentioned I was going to make a point of doing more style posts, so here’s one for you! This was worn for mother’s day. I celebrated being a mother to my furbabies by feasting on yummy things  and enjoying a nice, relaxing time at the park. The outfit I wore is a compilation of the old and new.

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Lundi en noir – Le mois de mai

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Blog post soundtrack: Emilie Simon – Le viel amant

It’s been a while since I did a style post, so I figured it was due time. The weather is still fluctuating between nice and lame, so  I decided to wear something I felt was comfortable enough for 64°F/18 °C weather. For this I I chose a turtleneck dress (with a slip – more on that later), and wide brim hat. I was comfortable enough to picnic in this outfit up till the clouds took over and the weather plummeted significantly… egh.

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Au revoir l’hiver et bonjour le printemps !

As a creature with a preference for warmer climates, this past winter season was particularly painful for me. I feel like I spent the entire time shivering and in varying degrees of discomfort whenever outdoors. So last Sunday I decided to have a get together celebrating the near end of winter, with a spring-themed picnic!

I’m so not a DIY person… but for this event I made myself a rose/bunny ear headband, rose necklace, and rose ring. My friend Ivory sported a pink wig and blue sunglasses for the event.

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I actually made food, for once. Sort of (I’m generally rather allergic to cooking/baking). I made our cake for the day. It was really good vegan-friendly cake (I’m not vegan, but Ivory is). You can find the recipe here. We drank Harney & Son’s rose scented black tea with soymilk along with our meal.

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