Posts Tagged: ‘glam’

5 Brands to Get on Your Radar in 2014

January 29, 2014 Posted by rissvandal

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We haven’t even made it more than a month into 2014, but I already have my list–my list of new and/or fast developing brands and designers I’ll be keeping an eye on in the coming year. In other words, here’s a look at who’ll be getting most of my money in 2014… This is going to be a year full of bold snapbacks, sophisticated casualwear, edgy otaku swag, and not to mention, some lolita sweetness. Take a look at five brands it’s time to get on your radar.

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Photo Set: Creepy Kids and Cereal Killers

October 31, 2013 Posted by rissvandal

Happy Halloweeeeen, friends! ^_^

Monster Cereal hits the stores but once a year and what better way to celebrate the arrival of this seasonal spooky goodness then with a photo set? To tell you the truth I only tried three of the cereals (I recommend Yummy Mummy). I’m actually not supposed to eat cereal, nevermind sugar, but I like the idea of Monster Cereal so…

Here’s some costumed fun for the holiday with a bit of behind-the-scenes anecdotes throughout:

Killer Gothic Lolita: The entire time those pictures were being taken, my grandmother was standing off to the side  (odd timing for a visit) repeatedly asking “What are you doing? It’s not Halloween, I don’t understand, why are you doing this?” Sometimes the best response is to pause then just say “the Internet.”

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Photographer: Carlos Phillips Images //Model: Riss

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4 Simple Steps To Create A Faux Undercut

May 28, 2013 Posted by rissvandal

My two greatest loves these days, style-wise, are skeletal accessories and rockin a faux undercut. Well, the skeleton accessories–nothing new there, but it wasn’t until just recently that I realized how damn easy it is to fake the dramatic hairstyle. There are four basic steps: Part, Tuck, Spray, Pin. Continue on for more details…

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Lone Wolf

April 18, 2013 Posted by rissvandal

First thing’s first, two things need to be said about this new photo set:

After all this time, this was my first outfit photo set featuring a lady (other than myself, duh). Yeah, I know.  There was no reason behind it, it just worked out that way. But I realize 80% of the clothing I focus on is women’s clothing, yet 80% of the photos I take are of dudes, so I was wondering how long it would take before somebody called me out of that…

My model, Zue Byrd, had a clothing collection that gave me a bit of wardrobe envy. With the sea of spikes, skulls, and printed leggings it was like walking into a mini Trash and Vaudeville shop.

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The wolf leggings are from GoJane, and if you’ve never been to that site, go now. You’ll find a nice selection of badass prints like these, and then you’ll also find a selection of absolutely crazy clown shit. I’m not even going to explain what I mean by that, just go take a look yourself.

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NYFW 2013: Furry Beasts, Lucid Dreams, And Seriously Sexy Neckwear

February 14, 2013 Posted by rissvandal

I know that New York Fashion Week wasn’t a competition, but if it were, the award for Best Overall Performance would go to Jeremy Scott. I don’t recall the last time I was this wowed by a collection. It’s so playfully creepy, with a youthful edge. In this collection we saw mummies, zombies, leopard-print, anarchy, and some absolutely crazy neon fur. I need these things in my life.

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Friday, I’m in Love: Comics, Crystals, and Bad Batz-Maru

February 7, 2013 Posted by rissvandal

I’ve come across a lot of great finds lately, though not all of them warrant their own post, so today I thought I’d mention a few of the odds and ends I’ve been psyched about and dying to share. I’m thinking this should be a recurring feature–sharing not just my favorite fashion and beauty finds, but anything else that’s made an impression, including from housewares, websites, and maybe even the occasional dose of nerdness.

Bad Kitty Rider Jacket by UNIF Clothing / Badtz Maru Skirt by Japan L.A.

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Studded outerwear and biker jackets are basically a wardrobe staple at this point, and are becoming kind of tired, so I’m glad to see that UNIF continues to add variety and innovation to the trend. They have a lot of great designs–studded army jackets, spiked fur coats, but their Bad Kitty jacket is my top pick. As for the Badtz Maru overall skirt…would I wear it? That I’m not so sure about, but I love it. And while a lot of people roll their eyes at grown women rocking Sanrio, why give up something you love just because of age? And if that thing you love just happens to come in the form of a badass miniskirt, even better.

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Product Review: Serpentina Lipstick by Lime Crime

January 27, 2013 Posted by rissvandal

I’d like to dub green as the new black–can I do that? It has all the dark edge of black lipstick, without the dangerous chance that you’ll end up looking like a kid playing vampire dress up on Halloween. That being said, I finally got a chance to test drive “Serpentina,” the metallic forest green shade by Lime Crime. I’d been searching for the perfect shade of green to go with my complexion for about a year. After a huge let down by Graftobian and discovering that Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics no longer carries their garden green shade of Lip Tar, thank goodness for Doe Deere and her wonderful glittering unicorns for delivering a much-needed product.

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Like all Lime Crime lipsticks, Serpentina is easy to apply, smells like cake (man, I love that), and once applied, it’s on for hours. But amidst all of the pros, the one problem I faced was feathering. Feathering isn’t that uncommon, and it’s not a big enough problem to turn me away from a lipcolor I’d otherwise love, but the thing to remember in this case is, the lipstick is GREEN, and if feathering occurs, there’s no hiding it. But all is not lost–the key and absolute lifesaver in this case is lip liner.

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Rooftop Anime Glam

December 7, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

I know I don’t resemble one of those “real life” anime girls with the kind of bulgy cartoon eyes that are likely to haunt you in your dreams (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, look at this now), but I feel like there was a slight increase in my level of anime-ish-ness during my most recent shoot.

Slight resemblance? Just a little? MAYBE??

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Interview with Bink from Pearls & Swine

November 1, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

I recently interviewed Bink, the designer and visionary behind Pearls & Swine—a brand that specializes in hats, fascinators, masks, eyepatches, and hair accessories that seems to have been plucked straight out of a surreal dream, and often appear to defy gravity. Bink also developed a sister brand, Temptress of Waikiki,  where she produces custom burlesque accessories. Bink works nonstop (she currently has over 150 items in her shop!), and her selection caters to tastes across the board—glam rock, steampunk, pop culture kawaii, rockabilly, and delicate bridalwear. In our interview, Bink explains the “mistake” that spawned her business, her inspiration, and offers a bit of advice and insight to artists and creatives who struggle with self-doubt and the pressure to lead a “conventional” career path.

Q: On your website you say that you “always intended to be sensible” but could never really settle on a conventional career path. When you decided to devote your life to your artwork, were there people in your life that discouraged you or lead you to question your decision? If so, how did you deal with those negative outside forces?

A: I was the only real block that stopped myself from being allowed to be creative. I did have some friends who questioned whether or not anyone would really be interested in unconventional headwear, but on the whole I have been extremely fortunate in mostly having support in my business. My partner Trafford Parsons is an artist and has been there for me every step of the way, even when my doubts crept back (and they do, even after years of being in business).

Q: What advice would you give to young creatives who are pressured to take a more “conventional” path in life, or who are surrounded by people who may not “get” their work?

A: Looking back I realize that, had I allowed me to be myself, a creative, instead of fighting it till I was 30, my life would be very different now. However, I do believe that everything we endure is for a reason…perhaps I had to take the journey I did to get to where I am now.

My advice to anyone is always to know you are going to make it if you want something enough. Many creatives aren’t very driven or confident in their art. The secret of confidence is pretend–one day it will come but you have to have determination and a disregard for wealth…. just go for it!

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Black Milk and Bones in the Dark Forest

October 7, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

I finally scored myself a pair of Black Milk leggings from their recent Sick Puppies collection, and if I could actually get away with it in all situations, I’d basically never take them off. I picked up their striking “Bone Machine 2.0″ design, and in addition to being lovely, they’re also incredibly damn comfortable.

I was set on finding a pair of bone pants that I could wear without looking like I was specifically dressed up for Halloween, and I think I lucked out with these.

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