Category: ‘Photo Sets’

Robert Smith and Siouxsie Sioux Had a Visual Kei Baby

November 6, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

I’d been kicking around the idea of doing a visual kei shoot for some time, but it took a lot longer to find a taker than I’d expected (though in everyone’s defense, I kept bringing up surgical masks as my lead-in). But meet the newest addition to the Fashion Vandals crew, Jo Kielar–he apparently had an inner Jrock frontman dying to get out all along.

In addition to getting a new model on board, I was also fortunate to have a partner helping put everything in motion. The talented Chuckie Moore took care of all hair and makeup.

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October Recap: Nonstop Vampire Party

October 31, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

I hope you all had a lovely Halloween : ) To tell you the truth, my Halloween day was actually pretty chill, but that’s mostly because I’ve been celebrating an early, extended holiday for the last two weeks or so. So what was my Halloween costume? Technically I’d say vampire (I was supposed to go with Lydia Deetz but I bought the wrong hat, didn’t realize till the last moment, blah blah blah), but here’s a look at my various costumes from the past few weeks.

I was a vampire.

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Daywalkers Don’t Model for Lipservice

October 17, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

How the heck have I gone this long without bringing vampires onto the blog? I have no idea. Recently I’ve been having a lot more fun dressing up dudes than chicks, so I vamped one up to model some of my necklaces.

Me and my model, DJ Laury, headed to a sketchy abandoned building in a cemetery for these pics—though I wasn’t trying to be ultra-creepy, I just like the building. And as far as I know he’s not wearing any Lip Service, but a couple of times he reminded me that he didn’t want to end up looking like one of the awkward male Lip Service models. I love Lip Service, but seriously, check out their male models–super awkward.

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The Wayward Ones

October 13, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

The inspiration for every shoot starts with a single piece. I picked up a three-tiered bustle burlesque skirt at an epic shop in Chicago–brimming with corsets, top hats, wigs, theatrical makeup–that I sadly can’t recall the name of.  But as soon as I picked up the skirt, I knew I wanted to create a duo of dark, circus-y traveling goth performers.

This shoot was a bit more work than ones I’ve done in the past. Besides handling the styling for two people, I made the accessories and props, and it was my first time working with a new photographer–my long-time friend, Cassie McDonald. The weather was pretty uncooperatively rainy and goth that day, but despite that, we came out with some great results.

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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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Featured Look: Skeletal Distinction

September 3, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

The moment I noticed a girl standing ahead of me in line at a bakery, decked out in skull print and sporting an intricate skeletal bracelet/ring contraption, I knew I had to track one down for myself and build a shoot around it.

The five-ring skeletal bracelet that caught my eye, as well as a flower headband, both come from Hot Topic. And I know, to some of you the name of that store makes you groan or roll you eyes, but whatever, I’m of the mindset that it’s about how you wear an item, not where you get it. I’ve long decided to stop being “too cool” or “too old” for the store, considering what a solid, affordable selection they carry of many of my go-to brands (i.e. Tripp NYC, Iron Fist, Hell Bunny).

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Featured Look: Urbanite Vamp

July 15, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

This Saturday marked a new beginning for the blog–I completed the first shoot where I handled all styling, as well as photography. And as you can see, I also decided that it was finally time to get some guys to join the Fashion Vandals party.

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Featured Look: The Endless Autumn

July 9, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

Despite how much I play up my love of all things dark, I genuinely do enjoy summer. It goes without saying that I could do without the sweltering heat, but I love the vibrancy and energy of the season. But since some of my greatest sources of inspiration are linked to autumn, I figured why not make the two meet halfway…

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Of Black Cats, Spikes, and Siouxsie Sioux

June 26, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

Last week a friend of mine asked how I first became interested in punk and goth subcultures. It’s hard to pinpoint something like that, but I told her it was the experience of my first punk show–sloppy guitar riffs and confrontational tri-hawk girls left me forever changed. But shortly after, I realized I think I was converted far before that. I was maybe ten years old when I first heard “Ornaments of Gold” by Siouxsie and the Banshees, and I suspect that might have been the moment I fell in love with the dark side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That being said, when I put together my latest look, I had Banshees’ lead singer, Siouxsie Sioux, in the forefront of my mind.

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Two Makeup Tips for the Financially-Challenged (Thank You Veva)

June 8, 2011 Posted by fashionvandals

If you’re a makeup nerd like me, you’re always looking for something new to try out. However, if like me, you’re also on a tight budget, you’ve realized it’s hard to find affordable products that offer really dramatic results (if you’ve followed this blog at all you know that I don’t even know the meaning of subtlety when it comes to makeup).

I have to thank Veronica Varlow for sharing the beauty of false eyelashes and sparkle lipstick during her latest webinar. Both of which make a huge statement and can be done quite affordably.

And by “affordably” I mean that if you can’t find a simple pair between $2-5 then you’re looking in the wrong place. I actually purchased these false lashes and the adhesive at a Dollar General (man, should I have admitted that?) and they stayed put all day.

And the recipe for sparkle lips? Just a good, tacky lip gloss and sparkles. Veva recommended a particular brand, but I just dabbed pink craft glitter onto Maybelline Colorstay lipgloss, and it performed perfectly. Just make sure not to get really big chunks of glitter (unless, of course, you want to look like a clown).

So there you have it…craft glitter and dollar store eyelashes.

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