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Rocking The Black Metal Chic & Dark Glamour With ChthoniC 閃靈樂團

Posted in Art & Music, Fashion, Gothic Chic & Dark Glamour with tags , , , , on January 19, 2011 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

I am a big music fan! from Pop, country, rap to Rock & metal music…. I love them all! The fashion industry & music industry are like twins, they two separate entity but they also influence each other on every level. So as I was surfing the web, try to find any good new music band that’s out there, the group “ChthoniC 閃靈樂團” unique black metal style fashion, music & their video caught my attention! As I did more research about them, I just had to blog about this fabulously “Dark” music band & their one of the kind inspirations of their music and style.

Doris, Thunder Tears – bass, backing vocals of ChthoniC

Just like I mentioned earlier , the theme “Goth” , “Black Metal” has inspired many fashion designers over the years, here are some of the looks from the runway that feature this type of look & inspiration.

Junya Watanabe
Christian Dior 2006 Spring Haute Couture
Alexander McQueen

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Makeup Tutorial for Seductive Vampire Twilight Saga Looks

Posted in Beauty & Health, Gothic Chic & Dark Glamour with tags , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Ok, I know I am probably the last person who just watched the super popular movie “Twilight Saga – new moon” haha, OMG! the author of this book & the director of the movie is genius! making “Monsters” looks so sexy LOL!  Here is the movie trailer just in case you’ve not seen this movie yet, it’s so good you have to see it!

Anyway, I know many of you have always wondered how to achieve that mysterious & seductive “Smoky eyes” look and we’ve just got the right tutorial for you! With the famous make-up artist/blogger Michelle Phan’s step by step tutorial, you can achieve that fabulously dark & mysterious “Gothic” look!

Make-up Artist Michelle Phan – Seductive Vampire Smoky Eye Tutorial

Isn’t Michelle Phan fabulous? I just love her makeup tutorials! She has just recently being featured on Vogue magazine as the most popular make-up blogger! Also the make-up company Lancome had teamed up with her for a special line of products inspired by the fabulous Michelle Phan, click here to check out Lancome official website and pick up some fabulous make-up products!

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

My New Favorite Dark Glamour Designer Since Alexander McQueen Passed Away – Haider Ackermann

Posted in Fashion, Gothic Chic & Dark Glamour with tags , , , on April 9, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

I am officially a loyal fan of Haider Ackermann’s designs! Ever since my favorite Alexander McQueen has passed away last month, there was a “void” in me that is seeking a new designer that as equally talented and the designs are truly unique that takes our breath away…. And I think I’ve found it, Aider Ackermann !

The master draper, the rumoured Margiela replacement, and the man who calls Tilda Swinton muse. Who exactly is this Columbian, Belgian-trained designer who has taken his place on the Parisian fashion circuit?

Actress Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann

One of Antwerp Belgium’s brightest young stars, Haider Ackermann has seen many more ports than the one fronting the town in which he now lives and works. Born in Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia, in 1971, he was adopted by a French family. Due to his father’s business obligations, he spent his childhood moving around the globe.

After living in Ethiopia, Chad, France, Algeria and the Netherlands, he decided fashion was his vocation. High school finished, he left home in 1994 and headed for Belgium to study at the fashion department of Antwerp’s Royal Academy. During his three-year stay (he left the four-year course prematurely because of financial difficulties), he also worked as an intern at John Galliano’s Paris office.

 

Taking a job as an assistant to his former academy teacher Wim Neels in 1998, he worked on both the men’s and womenswear collections of the Belgian designer. After saving money and taking encouragement from his friends and acquaintances –among them Raf Simons – Ackermann finally took the plunge and presented his first, self- financed women’s collection in Paris for autumn/winter 2002.

 

His subtle, dignified and sensuous clothes immediately struck a chord with buyers and editors, as they did with Italian leather manufacturer Ruffo. Just two weeks after his debut show, Ackermann was hired as the head designer for Ruffo Research and commissioned to create two collections (spring/ summer and autumn/ winter 2003), while continuing to produce his own line.

 

Ackermann is now receiving even wider acclaim, not least in the form of the prestigious Swiss Textiles Award at the 2004 Grand Fashion Festival. Ackermann’s sensitivity with drape and textures shows through in every collection.

 

In his fall winter 2010 collection shown at the Paris fashion week last month (March 7th 2010) Ackermann showcased his signature fitted leather and suede vests and jackets are back, but this time with even more drama. That’s thanks to both long, undulating collars that can be wrapped around the neck any number of ways and zipped-on peplums that are easily detached, should the woman wearing them so choose.

 

“I wanted it to be totally up to you,” Ackermann said backstage, alluding to the clothes’ timely utilitarianism. On the bottom, his fans’ options will include, as usual, leather leggings or floor-scraping skirts with deep slits, along with new, more tailored trousers. It was a beautiful show that I am speechless by his talent & vision.

 
Click on the video player below to see his Fall Winter 2010 fashion show
 

I hope you enjoy Haider Ackermann’s creations as much as I do! Until next time, be well & look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Gothic Chic & Dark Glamour

Posted in Alexander McQueen, Chanel, D.L. & Co., Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, Gothic Chic & Dark Glamour, Haute Couture, Jean Paul Gaultier, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

As a fashion designer, I’m inspired by many things around me. The imagery of a photo, scenery, sounds & musics, movies… just about everything! In recent conversations with a good friend of mine on facebook about “Goth” and it inspired me to google some imageries and articles about this mysterious & fascinating lifestyle which has inspired many arts & fashions.

So what is “Goth”? in simple definitions: To some, Goth is a style of dressing; to others it’s a lifestyle. Either way, the gothic look involves very black clothing and very white makeup with edgy, tough accessories. Prime example of classic gothic style: Musician – Marilyn Mansion. But as a person with an inquiring mind ( yes I do read the trashy gossip enquirer magazine ok! Haha) I know it has to be deeper than just the black clothing, smoky eye make-ups and of course ever so dreamy vampire Robert Pattinson aka “Edward Cullen” from the hit movie “Twilight”.

So after some googling, according to Goth.net

“Most Goths become Goths because they have been spurned by ‘normal’ society because the way they want to live their lives does not fit in with how most people are told to live theirs. Goths are free thinkers, people who do not accept the moral rules of society because they’re told ‘This is just how it is’ or ‘This is what God says!’. Rather Goths tend to listen to what you have to say, and make up their own mind..”

But of course this is not the case for all Goths. Many Goths today are Goths for a variety of other reasons. They like the music, or the clubs are better, they have Goth friends and joined in with them, or they just like staying up late nights and Goths are the only ones awake to talk to.

To us the fashionistas, the theme “Goth” has inspired many fashion designers over the years and here are some of the collections I think are super fabulous & go with our topic perfectly!

Junya Watanabe

Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2005

Rick Owens Fall 2006 Collection

When John Galliano was traveling south to research his couture collection during summer of 2005 he was inspired with the French Revolution stories & history, so in Dior’s Spring 2006 Couture show, blood- and gore-spattered drama was the theme and to me, it’s also very “Goth Glam” ,too!

Christian Dior 2006 Spring Haute Couture

Harper’s Bazaar Magazine October 2009 & Film Maker Tim Burton

As if Tim Burton’s characters all got together and did a fashion photoshoot, this amazing pictorial for the October edition of Harper’s Bazaar features characters from his past movies like The Night Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice and more, all look amazing in designer clothing and shoes.

Versace Haute Couture

Comme des Garçons Coat (Left) – Salvatore Ferragamo Jacket (Right)

Dolce & Gabbana

CHANEL

Alexander McQueen

Valentino

Givenchy

And for our male readers, me & mei-mei the pug didn’t forgot about you! Here are some fabulous menswear from Ann Demeulemeester Fall – Winter 2009 Collection for you! I just LOVE that chunky sweater in the middle

Of course how can we end this “Dark Glamorous” posting without mentioning one of my favorite designer Alexander McQueen!

Alexander McQueen 2007 Fall & Winter

In this collection, McQueen had put a heartfelt personal passion into a collection that was based on a startling revelation from his family history. His mother, who traces family trees, discovered that her bloodline leads back to a victim of the Salem witch trials who was hanged in the Puritan hysteria of 1692. The themes of witchcraft, paganism, and religious persecution played on the dark and angry side of McQueen’s creativity.

Here is a video of Alexander McQueen 2007 Fall & Winter totally fabulously spooky fashion show

All of you must be wondering ….how can I achieve that beautiful vampy smoky eye make-up to complete your Gothic Chic outfits & accessories?! So we have found 2 tutorials for our gal & dudes readers! Here is the female smoky eyes tutorials that shows you how to do it!

And here is the “Guyliner” smoky eyes tutorial

Don’t forget to check out our designer candles selections! D.L. & Co. is famous for his “Dark Glamourous” presentaions of his candles & diffusers! Utilizing the rarest of extracts, essences and absolutes, they are able to create fragrances that conjure time and place, transforming enviroments from the mundane to the sublime! it’s a MUST HAVE for all fashionistas! click on the picture below to check out our selections of D.L. & Co’s candles!

We hope this posting totally inspired you to bring out the “Dark” side of your inner Goddess! Until next time, Be well & look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

The Art Of Illumination & The Mystical World Of Douglas Little For D.L. & Co.

Posted in D.L. & Co., Gothic Chic & Dark Glamour, Home Decor with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

I’m in awe of the creativity that lies within one Mr. Douglas Little. He’s probably best known for his signature line of luxury candles under the brand D.L. & Co., but dig a little deeper and you’ll find this is a man of many talents. His exquisite imagination reaches the deepest (and sometimes darkest) places, but he delivers it all with such haunting beauty.

Douglas Little -  small

Douglas Little the founder of DL & Company was born with a desire to bring objects opulence and beauty to those who yearn for the uncommon and exquisite. Every item designed is intended to unfold like a love letter, each detail revealing a procession of small delights. Like the purveyors of curious goods in previous ages, every item is intended to stir and enthrall each and every one of the senses.

From the sleek feel of the carefully selected silk ribbons to the intoxicating atmospheres of the handmade fragrances. Douglas Little’s love of rare botanica, arcane curiosities and long forgotten sensations compel me to offer these modern heirlooms. Alchemy is the art of transformation; like those Alchemists before me, I aspire to turn leaden monotony into golden bliss. Through the intertwined poetry of the senses, DL & Co intends to transform the mundane into the magnificent.

DL & Co Signature Collection Candle – Tasmanian Boronia
Available at Luxe-Gifts.com

Mr Douglas Little is a sybarite of the senses who has created award winning images and ideas for the finest names in beauty. His appetite for rarefied pleasures has compelled him to bring DL & Company into being, so that he might share with others his passion for the hidden treasures of the world. DL & CO exists for the sole purpose of bringing a more vibrant way of living into being, a refuge for those weary of the prosaic, second rate offerings that surround us all.

DL & Co Signature Collection Candle – Golden Poppy
Available at Luxe-Gifts.com

Within the dim, opulent parlors of D.L. & CO, detail, craft and imagination are all greeted with a tender, reverent embrace and are cordially introduced to their lusty suitors, obscure botanica, Victorian surrealism and ancient charm. The fruits of their languorous unions are all found here. We humbly invite you to lose yourselves in their subtle yet vertiginous splendor.

DL & Co Signature Collection Candle – Black Dahlia
Available at Luxe-Gifts.com
DL & Co Signature Collection Diffuser – Lady Rhubarb
Available at Luxe-Gifts.com
 
 
D.L. & Co. pays great attention on details on Packaging:

The Box

Stitched in Burmese Silk, these carefully crafted containers recall the boxes that held cufflinks and collars in the glory days gone by. Your candle or diffuser are enclosed in a black satin ribbon imported from France, chosen for its exquisite sheen and weight.

The Tissue

The meticulous interior of each box ensures your candle or diffuser a long life, preserving fragrance as its flame slumbers, nestled in a cool embrace of hand-pleated tissue imported from Switzerland, exclusively dyed for D.L. & Co.

The Vessel

Mr. D.L. love & appreciation for finely crafted glassware served as the inspiration for this distinctive piece. Evoking the sublime vessels that flourished at the turn of the century until the middle of the 20th centry, it recalls the Art Deco period’s penchant for organic yet stylized contours. The true brilliance of this floral design lies not only in its visual elegance, but also in that the form itself actually amplifies the fragrance while the candle is alight. When awakened, the candle’s fragrance reverberates into the air with a surprising liveliness. The bowl is created from fine grade australian sand, selected for its clarity, weight and ability to display an intense hue. The bottom of each vessel bears the artist’s initials, and every bowl is hand-tinted, hence making each one unique.

The Wax

D.L. & Co. candles are comprised of a patented blend of high-grade european waxes, many of which are used for luxury body creams and lotions. One immediately feels the difference in the wax when one runs a finger along its milky surface. Moise but not greasy, it is virtually absorbed into the skin upon contact. This formul not only burns cleaner than any other candle, it also houses the delicately balance essential oils without altering their fragile character. The wax in these candles is specifically designed to have a low melting temperature, thereby yielding a greater liquified surface area by which to better release the fragrance held within.

I am opening up one box of the “Absinthe” Signature collection candle to show you the beautiful hand pleated lining and packaging , the attention of details Mr. Little has put into all of his products!

Absinthe scent is truly decadent, makes me think of Victorian era opulence.

Their attention to detail really made my day, the larger candles come with a little card about the candle fragrance as well.

The unveiling.. I love this candle, and after it’s used up you can use it for other candles (votives) or as a candy dish (for the larger ones).

Aromatherapy Meets Goth Chic

Posted in D.L. & Co., Gothic Chic & Dark Glamour, Home Decor with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

After I got home from a long day at work and I get all comfy under my cashmere blanket, I just love lighting up a nice scented candle with a good book ( or the super popular Vampire Novel –Twilight, yes I am not that classy at all time LOL) and relax! So for me, choosing a good scented candle is very important. I recently discover these fabulous candles from “D.L. & Co. Modern Alchemy” I just can’t get enough of it!

“Modern Alchemy” is part of the world famous company “D.L & Co” which has big following from the Rich to Hip clienteles and can be found from selected few high end department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman in New York City and Maxfield Boutique in West Hollywood, CA
The “Gothic Splendor at Bergdorf Goodman” window disply


The word Alchemy was the medieval pursuit to transform un-precious metals into gold through a combination of magic and science. So D.L. & Co. Modern Alchemy Utilizing the rarest of extracts, essence and absolutes, they were able to create fragrance that conjure the time and place, transforming environments from the mundane to the sublime.
In their “Historical Collection Candles” there are 10 uniquely scents that is just purely magical!
Brothel “ A torrid fragrance of sultry orris root, musk, ancient civet, peru balsam and rarest plai
( Available at
Luxe-Gifts.Com )
” Boston Tea Party ” – Infused with scents of english black tea and cedar, tangled with blackish seeweed absolute.
( Available at
Luxe-Gifts.Com )
” Cake Walk “ – This candle combines the notes of buttery cream frosting, chicory and tobacco leaves.
( Available at
Luxe-Gifts.Com )
” Ex Libris “ This candle is infused with scents of antiquated leather-bound volumes of handsome papers and parchment permeate, sure to seduce the senses.
( Available at
Luxe-Gifts.Com )
” Dia de los muertos “ Dia De Los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) candle is infused with scents of merigolds and frankinscence, sure to tantalize and evoke both the living and the dead.

( Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com )

” Opium Den “ This candle is infused with scents of smouldering raising, opiates and tobacco fume.

( Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com

” Secret Society “ – From their hidden sanctuaries, secret societies practice rites obscure and divine. a mysterious and powerful blend of frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, cedar, patchouli and juniper.

( Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com

” Salem “ This candle is infused with scents of New England maple, hickory and wallnut. These scents are set ablaze in a ravenous bonfire consuming the imagination.

( Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com

” Tincture of winchester “ This candle is infused with scents of wood stock, 19th century lacquer and smoky gunpowder.

( Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com

” Speak Easy “ This candle combines the notes of prohibition, gin and pipe tobacco.

( Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com )

They also have a full collection of Goth inspired home decor collection such as stationary, jewelries, stationary holder…ect.

Resin Cast Stationary Correspondence box w/ Hand crafted note cards $175

Silver Thorn Apple – Silver effigy filled with an intensely fragranced votive thorn apple candle $225
Sterling silver spiny clam pin – $175
I can just go on and one about how much I love D.L. & Co. Modern Alchemy’s Candles and accessories! click on the pictures of the candles to see more info about each magical scents!
Now I am gonna snuggle up under my cashmere blankets, catch up my read of the “Twilight” and dream about the dreamy “Edward the Vampire” ! LOL
come back to check out our blog again to see what other fabulous finds we’ve found!
xoxo, Alan + mei-mei the pug