Archive for goth chic

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

Christian Louboutin Spiked High-Top Sneaker – A Must-Have For The Tough Luxe Rocker Looks

Posted in Celebrity & Entertainment, Christian Louboutin, Fashion, Handbags & Accessories with tags , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug
When we think of Christian Louboutin’s shoes what’s pops into your mind? Dramatic sky-high heels , lady who lunches and the famous Red sole at the bottom of each pair of his fabulously designed shoes. Well in recent couple years, Monsieur Louboutin has totall revamp his company and reach out to more younger and hipper customers. In his spring summer 2010, here comes a pair of unisex sneakers that screams “Downtown cool & Rocker Chic” ! of course it still has his signature red color sole!

Music producer / Rap artist Pharrell Williams has been spotted with this rocking kicks at Art Basel in Miami. Here is a photo of Pharrell sporting the laced-up black leather version and Monsieur Christian Louboutin himself wearing a pair of slip-on leather loafers that are equally studded.

In Louboutin’s spring summer 2010, “Tough Luxe” will be one of the new look for this fabulous shoe design house. So boys and girls, get out your vintage Levi’s leather jackets handy when you go out at night and rock the town with this super fabulous UNISEX Christian Louboutin Spiked High-Top Sneaker!

Available at NeimanMarcus.com

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 2010 Final Show Was Beautiful, Solemn, Funereal & a Little Spooky

Posted in Alexander McQueen, Fashion, Haute Couture with tags , , , , on March 21, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Yesterday at the Paris fall winter 2010 fashion week, our beloved fashion designer Alexander McQueen whom pass away couple weeks ago had an appointment only salon presentation of his last collection that he was working on before his tragic death.

In his latest & last collection, McQueen got back to what he loved the most, the hand craftsmanship of the Haute Couture and the things that are been lost in the making of fashion. He was inspired by the art of the Dark Ages, a sense of poetic, medieval beauty that dealt with religious iconography. In the show, it had a hunting soundtrack of operatic music in the background, the presentation was solemn, funereal and a little spooky.

McQueen’s bi-annual fashion show extravaganza had always been the highlights of the Paris or London fashion week, and a Must-See show for every fashion editors, photographers and fashionistas! Instead of the usual big production show, yesterday’s intimate setting allowed the guests having the opportunity for an up-closed appreciations of the details of his masterpieces, and honored his designs for the very last time.

By mixing the new technology with arts from the past, he had digitally transferred the paintings of high-church angels and Bosch demons into hand-loomed jacquards fabrics to create a caped gowns & dresses. Also there was a golden color feather long jacket that was painstakingly hand covered each feather with 24K gold leaves then sewn on to the jacket one by one to created this angelic look paired with a puffy embroidered tulle long skirt.

There were tears in the eyes of some of the guests as the finale dress walked down the runway. There were some talks about the possible succession designer Gareth Pugh will take over the house of McQueen, but for us, there will only be one Alexander McQueen!

Here is a video done by my one of my favorite online store Net-a-Porter.com to pay tribute to Alexander McQueen

Also click on the video player below to see some of my favorite McQueen fashion shows. To see the whole collection of McQueen’s shows since year 2002, you can click here to visit AlexanderMcQueen.com

Rest in peace Mr. McQueen! You’ll be missed!

Until next time, be well and 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.

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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).