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GOD’s Girl

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look on December 4, 2010 at 3:05 am


As a young man looked through my October Vogue Paris issue, he was taken aback but the lurid Gothic imagery. I can’t say I was surprised by his intellectual indigence; he does come from a place where social liberation runs very thin. He asked me if I like to dress like a Goth, I said yes. He proceeded to tell me that Goths worship the devil. He asked me if I believe in GOD, I said yes. He asked me what kind. The Christian God. Then I showed him the Word of God tattoo emblazoned on my arm.

Then he said I was a “bad girl,” whatever that means. Needless to say, what the idiot failed to realize is that Goth falls between the extremes of good and evil.

The strong Catholicism and masonic imagery are one in the same. Yes, it delves into the dark side, but it’s also counter-balanced with bright side. And it’s a very romantic concept. It can lean towards a more Victorian element with lace, and cameo necklaces, billowing skirts.

Or it can have a punk aesthetic with sharp boots, leather and zips. I think if I could, I’d balance it with a bit of both, but I would lean towards to the Victorian side. I’ve only seen some of the most beautiful Gothic garments anyway.

But getting to the point. I am a woman of many fashion interests. But I am most interested in Goth – have been for a while. Which explains my long time fascination with Prince. If I had the means, would I dress let my inner Goth come out? Probably. They say the way we dress is an extension of our sexuality, and this is an interesting topic.

Long before Rihanna made it cool, I had a prolonged fascination with sado-masochism. That’s a world I’ve never really gone to deep into, but it’s not something I’m particularly afraid of. On my way home (after talking with the young lad), I happened to walk into Type books on Queen West. It just so happened that it was an open lesbian reading night, or something of the sort. One of the speakers started to read from an anthology: how to be a dominatrix.

As she went into detail, I zoned out and imagined the actual setting, the clothes, the ambiance. How wonderful would it be to parade in a corset and leather knee-high boots and my Nicki Minaj bob. When she went onto the masochist part, though I understood, I couldn’t really see myself dawning leather chokers and mesh tops. But the idea of entertaining a guy I was into (as a Dominatrix) amuses me.


I remember a guy telling me years ago that I would make a great dominatrix. I twisted my face in disgust at the time. Now, well, let’s just saw it would be interesting. But on the basis that my “victim” is a super hot alpha male, of course.

Musing: Chanel

In culture, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, RTW on June 7, 2010 at 12:51 am

Chanel – what I chic name. Then again, I’m attracted to all things chic. The way the name rolls off the tongue is like an ice cube melting in your mouth – the water drizzling down your chin. I’ve noticed, since I’ve been reading archives, Canadian magazines are in love with Chanel. Whether it’s fragrance, cruise collections or runway collections, they’re always front and center of this coveted french atelier.

Admittedly, I’m also a hardcore Chanel fan. Though I’m not sure if it’s more about the man behind the brand than the brand itself. Could it be that Canadian magazine Editors saturate the brand to be closer to him? I mean, Monsieur Karl Lagerfeld is a character all himself. With his starched-high collars, sleek black shades and leather motorcycle gloves emblem, he is the epitome of quintessential chic.

Since falling in love with Goth culture, I’ve noticed the dark underpinnings in his Chanel collections (considering Fendi and his namesake are more commercially appealing). I’m addicted to victorian-ruffled blouses, the monochromatic black scale palette (of course), jabots, admirals, Jacquard prints, brocade – all of it. And the younger Chanel, the ready-to-wear Chanel, exemplifies that gothic element for me. She’s what I aspire to be; mysterious, confident and forward. Obviously not all of it, but it peaks it’s pretty head; a shirt here, pant there, even a tweak in it’s traditional tweed jacket.

I’ve made an official claim that I’ll be sitting front and centre at the fashion world’s most sought-after collections, starting this year. And Chanel is not, by no means, exempt from this promise. I better get busy, I have a lot of work to do.

Swathed in black fabric, the way I like it.

The man of my dreams? Not quite, but he’ll do for now.

Musing: Leather Ankle Booties

In Boots, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look on May 28, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Shoes. What fashion obsessed person doesn’t love ’em. Your alter-ego – dressed in a willowy white lace gown – lays kissing the sun beside a Pierre Hardy hill that, suddenly, erupts with an explosion of shoes that whack you splat in the face (ouch!). As this fantasy produces the most intense orgasmic experience you’ve ever had in your life, it’s a dream few can  relate to.

People who consider an obsession with fashion to be superficial – quite frankly, lack common sense. Just like a caveman needed fur to survive brutal storms, you, the fashionista, needs your shoes. And if you can beautify your feet with intricately detailed footwear, you must – by all means – indulge.

I’ve rambled on about my obsession with all things goth. And I don’t mind owning various kinds of the same item, it’s a necessity. And it’s amazing how inventive and creative the black leather ankle boot can be.

The black leather ankle boot is the most versatile on the shoe lot. It’s sporty with a hypersexual undertone (think S&M). Maybe I am – a hypersexual being. I mean, if you have a fetishism for shoes, or have an admiration for gothic culture, wouldn’t it make sense? Regardless, it’s the ultimate power play not many men have the skill to handle.

Burberry leather ankle boot

Lanvin leather ankle boots

Rick Owens leather sex boot

Sam Edelman ankle boot

Out with the Punk!

In designer, Fabric, Fashion, Fashion Heat, style on April 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Fashion Editors are calling for a nouveau punk revolution. They’re saying women are rebelling. Maybe it’s a strike against the pretty gowns some designers sent down the runway. They’d rather embrace pairing tulle with spikes than look like societe’s ideal of the wholesome girl.

I see nothing wrong with Ms. Wholesome. I’ll freely admit she’s what I strive for. She’s classy and smart. But I’ve taken a keen interest to goth girl because she’s très chic. Goth is elegant, has depth and is androgynous. The goth girl is the smart person’s wholesome girl. While Goth continues to evolve, becoming more hipsterish and emotional when young, it’s  consistent. Goth can be beautified, or kept monochromatic, it doesn’t matter, the point is it’s always there. Gareth Pugh has brought a much-needed glamour to goth while Joseph Altuzarra made it more approachable. Rick Owens is more of a modernist, but there’s a hint of goth empowerment in his collections, always.

So, I’m rebelling against punk.  I’d rather be timeless than hold on to something I’ll part ways with once I’ve noticed a grey hair or two.  At least this way, I can exchange leather with silk, and replace my sheer black t-shirts with a Victorian style blouse. It will be a transition rather than a metamorphosis, growing more fruitful with age.

Musing: Givenchy RTW F/W 2010

In colour, culture, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Icon, In the Know, Legend on April 2, 2010 at 5:04 pm

It took a long time for me to realize this; Riccardo Tisci is my favorite designer of all time. He is to Givenchy what Nicolas Ghesquière is to Balenciaga – a second skin.

I adore his collections, yet they delve into the painful side of ugliness. But at the same time, they’re strikingly beautiful; angelic yet cold. Ultimately, even if there’s a piece you don’t like, it’s complemented with intricate detailing. It’s layered with Tisci’s passion, and that’s what makes Givenchy so captivating.

The black monochromatic palette was splattered in blood. Men wore skirts and women wore lace. This collection reminds me of the most sinister parts of gothic lifestyle. Those alley ways and night clubs where the people you’re most afraid of congregate. But at the same time, it’s the Goths  we draw the most inspiration from. They’re muses to designers like Tisci, and they wear their clothes with intensity, much like Tisci’s designs.

I’m not in awe with this man, I’m inspired by him.  As Tisci has found a home in Hubert de Givenchy’s fashion house, I have found a mentor in him.