Punk & Op Art Street Chic From Versus by Versace

Boy: Trench, $1,150; Pants, $495; Boots, $425; Shirt, $495. Girl: Op Art Tee, $195; Pants, $395; Boots & Hoodie, Not Avail

Just popping back in to share one of my fave diffusion collections this season, Versace's re-imaged Versus collection. Fairly straight-forward in concept, yet undeniably Donatella, the mixed (It) bag of graphic-scapes, opulent colors, studded leather, and signature Versace prints has me dying a little inside -- in a very, very good way.

It's a pretty reminiscent of the Versace x H&M collection, but undoubtedly uses much more luxurious materials. 

One of my goals for "adulthood": No more faux anything.

Also, gotta give them props for using my girl Brooke Candy's track "Everybody Does" in their collection trailer:


Here are some of my favorite looks that I just want to dump into a pile and have sex with, so many sumptuous textures. The models can join too... maybe.

Boy: Moto Jacket, $1,475; Leather Pants, $1,050; Op Art Tee, $225; Boots, $425. Girl: Moto Jacket, $1,475; Op Art Tee, $195; Leather Pants, $995; Heels, $545

Boy: Blue Op Art Shirt, $425, Blue Pants, $325; Blue Trench & Shoes, Not Avail. Girl: So Not Avail

Boy: Mustard Denim, $275; Boots, $425; Moto Jacket, $1,475; Red Op Art Tee, $225. Girl: Mustard Denim, $275; Animalier Knit Top, $395; Safety Pin Moto, Not Avail

Girl: Studded Boots, $725; Belt Print Leggings, $195; Belt Print Tee, $195. Boy: Boots, $425; Belt Print Pants & Tee, Not Avail

Safety Pin Dress, $425; Heels, $545, Safety Pin Bag, $695
Could this be the end of my fruitless search for an It-bag?

Let's see what the models have to say:

Okay, the short-haired brunette can definitely join my Versus orgy.

LOVE / LUST: Disco to Heavy Metal Heel-Less Platforms

LOVE:

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Rock Star Platforms by Jeffrey Campbell - $195.00 at Nastygal.com
I've been wanting to actually purchase some of these floating Gaga/Guinness-esque platforms for quite sometime, and I think these might be the ones! The metallics and patent leather makes this shoe an ease to drift back and forth between rock n' roll, disco and glam depending how you dress it.

As for my LUST...

LUST:

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The Shadow and Spike Bootie by Jeffrey Campbell - $264.00 at Karmaloop.com
I had to, I just had to. Look at this mess of spikes that's a certain rip-off of previously featured Japanese shoe artist (what he does is truly an art) Noritaka Tatehana. But the little goth teenager in me screams and my wallet starts to shake in fear! I like the patent version as opposed to the regular black leather version because with a design like this, you might as well go ALL THE WAY. I would strongly advise to not wear these with a maxi dress/skirt or long flowy pants since they're bound to get shredded--on the other hand that might be a cool look!

Ooo, experimenting with animated gifs, I like! Leave a comment if these seem a bit too much. :)

Day 11: Post-Physical & Occult One-Stop Shopping With Actual Pain and Black Milk


Oh man, it's getting rough narrowing down all the killer stuff I'm finding for our 12 Days of Xmas countdown! As I'm saving the ultimate holiday gift for the last day tomorrow, I'm combining two lines for this post. If these sites don't help check things of your holiday shopping lists for your favorite street goth or rave punk, nothing will!

Loving the graphic bathing suits, leggings and dresses from Australia's Black Milk and the tongue-in-cheek occultist tops, caps and jewelry from Seattle's Actual Pain (they have a .org website, ha!). With differing degrees on the darkness spectrum, what the two lines do share is a surprisingly expansive selection within their respective design themes.

Black Milk has the slick website, hot models and the high-quality photography expected of an established fashion brand, but still retains a sense of DIY initiative. Focused on bold colors and eye-popping graphics, the line turns stretch fabrics into photographic canvases, creating bathing suits featuring skeletal structures, outer space vistas, beach sunsets, wildlife closeups and film art from the likes of Rocky Horror and Metropolis.

My favorites are the Ribs Black Swimsuit ($90) and the Tiger Swimsuit ($90)
I certainly wouldn't restrict these pieces to the pool or beach (especially since I hate sun) and instead would pair with high-waist shorts, mini skirts or for the most daring, just alone with over-the-knee socks and a motorcycle jacket. The site also has an extensive photo galleries of how happy customers styled their pieces if you ever need inspiration.
 Worth noting too, their Beetlejuice Suspender leggings ($125). Such a cute idea!


Actual Pain is the polar opposite of Black Milk in many respects, with it's raw, punk rock website and stripped down, guerrilla graphics. But Actual Pain selection is no less expansive than Black Milk's, exploring droves of goth, occult and pop culture memento mori upon what seems like every blank item in the Hanes catalog. I'm particularly drawn to the more humorous pieces in the line, like the utterly Midwestern pom pom beanies and crew sweatshirts.



Actual Pain just launched their winter collection yesterday (Dec 12) and already pieces are sold out, so be sure to grab anything you can as soon as you can. Oh how I lament that these Sixth Seal ($36) leggings are gone! People of Actual Pain, please tell me there will be more!


Day 9: Witty, Brooding Graphic Tees from TUCO

I keep telling myself I need to be buying fewer t-shirts and more grown-up shirts (whatever that means), hoping it will help me keep a refined look. But then I see lines that just floor me and I take my back all my anti-tee thoughts. Los Angeles-based Graphic designer and super hottie Jenny Ryf Doucedame's graphic tee line TUCO combines clever, black humor slogans with stark monochromatic images that are ripe for the outwardly brooding urbanite--who actually doesn't take it all too seriously. Any Tuco shirt makes a perfect gift for the badass dude or chica in your life and makes you look cool for finding it.

The name Tuco sound familiar? The line points out the name derives from:


  1. character from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966): A wanted man in the American Old West with a price on his head of $2,000. His motto:
    There are two kinds of people in the world my friend, those with a rope around their neck and the people who have the job of doing the cutting.
  2. character from "Breaking Bad" (2009): An erratic Mexican drug kingpin.

Are you going to be the one hanging, cutting or scaring the shit out of people?

Not just rad graphics, Tuco pieces are extra soft with "grinding" on the collar and hems for that comfy, worn-in look and feel. These shirts primed to become your go-to afterhours/morning-after/going out and grinding/staying in and grinding/"where the fuck is my favorite shirt" tee. I think a key point may be that wearers can very comfortably sleep or black out in Tuco.

They come in a single size for an oversized look that goes great with pretty much anything. My own rule with oversized tees is to go extra slutty on the bottom to keep a good balance. As part of the launch, Tuco's also offering 25% off orders with code URMYFRIEND for the holidays. What's your excuse not to get one?

My personal faves that jaw-droppingly meet FAB (Fight A Bitch) status are the "House Party Vibes" and  "Don't Go Chasing" shirts. I still mourn the demise of the wild weekly house parties in LA (seriously where did they all go? Did we trash them all?) and there are just way too many waterfalls that I need to stop chasing (plus, I fucking love that TLC song, duh).

Jenny, you're reading my mind.
 Don't stop.


Rising Model: Aymeline Valade Goes Punk for Interview Magazine

A face hard to forget, Parisian model Aymeline Valade is making a huge splash since suddenly popping up in Balenciaga's spring 2011 runway show. Recently she was selected to star in Alexander Wang's highly coveted "image pieces" i.e. ad campaigns. Craig McDean, who shot Wang's campaign, shot this color popping 90's punk-come-Hackers spread for the latest issue of Interview. Valade might just be the next incarnation of frequently tomboy'd model Freja Beha. Her strong facial features allows her to oscillate unemcumbered between hyper feminine and hyper masculine looks. I don't think Freja could've pulled off this shoot as powerfully as Valade does, though I'm sure a video of the shoot would look just SO laughably awkward. But really, what shoot isn't kind of absurd in it's making?


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