13 July 2009

Gothic Dreams

Gothic Luxury
Essential Homme
June 2009
Photography by Yoshiaki Sekine

My interest in the concept of the contemporary Gothic has been one that has slowly grown into the realm fascination over the past several months. The dark and romantic looks have stood in rather stark contrast to my usual manner, yet they have an undeniable allure. I have found myself decidedly wearing more black and darker colours at times where I may have otherwise worn bright pops of colour. Adding even the smallest of variety really does allow one to explore both one's self and one's style.

As I was looking over a some past editorials, I came across the above pictured Gothic Luxury shoot. I found myself appreciating both the artistic direction of the shoot, yet more importantly, the fashions depicted therein. With the absence of any real colour in the clothing, with strong black garments against the inherent fragility of nude skin, it truly allows shape and line to be the dominant focus. Just as in black and white photography, where the lack of colour allows one to truly focus on the play of light; the lack of colour in these garments allows one to truly appreciate the line and cut of the pieces.

Indeed it seems that to take the direction of a monochromatic collection, requires a certain amount of skill and confidence in design. I found myself particularly thinking back to Ann Demeulemeester's Fall 09 collection for her eponymous label, and Takahiro Miyashita's Fall 07 collection for Number (N)ine. The effortless layering and draping of these dark and romantic looks certainly do seem to appeal for the colder months. Besides, who doesn't feel like wearing full black every once in a while?


P.S. I am considering giving the blog a little bit of a spruce up. Would you like to see a wider format?

Currently playing: S.O.S. - Jordin Sparks

xxxx

64 comments:

  1. Hi,

    My first time visiting your blog! :)

    You have an amazing writing style and i have enjoyed reading this post and the previous ones!

    These looks remind me very much of Rick Owens collection!

    Hope you are having a wonderful Monday!

    Anna

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  2. I've always had this lurking interest in gothic fashion, but I could never commit to an all black palette. And that harness in the second and third picture looks awesome.

    ~Faith

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  3. Dan Felton is gradually warmin his way into my heart love d editorial.

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  4. though i really dont like the word "gothic" these looks are much more refined than what one would find in a hot topic.

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  5. The tattooed body looking awesome..




    Joliiees!!!!!

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  6. Oh DK, you always have photos that make you look twice :)
    Full on black - love to do!!!
    xx Ela

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  7. if i was a man, will wear it either way, love the pants and boots--fab!!xx

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  8. Nice post. I love monochromatic colors, I'm big on gray. But black is amazing because it's the color that never goes out of style.

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  9. Oh I do like the last group of photos, from the Fall 09 collection. Especially the in the top left hand corner. That suit is smokin' ^o ^

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  10. thanks I did:)

    oh damn can't get my eyes of the 13th pic!

    x Karla

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  11. I am always wearing head to toe black...I buy tons of colored pieces that unfortunately don't get that much action! The shape of the pants in that editorial is very interesting.


    And you could blog on a cardboard box and we'd all still read it. But three columns are fun too haha.

    Lovelovelove!

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  12. i like the blog as is . but im sure it'll look good with the change too.
    i love wearing head to toe black . and i love ann demeulemeester .

    you write so well i know ive said it before, i am wondering what it is you aspire to be ... what career are you looking into? journalism ?

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  13. The editorial is absolutely stunning...it made me think of Rick Owens and Hedi Slimane immediately. Monochromatic collections definitely force you to focus on cut and styling. Since high school I have been a big fan of black. I think the biggest challenge is making monochromatic and gothic sensibilities relatable to wider audiences, which many designers are able to do now.

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  14. Fabulous post! Loving those moto-ish jackets!
    And YES a wider format would be fantastic ~ the more DK, the better!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  15. That anchor is following me. I feel like if a designer can pull of a monochromatic collection without it seeming like the same look walked down the runway twenty times then that is a mark of design genius.

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  16. it is such a cool look....I love it too.

    I think the idea of going wider is nice...we could see larger versions of your beautiful photos!

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  17. great photo shoots! i like it, they're great in black and white, the contrast of the photos are great as well. :)

    xx

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  18. I think these photos are incredibly beautiful. I love these clothes. I think a wider format would be great. Hope your week has started off well.

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  19. Black and white are classic, and I love the effect of black against pale skin [unfortunately I am not pale enough haha]. My favourites from the editorial are the 1st, fifth, sixth, eleventh, fourteenth, and fifteenth ♥

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  21. You know, before I'd even taken a look at the title I had classified these photos as "dreamy". They really quite are in a way that I can't quite explain, for they have this sort of classy edge that I can't get over.

    I must admit, I absolutely love dark colors. Even with porcelain white skin I simply cannot stay away at times - even in the summer!
    I dig the modern Gothic look as well :)

    xo,
    hk

    PS. Hmm, I just saw the wider format PS. I think the idea is lovely :D!

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  22. I've always thought that the gothic look had so much potential but ended up being one of the least imaginative 'movements' (if you can call it that). Because I tend to listen to a lot of rock and alternative music, some of which have fallen in the gothic or industrial category, I've witnessed a lot of people, particularly at concerts sport a gothic-styled look and have always been disappointed they'd look the same. As you said, wearing all-black allows the exploration of layers or perhaps textures to give clothing some kind of depth. What I see, usually involves a lot of studs, spikes, cobweb-like distressing and way too much make-up.

    I really loved the modern lines of both collections here. It's just such a different take on the whole look without losing any of the 'dark' feel.

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  23. nom nom what thin and delicate boys.

    wider format? idk sometimes that hurts my eyes. I'd been considering myself becuase the bits at the sides look so blank...

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  24. Love these photos. You can never go wrong with black.

    liliesandgrapes.blogspot.com

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  25. this is a great editorial, black has been a favourite clothing colour of mine for many years now! i'm in the process of having my blog dressed up too - a change is always good i think!

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  26. oh my gosh, i used to wear lots of all black outfits. now, i am trying to inject more colors into my wardrobe. however, gothic style is quite romantic yet dark which is why it is so appealing to us.

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  27. I have been toying with the idea of a wider format too and I think it would look fantastic on yours.

    I find it really hard to wear all black as I've said before...but some people do it so well and these runway photos are just fantastic.

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  28. So much movement too...in the photos. Cool.

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  29. I'm in black from head to toe always. I have fun colors and I always do try to throw some pieces in, but somehow I always go back to my basic black. I love it. Its what makes me feel best, and that's probably whats most important. :) I hope you had a great weekend, and a great start to the week!

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  30. Love this editorial. It's def. creative and artsy. That anchor tattoo is insane. I like your blog as is, of course, but yes, if you expanded the center section that would be great. The side links and images could be pushed over to the right. And I love your simple, but to the point, mantra. :) Hope you are having a wonderful day!

    xo, Becs

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  31. hi,

    you used to read my old blog www.ohdearleah.blogspot.com but I have now moved onto a new blog (click on the link to get to it)

    although it's beena while, i have to say i'm still loving your blog and morgan freeman, i want him to come over for dinner lol

    xxx

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  32. I am a big fan of the black, it always looks so elegant!

    and the layering in those last pictures looks fantastic ♥

    xx

    www.inspirations.co.nr

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  33. Those photo truly blew me away! I love the simplicity of black and white in the photos.

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  34. Aww, you should definitely do a brother photo post!! I love this editorial very masculine meets posh- what a clever mix. PS: I reccomend "Monsters" by Band of Horses for summer music!



    x

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  35. what an amazing editorial - i'll be having gothic dreams all week now! xx.

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  36. I love all black with INSANE accessories. And incredible shoes {of course}.

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  37. I love the contrast of the porcelain looking skin against the black. It was a brilliant idea to photograph in black and white! I love this editorial, dear.
    I hope you're having a lovely Monday as well, my dear! :)

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  38. This is such an imaginative editorial! I like to wear black and white a lot but never all black...maybe accidentally. I'd love to see the wider format of course! xxoxoxoxo

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  39. thanks for your comment... that film is going to be amazing! Apparently Stephen Fry is in it too, which is always a bonus. Some of it was filmed quite near me, I know some people who are extras, I wish I was though!

    and I can't believe I actually made it to fifty posts, I am really rather inconsistent with most other things like this. And I did have 50 followers, but evidently as soon as I posted that, it went down to 49, how typical! x

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  40. those B&W photos are awesome..i especially like the last 2.

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  41. I've always been into Goth fashion, I love the monochromatic scene and most of my closet is black and white for some reason. Adore the shoot, it has impeccable elegance.

    xo
    Sophie

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  42. Funny how dressing in black can make you feel bold, isn't it? But my goodness, in Vancouver you certainly see a lot of it.

    Love the looks, though. Many of them I'd wear too.

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  43. love the goth looks...unique...hope life is love...and happy week :)

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  44. hurray for wider format- definitely
    it CHANGED my blog completely when I did it

    hot clothes- I've got a sudden urge for a giant anchor tattoo
    you in?

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  45. Goth has never looked so good.

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  46. i love black. its so chic. and so good when done right.

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  47. i have a soft spot for the goth stuff, and i like the modern and cleaner format of these pieces. fab!

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  48. I like looking at the Lolita and Gothic Bible issues..Spring was the wedding issue..never thought of having a gothic wedding. Even though in high school a guy took some photos of a friend and me for a'gothic' photo shoot. Mind you, I live in the midwest..so it probably wasn't 'goth' as in now..though we had black hair and that kind of thing. He took some pics of me in a old creepy house..the ones in the city..well, I might as well have been a hooker.

    Anyway..thanks loads for the comment.

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  49. Sorry I've been away for awhile---too much crap going on in my life----sigh...

    Love the lines on these clothes---so lean.

    By the by----I was going to tell you about a blog that I belong to that is a book club of sorts----
    check it out----readabooksaveabrain.blogspot.com

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  50. I find Gothic fashion to be very fascinating and unique :)

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  51. I try and fight colour at every opportunity.

    It would seem width is the new black. I'm editing my images in readiness for a wider look - so I say yes.

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  52. Since I started blogging, I've found myself wearing a lot more black and dark colors. I guess it's the influence of the blogosphere. I don't know...

    Wider format is always nice :)

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  53. I really like gothic styled clothing and I am also forver inspried by gothic architecture

    xx

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  54. I really like this shoot, thanks for posting it, I hadn't seen it before.

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  55. Beautiful monochromatic collection & photography DK! Lovely week to you dear!!
    XO*

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  56. I am really digging those looks =]

    I know a guy that looks just like the model featured in the top photos.

    By the way I know I have told you before but Damn you got good taste in music =]

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  57. Wow those photos are so amazing! Your writing style is really great as well. I think a wider format would be divine! Then you will have more room to write more amazing things!
    Cheers,
    C

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  58. Wow those photos are so amazing! Your writing style is really great as well. I think a wider format would be divine! Then you will have more room to write more amazing things!
    Cheers,
    C

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  59. I love the straps around his body. Very hot.

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  60. you seriously make me interested in fashion again!!!
    dash snow died, did u know that artist? i really liked his work and Im quite shocked today.hope you are fine

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