Post Mortem: April 2018

Haute Macabre’s offerings from April, 2018… Stacked: March 2018 Haute Macabre Shop Sale BloodMilk Semi-Annual Sale Springtime Small Business Sponsors!  Anouk Wipprecht’s Spider Dress: Robotic Arachnid Guardian Chic  Aural Fixation Painted Lady: Kate Moss by Paolo Roversi Elsa Lanchester, Herself (Interview And Book Giveaway) DollsKill 4/20 Sale Genius, Provocateur, Legend: “McQueen”

Genius, Provocateur, Legend: “McQueen”

When you love something that you consider sacred and beautiful, it’s sometimes difficult…baffling, almost… to believe that other people don’t actually have a clue as to what you’re babbling about when you blather on and on about this wondrous thing you adore. That sounds terribly presumptuous, doesn’t it? That our obsessions and fascinations shine so […]

Elsa Lanchester, Herself (Interview And Book Giveaway)

It’s hard to know when imagery so striking, so wonderfully eerie, so utterly iconoclastic as the one presented by Elsa Lanchester as The Bride of Frankenstein, first becomes embedded in one’s memory. When was I not aware of this astonishing creature, this electric-tressed beauty, robed in ghostly whites and the most elegant bandages ever glimpsed […]

Stacked March 2018

shelfie via @samanthamacabre S. Elizabeth Difficult Women by Roxane Gay I’m interested by Roxane Gay’s choice of words with regard to the titular “difficult” women. These are stories of complex, complicated women, for sure. Traumatized women in most, cases, if not all. Violence, abuse, betrayal; agony, anger, helplessness, hopelessness–these themes weave throughout the stories, a […]

Wendy Nichol Spring / Summer 2018: Death For Dinner

Getting outfitted to meet one’s maker is an intensely personal business, we can certainly do better than to begin and end with every mother’s insistence of a clean pair of underwear! If you are indeed to sup with the Grim Reaper before heading off into parts unknown, I think it better to leave a lasting […]

How To Wear The Vernal Equinox

I’ll admit, I never had much of an appreciation for spring until I moved to New Jersey in 2004. Until that time, I had spent the last twenty years in the semi-tropics and spring was, at best, laughable. There were no gusty lions or meek lambs and April showers most certainly did not lead to […]

ANTM Horror Story

To be honest, I haven’t watched a single episode of the glorious baloney that is America’s Next Top Model since 2009, but they may have re-kindled my interest with a spooky horror story-themed, “Scared By Fierce” photo shoot in Episode 4 of Cycle 24. “Scared By Fierce”! I am screaming. With laughter. Is this seriously what […]

Through A Powerful Looking Glass: The 2018 Pirelli Calendar

If there was ever a time that we, collectively, needed to see a new take on an old story, it is most definitely now. Which of course begs the question, “Is there ever a bad time to view an old tale through a different lens?” Of course not. But if you haven’t yet begun the work […]

Post Mortem: February 2018

Haute Macabre’s offerings from February 2018… How To Wear: An Afternoon Spent Indoors Reading When You’d Previously Planned To Leave The House Haute Macabre Staff Favorites 2017: Sam’s Picks Haute Macabre Staff Favorites For 2017: S. Elizabeth’s Picks Haute Macabre Staff Favorites For 2017: Maika’s Picks Haute Macabre Staff Favorites For 2017: Sonya’s Picks Haute […]

Drag Me To Hell (A Very Special How To Wear)

AKA How To Wear A Vindictive Feeling About An Unsolicited Internet Comment Wherein Someone Advised Me That I Need Jesus. I had a whole thing written out about a stupid situation that happened last week, but you know what? Internet commenters aren’t worth it! I deleted the whole thing and cackled madly, all the while. Instead, […]

The Haunted Menagerie At The Creeping Museum

The Creeping Museum (featured previously at Haute Macabre) is the labor of love conceived between two friends in North Portland, whose mission is to help artists and independent creators give back to their communities by turning their strange and unusual work into tiny pieces of affordable art, for which to support wonderfully worthy causes. Their newest project, The […]

Slipped Stitches & Stitched Slips: Maude Nibelungen’s Evocative, Elegant Knitwear

Maude Nibelungen is a textile artist with a passion for knitting unique, wearable objects of desire–evocative, avant garde knits full of elegant contradictions, which are equally lovely as sultry loungewear in the boudoir or as unexpected, expressive streetwear–and which are also equally encouraged for all types of people and all of their wonderful bodies. In our interview, below, Maude stressed to me […]

Stacked: January/February 2018

Maika All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders If Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (one of my all-time favorite books) was a tale of dueling 19th century English magicians, then All the Birds in the Sky is the tale of a present day/near future duel between witchcraft and technology in the US. Only, […]

How To Wear A Date With A Monster

We’ve all been there. It’s Friday night, you’re tearing up your closet–shoes strewn all over the floor, blouses crumpled and flung all up in the ceiling fan. You’re growling and muttering anxious curses, butterflies flapping their stupid wings in your guts… and you just don’t know what to wear on your first date with that […]

An Interview With Michael Locascio And Harlow Skalwold Of Dellamorte & Co.

It’s always a bit of a “eureka!” moment, isn’t it, to discover the real world existence of a marvelous something that until just that very moment in time, you were absolutely certain did not live outside the fantastical realms of your imagination? For years I believed that the best I could hope for, with regard to outfitting my […]

Haute Macabre Staff Favorites For 2017: S. Elizabeth’s Picks

Some personal thoughts on 2017… 2017 was a year of endings and beginnings and challenges and rising to the occasion. In January I traveled to Washtington DC with my beloved sisters for the Women’s March, which was both exhilarating and humbling, but more than anything, taught me that though I may have a heart of […]

Lvnea Limited Edition Amatory Box Set

Just in at Lvnea, and certainly just in time for the coldest portion of the year, during which your heart and other frozen bits could use some special attention: a limited edition amatory coffer filled with love potions, philtres, unguents, and elixirs. This limited box contains luxurious creations inspired by ancient love potions, old lore, and vintage formulae for […]

How To Wear: Hushed And Haunted Embroidery

Sometimes you just want to play with clothes. Sometimes you get a little fed up with reading fashion magazines telling you how to wear some dumb current trend. Sometimes you combine these things into an obsessive pastime… and sometimes you get really lucky and your editor and fearless leader encourages this type of foolishness. I hope […]

What Whisper A Needle Makes: The Creations of Elsa Olssen/Fevernest

Goats that gracefully gambol across a waistline, miniature moths fluttering about one’s throat, delicate alpine flora blooming across an expanse of  vintage lace–these are just a few of the eerie, elegant motifs one might find adorning both the artwork and clothing stitched by the patient, gentle hand of textile artist Elsa Olsson, aka Fevernest. After studying textiles […]

Yule Tidings Giveaway From Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab And Haute Macabre

The nip of winter wind is in the air, Krampus is dusting off his switches, Befana is polishing her broom, and Miskatonic Valley villagers are preparing for their winter solstice feasts. Blessed Yule, Merry Faunalia, and Happy Christmas and Hanukkah, everyone!  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s 2017 Yule fragrances are here to crown you and your […]

Piercing The Veil: The Evolving Work of Caitlin McCarthy

I have been following the dreamy, delicate, feminine phantoms summoned by Caitlin McCarthy’s hand for a few years now, and their spectral countenances never fail to strike a chord within me. Whether she is illustrating witches or widows, mystics or monsters, sybils or seers–every languid line and shadowed curve, from their trailing, tendrilled tresses, to the fragile lace […]

A Kindred Gloom: The Eerie Photography Of Sir Simon Marsden

For a dreary stretch of years I lived cut off from friends and family in a miserable realm known to me now as, “that shit-hole of which we do not speak,” (to others, I suppose it is just “New Jersey”.) I led a rather joyless existence during that time, especially during the winters, for I […]

The Shadow Is Me: An Interview With Jamie Mooers Of Burial Ground

Though I’ve been obsessed with Burial Ground’s magical creations and otherworldly aesthetic for several years now, and have in the past had the distinct pleasure of interviewing one half of its creative team, artist and photographer Bill Crisafi— I knew very little about the brand’s shadow half, Jamie Mooers. As a nosy so-n-so who wants to know everything […]

A Disquiet Of Dreams: Colette St. Yves

Oh, Tumblr. Since my heady discovery of the micro-blogging platform back in 2009, my mind has been opened and subsequently blown by all of the incredible art curated there and the talent to which it has given rise Sure, I’ve got my problems with Tumblr; it’s frustratingly rife with un-credited art–I can’t count the times I’ve seen a […]

Bloodmilk Exquisite Corpse Chapter III: Scented Previews

Later today, December 1, 2017,  surrealist collaboration Bloodmilk Exquisite Corpse will release Chapter III,  its newest collection, and a launch which is rumored to be its biggest yet. Again partnering with independent artists within the handmade community to offer objects of ritual and desire, glimpses of these mysterious items have been teasingly unveiled on the bloodmilk instagram account over the […]

The Magic Of Earth And Thread: Fiber Artist And Knitwear Designer Caitlin Ffrench

When I initially discovered the captivating knitting patterns of Vancouver-based textile artist and knitwear designer Caitlin Ffrench, a glorious thrill vibrated throughout my soul, and my fingers itched madly for needles, yarn, and an immediate opportunity to try my own hand at her stitchy, witchy designs. While I like to think that up until that point I had […]

Crimson Peak Screen Print And Giveaway From Sara Deck

Inspired by the Gothic story line, beautiful architecture, and show-stopping costuming work of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, artist Sara Deck (previously featured on Haute Macabre) shares with us today her newest work, an exquisitely evocative poster that has utterly haunted our hearts and imaginations. Featuring the ghost of Edith Cushing’s mother, taken from young Edith by the black cholera, she appears to […]