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 […]

BloodMilk: Ritual Strands Release Today

Today at 3PM EST, BloodMilk Jewels will be adding new ritual strands and mourning beads to the collection: in addition to new designs, The Black Phoenix and the reimagined Midnight Rattlesnake, previously available strands will be now be crafted in moonstone and labradorite beads. You may also find an new miniature version of the Sword […]

Diaphanous Knitting And Gossamer Knotting: Wearable Art By Nora Fok

Southeast England-based artist Nora Fok creates exquisite works of wearable textile art that look like they were woven using spider silk. In reality Fok uses her own two hands and a fine nylon microfilament, not a team of highly specialized and unusually cooperative arachnids, but I’m no less amazed by her weaving, knitting, braiding, and knotting achievements. […]

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 Call of Cthulhu for Beginners

From the great depths of cosmic horror, here emerges a retelling of The Old One, in the style of Dr. Seuss. The most merciful thing in the world, I believe, is humanity’s failure to fully conceive of the cosmical horrors we’ve yet to reveal, and which up until now I have tried to conceal This […]

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 […]

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 […]

Haute Macabre Staff Favorites For 2017: Erin’s Picks

Like so many of us, my 2017 will in many ways be defined by resistance, politics, and and the raving madness of the world around us. In some ways I am thankful for this, because I finally got off my ass and quit being an armchair activist. I finally got out in the streets and […]

Haute Macabre Staff Favorites For 2017: Maika’s Picks

Some personal thoughts on 2017… Oh 2017, you were a very challenging and full year. In addition to all the weight, worry, and woe about current events, my personal life was fraught with stress, growing pains, and heartache, none of which was actually new to the year itself. But the tide well and truly turned […]

Haute Macabre Staff Favorites 2017: Sam’s Picks

The previous year is now weeks behind us, but it’s taken me quite some time to process. I feel that for many of us, 2017 was a truly liminal experience: a year of stepping through thresholds of discomfort and sanctity, and diving deep within each of ourselves to find a truer version of what we […]

Post Mortem: January 2018

We present the first offerings from Haute Macabre in the new year, and cannot wait for everything we have upcoming for the new year! Exploring the Daydream Spaces of Scott Radke What Whisper A Needle Makes: The Creations of Elsa Olssen/Fevernest Death: A Graveside Companion Sam’s Semi-Annual Closet Cleanout Dr. Bloodsucker: Or, How I Learned […]

Fatally Yours

I never cared about Valentine’s Day before Vegan Treats Fatally Yours candy box came into my life, but now I look forward to the holiday every year! Vegan Treats offers two different styles: The Fatally Yours for all you black hearts out there, and the My Vegan Valentine for the pastel goth in your life. […]

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 […]

Ludi Naturae: Iris van Herpen Spring 2018 Couture

Dutch designer Iris van Herpen, endlessly innovative and inspiring, just debuted her Spring 2018 Couture collection entitled “Ludi Naturae,” and now we all want to clothe ourselves in finned, leafy, scaled, and flowing dresses, gowns, and jumpsuits that look like living biotech sculptures from a futuristic utopian fever dream. ‘Ludi’ is the plural form of the Latin term […]

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 […]

Sam’s Semi-Annual Closet Cleanout

Hello friends! I’ve started my semi-annual closet clean out, and dug deeeeeppppp this time. I moved just before the holiday season, and unearthed some frocks that have been packed away but deserve to be loved and flaunted. All of my listings are currently on the Depop app (available for iPhones and Androids), which is my favorite […]

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 […]