Harness Your Creativity

Fleet Ilya Harness †  Lola Harness from All Saints Elastic Harness from I Heart Norwegian Wood † Skin Graft Harness Custom Harness from Garbage Dress Let’s talk about harnesses. They rock. Not only do they make anything you wear them with more form-fitting and show off your boobs in a season of relatively conservative necklines, […]

It’s Maker Faire Weekend!

This weekend in San Mateo,  the world’s largest DIY fair celebrates it’s 4th anniversary.  Make Magazine‘s Maker Faire is expected to draw a crowd of over 100,000 to the San Mateo County Expo Center. Thousands of DIY vendors will showcase everything from robots to furniture to food. Arts, crafts, science, technology, engineering- and FASHION. Not […]

Got a Temper?

Everyone here is already very well aware of my affinity for oversized bags.  Every now and then, though, you don’t feel like lugging all that stuff around, and just want go out without worrying about setting your purse down somewhere.  Fanny packs or bulging pockets are NOT the answer to that, but Anthracite’s Utility Belts […]

DIY Latex

Fantastic site alert : Making Latex Clothing. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a step by step instruction guide for making your own latex wears from leggings to headbands, body suits to furniture, and is loaded with tips and tricks.  If my house wasn’t full of cats, I’d be making latex footstools, but the claws […]

Know When to Fold ’em

“The woman of the ’40’s through her military costumes suggests self-confidence and resoluteness”. -Dora Mojzes Hungarian designer Dora Mojzes newest collection, Diploma, uses origami folding techniques to transform cloth into geometric forms and comes out with powerful silhouettes that are at once classic and futuristic, aggressive and whimsical, and always glamorous. Knock it off: Silence […]

Viral Marketing

Like most legitimate news sources*, Haute Macabre is taking advantage of worldwide paranioa…er, I mean… striving to keep you up-to-date on the latest swine flu news. Whether by coincidence or not, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, which just wound up yesterday, showed multiple masks on the catwalk. And,  as the pandemic spreads, the DIY decorative face […]

DIY: Skull Cutout Tee

Courtesy of OustaPop Trashion. I will forgo the step-by-step instructions on this one since, well, it’s pretty self-explanatory. And because if you need directions you don’t deserve to have one anyway.

Etsy : Morph Clothing

Toronto based MorphClothing started in 2005, and has since stayed on top of the cyber esthetic.  Currently, there are only three items listed on their Etsy page (and no feedback), but the new online shop has more to offer.   On closer inspection, a lot of the designs on the site are triggering memories of […]

Etsy : Katherina Andreeva

Katherina Andreeva is a French alternative fashion designer. Her line is inspired by “Victorian postmortem photography and fairy tales with a fetish twist”, which just might be my favorite description of anything, ever.   The shop is full of the only kind of pink I think I could ever wear, frills and fruffy with a […]

Heart Macabre

  Seeing as how it’s Valentine’s Day, it feels obligatory to post hearts and frills.   Thankfully, I actually like the pieces I found for this post, instead of the usual cheap red lingerie that infects and infests everything this time of year.  We covered a few bits and pieces in a preemptive move a […]

Etsy : Diva Divine 777

Australian based DivaDivine777 is a corsetier using steel boning and genuine Victorian and Edwardian patterns.  Don’t forget to watch the instructional video we posted not too long ago after you buy one!

Etsy : Twylyte

Yes, please, I would like this hanging off my shoulder.  Twylyte on Etsy has created handbags out of recycled and reclaimed materials with a fetish feel, and are vegan friendly.

Etsy : JAlvo

Jackie Alvo is the force behind JAlvo’s shop on Etsy.  A graduate of F.I.T. in New York, the now Brooklyn based designer puts together pieces that somewhat remind me of the slouchy feel of a lot of Rick Owens’ items, which immediately means that her shop is full of win.   Each item in my […]

Etsy : Larimeloom

Larimeloom is a design team based out of northern Italy.  Their shop profile page explains that each item is 100% handmade, and not even drawn out beforehand.   I just lay the cloth out and grab my scissors and cut, fingers crossed for decent results! Pictured to the left is the Black Satin Dress (paired […]

Etsy : Lola Show Girl

Lola Show Girl handmade couture wraps can be custom made in any color or fabric.  There is a disclaimer stating that she recently had a baby (gah), so shipping may be a bit delayed.  Regardless of that, I am simply in heart with everything listed on her page, especially her prices – everything is under […]

Etsy : Decadent Designz

Decadent Designs is another Haute Macabre favorite, a Toronto based company specializing in alternative clothing for women.  Designer Olga’s biography quotes, “Olga had discovered her passion for clothing design at a young age, when she was a  small child, she used to dig holes in the ground in the hopes of finding a treasure chest […]

How To Put On A Corset

It always amazes me how many people do this wrong- even professional stylists! Do it the right way, and you will look better, be more comfortable, and extend the life of your corset.

Heels and Loathing in Las Vegas

I just returned from a weekend in Vegas, and walking the casinos and shows late at night led me to realize that somehow a very important message was getting lost: your shoes are only as hot as you look walking in them. I really love those Jimmy Choos, but if you are carrying them in […]

Spring 2009: Michelle Jank

Michelle Jank’s Hitchcock-inspired Spring 2009 dresses: Knock it off: cut out applique birds yourself to spruce up an outfit (there are lots of bird silhouettes available using a simple image search), or buy them ready-made. $4.00 gets you a pack of 10 felt birds on Etsy, or get a sequinned applique for $12.50 at Accessories […]

Louise Black

Louise Black was at the top of everyone’s list when Haute Macabre asked for your favorite Etsy sellers, and it is easy to see why.  Each item in her shop is unlike anything I have seen before, and hand stitched and fit to the individual.   Pictured above is  Victorian Steampunk Anatomical Medical Skeleton Cameo […]

Loved to Death

Loved to Death makes taxidermy jewelry and accessories.  They began with creating “Anthropomorphic Taxidermy dioramas” and have expanded into a full line of intricate designs.    “We have always been animal lovers and feel that the life of an animal doesn’t necessarily end at their death.” Pictured above is the Gothic Victorian Mourning Taxidermy Squirrel Heart Necklace, […]

Inquiring Minds

We here at Haute Macabre are curious – who are your favorite Etsy sellers, and why?   Haute Macabre admires the small business, hand crafted, DIY minds that fuel the creativity behind Etsy shops.  We would love to hear your feedback and recommendations for Etsy sellers and shops.

DIY: Ruffled Vest

DIY: Instructions for making your own super-cute ruffled vest from an old pair of pants, thanks to the folks at Threadbanger.