The Spolia Tarot in the Haute Macabre Shop

New in the Haute Macabre Shop: The Spolia Tarot A stunning 97 card deck of Tarot, elemental, and Zodiac cards by artist Jen May and writer Jessa Crispin. Using images from history, from alchemy and mysticism, from mythology and the natural world to create a lush deck layered with meaning. The word “Spolia” means using […]

10 Years of Haute Macabre: Le Rêveur Parle: An Interview with Erin Morgenstern by J.L. Schnabel

Upon first reading The Night Circus, the void in your heart that you were previously unaware of is filled. From its opening lines, you are stolen away and captivated by its lyrical story and magical characters, your life forever enriched by your experience with it. You find yourself unconsciously nodding to any stranger in the street […]

I Am My Own Muse: Frida Kahlo by Julien Levy

In the last few years, I’ve developed a deep adoration and fascination with Frida Kahlo. I’m very late to the party, but honestly, for most of my life I knew nothing of her other than being a pop culture icon, a face plastered on miscellaneous trinkets and tote bags. About two years ago, I finally […]

Medusa: The Embodiment of Beauty and Terror from BloodMilk Jewels

Entwined snakes framing her head, coiled around her and ready to strike in aggressive protection, Medusa is member of our pantheon of feminist anti-heroines. BloodMilk pays homage to her in this collection of her psychic armor: serpents nesting around stunning gemstones, “embodying the tension of beauty and terror”. Akin to the lightning bolt of destruction […]

Adorable Giveaway Alert: Topshop

This just in: Starting today and while supplies last, Topshop will be giving away this exclusive keychain from up and coming British designer Christopher Kane with orders over £60. Best way to spend your money? Anything from the Pagan line, or perhaps a pair of the Gothic Lace Leggings.

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.

Evoluzione

Editorial:  Evoluzione della Specie Magazine:  Elle Italia Issue : November 2008 Model: Kemp Muhl Photographer: Ruven Afanador

Steam Trunk

Steam Trunk Couture, “Conceived on the wings of underground theater and circus”, crafts both men’s and women’s vintage-inspired steampunk fashion. This time around, we thought we would focus on the men’s line. While some of their offerings can seem costumey (especially when worn as complete ensembles), they also make some unique and wearable pieces worth […]

Torture Devices

A diesel-mechanic turned jeweler from the post-industrial wasteland of New Jersey (shudder…) presents to us Spragwerks.  Each piece is cash and hand finished by its founder, whom identifies himself as Rich.   “My work explores the tense intersection of the organic by the industrial, and particularly the consumption of one by another.” I have a […]

Playing Doctor

If the winter has you feeling under the weather, perhaps a little medical attention is in order? Pratesi makes an Italian leather mini doctor’s bag purse that has an interior light- and a price tag of $342.00. The real deal will run you about half that- and doctor’s bags are made to last a lifetime. […]

Loving the Skin You’re In

SkinBag Corps. has presented us with something fantastically frightening.   “SkinBag are autonomous seamless organisms in synthetic skin.  Accessories and OuterWear in SkinBag become body extensions.  SkinBag anticipates the fusion between the digital and the organic.  Carrier of mutation, SkinBag symbolizes the ambivalence between the natural and the artificial, the instinctive and the optimisation.  SkinBag is a relational tool offering […]

For the Gents

  Oh Gentlemen, I hear your cries.  I know how difficult it is to find your garbs.  Everyone expects you to live in t-shirts and jeans, and because of that, t-shirts and jeans is all you ever find.  You do not want cargo pants with too many straps, you want Couture, just like the more delicate half of […]

Lace Legs

Leggings have quickly become a part of my regular wardrobe.  They’re easy to layer, they look great with high boots and heels, and are easy to pair off with various tops or dresses.  Perhaps they lean a bit over to the hipster realm, but really, all those emo kids have done is rip us off […]

Riding Boots for the Dapper Lady

Like so many of us I’ve been agonizing over finding the perfect pair of boots for the winter. After all, Angel City winters are more brutal than an outsider might expect! In fact, they become more difficult to tolerate the longer one stays here.  Initially my heart was set on engineer boots. I’ll probably end […]

Paraphernalia

Paraphernalia just opened their official online Shop this past November, and it is full of magic.  Each collection that I found is better than the last, including The Anatomica Collection (Heart Anatomica pictured above), The Wonderland Collection, full of Alice and her adventures, The Scientia Collection, and my favorite – The Menagerie Collection.  

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.

Hunters and Gatherers

Skin Graft Designs, known for their top-quality Zombie-hunting apparel, has launched their online store at shophuntersandgatherers.com in combination with Kucoon, Angel Court, and several other designers. This is great news for those of you not near the handful of stores that carry their wares. Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse:

Maison Martin

Interview Magazine’s  September ’08 issue featured fashion creator Maison Martin and a collection of stocking faced models.   “Twenty years ago, when Martin Margiela started his own womenswear label (his menswear arrived 10 years later), it was as though the Belgian designer counted the brain as part of the human figure. Ever since, the collections […]

The Preacher and the Prophet

I have begun making ritual sacrifices to the fashion gods on behalf of these spats. Cyana Boutique has six various styles currently, and each pair makes me want to strap them on, get the shotgun, and get a little more Road Warriorish than usual.

Pirates & Witches

Every woman begs, borrows, steals, and prays for Agent Provocateur.  Especially once we’ve seen the new Witches and Pirates collections.  I think Santa only brings you pretty boxes from the good Agent if you’ve been very, very naughty though, so start racking up those bad girl points immediately.  

Ashes and Empires

Ashes and Empires has one of a kind, hand made spats and handbags on their Etsy site. Currently, they only have two available pair, but seeing as how they are individually hand-crafted and unique, I’m sure they will continue to update their listings as more become available.

Britney Spears teams with Syren Latex

Venerable latex manufacturer Syren Couture has teamed up with venerable train wreck Britney Spears to market off-the-rack pieces inspired by the outfit Syren produced for Britney’s “Womanizer” video. The snap-front, tuxedo vest inspired “Brittney” vest is $199.00 from Syren. Shown here with “Muir” cap, also worn by the pop tart in her video.

*please note, Haute Macabre does not endorse Brittney Spears, or this Syren model’s hair cut or color. Or even that hat, really.

The Haute List : $10 or Less

$10 and Under  Clockwise from Left: † Ruched V-Neck Mini Dress † Bumper Pam Ankle Boots † Absinthe Leone Candy † Jeweled Cross Necklace † Platform Mary Janes † Handcuff Necklace † Keyhole & Butterfly Pattern Fishnets † Satin Ballet Slippers † Skull Hair Clips  †  

Tokyo Lash Bar

Shu Uemura has presented us with Tokyo Lash Bar, a stunning collection of false eyelashes which are reasonably priced considering their intricate design.  Price ranges from $18 – $95, and include collections of Natural, Fantasy, Premium, and a collection from Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf.   Pictured to the left are the Black Gown lashes.

Transmission Atelier

Chicago based publisher Transmission Atelier has detailed limited edition digital pigment prints of antique illustrations of anatomy, religion allegory, mythology, and natural history.   Small sizes are 10×12 inches at $49.99, and large are 16×20 inches at $79.99.  

All Saints

All Saints is my current obsession.  I am absolutely in lust with 99% of their items, and couldn’t possibly list every one that strikes my fancy.  I lay in bed at night dreaming of owning their entire line, and prancing about in their garments.  They are a bit pricey, especially considering the U.S. Dollar to […]

Android Lust

I’ve been in lust with Alexander McQueen’s Samsonite Black Label luggage since it came out a couple of years ago, especially the “hero” ribcage suitcase. This year’s addition to the line adds a futuristic chrome version to the original ivory, charcoal grey, and classic black. Black: $775.00. Limited Edition Silver: $1500 Bargain of the Day: […]

Rhinestone Apocalypse

From Designer Gas Masks : We are in a state of perpetual war – with ourselves and with the eco-system that sustains us. Perpetual war breeds perpetual fear. In the present context, this fear stems from our extreme desire for authenticity and manifests itself in our collectively insatiable culture of consumption. Deep down, we are […]

Death to Fashion

Japanese artist Fumie Sasabuchi has done her own renditions of published fashion images, primarily working in colored pencil and ballpoint pen over magazine pages.  Personally, I find her deconstructed skin and skeleton phantom additions to be much more interesting than the original image.   More examples of her visceral work after the jump.

Heartbreaker: Vampire Fang Cufflinks

These clever vampire fang cufflinks from Stephen Einhorn would be a great gift no matter what. Priced at $199 in sterling, $2,279 in white gold, or a paltry $15,735 in platinum, they are also available in several grades of yellow gold. But the really, really awesome thing about these is the gift wrap. When you […]

Black Heart Procession

Thomas Sabo’s stunning “Lionheart” Pendant, £224.00 is available at Rokokojewelry.com. For a similar look on a budget, check out the “Brazen Heart” Necklace from Sweet Romace in black, $45.