Ancient Secrets: Lemurian Seed Crystals

Lemurian Seed Crystals are said to be the gifts of the ancient civilization of Lemuria, a lost nation and race of people of pre-history. These crystals are water clear quartz, recognizable by their horizontal striations.  The land of Lemuria is hypothesized to have been a huge landmass connecting Madagascar and India, destroyed by a cataclysmic […]

Ascend Ascend: New Work from Janaka Stucky in the Haute Macabre Library

Written over the course of twenty days, coming in and out of trance states brought on by intermittent fasting and somatic rituals while secluded in the tower of a 100-year-old church, is Janaka Stucky’s most powerful book to date. Featuring cover art and lettering by Aaron Horkey. Rooted in the Jewish mystical tradition of Hekhalot […]

Needful Things: Sam’s 2018 Post Mortem

I am not a positive, shiney, optimistic person, despite my best efforts. Despite lighting candles and casting intentions and reading tarot and believing wholeheartedly in the energetic properties of crystals and in magick, I am cynical and pessimistic and deeply pragmatic. I am both sides of the athame, textbook Gemini, and forever apprehensive of sharing […]

A Sentiment of Spirits: Conversations with Handsome Devils Puppets

Maika: Speaking from a writer’s perspective, interviews are funny things. Although this introduction is what you’re reading first, it was the very last thing written. It was also, somehow, the hardest part for me to write. Sarah and I had a wonderful time composing questions for Han. The hard work, as far as I’m concerned, […]

The Silence of the L.A.M.B.

Since its inception, I’ve sort of ignored Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. collection.  I immediately associated it with all that Harajuku cartoon LeSportSac retardation that became all the rage, so I never went looking around to see what it actually had to offer.   Once again, I admit my faults, and humbly apologize.   Pictured above are the […]

Heartwarming

San Francisco ceramic artist Sarah Becker’s collection of handmade horned hearts, $225 each. These are made without any molds, so each one is totally unique, and come ready to hang.  She also makes just ceramic horns as centerpieces and displays (for the morbid vegan, perhaps?).  Some hearts can also be customized with tattoo-style banners, but […]

Polyvore Contest Weekly Winner!

Meus Delectus – What To Wear To The Beach by indecisive_demoniac (~Lily) Click here for item list! Congratulations to Indecisive_Demoniac (~Lily)!  We selected this one in honor of wishing for warmer weather (30 degrees in Los Angeles isn’t our cup of tea).   From ~Lily: Indecisive_demoniac’s Meus Delectus series – outfits in her style, but […]

Exhibitionist

Michael Spirito launched Exhibitionist Jewelry in New York City in 2001, and has been steamrolling the industry since then.  Visit them on the web at their online shop, or at 117 Orchid Street at their showroom in NYC.  

Mister Crochet

Not much information on the web can be found about Mister Crochet other than his Myspace page.  He credits himself only as “French Dude”, and his models are look as if they have just stepped out of an androgynous anime clip.  Despite his anonymity,  his crochet work definitely isn’t Gramma’s.  It is all super sci-fi, and if I […]

The Haute List : $25 or Less

$25 and Under Lace Corset  †  Deanna Cropped Blazer  †  Bandanna Skull Coin Purse Python Grommet Clutch  †  Button Decor Bootie  †  Poison Oval Rings Glossy Skirt  †  Satin Top Keyhole Dress  †  Kassy Oxford  

Odette Bombardier

After covering  this month’s Z!NK Magazine, I just had to devote a little more space to  French designer Odette Bombardier, whose sleeves were featured on the cover. A quick exploration of her work shows that the sleeves that first caught my eye were, remarkably, hardly her best work. Pretty as they are, Odette truly shines […]

Punk Like Me

This is Rasmus Morgensten‘s cover for Z!NK Magazines 2008 Holiday Issue, on stands now: Dress, Lanvin. Sleeves: Odette Bombardier. Necklace: Gaultier. Rings and Earrings: Delfina Delettrez.  The entire entire editorial, Punk Like Me, is available to view on the Z!NK website.

Spinal Tap

I was first shown this lamp by artist Mark Beam back in 2007.  Retailing directly through the designer for $1500, I’ve been telling myself to start saving my pennies ever since.   At one point I saw it also available in all-natural bleach-bone white, but currently, I can only find the gold.

Alice Auaa

On occasion, one will stumble upon a designer or a shop that just leaves you speechless.  I found Alice Auaa a few days ago, and normally, I would post something like this right away.  This time, it took me days to pour over each item, trying to think of a proper way to articulate how […]

A Bird in the Hand

New-York based jewelry designer Pamela Love‘s cast silver and gold bird claws and skulls, recently featured in Russian Vougue and Vogue Nippon: eagle talon cuff, $600 and raven skull necklace, $500.

Chantal Thomass Spring 2009

French lingerie designer Chantal Thomass first caught my eye with her delicate, ultra-femme umbrellas.  Her lingerie, however, is the stuff of dreams, and even her official website feels like a well-appointed chest of drawers. The photography alone is worth stopping by, even if your French is as rusty as mine is. A plus: like most […]

Cameo Appearance

The cameo dates back to 6th century BC Greece, and were very popular in Ancient Rome.   It is a method of carving with a raised image, typically worn as a piece of jewelry.  Cameos have had periodic revivals in popularity, especially in the early Renaissance, Neoclassical France by Napoleon, and most notably by Queen […]

Alise Marie

Alise Marie is a New York based designer that has been described as “all about sex appeal”.  Her men’s designs, Bete Noire, make me want to dress up a fella in them and gift him with a box of red sharpies, à la Secretary, and her women’s are a perfect mix of 1940s office wear and seduction.

Coilhouse Sophomore Issue

Low and behold, the new issue of Coilhouse Magazine releases today!  Everyone has been anxiously waiting for their sophomore issue, and from the previews they have released on their blog, it looks as it will surpass their premier (which is no easy task).  The cover image features comedienne Selene Luna, along with a full length […]

Carnevale Di Venezia

Today marks the start of the Venetian Carnival, or the Carnevale Di Venezia, with the festival of Santo Stefano.  The oldest record of the use of masks in Venice dates back to May of 1268, and can be tracked through history until present day.  Outlawed and restricted numerous times throughout the ages, for reasons including […]

9

Our dear little Gothlings, Haute Macabre would like to gift you with this completely un-fashion related post.  Goth icon, Tim Burton,  has produced a feature length adaptation of Shane Acker‘s award nominated short film, 9.  The trailer has just been released, and it is two minutes of wonder.

Gisele Ganne: Memento Mori

Jewelry designer Gisele Ganne is reimagining a Victorian tradition with her outrageous mourning and divorce jewelry. Traditional symbols like skulls,roses and doves mingle with toy soldiers, weapons, and nooses as easily as traditional materials are incorporated right along with foam and sequins. Her rings especially are heavy in substance as well as symbolism- she even […]

Cherry Bomb : Vivienne Westwood

What Makes Vivienne Westwood Rock?  Long before she was a line in a Gwen Stefani song and felled supermodel Naomi Campbell with her 10-inch platform shoes, Vivienne Westwood (April 8, 1941, Glossop, Derbyshire, England) was a punk. In fact, most credit Westwood as punk fashion’s creator. Her most famous looks early on were the punk […]

Boxing Day Sales

Abelia Dress † Galium Skirt † Nyssa Jacket  Coquette Dress † Morgane Dress † Vendetta Jacket Raphaela Top † Quin Dress †  Yvonne Dress Our neighbors to the north have been giving us wonderful designers for years now, and some of them are sending Santy Claws with store-wide sales.   Shop Elroy has 25% off […]

Queen for a Day

Featured above is The Black Queen from Marcel Wanders’ Christmas collection for the Dutch store de Bijenkorf.  The full catalogue is available for viewing online, along with item descriptions.  The Black Queen is pictured on page 20, The White and Gold Queens on pages 18 and 19, respectively.  Anyone speak Dutch want to translate for […]

eBay Find: Mike & Chris “Arthur” Vest

eBay find: Mike & Chris “Arthur” vest ($225 Buy it Now) . Sadly, I don’t see it available any more on their website, and an antiqued leather cropped vest with a sweetheart neckline  seems to be a difficult thing to come by these days…

Eyola

Do your eyes deceive you?  Is Haute Macabre posting something that isn’t solid black?   It’s alright, little ones.  We accept  burgundy into our color scheme as well, but only for very, very special occasions.  Besides, who could possibly ignore the magnitude of Eyola’s line?  Everyone loves tailored ruffled jackets with low bust lines, although […]

Melting in the Sun

Everyone that has ever worn too much black eyeliner and white face makeup (admit it, we’ve all done it at some point or another) can directly relate to these glasses.  The feeling of bursting into flames while walking down the street on a hot, ultra sunny day – it has been personified in plastic for […]

The Key to My Heart

Morton Manley‘s jewelry usually tends to tribal gauged earrings in ivory and silver. It’s quite nice, and has an industrial flair, but it’s not really my thing. So he caught me off guard with this silver skeleton key pendant- it has little pyramid stud details around the heart-shaped top, tiny wrenches, even a tiny bone… […]

Gentlemen’s Emporium

Gentlemen’s Emporium is the best site I have ever found for authentic, old-fashion men’s wear, specializing in Victorian costume.  They provide assembled outfits, with accessories included for one-click purchase, or you can select pieces individually.  The site also has a fantastic women’s section, which I am sure that Haute Macabre will profile soon enough. Pictured […]

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 […]

Haute Macabre Polyvore Contest!

Haute Macabre wants to see your Polyvore sets! Every week, starting next Monday, December 29, we will be posting our favorite Polyvore sets from our readers. Every month, we will pick our very favorite outfit set and give the creator a prize!   You may be wondering, what the f@#k is Polyvore? Well…it’s sort of […]

Black Tie Affair

Maison Martin Margiella’s couture dress made entirely of recycled men’s bow ties: