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: Sonya’s Picks

2017 was a strange, potent year and I can’t say I’ll miss it. I traveled (to France, Florida, Salem, and Iceland), got engaged to my partner Gregg (of Golden Gardens and Goodnight Cairo), left a full-time job in marketing writing to do freelance journalism, and battled mental health demons with chamomile tea and podcasts. I […]

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 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 […]

Think You’re Emo Enough?

So much of Gothic Fashion is dependent on reminiscing on the past.  We have our Victorian, Steampunk (the brown Victorian goth), our Ren Faire, the ’80s…  Well, what about the future?  Sure, there’s Cyber Punk, but really, that’s about it.  This might not necessarily be “Goth”, but frankly, it’s too weird and cool to pass up.   […]

One To Watch

These photos are from London designer Louise Simmons’ debut collection, ‘Alter’.  I have to say, I’ll be looking forward to future collections. (Source: Trendhunter)

Button Up Bootie

A much younger version of myself once went up to my mother and said, “I want witch shoes”.   “Well, Samantha, Halloween is a few months off.” “No, Mom, I want witch shoes to wear every day.” And so it began.  Before I could even reach the drug store shelf that had the black hair […]

Happy Birthday Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll turns 111 today, and in celebration, we would like to share a few leaked images from the upcoming “Alice in Wonderland”, directed by Tim Burton.  We are absolutely dying to see the rest of the costumes from this, so if anyone has come across better pics, please share! The last coat reminds me […]

The Ghost of Xmas Past

Friends, we need to talk. It has come to my attention that some of you- perhaps even many of you- are still lighting your homes with Xmas lights. Keep in mind that by Xmas lights, I mean “tiny lights on a string”, even if yours have leetle bats or ghosties on them. Please stop. If […]

Miu Miu, Little Kitty

Kristen Dunst for Miu Miu, photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot for Vogue, S/S 2008

It’s Not Rocket Science

Former aerospace engineer Lia Lintern turned her talent for design towards a most unlikely subject- coats- with remarkable results.  Not only are her creations beautiful, they fit. Rather than producing coats in S, M, and L like the vast majority of outerwear manufacturers, her site allows you to enter your measurements (bust, waist, and hip).  Now, […]

Gareth Pugh Pre-Fall 09/10

  I just found this clip from Gareth Pugh’s Paris Fall / Winter 09/10 show from yesterday, and actually had to take a few deep breaths before posting about it.  My exact words in an iChat conversation with Zoetica were “I have to calm down before I post about this, or I’ll just mash the […]

Polyvore Contest Weekly Winner!

out – by aaaaamy on Polyvore.com (click on the image to view product info)   Congratulations to Aaaaamy! She will be entered in our monthly Polyvore contest.  Winner shall be announced February 2, and will receive a copy of the newest issue of Coilhouse Magazine, and some super secret other stuff, because we actually got our sh!t together in […]

Let Your Insides Shine

Let your insides shine, thanks to Sture Pallarp.   He takes X-Rays and creates them into lamp shades, and personally, I wouldn’t mind reading under the soft glow of my bits and bones.  Sadly, no price is listed, so you would probably have to contact the designer directly for an inquiry.   Via DesignZen.

The Haute List : $25 or Less

The Haute List  $25 or Less Nine West Women’s PartyGirls  †  Boudoir Ruffle Edge Belted Corset  †  Polkadot Ruffle Top  †   Leather Long Popper Stud Gloves

Lanvin Pre-Fall 09

Oh Lanvin, you did good.  Even better, just from these pictures there are lots of ideas you can snap up & make your own.  Bows, pearls, ribbon, black opaque stockings worn with everything, layered knitwear, antique brooches, ruched elbow gloves, high necklines & tulle…

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.

Etsy Shop Profile : Nouveau Motley

Nouveau Motley is Rachael Victoria Adams of Sonoma County, California.  Each piece is hand crafted, combining the new and old into a mechanical steampunk piece of jewelry. From her Etsy shop profile: I like creating art and collecting/reselling antique and vintage items that have a function. If you can use or wear it, its not […]

La Maison d’Absinthe

The Green Fairy has been around for a few centuries now, and was popularized by the 19th Century bad boys.  The likes of Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, Vincent Van Gough, Oscar Wilde, and Aleister Crowley were supposed devotees of the highly alcoholic beverage, despite the popular belief that it was a highly addictive psychoactive drug. […]

Dark Magic

Photography by Mariano Vivanco for Dazed and Confused, August 2008

Oracle of Darkness

    Remember our New Year’s Resolutions, when everyone promised not to wear PVC anymore?  This perfectly illustrates why – if I can wear it as a costume for a character named Hell Bitch Slave, rest assured, I will never wear it in public.  I found the dress in a bargain bin at a costume […]

Rick Owens Makes Savage Love to the Runway

Again. Layers, funnel necks and gloves with everything – many of Rick Owens‘ staples carry over into his Fall/Winter 09 collection, but there is something decidedly more savage about this look. Be it the shaved hairlines,  or the lack of buttons [or closures of any sort] on some of the jackets – there’s a sort […]

Quilting Bee

I have always been firmly against quilted jackets. No matter how you cut them, crop them, or color them, they have always made me feel like a little kid. Now, suddenly, I find myself in serious want with this “quilted, corseted, bubble hemmed, futuristic, nylon” jacket, courtesy of Queen Michelle at Kingdom of Style. The […]

Velda Lauder

It’s been at least a week since I posted corsets, so I’m guessing it’s time again. Today’s corset maker is Velda Lauder, whose UK-based business nips the waists of Dita Von Teese and Heidi Klum, among others. Although she makes classic and bridal corsets, her true love is burlesque, and it is her burlesque corsets […]