Corvus + Crux

It’s been a minute since we posted anything for the guys…  so here’s a few things from Corvus + Crux.

The Haute List

Tassel Skirt$378 $132  +  Juliette Dress,$350  $140  +  Dio Dress$269 $130

Textured Mesh Bodysuit, $45  +  Nathan Top$335 $129  +  Campus Queen, $59.99

Lace-Trimmed Crepe Dress, $325 $195  +  Serafina Top$690 $169  +  Carmine Dress$286 $171.60

Perfumes for the Dark

Please welcome guest blogger Mlle Ghoul from These Unquiet Things and Dirge Magazine! S. Elizabeth is a fancier of fine old things, nostalgic whimsies and magics both macabre and melancholy. She is a shadow seamstress, star stitcher, word witch, and weaver of the weird. Find her on her blog, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

8 Goth AF Darkling Perfumes on Haute Macabre

La Mort, j’adore by Becky Munich

Hello darklings, my goth friends.

I’m peeping through your stuff today because I am nosy as hell, and I suspect I’ll have a few recommendations for you. I hope you don’t mind–it’s all in the name of fun, and I am totally not judging you or those UGGs I see poking out from underneath your bed. I get it, they’re comfortable.

The landscape of your wardrobe: an inky sea of black–velvets, linens, woolens and poplin–stretching as far as the eye can see, hangers perilously burdened with clothing the shade of darkest midnights. Gazing into your closet is the equivalent of staring down a black hole which has sucked up all light in the vicinity. Good, good. As it should be.

Accessories? You’re on it. Mystical baubles and esoteric symbols adorn your fingers, bones and talons and o-ring chokers rest lightly at the hollow of your throat. Leather harnesses, hooded knit scarves, and moto jackets with carefully chosen cloisonné lapel pins hang at the ready for an evening out and about with your goth coven cronies. (Or by yourself, staying in, eating pizza and watching Kimmy Schmidt. Hey, darkling–you do you.)

Eyeliner, black as your soul and sharp enough to cut a bitch. Nails have been filed and shaped into stabby stiletto tips, lacquered in shadows. Lips? You no doubt spent ten minutes prepping and priming and painting your pout the perfect color of unicorn blood.

Ah, here we go, the perfume cabinet. Is that a bottle of Clinique Happy I spy? You have a badass sense of irony, my friend. But I think…and please don’t be angry with me for suggesting this…I think we can do better. You’ve carefully cultivated your strange, unearthly beauty and gothic mystique, and it seems a shame not pair it with a fragrance more befitting the vision of dark decadence you’ve conjured forth.

Indulge me, won’t you? I’ve a few scented recommendations for dark muses and femme fatales alike that I think will complement your All Black Everything perfectly.

8 Goth AF Darkling Perfumes on Haute Macabre

Image by S. Elizabeth

Absinth by Nassomatto, is bitter mosses, green woodsmoke, and sinister woods. It’s a bit of a nose-jarring scent at first sniff, as if the punk-poet green fairy quit bohemian Paris to live amongst the ancient dryads and they didn’t get on well but eventually formed an uneasy friendship. It’s a softly surreal, slightly subversive scent, and worth seeking out.

Cathedral by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz, described as “ancient aroma of sacred incense…” smells of darkest midnight myrrh and the chill of the crypt and calls to mind the ghoulishly glamorous Barbara Steele in Black Sunday.

Serge Lutens De Profundis is the scent of a pensive cemetery stroll in late autumn. Slightly spicy, musty chrysanthemums, dewy violets and damp loamy earth along with a cool metallic chill that calls to mind a brief wind rising from nowhere, a shadow that suddenly falls across your path.

Zoologist’s Bat created by Dr. Ellen Covey boasts notes of soft fruits, minerals, and furry musks and immediately conjures visions of inky caverns and pitch-black, damp limestone caves before morphing into sweet night air and velvet darkness. An enigmatic scent that lightly encircles the wearer, like small, dark winged creatures flitting and wheeling in the midnight sky.

Ambre Noir from Sonoma Scent Studio is dense and intense and the darkest amber you could ever hope to meet. Both somber and smoldering, with notes of labdanum, rose, incense, moss, leather, and woods, it is a blackened forest fireside frolic when the veil between worlds is thinnnest. See also: the final moments in the film The VVitch.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s Thanatopsis, is a meditation upon death inspired by William Cullen Bryant’s poem, and a deep, solemn earthen scent containing pine, juniper and musk. A green-ness so lush and concentrated that it is nearly a syrup, growing in mysterious realms alongside venerable woods and breathless darkness.

Holy Terror by Arcana, a blend of frankincense, deep myrrh, and beeswax candles, smells of gentle resins, lofty sandalwood, and less of fearsome spirits which are known to haunt certain long-deserted abbeys, than it is more like curling up and reading about them in a horrid novel by the warm glow of candlelight.

Etro’s Messe de Minuit , despite the darkened church and heavy incense the scent’s name might conjure forth, is actually a very light fragrance. It opens with tart citrus and a haze of swirling, aromatic smoke, and, once settled in, it becomes the subtly sour, musty scent of a shadowed corner in a used bookstore; towering piles of moldering books stacked on sagging, wooden shelves that hasn’t seen sunlight in years. There are some folks who might read that and think “WTF is wrong with you?” but I know that it’s not going to be any of you people.

You’ll no doubt notice that there is not much in the way of gourmand (foody) scents, or floral scents on this list–those just aren’t my bag, but your mileage may vary! And you’ll note there are only 8 scents on this list; perhaps we could round it up to a nice even 10? What are your favorite goth AF darkling scents?

DIY: Jeffrey Campbell Lita Heels

Most of you know I’m a total thrift junkie, so I was out Saturday morning at the local Goodwill when I found a pair of Jeffrey Campbell Litas in my size.

My issue with the Litas since they came out has been that God-awful chunky brown heel. It’s just appalling. I’m not one to blow $150 on a shoe that needs work- but I’m totally up for blowing $9 on a fixer-upper, So I grabbed them. Since the heel was wood, I just masked off the leather and used acrylics to get a nice silver-grey shading on the heel. At first I did a straight-up ombre, but it didn’t do much to help the shape of the heel, so I ended up doing a shading in a more graceful shape to break up the chunkiness, which I’m downright happy with. I might end up doing a shellac coat over these as well, but right now I’m enjoying the matte finish. Fixed!

 

The Haute List

 

Mesh Panel Swimsuit, $46  +  Sun Hat, $44  +  Maxi Dress, $89

Kimono Top, $17.99  +  Vegan Leather Tote, $24.99  +  Knit and Leather Gloves, $47.50

Trapeze Dress, $24.90  +  Wool Hat, $29.99  +  Lace Blouse, $39.99

Sabat Magazine: The Maiden Issue

Sabat Magazine

Sabat Magazine’s Maiden Issue launched this spring, and within it editor Elisabeth Krohn explores witchcraft in our modern culture. We recognized many of the artists and writers featured from our own backlog of posts here on Haute Macabre, and welcomed the many friendly faces to the printed page.

“In my 1990s fantasy, Witches are the quintessential cool-girls. Clad all in black, their makeshift covens made a variety of characters possible; I would morphose from the nihilist spiky punk to a more accommodating dark reincarnation of Stevie Nicks, depending on the mood of the day. More hard-hitting than Buffy, I wanted them always on my team to avenge all injustice.” Editor’s Letter by Elisabeth Krohn

Dedicated to the teen Witches of all ages, exploring Witchcraft today, Sabat Magazine has brought together artists living in the shadow worlds of today: in depth interviews with Segovia Amil, Lisen Haglund (@nattskiftet)  and Rik Garrett, a discussion on the popularity of occult imagery on social media with WitcheryWay and NyxTurna & others, Pam Grossman’s take on the maiden archetype, Tarot overviews, editorials by Nona Limmen and Ellen Rogers, and much, much more.

Although few brick and mortar stores are carrying the independent publication, you can still find it in select shops, or by ordering directly from Sabat’s own webshop.
Sabat Magazine: The Maiden Issue

Sabat Magazine: The Maiden Issue

Sabat Magazine: The Maiden Issue

Sabat Magazine: The Maiden Issue

Sabat Magazine: The Maiden Issue

Sabat Magazine: The Maiden Issue

Sabat Magazine: The Maiden Issue

Sabat Magazine: The Maiden Issue

Sabat Magazine: The Maiden Issue

Sabat Magazine: The Maiden Issue

Sabat Magazine: The Maiden Issue

Sabat Magazine: The Maiden Issue

Sabat Magazine: The Maiden Issue

Sabat Magazine: The Maiden Issue

Hot Little Goths

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Evil Eye Stay-Ups

 

Black Milk releases their newest collection, Hot Little Goths, on June 7th. Just in time for Goths in Hot Weather weather! Most pieces are already available for pre-order on the Black Milk site.

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Black Magic Harness Crop Top

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Flouncy Lace Top

Spectralities

Rik Garrett has launched his new video series, Spectralities, exploring the historical exchange between art, science, and the occult. Episode 0 starts the series with an introduction to the foundations of Spiritualism, and explains how The Fox Sisters of New York started a religious movement with their alleged communications with the spirits.

The Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn will be hosting a series of lectures and discussions on Spiritualism June 8-12, with one night devoted specifically to the famous sisters. I’ll be missing that lecture by just a day, and am crossing my fingers that it will find itself online for future viewing!

Haute Macabre’s very own Fox Sisters enamel pins are still available in the shop, however we are currently running dangerously low on inventory (less than a dozen remain) and do not plan on reprinting these.

Fox Sisters Pin

The Haute List

HL

Crochet Inset Sundress, $55  +  Kimono Jumpsuit, $110  +  Moto Leggings, $110

55mm Cat Eyes, $38  +  Alice Through the Looking Glass Palette, $60  + Le Debutante Glasses, $80

Breeze Pants, $64 $37.90  +  Carissa Pump, $139  +  Nomad Dress, $148 $83

 

Morph Knitwear 2016 Collection

Morph KnitWear 2016

Morph Knitwear’s first collection of 2016 is heavily influenced by designer Angela Thornton’s European peasantry heritage.
She was inspired to create garments that embody the integral utilitarian, comfort based design elements required by a workman’s life, while balancing those qualities with a delicate versatility.
This collection is constructed of pieces which strive to create a liminal connectedness from past to present, and present to future.

View the full collection at MorphKnitWear.com, and use the secret code “LONGWEEKEND” for a generous 20% discount until May 30.

Morph KnitWear 2016

Morph KnitWear 2016

Morph KnitWear 2016

Morph KnitWear 2016

Morph KnitWear 2016

Morph KnitWear 2016

Morph KnitWear 2016

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