Thanks very much to everyone who voted in my recent poll - it seems as though everyone was interested in at least some of my ideas, although fashion, hair and beauty were the clear winners and travel posts sadly trailed in last.
Speaking of fashion... has anyone else noticed what's happening? The words 'Goth chic', 'urban Gothic glamour' and (possibly worst of all) 'SKULLS! Get Goth with this season's micro-trend!' have been popping up in fashion magazines again. This happens in mainstream fashion every now and again, but usually during the autumn/winter season, when velvet and leather pile onto the shelves in New Look and Topshop and are gleefully salvaged from the sale rail by Gothlings two months later. Of course, this time, the pop Goth trend is driven by what the internets are calling 'hipsters in black' - I have already touched on this, and you'll be hearing more about the subject from me very soon.
To begin with, you're overjoyed that, yes, there's more stuff in the shops that you would actually want to wear, and bag yourself an armful of Goth-lite goodies to mix in with your ooky-spooky style. But after a couple of weeks you're starting to wince at the words 'Gothic Glam - The New Autumn/Winter Trend', and your sweet dream is becoming a nightmare. (Especially when you realise that the mainstream has managed to take all the charm and whimsy out of your beloved style and replace it with tacky studs and *sigh* pre-ripped T-shirts, which really takes all the fun and originality out of it, doesn't it?).
I remember once I opened the Daily Mail and was confronted with an article called 'Goth Rocks' - its tagline was, 'Be seduced by the dark side of beauty with a look that's strong, not scary...'. The article contained info on how to do a 'gothic' make-up look 'without looking like Morticia Addams'. Oh, great... what, may I ask, is the POINT of a Gothic make-up look without a hint of Morticia Addams?
As I was saying before, the mainstream takes all the whimsy and charm out of Gothic fashion and makes it dreary, bleak and, well, a shadow of its former self. Or, worse, we find all the cheap 'chav chic' highstreet chains providing Twilight fans and too-cool-to-live hipsters looking for an insta-Goth kit with gold sequinned skull prints and would-be-rebellious-looking black nail polish (ta-da, 'hipsters in black'!).
Best of all is the following quote from an article I found when Googling 'goth trend': "Finally be determined, you know you are not a Goth but still have that vibe that you can look better than most of the real ones!" This article, by the way, contains the following gems of advice: "Goths never wear free-flowing long gowns," and, "They drink blood in the breakfast. But hold your breath! Gothic no longer means [dark, black and scary], it is a fashion now."
(Articles like this pop up every time the Goth chic thing rolls around - I still have one I cut out of, again, the Mail, remarking, "Real Goths don't wear much jewellery... fashion Goths should wear as much gold jewellery as they like!")
No jewellery? No long gowns? Seriously, are we talking about the same style here?
But don't worry, darklings, and make the most of those sale rails - this too shall pass...
|Take note, 'fashion Goths', this is how it should be done.|
That's how we roll.
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