HOW TO WEAR AN INTERVIEW WITH HIDDEN VELVET

You may have noticed that while the Haute Macabre Shop is still open for business, the long-running goth fashion and lifestyle blog has closed its doors. That’s okay! All things have their time, and I was privileged to have had the opportunity to contribute my writing in the form of essays, articles, and interviews for a while. It does make me a little sad though, that some of the sartorial ensembles I created for them over the years might be lost to the ether, so I thought I’d collect them all and give them a home at Unquiet Things.

Here are all of the ones that I could find, and as I unearth more, I will be sure to add them!

HOW TO WEAR THE STARLESS SEA

 

HOW TO WEAR UNSOLICITED JESUS ADVICE FROM AN INTERNET STRANGER

 

HOW TO WEAR AN INTERVIEW WITH JEZEBEL JONES

 

HOW TO WEAR YOUR CUP OF STARS

 

HOW TO WEAR ARSENICAL WALLPAPERS

 

THE EXCEPTIONAL AND HEARTBREAKING MOURNING REGALIA OF JULIA DEVILLE

 

HOW TO WEAR THE RITUAL AND REVERIE OF TINCANFOREST

 

HOW TO WEAR THE ART OF AMY EARLES

 

HOW TO WEAR THE REVELATORY FEMININE MYSTICISM OF JAS HELENA

 

HOW TO WEAR SARA DECK’S SPOOKY SIRENS AND SCREAM QUEENS

 

HOW TO WEAR THE DREAMS OF DARLA TEAGARDEN

 

HOW TO WEAR BEAUTIFUL MONSTERS AT THE CREEPING MUSEUM

 

HOW TO WEAR AN INTERVIEW WITH BIBLIOPHILE AND BOOKBINDER NATE MCCALL

 

HOW TO WEAR SOME BOOK REVIEWS

 

HOW TO WEAR THE MAGIC OF EARTH AND THREAD WITH CAITLIN FFRENCH

 

HOW TO WEAR REVIEWS OF BLOODMILK EXQUISITE CORPSE PERFUME OILS

 

HOW TO WEAR THE DISQUIET OF COLETTE SAINT YVES

 

HOW TO WEAR AN INTERVIEW WITH POET AND AUTHOR LISA MARIE BASILE

 

HOW TO WEAR THE VOID WHISPERING THROUGH THE KEYHOLE WITH JORDAN SHIVELY

 

HOW TO WEAR VAST REALMS OF IMAGINATION WITH ADRIENNE ROZZI

 

HOW TO WEAR YOUR CHEESY SENPAI, CHEESESEXDEATH

 

HOW TO WEAR THE NEEDLE WHISPERED CREATIONS OF ELSA OLSSEN

 

HOW TO WEAR AN INTERVIEW WITH JAME MOOERS

 

HOW TO WEAR MORE BOOK REVIEWS

 

HOW TO WEAR A SENTIMENT OF SPIRITS WITH HANDSOME DEVILS PUPPETS

 

HOW TO WEAR AN INTERVIEW WITH PAM GROSSMAN

 

HOW TO WEAR MEGAN ROSENBLOOM’S DARK ARCHIVES

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Vogue Hong Kong
ARMOUR OF COUTURE
Published: March 2022

Szilveszter Mako – Photographer
Szilveszter Mako – Art Director
Lisa Jarvis – Fashion Editor/Stylist
Sean Kunjambu – Fashion Editor/Stylist
Massimo Di Stefano – Hair Stylist
Vanessa Icareg – Makeup Artist
Marina Fairfax – Casting Director
Siyan Chen – Producer
Lauren Ernwein – Model
Haute Couture designs: Dior, Giambattista Valli, Didit Hediprasetyo, Stephane Rolland, Charles de Vilmorin, Alexandre Vauthier, Maria Grazia Chiuri, and Fendi.

Images source: models.com

 

 

 

 

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The Batsheva Resort 2022 collection is everything I want all the time. It’s all of my selves on each part of my timelines, and it makes my heart feel silly and gleeful, and somehow– seen.

Drab brown dresses? Check. Chaotic microfloral mod frocks? Check. Profoundly plush velvet? Check check! Dresses and pants, the best combo ever? Yes, we can check that too! So, so good.

And with regard to the models? I love this, too:

“Rather than hypothesize about how wearers might make a Batsheva ruffle dress or bow-trimmed trouser work in their life, [Batsheva] Hay put her garments to the test. With her photographer husband, Alexei Hay, she set up a booth in Washington Square Park and recruited people in the area to change into her resort 2022 pieces and model for her look book.

One went full Dovima in a strapless ’50s-style golden gown and kitten heels. Another just tossed an ivory dress coat over their regular clothes, coffee cup in hand. There are teen goths, lovers, sisters, NYU graduates, and passersby smiling throughout the look book, a total celebration of New York back in action.”

See more at Vogue: https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/resort-2022/batsheva

 

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While I love all flowers equally for purposes of viewing and daydreaming about and thinking upon with a goofy, gauzy sigh, “gosh, isn’t it grand that flowers are a thing that exist?” I will admit to a fondness for a certain kind of floral in terms of my wardrobe and personal adornment. Which…I think is no secret to anyone at this stage in the game but I always feel like I have to give these things an intro, so consider yourselves introducted at this point. Gloomy, moody florals, I like ’em!

So…here is another ensemble inspired by ghost haunted blooms, and more specifically, the somber still life paintings and moody floral masterpieces of Juan de Arellano.

 

Yohji Yamamoto floral print dress // Prada Monolith platform sandals // Alexander McQueen skull-motif scarf // Lonely Label Delilah Bodysuit // Miu Miu embellished sunglasses // Eliurpi Nouveau straw sun hat // Dolce&Gabbana Baroque small leather crossbody bag // Hedonist Iris Absolute Eau de Parfum by Viktoria Minya // Byredo DYSCO eyeshadow palette // Milagrosa Magdalena by Virgins Saints and Angels // Amali Jewelry tanzanite ring // Atelier Narce Pollux ring // Victorian Diamond Shield Ring  // Young In The Mountains Cerclen ring

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From the languorous Grecian statues to the pensive waters & harp strings & the poetry, to the strange depths and unexpected magic in these surface-level-mundane & mediocre ensembles, I really love everything about the Celine Women Winter 21 collection.

I know some of you more entrenched & knowledgeable fashionistas are probably going to give me all the reasons this collection sucks and that’s okay. I don’t know anything about anything but I do know what I like, and all the technical fashion jargon and talk of vision and expertise and execution can’t change how my heart felt when I saw that cozy turtleneck with that sequined skirt, or that cardigan and spangly dress! I love that so much. Mundane + magical. Basic + bewitching. Conventional and commonplace + charming and captivating. Why not? That’s what I see here, anyway.

I love the fantastical phantasmagoria of crazy bonkers beautiful fashion, too, of course! But I don’t dress like that. I mean, do you? (No judgment.) So noting that I certainly do love to see some subtle enchantments tucked into everyday style.

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I am very much a creature of habit, a quality that colors my everyday living and which also extends to my seasonal practices. Every year on the vernal equinox, I always try to wake up with the dawn, leave the windows open for the breeze, and engage in a handful of activities:

Plant a seed of some sort
☀ Find some divinatory direction with a spring spread
☀ A small spring cleaning (nothing too overwhelming!) Maybe magical or mundane!
☀ Make an eggy cheesy quiche with loads of spring vegetables.
☀ Make a little How To Wear The Spring Equinox ensemble (see here and here for some past ideas)

Today I woke up late and it’s raining, so I missed the sunrise and the windows are shut against the damp breeze. It’s been a long week and I don’t want to cook or clean!  I kinda just want to curl up on the sofa and read (I am finally reading The Secret History and it’s SO GOOD!)

But in the spirit of doing the one thing from my list that I have done without fail every spring equinox for the past decade, here is 2021’s How To Wear ensemble, full of blossoms, bunnies, butterflies, and budding, breezy spring magics. I don’t wear any pastels nowadays, but I always include bunches of them in these outfits. To indulge my inner child, I guess. Baby Sarah loved those tender, opalescent hues of lavender and seafoam, shell pink and powder blue!

Zimmermann Brighton Floral Dress // Ulla Johnson Beulah Cardigan // PS Kaufman boots // Samantha Chang lace briefs and bra // Baba Studio White Rabbit clutch // Miu Miu straw hat // Miu Miu cloud aviator glasses // Anna Sui eyeshadow // Regine de Fleurs Glass Blooms EDP // Julia DeVille rose fob pearl necklace // Jenny Kwon green sapphire ring // Rusty Thought Shelly diamond ring // Kataoka Cassiopeia opal ring // Jennifer Behr Allegra bobby pins

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12 Mar
2021

I have been obsessed with this perfect garment, Sidney Prescott’s long, soft, loose grey sweatshirt since I first saw it in 1996. This lone piece of clothing is the all-star MVP of the Scream franchise. I rewatch these specific scenes again and again because of the eternal, elusive beauty of this sweatshirt.

There’s also something about these few moments where Sidney fresh off the schoolbus and just puttering around the house and making phone calls before watching television and taking a nap, that I find so cozy charming and perfect and wonderful. I mean, she is in the midst of processing a classmate’s gruesome murder before being re-traumatized by hearing mention of her late mother’s murder on an evening news report, so it’s not exactly an idyllic,  feel-good sequence. But still…the setting, to my boring-homey-vibes-craving-heart is a true slice of mundane perfection.

I am the *most* Taurus horror-movie fan.

I just love how LONG it is. The total antithesis to all of these dumb cropped sweatshirts I’m seeing lately. So lemme get this straight…you wanna be warm and cozy but you want a chilly breeze on your torso and yes, please also let the world see your manky belly button tube-hole? WHO are these awful things even made for? No thank you!

Anyway, here are a few more screengrabs of the most perfect sweatshirt to ever exist. That’s it for today.

 

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If you caught my dream-post the other day, then the theme of this ensemble may make some amount of sense to you. As much as such things, can, I suppose. Anyway, I don’t feel the need to explain myself–those who know, know!

And to all the nitpicky fashionistas and history-buffs who might have complaints about Edwardian authenticity or who may critique anachronistic eras intermingling, my reply is this: go be that bothersome, pedantic know-it-all somewhere else, please. It’s called dream couture honey, look it up!

In any case, I was just looking for an excuse to build an outfit around that amazing silk bat scarf. You can find the individual details below, but quite honestly, a lot of this stuff is going to be sold out or long gone, because I went waaa-aaay back in the archival hinterlands of my virtual closet for many of the elements included here. I think that’s okay, though– much like the production of PG Wodehouse’s Dracula, this accompanying costume is part of an imaginary dream world, as well.

DETAILS:

Alexander McQueen layered silk-satin trimmed wool and lace coat // Diane von Furstenberg Maxi Dress with Sheer Overlay // Lonely Delilah lace bra & briefs // Gerbe Plumetis stay ups // Ronsantica evening bag // Sergio Rossi Camilla Leather Ankle Boots // Bacchus the bat silk scarf // Ralph Lauren gold-plated tassel necklace // Dust to Dust ring by Magaret Cross // Rose gold mini Hecate ring from Bloodmilk // Black Rose from Erstwhile at Catbird NYC // Prospect glasses from Valley Eyewear // Tempo Eau de Parfum by Diptyque // Rituel de Fille Envious Inner Glow Crème Pigment

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